Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery The gallery opened in April 1939 in Southampton’s Civic Centre and attracts art-lovers and curious amateurs alike.
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The Southampton City Art Gallery is an art gallery in Southampton, southern England. It is located in the Civic Centre on Commercial Road. The gallery's art collection covers six centuries of European art history, with over 5,300 works. It is housed in an example of 1930s municipal architecture. The gallery holds a Designated Collection, considered of national importance. Highlights of the permanent collection include a 14th-century altarpiece by Allegretto Nuzi, of the Italian Giambattista Pittoni; the Perseus series by Burne-Jones; paintings by the Camden Town Group and The London Group; sculpture by Jacob Epstein, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Richard Deacon and Tony Cragg; and Richard Long photographs. Thousands of visitors explore the exhibitions and displays every month and, through a programme of educational activities, Southampton City Art Gallery provides opportunities for greater access, involvement and understanding of art for people of all ages.

2020 Open Exhibition update!More details for Southampton City Art Gallery's 2020 Open Exhibition - 'In Search of a New W...
28/11/2019

2020 Open Exhibition update!

More details for Southampton City Art Gallery's 2020 Open Exhibition - 'In Search of a New World' have now been released on our website: http://bit.ly/SotonOpenExhibition

This exhibition is part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations and responses can touch on any one of the themes of journey, migration and the sea and entrants are encouraged to consider them as creatively and widely as possible.

The successful artists will have their work exhibited at Southampton City Art Gallery from 18 July – 3 October 2020.

Image: Sydney Mortimer Laurence, Waves Breaking on a Shore, Sunset, oil on canvas

The west wing of the gallery including the Gallery 80 exhibition and The Perseus Series will be closed for planned maint...
26/11/2019

The west wing of the gallery including the Gallery 80 exhibition and The Perseus Series will be closed for planned maintenance from 1 Dec to 4 Jan 2020.

The incredible Pre-Raphaelite exhibition and main hall will be open as usual during this time.

Our Gallery 80 exhibition is closing next Sat 30 Nov! Don’t miss this opportunity to see such a wide range of Southampto...
22/11/2019

Our Gallery 80 exhibition is closing next Sat 30 Nov!
Don’t miss this opportunity to see such a wide range of Southampton’s art work, including the most recent display of some of the new acquisitions to the City's incredible collection.

Image by Joe Low

We have just few spaces left for tomorrows talk: The Pre-Raphaelite Girl GangSat 23 Nov / 2pm - 3pm / Southampton City A...
22/11/2019

We have just few spaces left for tomorrows talk: The Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang

Sat 23 Nov / 2pm - 3pm / Southampton City Art Gallery / £5

Join author and historian Kirsty Stonell Walker for a fascinating talk on the extraordinary women who contributed to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Kirsty will be signing copies of her new book The Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang at this event.

Book your place on: 023 8083 4536

Southampton is searching for an energetic, collaborative and inspiring individual to bring Southampton together and fulf...
21/11/2019

Southampton is searching for an energetic, collaborative and inspiring individual to bring Southampton together and fulfil our ambition to become UK City of Culture in 2025.

To find out more and apply please visit: www.southampton.gov.uk/culture

Closing date: 22/12/19

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy includes a wall of incredible paintings from the Pre-Raphaelite Sister...
19/11/2019

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy includes a wall of incredible paintings from the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, including Evelyn Da Morgan, Gertrude Beaumont, May Louise Grenville and more.

A rise in these brilliant artists started with the opening of the co-ed Slade School of Art in 1871 when women were allowed admittance to life-drawing classes!

Oh and there’s also a couple of spaces left for our next talk - The Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang on how these extraordinary women contributed to the Pre-Raphaelite movement / Sat 23 Nov / 2pm-3pm / £5 / Book on 023 8083 4536

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy, is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with the Art Fund, and will run at Southampton City Art Gallery until 1 February 2020 then at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, from 21 February until 21 June 2020.

Image by Joe Low

A fantastic new foyer exhibition is up at Southampton City Art Gallery by Jilly Evans, a Southampton artist based at the...
18/11/2019

A fantastic new foyer exhibition is up at Southampton City Art Gallery by Jilly Evans, a Southampton artist based at the Arches Studios.
In this exhibition Jilly takes a closer look at graffiti tagging, taking the letter-forms out of the urban environment and exploring them in more detail through cross-stitch.

Couldn't have asked for a better group of makers today. Lovely morning making wire reindeer. Thanks to all who came. My ...
16/11/2019

Couldn't have asked for a better group of makers today. Lovely morning making wire reindeer. Thanks to all who came. My next session is Macrame Wall Hangings on the 16th May. Keep an eye out for the next brochure.

15/11/2019
Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

Discover Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy at Southampton City Art Gallery, bringing together two incredible collections from Southampton and Russell-Cotes in Bournemouth, with significant loans from leading art institutions. Beyond the Brotherhood shows the Pre-Raphaelite movement from its inception through to today’s modern fantasy works such as Game of Thrones.

We're free to visit and open to all.

Find out more here https://www.southamptoncityartgallery.com/whats-on/beyond-the-brotherhood-pre-raphaelite-legacy/

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy, is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with the Art Fund, and will run at Southampton City Art Gallery from 18 October 2019 until 1 February 2020 then at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, from 21 February until 21 June 2020.

Our learning team were on the road yesterday, running a sculpture workshop at Richard Taunton College for A'level fine a...
15/11/2019

Our learning team were on the road yesterday, running a sculpture workshop at Richard Taunton College for A'level fine art, graphics, textiles and photography students. Check out the students' work:

Look what's coming up at our sister venue:
13/11/2019

Look what's coming up at our sister venue:

Beads at the ready, here at the house we're getting ready for a Christmas crafterthon! On Saturday 30 Nov, it's beaded wire decorations from 10.30am - 1pm. All materials and refreshments included and all welcome. Spaces cost £20 per person. Call us on 023 8083 4536 to book a spot.

It's not too early for a christmas post when it's elf on the shelf related. We'll be creating cheeky elves in November r...
01/11/2019

It's not too early for a christmas post when it's elf on the shelf related. We'll be creating cheeky elves in November ready for the christmas count down...

DIY Elf on a Shelf! (4yrs+)
Sat 30 Nov / 10.30-11.30am / £6
Pre-book on 02380 834536

Lot's more good stuff coming up too including.......SANTA! See pics for details.

Adult Workshop: Wire ReindeerSat 16 Nov / 10am-12.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £24/ Pre-book / 02380 834536Enjoy ...
27/10/2019

Adult Workshop: Wire Reindeer

Sat 16 Nov / 10am-12.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £24/ Pre-book / 02380 834536

Enjoy a morning getting to grips with wire sculpture and make a decorative deer for your home! Led by sculptor Liza Morgan.

All levels of experience welcome and all materials provided.

Tomorrow: Drop-in to the gallery for a fabulous half-term treat... Spooky Trick or Treat bags ready to collect your Hall...
27/10/2019

Tomorrow: Drop-in to the gallery for a fabulous half-term treat... Spooky Trick or Treat bags ready to collect your Halloween goodies.

Monday 28th Oct. Pop in between 10.30am and 12.30pm. £4.50 per child.

Drop-in to the gallery next monday for a fabulous half-term treat... Spooky Trick or Treat bags ready to collect your Ha...
26/10/2019

Drop-in to the gallery next monday for a fabulous half-term treat... Spooky Trick or Treat bags ready to collect your Halloween goodies.

Monday 28th Oct. Pop in between 10.30am and 12.30pm. £4.50 per child.

Looking for half term fun?  Make your own paint and discover how paint was made in the past at Pigments, Potions and Pre...
24/10/2019

Looking for half term fun? Make your own paint and discover how paint was made in the past at Pigments, Potions and Pre-Raphaelites on Friday 1 Nov, 10.30am - 12.30pm OR 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Suitable for 5 - 13 year olds, places cost £7 per child. Call us on 023 8083 4536 to book. (WARNING: THis workshop contains eggs and noisy pigment grinding!)

Drop-in to the gallery next monday for a fabulous half-term treat... Spooky Trick or Treat bags ready to collect your Ha...
24/10/2019

Drop-in to the gallery next monday for a fabulous half-term treat... Spooky Trick or Treat bags ready to collect your Halloween goodies.
Monday 28th Oct. Pop in between 10.30am and 12.30pm. £4.50 per child.

We're immensley grateful to the Contemporary Art Society for their on-going support in the growth of our collection. One...
23/10/2019
The CAS acquires large textile work by Alice Kettle for Southampton City Art Gallery - Contemporary Art Society

We're immensley grateful to the Contemporary Art Society for their on-going support in the growth of our collection. One of our latest acquisitions with CAS support is Alice Kettle’s 'Odyssey' (2003) which complements our Perseus Series with its mythology theme.

Kettle renders the epic story of Penelope and Odysseus in an epic scale, capturing both the vast scope and the emotional intricacies of the narrative.

Lots to do for kids and families at the art gallery SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden. Don't miss our annual Hal...
22/10/2019

Lots to do for kids and families at the art gallery SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden. Don't miss our annual Halloween fun day at Tudor House.

We are super excited about this half terms ART SCHOOL!!!Taking inspiration from our Pre-Raphaelite exhibition you can sp...
20/10/2019

We are super excited about this half terms ART SCHOOL!!!

Taking inspiration from our Pre-Raphaelite exhibition you can spend the day exploring stories and symbolism in art. We will be using wire and mixed media to create a stunning 3D versions of our favourite artworks complete with fabulous gold frames. Ooooooo shiny!

Tues 29 Oct / 10.30am-3.30pm/ Art Gallery / £20 / Pre-book / 02380 834536

Lots to do for kids and families at the art gallery SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden. Don't miss our annual Hal...
19/10/2019

Lots to do for kids and families at the art gallery SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden. Don't miss our annual Halloween fun day at Tudor House.

For all you Game of Thrones fans we have some incredible works by Kieran Belshaw who worked as a pre-production concept ...
18/10/2019

For all you Game of Thrones fans we have some incredible works by Kieran Belshaw who worked as a pre-production concept artist on season's 5 to 8 of GOT.

Don't worry if Lord of the Rings is more your thing, there's some exquisite original illustrations by Alan Lee from a number of Tolkien's novels, and a whole section on Pre-Raphaelitism in the 21st century.

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy traces the Pre-Raphaelite thread from its inception and in to the 21st Century, demonstrating that Pre-Raphaelitism lives on in contemporary fantasy, book illustration and film.

The Pre-Raphaelites are here! Thanks to all who braved the weather last night for the opening of Beyond the Brotherhood:...
18/10/2019

The Pre-Raphaelites are here!

Thanks to all who braved the weather last night for the opening of Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy, and a massive thankyou to the gallery team for pulling this incredible exhibition together in partnership with @RussellCotes.

Beyond the Brotherhood is now open at Southampton City Art Gallery until 1 Feb 2020 before being reimagined at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, from 21 February until 21 June 2020.

Looking for something to do on Saturday? Under sixes and friends can join us for arty fun at Mini Monets on Saturday 19 ...
17/10/2019

Looking for something to do on Saturday? Under sixes and friends can join us for arty fun at Mini Monets on Saturday 19 October 11am - 12 noon. Spaces cost just £6 per child. Call us on 023 8083 4536 to book a spot.

Adult Workshop: Wire ReindeerSat 16 Nov / 10am-12.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £24/ Pre-book / 02380 834536Enjoy ...
16/10/2019

Adult Workshop: Wire Reindeer

Sat 16 Nov / 10am-12.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £24/ Pre-book / 02380 834536

Enjoy a morning getting to grips with wire sculpture and make a decorative deer for your home! Led by sculptor Liza Morgan.
All levels of experience welcome and all materials provided.

What’s all the fuss about these Pre-Raphaelites? If you want to find out more why not book one of our talks which kick o...
16/10/2019

What’s all the fuss about these Pre-Raphaelites? If you want to find out more why not book one of our talks which kick off this Saturday with our Blagger’s Guide to the Pre-Raphaelites, or check out The Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang on 23 November. All talks are £5 each. Find more here: http://bit.ly/SotonPre-Raphaelites

We are super excited about this half terms ART SCHOOL!!!Taking inspiration from our Pre-Raphaelite exhibition you can sp...
16/10/2019

We are super excited about this half terms ART SCHOOL!!!

Taking inspiration from our Pre-Raphaelite exhibition you can spend the day exploring stories and symbolism in art. We will be using wire and mixed media to create a stunning 3D versions of our favourite artworks complete with fabulous gold frames. Ooooooo shiny!

Tues 29 Oct / 10.30am-3.30pm/ Art Gallery / £20 / Pre-book / 02380 834536

Halloweeen is coming to our venues. check out our halfterm activity programme.
15/10/2019

Halloweeen is coming to our venues. check out our halfterm activity programme.

It's not too early for a christmas post when it's elf on the shelf related. We'll be creating cheeky elves in November r...
15/10/2019

It's not too early for a christmas post when it's elf on the shelf related. We'll be creating cheeky elves in November ready for the christmas count down...

DIY Elf on a Shelf! (4yrs+)
Sat 30 Nov / 10.30-11.30am / 1-2pm
3.30-4.30pm / Art Gallery / £6
Pre-book on 02380 834536

The exhibition space is starting to come together before the official opening of Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphael...
15/10/2019

The exhibition space is starting to come together before the official opening of Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy, this Friday! With Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum on site to install the stunning Venus Verticordia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti from their collection.

Major Smythies considering the free under 5s theatre in the gallery today. Swish, Swoosh, Splosh by the fabulous Moulded...
12/10/2019

Major Smythies considering the free under 5s theatre in the gallery today. Swish, Swoosh, Splosh by the fabulous Moulded Theatre. Supported by Arts Council England.

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy / Now open until 1 Feb 2020 / Southampton City Art Gallery / Free to v...
11/10/2019

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy / Now open until 1 Feb 2020 / Southampton City Art Gallery / Free to visit

Tracing the Pre-Raphaelite thread from its inception into the 21st Century, this exhibition follows the movement’s influence on artistic developments including Realism, Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. Displaying stunning imagery from across the decades, it will demonstrate that Pre-Raphaelitism lives on in contemporary fantasy, book illustration and film as well as inspiring artists today.

Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy, is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and will run at Southampton City Art Gallery from 18 October 2019 until 1 February 2020 then at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth, from 21 February until 21 June 2020

Just a few of the sketches from students at our beginner drawing class. This week we looked at relative positions, tone ...
29/09/2019

Just a few of the sketches from students at our beginner drawing class. This week we looked at relative positions, tone and negative space. Well done to everyone who took part.

Southampton artist James Earley presents emotionally charged portraits of homeless people in his new Foyer exhibition 'H...
27/09/2019

Southampton artist James Earley presents emotionally charged portraits of homeless people in his new Foyer exhibition 'Hyper-realism', opening tomorrow at Southampton City Art Gallery.

James challenges viewers to see beyond our preconceptions of homelessness and invites us to discover the individual and the story of each of his subjects. This sensitive and moving body of work connects us to the human behind the painting so we might stop and rethink about homelessness in our society.

Visitors to the exhibition can also find out about the work Southampton City Council does with partner organisations across the city to support street homeless people and enable local residents to connect rough sleepers with our team of outreach workers. Remember to pick up a leaflet about the Street Support Action Group, which is funded by Southampton City Council and Go! Southampton, in collaboration with city faith groups, hostel providers and statutory agencies. More information is available here: https://streetsupport.net/southampton/

Last chance to see Criminal Ornamentation by Yinka Shonibare CBE at Southampton City Art Gallery, closing 28th September...
27/09/2019

Last chance to see Criminal Ornamentation by Yinka Shonibare CBE at Southampton City Art Gallery, closing 28th September!

Visit us this weekend and see ‘Food Faerie’ by Yinka Shonibare CBE and a variety of other marvellous pieces by different artists and designers.

Arts Council Collection

This Dress, entitled ‘Dress 09’ from Tom Gallant and Marios Schwab’s ‘Autumn Winter 2008’ collection, was created by mix...
24/09/2019

This Dress, entitled ‘Dress 09’ from Tom Gallant and Marios Schwab’s ‘Autumn Winter 2008’ collection, was created by mixing technology with traditional skills.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see interesting and amazing pieces like this by a variety of artists and designers at Yinka Shonibare CBE’s Criminal Ornamentation on at Southampton City Art Gallery until 28th September.

Arts Council Collection

This interesting sculpture, ‘Willy’ created by Sarah Lucas, was created by gluing cigarettes to a garden gnome.How many ...
19/09/2019

This interesting sculpture, ‘Willy’ created by Sarah Lucas, was created by gluing cigarettes to a garden gnome.

How many do you think were used to create the final piece? We think there must be at least… 10 (An amazing piece but we didn’t fancy counting them either 😄)

If you do want to count them or just want to see this and much more, visit Criminal Ornamentation showing until 28th September.
Arts Council Collection

Southampton City Art Gallery is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. If you're interested in having your ceremony...
18/09/2019

Southampton City Art Gallery is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. If you're interested in having your ceremony at the gallery, email [email protected].

You can book your ceremony with Southampton Register Offices!

Mini Monets is back!  Under sixes can explore the gallery and then get messy creating their own artwork on Saturday 21 S...
14/09/2019

Mini Monets is back! Under sixes can explore the gallery and then get messy creating their own artwork on Saturday 21 Sept from 11am - 12noon. Spaces cost just £6 per child. To book a place give us a call during office hours on 023 8083 4536

Due to extremely high demand, we are now able to offer two additional places on our adult Introduction to Drawing Course...
13/09/2019

Due to extremely high demand, we are now able to offer two additional places on our adult Introduction to Drawing Course, which runs on Saturday afternoons from Sat 21 Sept to Sat 12 October. The full cost of the course is £65. To find out more or to book a place call the office on 023 8083 4536.

Have you visited Criminal Ornamentation by Yinka Shonibare CBE at Southampton City Art Gallery? Which part did you enjoy...
12/09/2019

Have you visited Criminal Ornamentation by Yinka Shonibare CBE at Southampton City Art Gallery? Which part did you enjoy the most?

Haven’t had a chance to visit yet or want to visit again?
Don’t worry! The exhibition is showing now until 28 September.
Arts Council Collection

Gallery 80: Birthday SymposiumExplore the history of Southampton’s art collection, the events, people and policies which...
10/09/2019

Gallery 80: Birthday Symposium

Explore the history of Southampton’s art collection, the events, people and policies which have shaped it and the changing role of a curator.

Led by the current curator Clare Mitchell and a panel of Southampton City Art Gallery’s former curators - Liz Goodall, Les Buckingham and Tim Craven.

Southampton City Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / Friday 11 October / 10.30am - 4pm / £20 / concessions £15 (including artists and arts professionals) Light lunch and tours of the Gallery’s art stores and conservation studios are included.

To book a place call the bookings office on 023 8083 4536.

Not everything is as it first appears at Criminal Ornamentation now on at Southampton City Art Gallery.Come and take a c...
07/09/2019

Not everything is as it first appears at Criminal Ornamentation now on at Southampton City Art Gallery.

Come and take a closer look at these vases by Emilie Taylor, part of the ‘Edgelands’ collection, and the ‘London Toile’ wallpaper by Timorous Beasties. See if you notice anything unusual…

Explore these pieces and much more at Yinka Shonibare CBE’s exhibition, on loan from Arts Council Collection, until 28th September at Southampton City Art Gallery.

Make sure you come and have ago with our collaborative wallpaper in the corner of the main hall, after seeing the amazin...
29/08/2019

Make sure you come and have ago with our collaborative wallpaper in the corner of the main hall, after seeing the amazing #CriminalOrnamentation exhibition.

Last chance to see our Turner Prize winners and nominee display in our Gallery 80 exhibition, including works such as Hi...
29/08/2019

Last chance to see our Turner Prize winners and nominee display in our Gallery 80 exhibition, including works such as Hinba, 1978, by Gillian Ayres. If you look closely at this fantastic abstract you might even a find cigarette butt or a paw print.
This section will come down after this Saturday but will be replaced by new acquisitions display as part of the Gallery 80 celebrations.

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Commercial Road
Southampton
SO14 7LP

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Admission is FREE

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

023 8083 3007

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