Arts at Southampton

The Arts play an essential role in linking the University to the local and regional communities in Southampton and Winchester.

Highfield Campus hosts three internationally celebrated arts venues:

The Nuffield Theatre is recognised in Great Britain and abroad as a major force in UK theatre and runs full programmes of classics, revivals, new theatre and studio performances. The admission price is discounted for students.

The Turner Sims Concert Hall hosts leading musicians from the worlds of classical, jazz, folk and world music. It is also one of the UK's leading venues for chamber music. Students get discounted admission to this extremely popular venue - see the music events calendar for details including free lunchtime concerts.

The John Hansard Gallery has an international reputation for exciting and innovative shows by leading British and international artists. Exhibitions include painting, video and installations and the gallery also hosts regular seminars, talks and workshops. Admission is free.

Students can access discounts on music, theatre and art at the University via the Artspass.

There are also a number of other cultural activities on Highfield Campus, including:

The Winchester Gallery, part of the Winchester School of Art, offers a programme of contemporary professional visual arts, crafts and design. It also promotes the work of Winchester School of Art’s own students.

Special Collections

The Special Collections Gallery was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund primarily for the display of material from the collections to encourage public awareness and access. The exhibition programme focuses on themes within the collection and links in with University academic activity including celebrations of research, conferences and contributions to national and international events and commemorations.

Chawton House

The University is linked to Chawton House Library, a Study Centre for Early Women's Writing, housed in an Elizabethan manor house once owned by Jane Austen's brother Edward Knight. It is situated in the village of Chawton, near Alton in Hampshire, where Austen herself lived from 1809 and wrote her three later novels. The University, in conjunction with Chawton House Library, runs a programme of seminars and lectures throughout the year, as well as organising a conference every summer at Chawton House.

City culture

In Southampton, you will find many more arts venues and places of interest:

The largest theatre in southern England, the Mayflower, stages West End musicals, ballet, traditional pantomime, operatic productions, comedy acts and evenings with celebrities.

The City Art Gallery was described by The Independent as ‘one of the best places outside London to see British modern art and studio ceramics’. It houses more than 3500 works of art, including its core collection of internationally renowned twentieth-century British art.

The Museum of Archaeology traces the history of the city from its origins as a Roman town to the Victorian age. Southampton has the third most complete set of medieval walls of any British town.

Winchester also features a wide range of cultural attractions, including museums, a cinema and art galleries.

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<i>Salome</i> at the Nuffield

Salome at the Nuffield

The Nuffield Theatre enjoys an enviable international reputation. Photograph by Mike Eddowes.

Orchestra at Turner Sims

Orchestra at Turner Sims

Turner Sims hosts leading musicians from the worlds of classical, jazz, folk and world music.

John Hansard gallery

John Hansard gallery

The John Hansard Gallery has an international reputation for exciting and innovative shows by leading British and international artists.