Solent Showcase Gallery, with support from Arts Council England, are delighted to host Kev Munday's homecoming exhibition, Stand Together.
A Solent University alumnus, Munday is listed by The Telegraph as one of the top five British artists to invest in. Showcase is honoured to support the creative development of this already highly successful artist, with a three-month residency in the gallery.
Using bold lines and block colours, the vibrancy of Munday’s style creates an enthralling visual experience. Munday’s iconic crowd paintings depict a sea of unique individuals which pays tribute to the beauty found in diversity. Each individual portrait is equally valued, taken altogether, the effect is a striking vision of community which is more than the sum of its individual parts.
Stand Together will be a living exhibition evolving over the three month residency. Munday will be creating work directly onto the walls of the gallery and responding directly to input from the public, schools and groups from the area. Repeat visits will enable you to watch the exhibition as it develops, and if you ever wondered what an artist gets up to in their studio all day, Stand Together will give you the opportunity to come and see. Alongside the works, the exhibition will also include a number of ways to get involved; our co-creation space will offer activities and workshops for everyone. Throughout the exhibition there will be performances, music, and a chance to connect with others and experience what our community can be when we Stand Together.
Beyond the gallery walls, Munday will be taking his work to the streets of Southampton. Large scale pieces, the artwork of which was inspired by school children’s response work, will be presented on billboards around the city. There will also be a series of bins designed and painted by Munday, making a trail through the city centre, funded by Go! Southampton.
Southampton has already started to Stand Together. Since December 2017, residents of Southampton and beyond have been invited to contribute to the #StandTogether Selfie Mural. Participants submit their selfies for inclusion in one of Munday’s crowd paintings in the window of the gallery throughout January and February, together with a line of text about themselves. Many applicants have used the call as an opportunity to voice what Southampton means to them, eg, “I was born in Russia, but moved to Southampton about 10 years ago and have made the city my home.”
During the exhibition there will be the exciting ‘gallery takeovers’. We will be handing over the gallery to a number of interdisciplinary artists for a week each where they will programme and create a series of workshops, performances and events.
Solent Showcase is located in the University's Sir James Matthews building on Guildhall Square, near the Civic Centre and the City Art Gallery. Come and visit between 11am and 6pm Monday to Friday, or 11am to 5pm on Saturday.
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