Aluminium bins around Southampton’s City Centre are being transformed into works of art this spring as a part of an exhibition and city centre trail supported by GO! Southampton Business Improvement District (BID).
The ten bins, stretching the length of Above Bar Street, are being hand-painted by artist Kev Munday, as part of his three-month living exhibition, “Stand Together”, currently taking place at Showcase Gallery. Each of the colourful designs has a different theme and many of the fantastical characters appearing in them have been inspired by the artwork of children who have themselves taken part in his exhibition.
Munday is a Southampton Solent University graduate and is listed as one of the top five British artists to invest in by The Telegraph.
The project has been supported by GO! Southampton’s “Great City Centre Experience” task group, which works on projects to make the city centre a safer, cleaner and more exciting place to live, study, work and visit. Chair of the group, Spencer Bowman, said,
“We are very proud to support this project, which is injecting colour and interest into our city centre. Kev’s work really brings a smile to your face, whatever your age or background and it’s already creating a buzz in the city centre; exactly what we hoped for!”
To ensure that local children don’t miss any of Munday’s creations, the BID has also commissioned a trail for the school holidays. From 3-14 April, the free #Binitinthebin trail will take participants around the city to discover the colourful works of art, finishing at Showcase Gallery with a prize for all those completing it. The trail will be distributed to local schools and copies will also be available at the city library, Showcase Gallery and online.