Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Civic Centre Road Southampton, , SO14 7LP

Contact: 02380 832 810



Our Educational activities are led by a team of passionate artist educators, helping pupils to respond to genuine artworks inspiring the artists within.

The Art Gallery’s Collection can be used as a learning resource to support not only arts based subjects, but also the delivery of English, History, Religious Studies and other subjects. Our Schools Programme uses creativity to support and achieve the aims of many curriculum topics and facilitates cross-curricular projects.

For Early Years through to Adult Groups the Art Gallery offers…

Discovery Sessions

Capture their imagination and bring the exhibitions to life during one of our interactive discovery sessions which take place in the Art Gallery, encouraging investigation and discussion. Let our experienced guides use their knowledge to captivate your group and get them talking about the exciting things they see.

Popular themes include: My first Gallery Visit, Art Detectives (finding out how artworks are made), Greek Mythology, Colour Shape and Pattern and Differences and Similarities.


Hands-on workshops are a fabulous way to enhance your Gallery visit, developing key skills and techniques which can be linked directly with exhibitions on display, art masters or schemes of work.

Popular themes and processes include: Colour, shape and pattern, Pop Art, Portraits, Greek Mythology, Printing, Painting, Wire Sculpture or Clay.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

Southampton City Art Gallery is an outstanding resource, housing one of the finest collections of art in the south of England. As well as changing collection displays we are proud to host temporary exhibitions of work by contemporary artists and photographers.

We are home to an inspiring collection of over 3,800 works of art from the Renaissance to the present day featuring works by great artists such as: J.M.W. Turner, August Rodin, Edgar Degas, Eileen Agar, L.S. Lowry, Bridget Riley, Helen Chadwick, Chris Ofili and Rachel Whiteread among many others.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

A typical educational visit to Southampton City Art Gallery begins at 10am with a Discovery Session in the Gallery followed by a Workshop in our Education Room. After a break for lunch a group will normally spend some time exploring the Art Gallery for themselves and sketching in small groups, being ready to depart at 2pm.

Workshops and Discovery Sessions usually last for 1 hour but can be extended to meet the needs of the group or for a more in-depth session.

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What size groups do they cater for?

We can cater for up to 3 classes of 33 pupils in one day (99 pupils in total), booking is strongly advised.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Photography Permission forms are available at the Art Gallery Front Desk, or a copy can be emailed to you prior to your visit. We permit photography in the Gallery without a flash for educational purposes but a permission form must be completed. Otherwise photography without a flash just of the group is allowed.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

A draft Risk Assessment document is available, but teachers are advised to make a pre-visit to the Art Gallery.

What are the contact details for their education officer?

Bookings Officer - Lois Cheadle: or 02380 832810

Education Officer - Claire Ransom: or 02380 834097

What does it cost?

Admission is free. Discovery Sessions or Workshops lasting 1 hour are chargeable, prices start at £46 per class for Discovery Sessions and £85 per class for Workshops.

Our indoor lunch space is available for hire for £25 for up to 1 hour.

Is specific clothing required?

No but groups can choose to wear school uniform or comfortable clothing for participating in messy workshops (where booked).

Do you have first aid on site?

Yes. Front of House Staff are First Aid Trained and First Aid boxes are located at the Art Gallery’s Front Desk and in the Education Room.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

The following facilities are available: Cloakroom, Education Room, Shop (£5 spending money for children is advised), an indoor Lunch Space for hire or Local Park for picnic lunches.

Are there disabled facilities?

Disabled Toilet on the Ground Floor (Radar Key available on request) and there is a Lift up to the Gallery between the ground and first floor.

What are your opening days and hours?

Monday – Friday: 10am – 3pm

Saturdays: 10am – 5pm

Sundays: Closed

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

“That art gallery is an undiscovered gem .. Beautiful building and a really varied and interesting selection of art work.

The Greek Mythology workshop was really interesting, the oral re-telling of Perseus was vivid and well researched and it was really useful for the children to see how an artist experiments & … gives the children a rare glimpse into the creative process.

My class loved the wire workshop as we haven't worked in that media before & the teacher was enthusiastic & friendly. I will definitely keep an eye on events & hope to be back soon.”

Rebecca Mayman, William Gilpin Primary School

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

We’d love to hear from you if you are planning to visit, whether you intend on booking a Discovery Session, Workshop or just want to come along on a self-guided basis. Please drop us a line by email on that way we can ensure your group can be accommodated.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Arts & Galleries Historical Heritage Museums

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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