Reconnect with yourself and others, reignite your imagination, and rediscover the world around you. Southampton City Council's cultural venues are safe havens away from the chaos of everyday life, and they are ready to invite you in.
Spring into history
Located in the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum is the city’s port of call for stories of maritime history and life. Exhibitions share tales of the people of the city, their fascinating lives, and our historic connections with the Titanic and the sea.
Learn from interactive activity areas, highly visual displays and memorable real-life accounts. The popular exhibitions will transport you back to the Titanic’s fateful voyage, reveal thousands of years of our port’s lively and diverse history, and uncover the city’s past with local archaeology and archives.
Spring into creativity
See world class art in the centre of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter!
The gallery houses one of the finest collections of art in the south of England, including over 5,300 works of art from the Renaissance to the present day. Work includes those of some of the greats, such as: J.M.W. Turner, Auguste Rodin and L.S. Lowry, among many others.
JULIAN PERRY: THERE ROLLS THE DEEP THE RISING SEA LEVEL PAINTINGS
18 February – 4 June 2022
Julian Perry has created a series of new paintings that explore coastal erosion as emblematic of a world in crisis. The exhibition is a passionate response to Climate Breakdown and will contain over 30 recent works by Perry as well as studies and found objects from eroding shores. Also included within the exhibition will be works from Southampton’s internationally renowned collection that have inspired Perry by artists including J.M.W. Turner, Albrecht Dürer, Gustave Courbet and William Nicholson. Find out more.
EARTH ART: THE COMMON GROUND
29 January – 14 May
Earth Art, known as Land Art or Earthworks is a movement that utilises the natural landscape to create sculptures, on-site structures recorded as photographs, sometimes with text and other art forms that embody a direct relationship with the environment. The movement grew from Minimalism and Conceptualism and reflected the increasing concerns about the environmental damage being done to the Earth. This revolutionary approach to escape the gallery is how landscape artists came to reflect the cultural, political and social issues of the 1960s and 1970s, which are, unfortunately, even more relevant today. Find out more.
ROYALS TO RATCATCHERS: 200 YEARS OF POWER IN THE SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY COLLECTION
22 January – 28 May 2022
Every portrait tells a story of power. Explore the relationships between the people on both sides of the canvas through a range of subjects rarely brought face to face.
How have artists presented sitters from different social strata? How have our views of artists’ subjects been shaped by their perspectives? Curated by undergraduate history students from the University of Southampton, Royals to Ratcatchers… is a unique exploration of the hierarchies underpinning self-presentation throughout two centuries of art history – from Joshua Reynolds’ gentry to Josef Herman’s miners.
Compare traditional portraits venerating elite sitters to those of celebrating the working class. Do they inspire similar feelings of respect towards their subjects? Conversely, by examining the use of abstraction and allegory, the exhibition asks whether power can exist when identity is lost.
Royals to Ratcatchers: 200 Years of Power in British Portraiture highlights the dynamics woven into the work of some of the country’s most important painters, inviting you to reflect on how these constructs endure within our society today. Find out more.
Find out more - Southampton City Art Gallery website
Opening times - FREE ENTRY
Monday – Friday 10am–3pm (last entry 2.30pm)
Saturday 10am–5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
Please note that these times may change so please check online for latest opening hours
It is free entry. No need to book, just walk in.
Spring into heritage
Home to over 800 years of history, Southampton’s Tudor House is one of the city’s most important buildings.
Found in the heart of charming Old Town, Tudor House offers a unique and authentic window onto the lives of its residents and the city itself over hundreds of years.
With family-friendly activities, interactive experiences and engaging displays – not to mention a peaceful garden where you can enjoy a cream tea – we welcome visitors of all ages into this special space.
Find out more - Tudor House and Garden website
Monday - Thursday 10am-3pm (last entry 2.15pm)
Saturday - Sunday 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)
Did you know that you can buy a joint day pass or joint annual pass so that you can enjoy great days out at both SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden? Find out more