Here is our programme of activities, talks and tours aimed at adults. We also do activities for children. You can also view the full arts and heritage brochure with all our activities including special exhibitions in the gallery, and the Pavilion at SeaCity Museum.

To book please telephone on 023 8083 4536. Early booking recommended for all events to avoid disappointment! As part of the gallery’s partnership with Adult and Community learning, adults aged 19 and over maybe eligible for a discount on workshop activities. Please ask for details when booking. 

Friday Touch Tours for visitors with visual impairments
Friday 31 Mar / 10.30am-12.30pm / FREE / Pre-book on 023 8083 2810
Art Educator Jo Bressloff leads our bi-monthly Touch Tours exploring our collections and latest exhibitions making art accessible to visually impaired audiences. Friendly and informal, you won’t require prior knowledge to enjoy Jo’s tours. Call for more information.

Stephen Snoddy in Conversation
Fri 17 Feb / 1-2pm / £2 / Pre-book
Stephen Snoddy, Director at The New Art Gallery, Walsall will be in conversation with Tim Craven, Curator of Art at Southampton City Art Gallery. Join them for an interesting discussion focusing on Snoddy’s current exhibition Looking At and his fascinating career in the arts world, including his former role as director here at the gallery.

L.S Lowry Discussion and Demonstration with Margery Clarke 
Sat 25 Feb and Fri 24 Mar 
1.30-2.30pm / £10 / Pre-book
Join ‘The First’ Gallery’s Margery Clarke for a discussion and demonstration of L.S Lowry’s painting techniques, learn how Lowry transformed Clarke’s Painting of Nun into his painting of Man in Bowler Hat. 

Castles Academic Study Day - Southampton University 
Mon 23 Jan / Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus / 9.30am-4pm / FREE / Pre-book at
To coincide with Southampton City Art Gallery’s major exhibition Capture the Castle this summer, The University of Southampton’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture will hold a study day at Avenue Campus with key note speaker Tim Craven, Gallery Curator of Art. For further details please contact Mary Andrew:

Philosophy Talks - Looking at: Looking
Saturdays / 2-3pm / FREE / Drop-in
A series of accessible talks for the public by University of Southampton Philosophy Department. Inspired by the exhibitions on display in the gallery, the talks will explore what it is to ‘look’ - both at art and at the world more generally. Upcoming talks include:

  • Seeing stars: the problem of perception, Dr Will McNeill - 18 Feb
  • The innocent eye?, Dr Kurt Sylvan - 25 Feb
  • Colouring reality, Dr Alex Gregory - 4 March
  • Seeing in and through paintings, Dr Daniel Whiting - 11 March
  • Representing what's not really there, Dr Naomi Thompson - 18 March

Art History Study Days
Saturday: 11 Mar /Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / 10am-3.30pm / £28 (£26 Cons) / Pre-book
Study days are open to those who are new to the art world and anyone already familiar with it. Includes looking at artworks in the gallery as well as tea and coffee.

28 January: An introduction to the History of Art with Jennie Spiers.
11 March: Alistair Eales

Saturday Life Drawing 
Saturdays: 4 Feb, 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 22 Apr, 27 May, 17 Jun / 11am-4pm  £34 / Pre-book
Brian Reynolds leads our monthly life drawing sessions suitable for any ability except absolute beginners. You are welcome to bring materials but we can supply the basics. Please note there will be a full day pose on 22 April and 17 June.

Freestyle Leaf Embroidery
Sat 18 Mar / 11am-4pm / £34 / Pre-book
Vicky Bilton will help you develop the confidence to use your own sewing machine to draw with the needle to create leaves which can be used later to make an appliquéed panel or cushion on this exciting free motion embroidery workshop. Equipment: Please bring your own sewing machine fitted with a free-motion embroidery foot/ darning foot and extension cable.

Abstract Painting and Mixed Media Workshop
Sat 15 Apr / 11am-4pm  / £34 / Pre-book
Be inspired by the abstract works on display in the gallery and work with artist Abi Kremer to develop your own expressive techniques. Media used will be inks, acrylic paint and collage – please bring an object that has meaning for you as a starting point. Materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own brushes and pallet knife.

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