Art Gallery Exterior

The main hall is currently open with a selection of favourite works from the collection. The gallery will re-open in full on Thursday 16 February 2017 at 6pm when we launch the following new exhibitions:
The Morris Dancer and The Rat Catcher: Modern British Figure Paintings from the Collection: 17 February - 13 May 2017.  Artists have always been drawn to the figure as a means of expressing contemporary life, emotions and events. Southampton City Art Gallery is fortunate to have some of the finest holdings of 20th Century British Art outside London, which includes outstanding examples of figurative painting by some of the great artists of the last century.

Looking At: Abstraction with Stephen Snoddy: 17 February – 29 April 2017.  When former Southampton City Art Gallery director, Stephen Snoddy, was invited to curate a display from the collection, he proposed selecting 10 abstract paintings and making his own response to each to create a ‘couplet’. Taking elements from each of the chosen works, he has then used them to construct his own paintings.

Still Hanging Around: Paintings by Margery Clarke, 1956 to the present: 17 February – 23 April 2017. An exhibition of paintings by Hilda Margery Clarke to celebrate her 90th year. She was born in Manchester and learnt to paint through the guidance of L.S. Lowry, with whom she remained life-long friends until his death in 1976. 

On the Water – In the Water: 4 Feb – 25 March. 25 members of the Phorum Photography Group showcase a series of work responding to our relationship to water, focussing on the sea and rivers in Southampton and nearby coastal areas.

Permanent exhibitions

The Perseus Series in The Baring Room by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones: The Perseus series consists of ten cartoons in gouache for a series of large oil paintings. Based on a number of Greek myths, it is a heroic tale of knight-errantry and the triumph of good over evil.


For a full list of our current exhibitions, activities, events and workshops across all of our venues please see the online version of our latest Exhibitions & Activities Guide.

Private tours of the exhibitions in the art gallery or items in the stores can be booked. For further information including costs, please contact us by email at