Multi-Stories: the urban art transformation of a multi-storey car park

Southampton Forward were thrilled to partner with Westquay on Multi-Stories, a project designed to celebrate Southampton’s communities, their vibrant culture, and the power of creative expression.

Culminating in a two-day creative takeover of levels 7-10 of Westquay’s Multi-Storey Car Park on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, the car park was turned into an interactive urban street art gallery, with a soundtrack of ecclectic hiphop rhythms supplied by musicians and DJs from the local music scene. Skateboarding, breakdancing and grafitti workshops were on offer over the weekend, with lots of people taking part over the two days.

More than 40 artists poured their hearts into this project, producing 30 permanent large and small-scale murals that bring Southampton’s stories to life in a range of creative and colourful ways.

Acclaimed artists Ricky Also and Bonzai – both from Southampton – teamed up with Squirl to create the breathtaking external mural.

In amongst it were a fantastic lineup of established as well as and up-and-coming Southampton-based talent with art frames on Level 7 and murals across Levels 8, 9 & 10.

There were 6 commissions specifically for new and emerging Southampton-based artists. Joanna Rose Tidey, Olivia Crawley, Tom Hewitt, Mural 23, Edgar Lushaju and Hilton Kazingizi created beautiful art frame pieces on Level 7.

Southampton-based artists Flukez, Flash, Nathan, Raeos, Aron, Ralf, Kushty and Ayem created murals across levels 8, 9 and 10, showcasing a huge range of artistic styles and techniques.

A ‘pillars of the community’ installation by Carleen de Sozer represents a collection of stories put together by Black History consultant Don John and celebrates Black Stories from Southampton.

Paintshop, a local Creative Studio were responsible for the visual identity, curating and producing the street art event in partnership with Joe Ross.

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