John Hansard Gallery

John Hansard Gallery
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ




023 8059 2158


023 8059 4192

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The John Hansard Gallery, based at the University of Southampton’s Highfield campus, is one of Britain’s leading public galleries of contemporary visual art. Proud of its academic situation, the Gallery plays a key role in the cultural life of the campus and the city, drawing a wide local, national and international audience to its esteemed programme of exhibitions and events. The Gallery’s highly regarded programme by British and international artists regularly tours throughout the UK and overseas. We are listed in the Good Gallery Guide. The Gallery has strong links with the local community providing extensive education programmes.

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Opening hours

Tue-Fri 1100-1700, Sat 1100-1600

Admission charges


Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Mark Anstee: Enchantment of Distance

  • 17 October 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

In this Centenary Year, amidst a renewed public interest in WW1, Anstee is looking back over past works and questioning the narrative in-between.

Enchantment of Distance forms part of a larger proposal for winter 2015 centered on the Edwin Lutyens Memorial in Southampton’s Watts Park, the first and largest of Lutyens Cenotaph structures in the UK.

Work on show includes conceptual drawings from this ongoing proposal, and observational and imagined studies produced over the last decade from residencies undertaken, such as the Stonehenge Riverside Project. Also showing is the short film, Encounter, a durational drawing piece for In Flanders Fields Museum, Belgium, a project which saw Anstee singularly mark out two opposing armies of equal numbers either side of a four metre wall over 72 days.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library, University of Southampton


Tom Dale: Terminal Blue

  • 9 December 2014 — 7 February 2015 *on now

Over recent years Tom Dale has produced a body of work for both galleries and public spaces, bringing to both the same dexterity and questioning vision.

Terminal Blue - the title work of the exhibition - forms the first part of the show, uniting art specifics, as much of Dale’s work does, such as questions of scale and definition, with more phenomenological ones. The piece is partially participatory, consisting of a banner being flown across the sky by plane in the form of a giant-sized colour swatch that details the shift from dark blue to light blue. Seen across the skyline at a specific time, details and a copy of the colour swatch, including the commercial paints names of the colours, will be printed in the local press giving people in the city the opportunity to make a comparison with the swatch and sky that day.

Another work is Infinity Wall, an apparatus that enables the gallery space to continually record, produce and destroy its own memory in real time. The printed images, which will emerge from one of the gallery walls, only to be shredded minutes later, will accumulate in the space over the duration of the exhibition leaving the detritus of its own memory to mingle with the other works in the show.


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Colour Charting: Free Children's Workshop

  • 17 January 2015 12-3pm

Join artist Joel Papps to create work inspired by the exhibition, Terminal Blue. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to develop your own special chart of colours which match your personality. Participants are advised to wear old clothes and bring refreshments/a packed lunch.

Ages 8+

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


Tom Dale in Conversation with Brian Dillon

  • 22 January 2015 7-8:30pm

Join artist Tom Dale in conversation with writer Brian Dillon, curator of the recent Ruin Lust exhibition at Tate Britain, discussing works and ideas on show in Terminal Blue.

Over recent years, Tom Dale has produced a body of work for both galleries and public spaces, bringing to both the same dexterity and questioning vision. Terminal Blue will concentrate on the following pieces, two of which are important works in the development of his practice that are for the first time to be fully realised, as well as one set of works that have been commissioned especially for John Hansard Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children