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Southampton City Art Gallery

Main HallArt Gallery Accessibility

From Thursday 20 March the lift in the gallery will be inaccessible. This is because we are replacing the old lift with a brand new model. Please don’t let this put off coming to see us though. If you have mobility issues that will make it difficult for you to use the stairs in the gallery you should contact us on 023 8083 3007 prior to arrival so we can arrange alternative access for you. Apologies for any inconvenience these works will cause.

Southampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection, which spans eight centuries and tells 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 element include Post-Impressionism (notably the Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives and progressive contemporary art from the mid-1970s.

About the Southampton City Art Gallery

Opened in April 1939 within Southampton’s Civic Centre, it offers high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit. The venue caters for families, with gallery trails through the exhibitions, monthly art clubs and a fantastic range of activities for all ages.


We offer a flexible service to schools and groups focusing on learning about the exhibitions and collections. There is also the provision for educational workshops in all our venues or held at your venue. For more information and on-line enquiry form about the museums and gallery please see your learning and education pages.

BBC's Your Paintings

You can now search art collections from thousands of museums and other public institutions across the country on the BBC's Your Paintings pages. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums from across the UK. Southampton City Art Gallery can be found listed under 'Hampshire and the Isle of Wight'.

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