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Place based creativity that gets to the heart of communities

Solent Showcase is changing shape!

After 12 years with our gallery space placed in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, Solent Showcase is going mobile, working creatively across the city to link students and staff with communities in mutually co-creative ways. We support community groups to develop their creative project ideas and support students to engage in these projects to improve their professional skills. We offer pathways for staff looking to enhance the reach and impact of their research within local communities by acting as a bridge and connector between university and city.

In 2022 the Covid-19 pandemic forced the long-term closure of the building that housed our physical gallery space. This was the catalyst for fully implementing a new and innovative model of working.

As a gallery we always focused on dismantling the traditional concept of a gallery space, deconstructing unconscious bias and embracing social activism through creativity. Using this experience we move forward as imaginative agents of change whose aim is to be part of a network that nurtures stronger community spirit, participation and engagement and act as a trusted connector to other cultural organisations across the city and beyond. Learn more about our new mission statement below, and come on the journey with us.