RIPE is an ambitious programme of events, exhibitions and residencies designed to support fine art graduates and culturally reanimate one of Southampton’s most interesting but forgotten neighbourhoods.
Each year we select a number of fine art graduates from Solent and Southampton Universities, offering them studio space in repurposed buildings on Old Northam Road.
So far the programme has hosted dozens of exhibitions and events and supported 50 graduates to exhibit and develop their artistic practice, forming professional networks and friendships that will help them sustain a fruitful visual arts practice here in Southampton. Several RIPE artists are now based in Southampton as a result of the programme, with some now collaborating on further projects together including ZEST Art Collective.
RIPE is led by ‘a space’ arts, in partnership with the University of Southampton and Solent University.