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John Hansard Gallery

John Hansard Gallery is an internationally recognised and locally engaged contemporary art gallery in Southampton. Being part of the University of Southampton, the Gallery aims to change the world for the better through great art. To realise this the Gallery creates innovative and critically acclaimed contemporary art exhibitions, events, engagement and research projects that excite, challenge, represent and reach the widest possible public audience.

From 1979 the Gallery was located on the University's Highfield Campus. In 2018, the Gallery relocated to the new purpose-built arts complex Studio 144 in Southampton's city centre, significantly increasing the space available for exhibitions, events and integrated programming. Learning and engagement are at the heart of the Gallery and underpin all its activities. The innovative education and public programme are accompanied by special community-focused projects, including activities for all ages and levels of experience.

John Hansard Gallery

John Hansard Gallery reopens on Thursday 3 December 2020

The measures we have put in place:

  • Free ticketed timed slots: We have set up a 15-minute arrival slot throughout each day, please book your free admission ticket in advance of your visit.
  • Social distancing and one-way route: We are limiting the number of visitors to the gallery, so that you can maintain social distancing during your visit. A one-way route has been introduced to keep you safe.
  • Only the family toilet on the ground floor will be open for general visitors’ use, with increased cleaning regime. Accessible toilets on ground and first floor will also be available for hand washing and accessible use.
  • Shop: We only accept card or contactless payments in the Gallery to minimise touch points. Please avoid unnecessary handling of merchandise. Ask staff for help.
  • Extra safety measure: You will be encouraged to regularly wash your hands and use our additional hand-sanitising stations located throughout the building.
  • Lifts: Our lifts are reserved for users with accessibility issues only. We ask everyone else to use the stairs for which there are social distancing measures in place.

Planning your visit:

  • Book your free admission ticket in advance of your visit by going to
  • Face coverings: Please wear a face covering throughout your visit for the safety of our staff and other visitors.
  • Please arrive on time. You are then welcome to stay as long as you like, or until the Gallery closes.
  • Please reschedule your visit if you feel ill or require to self-isolate.
  • Rule of Six: It is not permitted for people to meet with other households socially in groups of more than six, unless an exemption applies. Once your group is within the premises please do not to merge with other groups during your visit in ways that breach the rule of six.
  • If you have any questions about our reopening measures, please do get in touch:

Contact Details


142-144 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU


023 80592158


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Opening Hours

Monday Closed

Tuesday 11.00 - 17.00

Wednesday 11.00 - 17.00

Thursday 11.00 - 17.00

Friday 11.00 - 17.00

Saturday 11.00 - 17.00

Sunday Closed

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