Summer Season Starts with Banana Split Exhibition

Banana Split, an exhibition of work by four local Southampton artists (collectively known as the ‘Bananas’) was a resounding success, with over 150 visitors coming to see the works on display over the weekend. The exhibition marked the end of the artists’ residency in the Alfred Arcade over the winter, where the Bananas would meet regularly for crit sessions, evolving their ideas through exchange and experimentation. The success of this project spells good news for the next iteration of the RIPE project on Old Northam Road.

‘a space’ arts will be attending degree shows at Solent University and Winchester School of Art over the coming weeks, and approaching recent graduates to get involved with RIPE. Through peer-to-peer mentoring and exciting opportunities to exhibit in ‘a space’ arts’ newest spaces on Old Northam Road, we hope to provide recent graduates with the essential skills and opportunities to take the next step in their careers.

Ripe Mangoes, the next exhibition in the RIPE project, will be a two-part exhibition of outstanding work by a group of recent graduates, selected from the upcoming degree shows. Launching on Friday 19th July, the project will provide an opportunity for a group of emerging artists to also exhibit in the Alfred Arcade, with critical sessions run by ‘a space’ helping to guide their creative practice.

Through the RIPE project ‘a space’ arts hopes to help local artists sustain a fruitful visual arts practice in the city of Southampton and, in turn, enrich the already vibrant cultural landscape of the city.