Southampton City Art Gallery
Southampton City Art Gallery
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The Gallery offers something for everyone, whether you're young or old, a lifelong fan or going to a gallery for the first time. Exhibitions and displays range from ancient culture to the cutting-edge and the Gallery is internationally renowned for its impressive art collection, spanning six centuries of European art history.
The City Art Gallery offers a number of public services, including the artlease scheme, gallery library and archives.
This gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.
Open 10:00–15:00 Monday to Friday, 10:00-17:00 Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
Wheelchair access throughout the Gallery.
Toilets including disabled facilities are situated on the ground floor in the Gallery Foyer.
Baby changing: These are also sited on the ground floor Gallery Foyer.
Southampton City Art Gallery has a Designated Collection of national importance.
Southampton City Council's Designated fine art collections have particular strengths in 20th century British art before 1914 and since 1970. The policy of collecting art within 2 years of its creation has resulted in the acquisition of fine examples of work by many Turner Prizewinners.
The collection's greatest strength is 20th century British Art. The Gallery is now internationally renowned for its impressive collection of contemporary works by British artists. A fine selection of works by the Camden Town Group, and paintings by such highly reputed artists as Sir Stanley Spencer, Matthew Smith and Philip Wilson Steer are brought together. In recent decades collecting activities at Southampton City Art Gallery have more than consolidated the Galleries position amongst the very best regional institutions. In this most recent phase, diversity and well as quality is apparent with sculpture, and photography being more fully recognised as critical areas for consideration. This has been broadened still further as the Gallery has added installation and video works to its holdings.
The Gallery’s collection numbers over 3,500 works and spans six centuries of European art history. The works on display, of both historic and contemporary art, show the breadth and quality of the City’s greatest art treasures. The collection's earliest work is an Italian Renaissance altarpiece by Allegretto Nuzi from the 14th century; also featured is Burne-Jones' Perseus Series (shown in an exquisite wood-paneled room), seventeenth century Dutch landscapes and French Impressionist paintings, overall the quality and variety of works is remarkably high.
British Studio Ceramics: Southampton City Art Gallery has an outstanding collection of the work of studio potters from between the wars, the result of a very generous bequest by the Very Reverend Milner-White, a former Dean of York Minster who was a Southampton native and, during his lifetime, a great collector of stoneware pots. These were created by potters like Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, who worked at St Ives in Cornwall. The stoneware potters were creatively inspired by the newly discovered Chinese stoneware of the Han, T'ang and Sung dynasties. Work from the collection is shown in two specially commissioned cases designed and built by furniture maker Robert Kilvington.
Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Camden Town Group
- Sir Stanley Spencer
- Matthew Smith
- Philip Wilson Steer
- Allegretto Nuzi
- Burne-Jones' Perseus Series
- British Studio Ceramics
- Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada
- Han, T'ang and Sung
- Robert Kilvington
- Designated Collection
From David Bomberg to Paul Rego: The London Group in Southampton
- 27 June — 19 October 2014 *on now
The London Group took the art world by storm at the opening of its first exhibition in 1914. David Bomberg, Walter Sickert, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska were part of the founding group, and one of their principal aims was to show work by women and émigré artists who were shut out by the establishment of the time. Throughout modern British art history The Group has championed the work of emerging artists bringing to the forefront great talents from Henry Moore to L.S. Lowry to Nina Hammett. Southampton Art Gallery has the UK’s largest historical London Group collection that is combined with contemporary works by current members in this landmark exhibition.
- Family friendly
- 28 June — 6 December 2014 *on now
The largest explosion of the Great War took place, neither in the trenches nor in the no-man’s land between them, but on the other side of the Atlantic in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia. A ship packed with munitions, collided with another vessel in the harbour causing a catastrophic explosion which reduced the city to ruins and killed approximately 2000 people.
In the succeeding months Halifax Harbour became a focus for photographers and artists including the English artist Harold Gilman who was working on a commission for an ongoing series of ‘Canadian War Memorials’.
- Any age