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 5,000 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. The gallery can be hired for weddings, civil ceremonies, drinks receptions and even more. Paintings and sculptures provide a wonderful backdrop for couples seeking somewhere unique and the gallery spaces provide a harmonious environment for an unforgettable day.
Seating can be provided for up to 120 people, and our in house catering team can work with you to ensure your guests are kept happy throughout your event. The Art Gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm, closed Sundays. Visit www.southampton.gov.uk/art for more details.