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People looking at Gerhard Richter, 4900 Colours (2007)
Gerhard Richter, 4900 Colours (2007) John Hansard Gallery © Steve Shrimpton
Mark Guiliana, Turner Sims © Deneka Peniston
Mark Guiliana, Turner Sims © Deneka Peniston
The Wedding, Nuffield Southampton Theatres
The Wedding, Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Music Department performance students, Talking Heads
Music Department performance students, Talking Heads
Studio 144 © Thierry Bal
Studio 144 © Thierry Bal
Fashion Marketing Degree Show, Winchester School of Art
Fashion Marketing Degree Show, Winchester School of Art
Sweet Tooth Research Project
Sweet Tooth Research Project
Barbara Hepworth, Two Figures © Thierry Bal
Barbara Hepworth, Two Figures © Thierry Bal

A World of Opportunities

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

Experience enthralling live music at Turner Sims by leading performers of jazz, folk, world and classical.

Enjoy the best of the performing arts at Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST), from acclaimed original productions and touring shows to comedy nights.

Discover an international world of visual art with John Hansard Gallery’s programme of exhibitions and events.

The University’s Arts and Humanities departments frequently present public facing activity, such as Entropics’ poetry series and Writers in Conversation from the English Department, to free lunchtime concerts organised by the Music Department.

Promoting New Talent

Enjoy talented artists at the beginning of their careers across Southampton and Winchester. The University’s Students’ Union (SUSU) supports over 40 performing arts societies that host public events.

Winchester School of Art (WSA) is a centre of creative activity with Design and Fine Art students showcasing their work in degree shows and interactive workshops. The Music Department regularly showcase their performance students at venues across the city. 

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.

Southampton’s Cultural Quarter

John Hansard Gallery reopens in May 2018 in its new city centre home at Studio 144, Guildhall Square, alongside community film organisation City Eye and Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ second venue NST City.

Together they join an array of exciting cultural organisations including:

The Art House Café

Mayflower Theatre

SeaCity Museum

Solent Showcase Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery

The Stage Door

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Arts Blog

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

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