Southampton City Art Gallery

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Please note: The gallery will close from Monday 16 January - Friday 3 February 2017 (inclusive) whilst we de-install British Art Show 8.

About the gallery

The gallery, based in Southampton’s Civic Centre opened in 1939. The art gallery attracts art-lovers, curious amateurs as well as those who simply enjoy the atmosphere of a gallery. Southampton City Art Gallery offers the opportunity to enjoy high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as permanent collection and displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit.

Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection which features around 5,300 works. These span eight centuries and tell the story of western art from the Renaissance to the present day. The core of the collection is twentieth century and contemporary British art. Strong clusters within this include Post-Impressionism (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives and progressive contemporary art from the mid-1970s.

Free to enter and conveniently located right next to SeaCity Museum, the venue caters for families. You can enjoy gallery trails through the exhibitions, monthly art clubs and a fantastic range of activities for all ages.

Please note, the gallery will be closed from Monday 16 January 2017 - Friday 3 February 2017 (inclusive) whilst we deinstall British Art Show 8. The gallery will partly re-open on Saturday 4 February 2017, and fully re-open with brand new exhibitions on Friday 17 February 2017. Find out more.

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We thank UNIQA for supporting Southampton City Art Gallery, by providing insurance cover for the city’s world-class collection.