First Gallery

'The First' Gallery is also a private house in Bitterne, where the Clarke family have for many years provided a venue for good but often little-known artists and craftspeople to show and sell their wares. They also have an important rôle in promoting the work of a previous generation of local artists and in keeping their memories alive. Leo Stable, the founder of the John Hansard Gallery on Southampton University Campus was an associate, and the City Art Gallery maintains close links. Lots of people have never heard of The First Gallery (part of an ordinary suburban house); many others have made a mental note to come and have a look. Do feel free to ring for directions. While we are tucked away, we're well worth finding!

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Normally only by appointment, but we have set hours during first 9 days of each occasional exhibition (1400-1900 daily, incl. Suns). Usually 4 exhibitions a year.

Admission charges


Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Photography

Key artists and exhibits

  • Eric Meadus (1931 - 70) largest extant collection.
  • Crispin Eurich (1936 - 76) prob. largest extant collection, incl. archive of all negatives kept by photographer at his death.
  • Early examples of many leading British ceramicists, incl. Svend Bayer, Clive Bowen, Sandy Brown, Lotte Glob, John Maltby, Suzie Narsh, Takeshi Yasuda

First Gallery
1 Burnham Chase
SO18 5DG




023 8046 2723


023 8046 2723

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