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Southampton City Art Gallery

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Address: Commercial Road | Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP, England
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+44 23 8083 3007
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Southampton City Art Gallery is the most outstanding gallery in the South...

Southampton City Art Gallery is the most outstanding gallery in the South of England and is internationally renowned for its impressive collection and temporary exhibitions programme. The works on display, of both historic and contemporary art, show the breadth and quality of the City’s art treasures. The Gallery attracts a wide audience and through the exciting education programme it provides and promote opportunities for greater access, involvement and understanding of visual art in Southampton.

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Interesting collection of paintings

This City Council gallery contains a good permanant collection, such as the Byrne-Jones cartoons of Perseus, as well as occasional visiting exhibitions

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Dr-Barry-Fry
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This City Council gallery contains a good permanant collection, such as the Byrne-Jones cartoons of Perseus, as well as occasional visiting exhibitions

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm ashamed to say that despite growing up in Southampton it wasn't until my 30's that I discovered the art gallery in the civic centre. It's a beautiful space which is much bigger than it first appears, but small if you compare it to the size of the main galleries you'd find in a bigger town like London. It's nice... More 

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Free of charge and always worth keeping an eye out to see what is coming. Most people make the mistake of seeing the main hall only. To the left and right upstairs there are many rooms. Some were taken over by BAS 8 but some were permanent collections. This was a spiritual high, and reminded me of the value of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

The Art gallery in Southampton isn't appreciated enough in my opinion,it's not trying to sell its self as a national Gallery, they have different exhibits quite regularly and some permanent ones, I haven't been for a while but one of my favourite things is the wooden automata exhibit in the glass case , you put a coin in and it... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

The gallery is wholly taken over by BAS 8 contemporary art. The "Perseus Room" is the only piece of the permanent collection on show for the duration.

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Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a very small gallery, 90% of which when I visited, was taken up with the British Art Show. If they had charged I would have asked for my money back. Would like to have seem all the paintings that had been removed to make way for the British Art show which was distinctly average.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Southampton City Art Gallery in the centre of the city has a great atmosphere light and airy and a perfect place to take take children, there are lots of interesting examples of important art works to discover

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Such an unmarketed attraction ! Southampton CC has an amazing collection of art and rarely announces its shows effectively. The British Art Show 8 was launched on 16th October and goes on until 15 January 2017 and is showing at three locations, at least, including this one. I suspect there has been much more funding this time around, mostly due... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a brilliant place to visit if you like art and all its many facets, everything is laid out beautifully, excellent information and helpful staff on hand if you want to know more. I spent a good hour there and enjoyed the experience immensely. I will most certainly visit again.

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Small but perfectly formed as they say. Eclectic collection of pictures and sculptures, well worth a visit.

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