About this attraction
Southampton City Art Gallery is a fantastic hidden gem, with regularly rotating displays featuring works from Southampton’s amazing and diverse collection of fine art, national touring exhibitions and work by local artists.
There’s also a range of creative workshops and activities to suit all ages all year round. Amazingly, the gallery is free to visit – you’ll find them in the heart of the Southampton’s cultural quarter.
The art gallery was founded in 1911 after a generous bequeathment from local pharmacist and Justice of the Peace, Robert Chipperfield. His will ensured that a variety of works of art could be purchased to begin the gallery’s impressive collection. Southampton City Art Gallery found its permanent home in 1939 in the Civic Centre building. Thanks to a succession of bequests and gifts, the gallery has gone from strength to strength, building its collection of fine art to over 5,300 pieces.
Southampton City Art Gallery is the perfect day out for art afficionados, amateur artists and visitors of all ages who are looking for a cultural experience. With a selection of permanent exhibitions and many ever-changing displays, visitors will love exploring this tranquil space.
The gallery boasts a collection of sculptures, drawings, paintings, photographs and films showcasing a variety of different styles and techniques. The displays include both contemporary and historic art with works from local artists, touring exhibitions, and permanent collections.
There is truly something for every guest at Southampton City Art Gallery from exhibition trails to activities and regular art clubs. With creative workshops and exciting activities, visitors of every age can develop their art skills and escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets.
There are also free talks and tours allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in history and culture while learning more about the various exhibitions.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the gallery ethos, which is part of the Arts Council England Accelerator programme. The city of Southampton also started the Green City Charter with a view to moving the city to a Carbon Neutral state by the year 2030, a sentiment shared by the gallery.
Southampton City Art Gallery is dedicated to helping achieve carbon neutral status by using 100% green energy and recycling wherever feasible. With the introduction of LED lighting in all the exhibitions and a reduction of unnecessary receipt printing, the gallery has a strong focus on sustainability.
Southampton City Art Gallery hosts varied educational activities and tours to help visitors explore the world of art. Young guests will love exploring the gallery while learning about art history over the last eight centuries. Including works from the Renaissance to the modern art of today, there is so much to discover for every visitor.
Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm (Last entry 2.45pm)
Saturday 10am – 5pm (Last entry 4.45pm).