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Southampton City Art Gallery • SeaCity Museum • Tudor House & Garden


Image credit: Venus Verticordia, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1864-1868) ©Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum


Welcome The sunny Summer days may be coming to an end but don’t worry, there is still so much fun to be had at our venues this Autumn and Winter. At the City Art Gallery, it’s all about Pre-Raphaelites as we get ready to open a new exhibition Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy. The City’s rich maritime, local history, archaeology and archive collections are bought to life through new displays at SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden. Finally, don’t forget to have a look at our all the spook-tacular and jolly holly-day activities taking place across all three venues this season. Read on for full details…

Image credit: Alan Lee, The Lady of the Fountain, c.1981–82 / watercolour, from The Mabinogion (1982) / © Alan Lee

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours Sep – Dec 2019 SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy In Partnership with Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum 18 October 2019 – 1 February 2020 This major exhibition highlights the importance of the PreRaphaelite movement and its influence on contemporary art and culture. Bringing together stunning imagery from across the decades and following the movement’s influence on artistic developments including Realism, Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau, this exhibition explores how Pre-Raphaelitism lives on in contemporary fantasy, book illustration and film, and continues to inspire artists today. This exhibition will run at Southampton City Art Gallery from 18 October 2019 until 1 February 2020 and then at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, from 21 February until 21 June 2020.

A Blagger’s Guide to the Pre-Raphaelites

Sat 19 Oct / 2 -3pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre £5 / Pre-book

Art historian Ali Eales will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the weird and wonderful Victorian world of the Pre-Raphaelites and their extended followers, highlighting important works by Millais, Holman Hunt, Rossetti and many more.

Curator-Led Tour of Beyond Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy Fri 8 Nov / 1.30-2.30pm / Art Gallery / £5 Pre-book

Join Dr Anne Anderson, curator of Beyond Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy for an insightful tour of this major exhibition.

The Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang

Sat 23 Nov / 2-3pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre £5 / Pre-book

Join author and historian Kirsty Stonell Walker for a fascinating talk on the extraordinary women who contributed to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Kirsty will be signing copies of her new book The Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang at this event.

The Pre-Raphaelites and their Weird Relations

Sat 14 Dec / 2pm -3pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / £5 / Pre-book

This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund

Discover and explore this seminal art movement and its extended offshoots with art historian Ali Eales. Suitable for Pre-Raphaelite buffs and those who are just discovering them!

Gallery 80 Until 30 November 2019 Over the course of the Gallery’s 80th year we are holding a series of exhibitions to mark this important milestone and celebrate the City’s internationally renowned collection. The Gallery first opened to the public on 26 April 1939. 80 years on, guided by a rigorous collecting policy stipulating guidance from the National Gallery and now Tate, the permanent collection holds over 5,300 works and has been awarded Designated status. Gallery 80 is a display of pride and celebration showcasing the highlights of an already significant collection that was acquired ahead of the Gallery’s opening and for the first time since 1939, we present the paintings which featured in the original exhibition. Bringing our story to the present day, alongside the 80th exhibition we are showing a selection of recent acquisitions that demonstrate how the collection continues to grow through gifts, bequests and purchases. The display will include paintings by Christopher Bucklow, Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Ash. Image credit: Rosalind Nashashibi, South of France, 2018 © the artist

Southampton Art Gallery Curators Symposium

Fri 11 Oct / 10.30am-4pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / £20 (£15 conc) / Pre-book

Join us for a symposium to celebrate the past 80 years of the Gallery’s history. Led by the gallery’s past and present curators, the panel will explore the changing role of a curator, the history of our collection, its impact upon the art world and its future. Light lunch and behind the scenes tours included.


Exhibitions, Talks and Tours Sep – Dec 2019

Yinka Shonibare CBE curates the Arts Council Collection

Southampton City Art Gallery Until 28 September Criminal Ornamentation brings together work by a number of celebrated artists, selected and curated by Yinka Shonibare CBE. Reflective of Yinka’s own practice, this exhibition explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in modern and contemporary art. The title of the show is taken from Adolf Loos’ 1908 influential essay ‘Ornament and Crime’. In this essay, Loos examines notions of good and bad taste and condemns the use of decoration and craft as an indication of the lowest level of cultural development, to the extent of stating ‘the modern man who tattoos himself is a criminal.’ Yinka Shonibare CBE challenges this notion by saying ‘Adolf Loos was clearly a man of his time in his snobbish revolutionary zeal to abandon ornamentation as he saw it as the pre-occupation of the working classes and degenerates’. Included in the exhibition are a range of works that Shonibare has chosen to challenge the notion of the ornament as crime. Shonibare looks to embrace colour, ornament and pattern as a means for social and political expression.

Image credit: Bridget Riley, Ecclesia, 1985. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Bridget Riley 2018. All rights reserved

An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours Sep – Dec 2019 TUDOR HOUSE AND GARDEN Finds from the Bargate Quarter 21 September 2019 – 23 February 2020 This exhibition will display an array of finds uncovered by Southampton’s Archaeology Unit during recent excavations on Queensway in advance of the Bargate Quarter development. The dig uncovered important remains of Southampton’s Roman and Late Saxon (10th – 11th century) past, including fragments of Roman pottery and a Saxon stone anchor, which is believed to be the first found on an archaeological site in the UK. Other finds include a spindle whorl for spinning thread, pottery imported from France and two ice skates carved from horse and cow bones. Image Credit: Fragment of tin-glazed earthenware plate, early 18th century

SPECIAL EVENT Heritage Open Day 2019 Sat 14 Sept / 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm) / Tudor House FREE entry / Drop in Come and explore 800 years of history at Tudor House and Garden! Admission to the museum is free with small charges for additional activities.

SEACITY MUSEUM Southampton Stories Drawn from our wide-ranging collections, Southampton Stories focuses on different aspects of the City’s history, including topics such as the docks, ships, working life, sport and leisure, wartime, and daily life. Stories include life on board the great ocean liners, the creation of the New Docks in the 1920s and 1930s, and the tale of William Wyatt Fisher who, during the Second World War, was awarded the George Medal for his brave actions in Southampton Docks. Areas within the exhibition will change over time to allow new objects and images to be put on display and different stories to be told. Over Autumn and Winter, sections on the Bargate and Medieval Trade, and the Boer War will be added, as well as a selection of objects that have recently been acquired by the City’s museum collections. The exhibition is part of the Treasures project which showcases the City’s rich and diverse maritime, local history, archaeology and archive collections. Image Credit: Loading horses and equipment in Southampton Docks for the South African War, 1900, Maritime and Local History Collection

Children and Family Activities and Events Sep – Dec 2019 Things you need to know Dress for mess Bring a snack

or packed lunch

Over 8’s can be left unattended Venue has accessibility issues

On arrival At all venues please go to the reception desk and they will point you in the right direction. At the City Art Gallery we may be located in the education room which is just off the main foyer. Look out for the artists easel with instructions at the bottom of the stairs.

How to book By phone: 023 8083 4536 In person: At our venues. Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum or Tudor House and Garden. Advanced booking is essential unless otherwise stated as Drop-in. Please see Visitor Information for our terms and conditions.

Birthday Parties for kids If you’ve got a history fan or art enthusiast at home then why not throw them a birthday to remember at one of our unique venues? Working with professional artists and historians we can create a special day for your child. From £10 per child. For more information email


Swish, Swoosh, Splosh! – Theatre for Under 6s

Mini Monets Club (2-6yrs)Saturdays: 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 23 Nov, 21 Dec / 11am - 12pm / Art Gallery £6 / Pre-book

Sat 12 Oct / 11-11.45am / FREE Pre-book booking essential

Explore the gallery and get messy with your little art enthusiasts! Have fun experimenting in this fun-packed session using a range of materials and methods to create a beautiful piece of artwork to take home. Plus adults don’t have to clear up!

The Young Ones (7-13yrs)Saturdays: 28 Sept, 26 Oct, 16 Nov, 14 Dec, 11 Jan / 10.30am-12.30pm Art Gallery / £9 / Pre-book Be enthused and inspired by the Gallery’s fantastic collection. Discover different art techniques such as monoprinting, wire working, clay, mixed media and much, much more.

Featuring puppetry, Makaton and plenty of audience interaction, Swish is a playful multi-sensory exploration of life underwater and the positive ways in which we can reduce plastic in the ocean. Swish is suitable for families, groups and complex needs audiences. We will be sitting on the floor so please bring a blanket. Chairs can be provided if needed.

OCTOBER HALF TERM Trick or Treat Bags! (All ages)

Mon 28 Oct / 10.30am-12.30pm / Art Gallery £4.50 / Drop-in

Create a frightfully great treat bag ready to collect goodies on Halloween.

Art School for Autumn! (7yrs+) Tues 29 Oct 10.30am-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £20 / Pre-book Taking inspiration from our Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, spend the day exploring stories and symbolism in art. We will be using wire and mixed media to create a stunning 3D version of your favourite artwork.

Petrifying Pirates! (5-11yrs)

Tues 29 Oct / 10.30am-12pm or 1-2.30pm Tudor House / £7 / Pre-book

Ahoy, me hearties! Come along to hear a tale of buccaneers on the high seas and create your very own pirate kit, complete with working navigational device, head scarf, eye patch, and some fun pirate facts!

The Great British Boat Off! (7-12yrs)

Wed 30 Oct / 10.30am-3pm / SeaCity £18 Pre-book

Join inventor and artist Ali Eales to create your own boat in this craft and history-packed session! Inspired by our museum, design, test and showcase your own nautical creation made from mainly recycled materials! You may get wet! Bring lunch.

Pigments, Potions and Pre-Raphaelites (5-13yrs)

Fri 1 Nov / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm Art Gallery / £7 / Pre-book

Back by popular demand! How did artists make paint 700 years ago and what did beetles have to do with it? Who were the Pre-Raphaelites and why did they think things were better 700 years ago? Find out and have a go at making your own traditional tempera paint. Warning: This workshop involves eggs and noisy pigment grinding!

Toddler Time - Pumpkin Soup (16months - 5yrs)

Fri 1 Nov / 10.30-11.30am / SeaCity / £4.50 Pre-book

Wrap up for Autumn and discover the wonders of the season in this session involving crafts, stories, songs and trails!

Halloween at the House

Thur 31 Oct / 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm) plus evening tours if booked in advance Tudor House / Free entry / Drop-in

Visit the ghosts and ghouls and meet the skeletons and spooks of Southampton’s Tudor House this Halloween! Book onto a ghost tour of the house, have your face painted, join in with arts and crafts or simply enjoy exploring the house and garden. Small charges may apply for activities. See the listings below for times and prices of tours.

Friendly Ghost Tours (All Ages)

Thur 31 Oct / 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3pm or 4pm Tudor House / £3 Adult, £3 Child / Limited tickets so please pre-book

Our family-friendly ghost tours will explore the spooky stories of Tudor House as you creep up to the spooky attic and into the deep, dark cellars. Bring torches for added fun! This tour goes easy on the frights, but you might still encounter some of the house’s resident ghosts! Tours last about 30-40 minutes.

Spooky Ghost Tours (7yrs+)

Thur 31 Oct / 5pm, 6pm, 7pm or 8pm Tudor House £3 Adult, £3 Child / Limited tickets so please pre-book

Meet the spirits of Tudor House in our fun after-dark ghost tours, exploring the spooky attic and the dank cellars, with added jumps and frights! Recommended for over 6yrs, younger children might prefer our friendly ghost tours. Bring torches for added fun! Tours last about 30-40 minutes.

THE FESTIVE SEASON Tudor House Christmas Weekend

Sat 7 Dec and Sun 8 Dec 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm) Tudor House / free entry if taking part in a pre-booked visit to Father Christmas, tour or workshop activity See Tudor House dressed in its best for Christmas, follow a festive family trail or enjoy taking part in one of our pre-booked activities. Activity price also includes your entry to the rest of the museum.

Winter Watercolour Advent Calendars (7-13yrs)

Embossed Christmas Cards (all ages)

Develop your drawing and painting skills working with inks and watercolours while creating an original and stunning calendar to take away with you.

Enjoy Christmas at Tudor House and create a stunning set of embossed Christmas cards.

Sat 23 Nov / 10.30am - 1pm Art Gallery / £12 / Pre-book

Sat 7 Dec / 1.30pm / 2.30pm 3.30pm / Tudor House / £4 Pre-book

DIY Elf on a Shelf! (4yrs+)

Cellar Light Tours

Sat 30 Nov / 10.30-11.30am 1-2pm / 3.30-4.30pm / Art Gallery / £6 Pre-book

Sat 7 Dec - Sun 8 Dec 11am, 2pm, 3pm / Adults £4.50 Children £2.50

Now in its third year, this workshop has become a Gallery tradition. Make your very own mischievous elf in time for December 1st.

Be enchanted in our magical cellar light tour and discover the city’s tales of Christmas past. Please bring a torch with you.

Christmas Peg Fairy (5yrs+)

Sun 8 Dec / 1.30-3pm / 3.30-5pm Tudor House / £7 includes entry to the house / Pre-book

Add the finishing touch to your tree! Have fun designing and decorating a peg fairy including miniature clothes, wings, a wand and a tiny crown.

Frozen Fun (age 3+)

Thank You Cards (5-13yrs)

Fri 3 Jan / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book

This fulfilling and hugely satisfying workshop is becoming another annual tradition. Develop your printmaking skills while ticking off your thank you letters before term starts!

Gingerbread Men and MORE (grown-ups) Festive Wreath Workshop (grown-ups) Embossed Christmas Cards (all ages) Christmas Peg Fairy (families age 5yrs+)

Thur 2 Jan 8 Dec / 11am-12.30pm 1.30-3pm / Tudor House / £6 includes entry to the house Pre-book

Seen the movie, got the t-shirt? Enjoy some post-Christmas arts and crafts, and maybe a story or two inspired by 2019’s most magical movie...

A Visit to Father Christmas

Sat 7 Dec - Sun 8 Dec 10am5pm Tudor House / free entry if booking a visit to Father Christmas, tour or workshop £7 / Includes entry to the house Pre-book

Join us to meet the man himself, receive a Christmas gift and enjoy a truly magical experience in a traditional setting. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment for this very popular activity. Families can book more than one child per slot, but each child must be paid for at booking.

Adult Workshops, Talks and Tours Saturday Life Drawing

Clock Tower Tours

Saturdays: 7 Sept, 19 Oct, 9 Nov*, 7 Dec, 4 Jan, 8 Feb* / 11am-4pm Art Gallery Education Room £34 (£30 when booking 3 plus sessions) / Pre-book

Every first Saturday: 7 Sep, 5 Oct, 2 Nov, 7 Dec, 4 Jan, 1 Feb 10.30am or 11.30am / SeaCity £6.50 / Pre-book

Climb the 200 steps of Southampton’s iconic Clock Tower; discover its fascinating history and enjoy the fantastic views. Participants must be 12yrs+, fit and wear sensible shoes.

Brian Reynolds leads our relaxed monthly life drawing sessions suitable for any ability. You are welcome to bring materials but we can supply the basics. *Please note Nov and Feb will be a full day pose.

Short Course: Introduction to Drawing

Saturdays: 21 Sept, 28 Sept, 5 Oct, 12 Oct / 2-4.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £65 for all four sessions / Pre-book

Start at the beginning and get to grips with shape, line, tone and then tackle a simple still life using soft pencils, charcoal, chalk and ink. All welcome and all materials provided

Intro to Sculpting with Wire Sat 5 Oct / 10am-12.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £24 Pre-book

Gingerbread Men and MORE

Sat 7 Dec / 10.30am-1pm / Tudor House / £20 includes entry to the house / Pre-book

Back by popular demand! Whether you missed out last year or would like to develop your stitching skills, join Caroline Misselbrook at this fun and festive craft workshop. Make a gorgeous felt gingerbread man or choose from a range of other festive designs. All welcome and all materials provided.

Tour & Tea at Tudor House Sundays 29 Sep, 23 Feb 2-4pm / Tudor House / £8 Pre-book

Enjoy a morning learning the skills to manipulate wire into a figure with sculptor Liza Morgan.

Discover the wonderful history of the museum that spans over 800 years, visiting hidden areas. Enjoy a cream tea whilst taking in views of the beautiful garden. One hour tour, including steep staircases.

Wire Reindeer

Sat 16 Nov / 10am-12.30pm Art Gallery Education Room £24 / Pre-book

Enjoy a morning getting to grips with wire sculpture and make a decorative deer for your home! Led by sculptor Liza Morgan. All levels of experience welcome and all materials provided.

Beaded Wire Decorations

Sat 30 Nov / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £20 / Pre-book

Join Kate Mitchell to create simple yet exquisite tree decorations using jewellery wire and beads; perfect to give as a gift. All welcome and all materials provided, including patterns so you can continue crafting at home.

Festive Wreath Workshop

Sun 8 Dec / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £25 includes entry to the house / Pre-book

Artist Linn O’Carroll will guide you to create one of these stunning decorations. Work on a wire frame using natural materials to develop your own unique festive door wreaths. All welcome and all materials provided.

Southampton’s Creative Talent - Cover illustration Emily Wall is a recent graduate of Solent University’s Illustration course, she uses both traditional and digital media in her work with an emphasis on bold shapes and bright colours.

Friday Touch Tours: Visitors with visual impairments Fridays: 29 Nov, 17 Jan 10.30am-12.30pm / Art Gallery FREE / Pre-book: 023 8083 2810

Art educator Jo Bressloff leads our Touch Tours exploring our collections and exhibitions, making art accessible to visually impaired audiences. Please call for more information.

History Study Day: Southampton- Tales of the Unexpected Sat 28 Sep / Tudor House 10am-4pm / £28 (+£6 lunch offer) Pre-book

Join a host of experts and delve into the strange comings-and-goings of Southampton in yesteryear. Discover tales of murders, ghosts and eccentrics. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included and a special lunch offer is available from the cafe.

Art History Study Days

Saturdays: 10.30am-4pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / £28 (£25 when booking both) Pre-book

Open to those who are new to the art world or already familiar with it, these sessions use artwork in the Gallery to explore different themes and art movements. With Abi Kremer.

Sat 2 Nov: Growth of a Collection Southampton City Art

Gallery in Context

Sat 18 Jan: Explore the Pre-Raphaelites

Beyond the Museum: Old Police Station Tour Sun 20 Oct / 10.15am or 11.30am / SeaCity / £6.50 Pre-book

SeaCity Museum was once home to the central police station and law courts. Explore now hidden areas, including the old courts, padded cell and custody suite. Please be aware that some areas are now storage spaces. Bring a torch and your imagination!

Cunard Centenary TalkSouthampton’s First Queens

Tue 19 Nov / 11am / £6 (£4 conc) Pre-book On the 100th anniversary of Cunard making Southampton its home port, join Chris Frame on an image-packed journey into the past to learn about the transatlantic race that resulted in the construction of the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.

Combs, Coins & Crucibles: Trade & Production in Saxon Southampton Thurs 28 Nov / 7.30-8.30pm / Tudor House / £6 (£4 FOSMAG, SAS, A&H Volunteers)

Join archaeologist and Saxon expert Matt Garner for this enlightening talk exploring the remarkable world of Hamwic-Saxon Southampton! Discover how archaeological excavations over recent decades have added to our understanding of one of the most important trading towns of the period and what the material remains tell us about the people who lived here 1200 years ago.

Anniversary Blitz Walking Tour

Sat 30 Nov / 11am-12.45pm or 2-3.45pm / Tudor House / £7 (£6 conc) / Pre-book

Uncover the hidden air-raids and stories of Southampton during the Blitz with our head of archaeology Dr Andy Russel. Please note that this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.

Christmas Lantern Tour

Sat 7 Dec / 7-8.45pm / Tudor House £8 / Pre-book

Join Dr Andy Russell to discover more about Southampton’s Christmas story on a tour around the Old Town followed by seasonal refreshments in Tudor House’s Banqueting Hall. Meet outside Tudor House in St Michael’s Square. Unfortunately, the tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility needs. Please bring torches with you.

Clausentum: Roman Southampton

Thurs 23 Jan / 7.30-8.30pm / Tudor House / £6 (£4 FOSMAG, SAS, A&H Volunteers) / Prebook

The bustling Roman port of Clausentum once stood where Bitterne Manor is today. Join Head of our archaeology unit Dr Andy Russell in discovering more about what the material remains tell us about Roman Southampton.

Visitor Information SeaCity Museum

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Pre-booking is essential unless otherwise stated.

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Exhibitions and Events in Southampton Sept-Dec 2019  

Exhibitions and Events at Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Gardens from September to December 2019. From Ha...

Exhibitions and Events in Southampton Sept-Dec 2019  

Exhibitions and Events at Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Gardens from September to December 2019. From Ha...