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Summer in the Square, Southampton’s Cultural Quarter © Oliver Lane
Summer in the Square, Southampton’s Cultural Quarter © Oliver Lane
Barbara Hepworth sculpture on Highfield campus © Thierry Bal
Barbara Hepworth sculpture on Highfield campus © Thierry Bal
Winchester Gallery © Dave Clarke
Winchester Gallery © Dave Clarke
a good neighbour, Level 4 Gallery
a good neighbour, Level 4 Gallery
Buren Stripes at Southampton City Art Gallery © Thierry Bal 2016
Buren Stripes at Southampton City Art Gallery © Thierry Bal 2016

Engage in world-class contemporary art

Visit one of Britain’s leading public galleries of contemporary art, John Hansard Gallery. An innovative education and public programme is accompanied by special community-focused projects. 

New city-centre home

In 2018, the John Hansard Gallery relocates to Studio 144, a purpose built, city-centre arts complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. The Gallery will be joined in Studio 144 by Nuffield Southampton Theatres  and film organisation City Eye

Sculpture Collection

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

Discover our sculptures

A hub of artistic activity at Winchester School of Art

The Winchester School of Art (WSA) campus hosts a multitude of visual art events throughout the year. The Winchester Gallery, situated on the WSA campus, presents a yearlong programme of exhibitions and events from locally and nationally celebrated artists. Alongside this their visual art student groups such as life drawing and knitting, supported by the Students Union

Uncover hidden treasures in our libraries

The University of Southampton’s libraries hold an abundance of incredible documents in its archives. The WSA library and the Hartley Library’s Special Collections both display material from their archives.

Hartley Library is home to two exhibition spaces, both of which are open and free to the public. The Special Collections Gallery presents a fascinating historically focused programme drawn from the archives while the Level 4 Gallery’s diverse programme displays contemporary visual art.

Winchester Discovery Centre

A recently refurbished public library, the Discovery Centre features an art gallery with an impressive programme, designed to display material from the most important galleries, museums and private collections in the country. 

A Renowned National Collection

Located in the city’s Cultural QuarterSouthampton City Art Gallery is internationally renowned for its permanent collection that features around 5,300 works brilliantly displayed in its diverse exhibition programme.

Art in Unusual Spaces

Dotted around Southampton’s historic Old Town are smaller visual art galleries and organisations:

Consisting of just two repurposed Grade II listed phone boxes found close to West Quay, K6 Gallery showcases both local and national artists with a focus on contemporary and conceptual art.

HA HA Gallery is a contemporary art space on the historic Old Northam Road in Southampton.

One of the city’s oldest buildings, God’s House Tower, runs a visual arts programme and has held exhibitions, artist residencies, and community events. It is about to undergo a refurbishment into an arts and heritage venue, where it will host both contemporary art and historic materials relating to Southampton.


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Arts Blog

Discover behind-the-scenes pieces and insights into Visual Arts activity on our Arts Blog  

Studio 144

Studio 144

Learn about Southampton’s major arts complex

Support Us

Support Us

Find out how you can support the diverse arts programmes at John Hansard Gallery

Union Films

Discover a world of cinema at Highfield Campus

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