New RIPE Website Now Live!

Our new RIPE website is now live! Visit ripesouthampton.org.uk to find out all about our innovative graduate programme.

The new site showcases the work of almost 40 new artists, who have all been chosen to take part in the RIPE programme after graduating from fine art degrees.

As well as helping promote the work of these new artists, the website also hosts images and information about RIPE exhibitions, past and present. There’s plenty of content on each of the exhibition pages to keep you entertained during lockdown, including slideshows, recorded talks, short films and our latest virtual exhibition, Ripe Tomatoes. 

The RIPE exhibitions and residencies have been held since 2018 in formerly abandoned buildings on Southampton’s Old Northam Road, through a programme which has seen ‘a space’ arts acquire the leases and transform the empty spaces into artist studios and exhibition spaces. The website details how each of the spaces are currently used and which artists occupy them. 

The RIPE buildings on Old Northam Road – formerly known as the city’s antiques quarter – fell into disuse after the 6 Dials roundabout was extended, cutting the street of Victorian terraced houses and shops off from the rest of the city.

RIPE is part of ‘a space’ arts’ mission to support artists in Southampton, but more specifically of encouraging new graduates to stay in the city, giving them a platform to make and show work, and adding to the city’s cultural offer.

The website was created by Southampton-based web agency, Chaptr. Operations Director, Kirsty Smith, said: “It’s been a joy collaborating with a client as creative and innovative as RIPE. Chaptr is delighted to partner with local arts organisations, showcasing the best of our city. We believe the website successfully demonstrates everything RIPE has to offer and we’re excited to see what’s to come from their artists.”