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Solent Showcase Gallery has always had a relationship with street art, and taking art outside the traditional gallery format.

Young children spray painting for an art project

Our annual Street Jam Live event sees street artists returning year after year, creating new work throughout the day on large scale board, perspex and paper. Some graffiti artists used cellograff - a technique developed in France in 2009, by Astro and Kanos, which involves using spray paints on a cellophane surface, creating a wall-free, legal, graffiti piece.

A street jam artist talking to some children


As a bridge between community and organisations in the city, we were joined by other organisations such as SoCo Music, Mayflower Theatre and Breakin' Convention. This trusted link to community created momentum by 2021 where we were part of Re:Claim Street Festival, a city wide festival organised by Go! Southampton. Street Jam Live continued on a massive scale, where artist Joe Ross sorted a mass graffiti takeover of Solent's SJM campus building, with artists coming from far and wide to create work on boards over the windows on all four sides of the building. Artist Joe Ross also organised artists to paint for Westquay's outside space as part of the festival, seeing My Dog Sighs and Samo joining the Soton magic. A special ongoing relationship, starting from our Black To The Future exhibition and working with the amazing Carleen De Sozer, is with the WOM Collective. We have been lucky enough to have these guys visit and work us with us a few times now, coming to paint at our events and working with our Soton community. During the White Ribbon Day 2021, Carleen de Sozer and Elno created an artwork which was incorporated into a powerful installation of empty shoes to represent those we have lost to domestic violence from April 2020 to March 2021.

Graffiti on a road block

Graffiti saying 'the place' on a road block

A person painting a large eye on a wall

A person painting the word 'unity' on a wall

A person painting two female faces on to a wall

A brightly coloured artwork on the side of SJM building

Two people painting a mural on to a wall

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