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Drumming Masterclass with Nate Smith, Graham Russell Drums
Drumming Masterclass with Nate Smith, Graham Russell Drums, at Turner Sims. Photo credit: Dan Todd
John Hansard Gallery at Studio 144
John Hansard Gallery at Studio 144, with exterior artwork by Larry Achiampong, PAN AFRICAN FLAG FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS' ALLIANCE (MOTION), 2019-20. Photo credit: Reece Straw
Haroon Mirza, Pavilion for Optimisation (2013), installation view, John Hansard Gallery
Haroon Mirza, Pavilion for Optimisation (2013), installation view, John Hansard Gallery, Waves and Forms, 2019-20. Courtesy hrm199. Photo credit: Thierry Bal
Music Department performance students, Talking Heads
Music Department performance students, Talking Heads
Poet performing
Live poetry, English Department
Matt Rhoda sculpture in Valley Gardens © Thierry Bal
Matt Rhoda sculpture in Valley Gardens © Thierry Bal
Fashion Degree Show
Hannah Price, Fashion Degree Show Winchester School of Art © Dave Clarke
Turner Sims Orchestra in Association SÓN
Turner Sims Orchestra in Association SÓN, led by conductor, performer and educator Robin Browning. Photo credit: Chris Christodoulou

Get Involved

Whether you’re a student, a staff member, or you are from our wider community, there are plenty of exciting cultural opportunities for everyone with Arts at University of Southampton.

Take centre stage with over 40 student performing arts societies, from musical theatre to contemporary dance, be part of a captivated audience at Turner Sims’ international concert season, or discover a new exhibition at John Hansard Gallery’s new city centre home at Studio 144.

From knitting to video game design, poetry to dance, there is something for everyone.

Arts Blog

Join our community of contributors sharing their thoughts and insights on the Arts at University of Southampton Blog. Hear from student Arts Ambassadors, get behind the scenes at concerts, exhibitions and events, and gain industry insights from arts professionals and artists.  Submit your blog proposal to us for approval and get writing.

Arts Ambassadors

Our student Arts Ambassadors work with us and our city-wide partners to share the story of Southampton and Winchester’s brilliant, dynamic and diverse cultural scene.

For more information on future Arts Ambassador opportunities, please e-mail arts@soton.ac.uk for more details or sign up to our mailing list to stay informed.

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Southampton Cultural Quarter

Alongside neighbours City Eye, Southampton City Art Gallery, Solent Showcase, SeaCity MuseumMayflower Theatre and O2 Guildhall, the University’s own John Hansard Gallery is located at the heart of Southampton’s vibrant Cultural Quarter, packed full of live music venues, theatres, galleries, museums, bars, cafes and restaurants. All this just a walk or bus ride away from our campuses, and in the same neighbourhood as much of our city centre student accommodation.

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Literature

Find out more about Southampton’s emerging literary scene

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Experience the best in live music, including world, jazz and classical, by international musicians and music societies

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Theatre

Enjoy a host of exciting and challenging new productions, touring shows and performing arts societies

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Visual Arts

Explore the world through artists’ eyes, with a dynamic series of contemporary art exhibitions, education programmes and events

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