Southampton City Art Gallery

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Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Southampton City Art Gallery is the most outstanding gallery in the South of England and is internationally renowned for its impressive collection and temporary exhibitions programme. The works on display, of both historic and contemporary art, show the breadth and quality of the City’s art treasures. The Gallery attracts a wide audience and through the exciting education programme it provides and promote opportunities for greater access, involvement and understanding of visual art in Southampton.
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Chris S
31 contributions
Amazing Gallery with an important collection
Oct 2021 • Couples
A treasure of a gallery - one of the best outside London. Very current temporary exhibition by British Muslim women artists - extremely informative. The gallery’s own collection includes Rodin and Monet among many others of that standard. They have had a special relationship with Director of the National Gallery since the 1930’s which has guided their acquisitions, and more recently they have similar access to the Director of the Tate’s expertise. The displays are varied, well presented and thoughtful.
Written October 12, 2021
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Kelly N
55171796 contributions
Great collection of art
Oct 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful space, with truly wonderful art to view. We popped in around 11, then strolled through the parks, a quick drink a lovely bar, then on to the cinema for a matinée. All part of a cultural day!
Written October 9, 2021
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BrushandJarArt
5 contributions
Bright and interesting gallery with a wonderful collection!
Aug 2021
We popped in after seeing it was free while passing and we were really pleasantly surprised! Many beautiful works of art in a really unique building, with lots of very big name artists, with unique pieces. I really enjoyed their section with Islamic arts, the geometry was amazing. Really varied pieces too - I'd recommend a visit to anyone!
Written September 4, 2021
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MBURNHAMBurnham
Burnham, UK38 contributions
Really good art gallery with an eclectic collection of high quality art
May 2021 • Couples
A very interesting art gallery with an eclectic collection of a very high standard. This art gallery has a close relationship wi the Tate and has a full range of art on display including two Gainsboroughs and paintings and a sculpture by Maggie Hambling. Housed in a beautiful expansive building, this is a really good gallery to visit. All the staff are extremely helpful, and a special mention of the security man who went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our visit
Written June 16, 2021
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Fluffy009
Bristol, UK51 contributions
Nice little gallery
Oct 2020
My husband loves art and we visited here in October half term. Although the gallery itself is lovely, some of the exhibits on show were not really to his liking, but we did enjoy our visit and the Name Shoa Face of Britain exhibition was very interesting.
Written October 30, 2020
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Sotontraveller
Southampton, UK535 contributions
I learned more than I expected
Oct 2020
Local residents are so lucky to have this gallery in their midst. It is a pity it is under-marketed by Southampton CC. If the Council were smart, it could charge of many of its specialist exhibitions.

This was my first visit since lock down and proved to be more interesting than I expected. As always, about three exhibitions running con-currently, the one with the highest marketed visibility was the Nahem Shoa "Face of Britain" portrait exhibition. I knew nothing of the artist nor his work. The curating proved to be totally different to what I expected (probably says more about me than the marketing) and was surprisingly interesting: A very clever artist with amazing colour and brush skills. The comparisons with portraits done by white skinned artists of white and coloured skinned peoples were stark and apparent.

Shorter versions of the Hospital Rooms exhibition has been running for some time but really demonstrates what can be achieved with some colour and skills applied by empathetic artists to bring joy and light into mental health establishments.

The Shade and Light exhibition I found to be predominently underwhelming, reminding me somewhat ironically of Jeff Koons work at the very end.

Well worth a visit.

A great pity that Southampton Art Gallery hasn't bothered to update it's web site given the Central Library had to be closed because of a confirmed case of C19. The public needs to be able to make its own informed decisions to attend or not.
Written October 28, 2020
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diego
26 contributions
very interesting
Jan 2020

Brilliant place to visit. Has an association with the Tate. We went with our Fine Arts group. Had a great tour with a very knowledgeable guide who was very interesting. Then a tour in the basement with the Curator young lady who was very passionate about the gallery & her work. A must see!
Written October 19, 2020
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Rachael B
Southampton, UK11 contributions
Fantastic collection
Aug 2020
One of the best collections outside of London. The gallery are constantly changed the exhibits and the exhibitions they run are always fascinating. They have a brilliant "Please Do Touch" trail for kids and the events they run around their exhibitions are always extremely well planned and appealing.
Written October 6, 2020
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David G
Newport, UK10 contributions
Small but free with good range of works.
Sep 2020
Despite it's small size a good range of paintings, many from local artists. Adjacent to Sea City Museum, so well worth visiting both in half a day.
Written September 27, 2020
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marcgutteridge71
Reading, UK81 contributions
very interesting
Sep 2020
I went to see the Camden Town Group , but that was not on show , instead I was treated to the wonderful work of John Hitching , excellent time , learnt a lot and wondered at the genius of Moet
Written September 25, 2020
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