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Turner Sims
Turner Sims
Shh...Bang, Research Project
Shh...Bang, Research Project
Studio 144
Studio 144
Sculpture on campus
Sculpture on campus

Experiencing a wealth of world-class arts

Arts at University of Southampton is the gateway to experiencing a wealth of world-class arts and culture at the University, and across the cities of Southampton and Winchester.

Leading arts organisations at Highfield Campus, Southampton

The University’s Highfield campus is home to three of the UK’s leading arts organisations:

A new city centre arts complex for Southampton

Studio 144 is a stunning new destination at the heart of the city’s thriving cultural quarter which will open in 2017. The south building will be the new home of John Hansard Gallery, with community film organisation City Eye and NST opening a second venue in the north building.

Winchester School of Art (WSA)

Winchester School of Art is one of the UK’s top ten art schools. Its Winchester Gallery presents a year-round programme of exhibitions connected to arts and research.

Sculpture Collection on Campus

The University’s campuses are home to a collection of permanent sculptures by leading international artists including works by Barbara Hepworth and Conrad Shawcross.

Arts and Creative Industry Student Groups

Union Southampton supports over 60 student groups and societies across creative industries, visual art, music and performing arts, with many events taking place throughout the academic year.


A commitment to the arts

The University of Southampton has a long, committed history of supporting the arts. In 1964 Nuffield Theatre, designed by Sir Basil Spence, was built at the University’s Highfield campus. Nuffield was joined by Turner Sims in 1974 and John Hansard Gallery in 1979.

An art school since 1870

Winchester School of Art, part of the University of Southampton, was founded in 1870 and originally occupied the City’s twelfth-century Wolvesey Palace. The School sought a permanent home for ninety years, until 1962 when it received approval for its current site.

A vibrant student community

The University of Southampton Students' Union (known as Union Southampton) is over 100 years old, having represented the students of Southampton's premier academic institution since its creation in 1903.

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Arts in the city

Explore the cities of Southampton and Winchester and see what cultural venues and events are on offer


Research projects

Find out what happens when University of Southampton researchers collaborate with artists

Student Arts Ambassador

Get involved

  From joining a student society or attending a free concert, to becoming an Arts Ambassador, there are lots of ways to take part in the arts    

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