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Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton

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3.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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  • Or what some people might call second-division, but I don't, because the art world can be small and cliquey! Here are many examples of lesser known (as well as the well known, such as Bridget Riley an...  read more »
  • There are not many quite places in a busy city but the art gallery offers moments of calm. Interesting collections and free to visit. A few more benches would be nice, so that you could sit and absorb...  read more »
  • For a small gallery there is a wide range of excellent art which should appeal to many tastes from Monet to Modern. You can also get married here! 
  • I visited the exhibition on Romanticism in Britain here. Which, I thought, was of excellent quality and was very enjoyable. Although it is not in the same league as larger London musea it is certainly worth visiting if you are in the Southampton area. Entrance is free, though opening times are a bit odd, especially as the museum is closed on Sundays! So be careful to look the opening times.
  • Very disappointing. Good Art Deco building & excellent, but small, display area. According to Public Catalogue Foundation there are 3,500 works of art. On display probably 100 - 150. Described by the curator as "arguably housing the best collection of fine art south of London". The best work was not on display. I was told that I could see what was in store but would have to pay to do so! Few Camden Town Group works. No, or very few, Graham Sutherland (they own 10), no John Piper, no Surrealists, no Impressionists etc. The shop was very poor & lacking in stock. No wonder it was empty. The is Public Art, for goodness sake, owned by the public.
  • It's so important to the community that we fund the arts. Brilliant place. Only thing that infuriates me is that it's closed between Christmas and New Years. Very annoying. It's not free, if you live in Southampton and pay council tax - so I'm allowed to complain.
  • Modest though pleasant free local art gallery above the central library. You climb the stairs to a large airy space with a souvenir shop. In this space there are some modern works by local artists. To the right are a series of rooms, the first of which has some useful paintings of Southampton through the ages, with some dubious photographs of waste land and graffiti at the end. There is a pleasant room with paintings of sailing ships, and a fine wood panelled room with a series of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne-Jones on the Perseus myth. The Perseus room is probably the gallery's most important collection. On the left are a series of rooms which appear to be used for temporary exhibitions. On our visit the exhibition was of Louise Bourgeois, which we enjoyed. On the whole a modest gallery though with some interest; pleasant enough for locals to check out while in the area or while visiting the library, and has the potential to surprise and inform.
  • Massive live sound here. Saw of mice and men rock this stage, was anabsolute party!
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