MAKE YOUR MARK: An Alternative Mapping Project

18 Jan 2019 – 30 Mar 2019

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11am-5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays

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Solent Showcase Gallery

Hampshire, United Kingdom


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MAKE YOUR MARK is an opportunity for people to share thoughts, memories and stories of Southampton on a giant map of the city. The participatory mapping project hopes to uncover a different side of Southampton, told by the voices that are often overlooked.


Southampton. The largest city in Hampshire, home to over 200,000 residents and a major port. But what is it really like to live here? What are the memories and experiences of the people who reside and work in the city? How do we really feel about this place? What makes it home?

MAKE YOUR MARK is an interactive map that you can walk through and contribute to. We invite you to share your thoughts, stories and experiences of the city writing directly onto the piece to build an alternative map of Southampton. Scratch the surface of any place and you will find a host of experiences and hidden histories waiting to be revealed; the smallest, most non-descript spaces can be brought to life by the people and stories that inhabit them; and they can change the way we think about that place and the city itself.

The project was supported by Ordnance Survey from a technical standpoint whose Head Office is based in Southampton. Solent Showcase Gallery 
commissioned local artist Nathan Evans to design and present the map 
creating an installation in its own right.

Aside from the navigational, instructional experience, maps can be used to peel back the layers of social, cultural and environmental history of a place. Part oral history, part folklore, part personal homage, MAKE YOUR MARK will, over time, be an exploration of what Southampton means to its citizens, drawing on its hidden experiences, its contemporary social geography and its future. A melting pot of all those stories; an urban adventure in to how people feel about this place. The story of Southampton involves us all.

Follow the stories added to map on our social media with hashtag #makeyourmarksoton


Kate Maple

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Nathan Evans


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