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.

Happy #Caturday!  This sketch is one of several to feature in our current exhibition John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape...
09/05/2020

Happy #Caturday! This sketch is one of several to feature in our current exhibition John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape, taken from personal diaries the artist was gifted by Waddington Galleries in 1985. Hitchens dedicated one diary for painting-related subjects and the other was used to document home life.

A selection of these sketches can be seen in the new online version of the exhibition on our website https://www.southamptoncityartgallery.com/whats-on/john-hitchens/.

John Hitchens, Waddington Diaries, 1986 © The Artist

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Keep your mind occupied this lazy bank holiday weekend with more fantasies of brave and fantastic colours adorning your ...
09/05/2020

Keep your mind occupied this lazy bank holiday weekend with more fantasies of brave and fantastic colours adorning your walls, courtesy of the Southampton City Collection. Which colour palette would you choose..?

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Paintings from top: Mary Hayllar (1862–1950) The Lawn Tennis Season; Joseph Marc Gilbert, Queen Victoria; Andro Markass, Swiss Scene; Frances Elizabeth Grace, Watching the Birds; Edith Hartry, A Quiet Afternoon, Thomas Barker, Riderless Horse after the Battle of Sedan

Our A-Z series continues with the letter T and today, on VE day, it stands for Teacher.The painting selected is Self Por...
08/05/2020

Our A-Z series continues with the letter T and today, on VE day, it stands for Teacher.

The painting selected is Self Portrait by William Dring who was a teacher of drawing and painting at the School of Art until 1942.

The School of Art, founded in 1855, had many locations until its move into the new Civic Centre in 1938. It occupied the ground and lower floors of the building and consisted of 59 rooms including exhibition studios and classrooms for all types of art and applied art.

Tragically, the Art Block of the Civic Centre was badly damaged during a daylight bombing raid on the city on 6th November 1940. During the raid 12 bombs were dropped, including a direct hit on the Civic Centre with a 500lb high explosive. Art classes were in progress at the time and the result was the loss of 35 lives, including 17 schoolchildren from the Central District Girls School and two members of staff. Those lost included the Deputy Headmaster Mr Horace Harvey; William Dring recounted, “I was in the Civic Centre Art School building when it was bombed, in fact I was blown up and my colleague, Harvey, whom I was talking to at the time, was killed.”

This catastrophic event is commemorated by a memorial in the foyer to the art gallery; it was unveiled by 2 survivors of the tragedy: John Reeve-Fowkes, a former teacher and Audrey Hunt, who was 13 at the time and suffered severe burns.

During the war, it is reported that there were 57 attacks on the city, amounting to over 470 tonnes of high explosives.

There are many different initiatives taking place in Southampton to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe). To find out more, head over to https://visitsouthampton.co.uk/ve-day-75

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William Dring, Self Portrait, 1940, oil on canvas © The Artist. All rights reserved 2020/Bridgeman Images. Photographs: courtesy of Southampton City Archives Images © Southampton Cultural Services

For those who haven't heard, there's a new piece of public art in the city...
07/05/2020
New Banksy artwork appears at hospital

For those who haven't heard, there's a new piece of public art in the city...

The piece depicts a young boy discarding his superhero toys in favour of a model of an NHS nurse.

For today's A - Z of our collection... S is for Self Portrait. In this work by Scottish painter Stephen Conroy, the arti...
07/05/2020

For today's A - Z of our collection... S is for Self Portrait. In this work by Scottish painter Stephen Conroy, the artist portrays himself slightly turned, calmly gazing directly out at the viewer. The composition is divided into three contrasting vertical sections. The furthest right is arranged with brushes, pictures and a pot, on the wall is a self portrait by Rembrandt and a postcard of James Guthrie’s 'A Hind’s Daughter' from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Similarly divided backgrounds appear throughout Conroy’s work including The Healing of the Lunatic Boy, 1986 (National Galleries of Scotland) and later, in more abstracted forms, in the artist’s portrait of Jonathan Miller (National Portrait Gallery) and his Self Portrait of 2005 (Kelvingrove Art Gallery). The critic Iain Gale wrote of the vertical banded backgrounds, 'the effect of these sidebars has been to elongate the image… Often, too, the effect has been to make the paintings appear like single frames of a reel of film which, in turn, emphasises the character of the new protagonists.’

Stephen Conroy’s prodigious talent was recognised early when his entire Glasgow School of Art degree show sold out and in 1987, the following year, he was invited to be the youngest ever participant in the main exhibition at the Edinburgh Festival. One of these early buyers was David Brown, who whilst a curator at Tate, worked closely for many years with Southampton City Art Gallery. This Self Portrait and several drawings now in the British Museum were amongst Brown’s purchases from the degree show.

Stephen Conroy, Self Portrait, Oil on Canvas, 1985 © the artist. Image © Southampton Cultural Services

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Our A-Z continues and R is for... Relax.  Younger visitors like to call this sculpture made by Kate Blacker 'the spiderm...
06/05/2020

Our A-Z continues and R is for... Relax.

Younger visitors like to call this sculpture made by Kate Blacker 'the spiderman one.' Look closely, however, and you'll see the vivid red and black check is in fact a woman's dress. A splash of pale pink represents her hand in her lap while another on her shoulder shows us her arm has been stretched out to cushion her head as she lies back, relaxing. In fact the piece's title is Madame Dupont Relaxing.

Blacker has made this sculpture out of hard industrial materials; corrugated metal and a wooden packing crate, which contrast with the soft female form they portray. Is this a comment on the languid, seductive and almost certainly very uncomfortable poses female models have been historically painted in..? Maybe Madame Dupont isn't relaxing after all!

Kate Blacker, Madame Dupont Relaxing, Mixed Media, 1982 © the artist. Image © Southampton Cultural Services

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05/05/2020
Make Your Own VE Bunting

Our learning team have been getting ready for VE day this Friday! Join Kate for three super speedy ideas for making VE day bunting with children. Please share any creations with us, we'd love to see them!

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The A-Z takes us to Q... for Quiet.Nostalgia 1 by Paul Winstanley ironically shouts quiet as the viewer is confronted wi...
05/05/2020

The A-Z takes us to Q... for Quiet.

Nostalgia 1 by Paul Winstanley ironically shouts quiet as the viewer is confronted with a room devoid of people, but we find ourselves waiting, convinced of their imminent return.

The room appears to have been used for a work meeting, a break-out session or similar, with documents left open and strewn across the table. The viewer’s gaze is then diverted to the glimpse of the outside, which is framed by the half-drawn curtains, once shielding the occupants from the brightness of the sun. There is no sign of anyone outside, but the chairs are left in a way that suggests, in the words of the artist: “the potential for human drama”.

The painting is reminiscent of how some of us visualise our own workspaces, common rooms and waiting spaces at this current time. Lacking human presence and interaction, we begin to long for those meetings we always complained about, we crave to share ideas with each other in person and are nostalgic of the daily routines we had in common with those around us.

Paul Winstanley paints from his own photographs before leaving this form of 2D record to focus on a specific detail or mood he wishes to convey to his audience. His raw material tends to be semi-public spaces such as waiting rooms, lobbies and underpasses but often without people, which makes the viewer central to the understanding of his work.

Paul Winstanley, Nostalgia 1, 1999, oil on linen © The Artist. Image © Southampton Cultural Services.

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05/05/2020
SeaCity Museum

Early risers - it's Tuesday Toddler Time! This time from our museum's learning officer, Andy...

Here's our next Toddler Time- Andy and a helper read 'Goodnight Spaceman'! Why not encourage your little people to make their own rocket after watching the video!
© Words by Michelle Robertson and illustrations by Nick East, 2016
Puffin Books, 2016

Happy Star Wars Day to all the Gallery's Star Wars fans! We've had a little company on our gallery checks today...May th...
04/05/2020

Happy Star Wars Day to all the Gallery's Star Wars fans! We've had a little company on our gallery checks today...
May the Fourth be with You!

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Artwork in images from left to right: Nahem Shoa, Portrait of Desmond Haughton, with Red Jumper, 1997, © The artist, Image © Southampton Cultural Services; Philip James de Loutherbourg, The Shipwreck © Southampton Cultural Services; François Gérard, Napoleon © Southampton Cultural Services

For today's A-Z of our collection, P is for Pets in general and, in this case, parrots in particular!   In Maggi Hamblin...
04/05/2020

For today's A-Z of our collection, P is for Pets in general and, in this case, parrots in particular!

In Maggi Hambling’s Untitled, a large bird looms over the sitter, artist Roger Ackling. A friend and collaborator of Richard Long, Ackling harnessed sunlight to burn forms into pieces of found wood as seen in works like And They Cast Their Shadows, 1977, also in Southampton's fine art collection.

In a letter, Maggi Hambling identified the object on the table in this painting as one of the lenses Ackling used for his work. The presence of a cropped sun-like orange circle behind the parrot seems to both allude to Ackling’s working method and suggest that we are both in an interior space and somewhere more exotic lending the work a slightly surreal quality.

Hambling is from Sudbury, Suffolk and was taught at the East Anglian school of Painting by Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, later moving to Camberwell College and the Slade School. In 1980 she became the first artist in residence at the National Gallery and was awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1995. Ackling is one of a long list of Hambling’s subjects who worked in the arts including Francis Bacon, Stephen Fry, Michael Jackson and Oscar Wilde, who the artist memorialised in sculpture outside Charing Cross Station in London.

Maggi Hambling, Untitled, 1980 © The Artist. All Rights Reserved 2020/ Bridgeman Images Image © Southampton Cultural Services

03/05/2020
Then and Now - West Gate

Can you spot the differences between these two paintings of Southampton's West Gate? One is an oil painting by Frank Rawlings Offer from 1898 and the other is a photograph taken by one of our team on their Sunday walk!

In 1898 the West Gate led directly to the West Quay which, for centuries following the late medieval period, was the start and end point for Southampton’s commercial shipping. The area is steeped in history and this year we mark 400 years since the departure of the Mayflower from the West Quay.

In 1927 a major seven-year land reclamation project began to build the New Docks (now known as the Western Docks) on mudflats, stretching from Millbrook to the West Quay and as far north as the Central Station. The construction featured a dry dock to the west to accommodate the ever-growing vessels of thriving world trade.

Follow @Southampton Stories and @SeaCity Museum for more on the history of the city.

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Frank Rawlings Offer, West Gate, Southampton, Oil on Canvas, 1898
Images © Southampton Cultural Services

We’re pleased to announce an online version of our latest exhibition, John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape is now availab...
02/05/2020

We’re pleased to announce an online version of our latest exhibition, John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape is now available on our website: https://www.southamptoncityartgallery.com/whats-on/john-hitchens/

As well as looking through photographs of the exhibition you’ll be able to download a copy of the exhibition guide, see drawings from the artist’s sketchbooks and watch a special recital by composer Peter Dayton, recorded at the opening night of the exhibition.

We hope you will be able to visit us again in the not too distant future but until then we hope you enjoy this digital version of the exhibition from the comfort of your sofa. Watch this space for further online exhibitions coming soon. Photography courtesy of Joe Low #CultureinQuarantine #Southampton

What on earth is that hideous creature? It's truly abominable! Yeti making: coming to you on our page this Sund...
01/05/2020

What on earth is that hideous creature? It's truly abominable!

Yeti making: coming to you on our page this Sunday at 2pm!

See pics below for the things you'll need and the thing you'll make.

p.s - you need two loo rolls
p.p.s - the carrier bag does not need to be white, but it's a bonus.

O is for... Optical Illusions.  In Red Movement, Bridget Riley explores how we perceive colour through the arrangement o...
01/05/2020

O is for... Optical Illusions. In Red Movement, Bridget Riley explores how we perceive colour through the arrangement of contrasting blocks. For those who've not seen the original, the painting is over three metres wide. Made up of a relatively small number of elements; parallel diagonals, block colours and a repeating abstract shape, it creates a sense of wave like movement.

Riley was born in London and studied art at Goldsmiths' College and the Royal College of Art. She was a leading figure in the development of Op Art, a form of abstract art which seeks to create optical effects such as movement, flashing, vibration and warping.

Bridget Riley, Red Movement, 2005, Oil on Linen © Bridget Riley 2020. All rights reserved Image © Southampton City Art Gallery #CultureinQuarantine #Southampton

It’s Thursday! Our continuing journey through the alphabet has led us to N! And an N on a Thursday can only stand for on...
30/04/2020

It’s Thursday! Our continuing journey through the alphabet has led us to N! And an N on a Thursday can only stand for one thing…….Nurse!

We are lucky enough to have this delightful painting, Portrait of a Nurse, by the local artist Eric Meadus in our collection. Painted in 1965, it depicts a nurse sitting in deep contemplation; whether it is before her shift or directly after, the viewer is left wondering.

We hope that all those working for the NHS find comfort in this painting; thank you for everything you do. Use 8pm tonight show just how thankful we are; not only to the NHS but to all frontline workers too.

#ClapforCarers #CultureinQuarantine #Southampton © The artist’s estate. Image © Southampton Cultural Services

Delighted that the Contemporary Art Society are screening Graham Gussin's Spill for 72 hours.  Spill was donated to Sout...
29/04/2020
#CASatHome: Spill, by Graham Gussin - Contemporary Art Society

Delighted that the Contemporary Art Society are screening Graham Gussin's Spill for 72 hours. Spill was donated to Southampton City Art Gallery by the Contemporary Art Society in 2000 through the Special Collections Sceme. Hope you enjoy it!

This week we are very pleased to present Graham Gussin’s Spill, 1999, with thanks to the artist for making it available. The film is screening for 72 hours only and...

Our A-Z of the collection hits the hump of the week with M for... Monochrome. For this, we have chosen the aptly titled ...
29/04/2020

Our A-Z of the collection hits the hump of the week with M for... Monochrome.

For this, we have chosen the aptly titled painting Black and White by Dod Procter. The simple but beautifully executed composition depicts garments associated with an aristocratic evening out: a fur muff, opera gloves and matching shawl. There also appears to be a crystal bottle in the top right corner which could be a perfume atomiser, the perfect finishing touch to any social event preparation!

Of course, getting ready to go out for the evening is becoming a distant memory but there is no reason not to dress up for that getting-together video call or to put on your glad rags for your essential weekly shop!

Dod Procter was closely associated with both the Newlyn School and the St. Ives Society of Artists. Inspiration from the works of the Impressionists can be seen in the use of subtle hues of colour in the background of the painting which allows the main components to dominate the canvas.

Dod Procter, Black and White. © the artist’s estate. All Rights Reserved 2020/ Bridgeman Images. Image © Southampton Cultural Services #MuseumfromHome #CultureinQuarantine #Southampton

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A sketch of the brilliant John Hitchens exhibtion at City Art Gallery. Shortly before lockdown. Was going to go back to add colour!
any won interested in my art work £20 looks pritty nice
Lovely to come back to the gallery to see more fun things happening for kids! Really enjoyed my visit with lovely staff as always!
I have recently acquired three Oils by local Southampton Artist J. Ferry (1920’s) I’m thinking to submit to Auction. Feel free to shed any light on these works!
Things for children to do in the summer holidays in Southampton x
Just been to see Leonardo da Vinci drawings in Southampton on loan from they queen how lovely to have them nearby!
What a gem this gallery is. No wonder they were allowed the Leonardo drawings. Never been before but that was my lose. A lovely mix of painting styles. Special children's items. Rodin! Lowry, Degas all in a light and airy setting. Wonderful.
Beautiful art..just come and be inspired!
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Hi there could you please tell me when you are having your next open to all artists exhibition and how to apply? Thank you x😍
Lost my jumper today in the gallery or streets surrounding . It’s old and very loved and unfortunately too old To find another . Pls msg me if you saw it anywhere today. Many thanks
I Lost a pencil case with Isabella and a rainbow fairy on the front and a pink jumper today at the gallery please could you message me if found/ handed in thank you .