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


Welcome Welcome to a new season of exhibitions and events at Southampton City Museums and Art Gallery. This summer there are plenty of ways to have fun and get involved across our three venues. From family friendly workshops and activities, to tours and talks - we have a full programme with something for everyone. The City Art Gallery’s walls will be bursting with colour and pattern as we present Criminal Ornamentation, curated by acclaimed artist Yinka Shonibare CBE. There is also a fantastic range of exhibitions and displays drawn from the City’s collections for you to enjoy. With so much to see and do, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Image credit top: Yinka Shonibare CBE, Line Painting, 2003, © the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery (London)

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours May – Sept 2019

Yinka Shonibare CBE curates the Arts Council Collection

Southampton City Art Gallery 28 June – 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 the 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.

An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

Yinka Shonibare CBE in Conversation Fri 28 June / 1.30-2.30pm / Art Gallery Lecture Theatre / £4 / Pre-book

Join Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare CBE in conversation with Southampton Art Gallery’s Curator of Art Clare Mitchell, as they discuss Yinka’s work, practice and the process behind curating Criminal Ornamentation.

SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY Southampton City Art Gallery turns 80! 23 March – 29 November 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 and 80 years on, guided by a rigorous collecting policy stipulating guidance from the National Gallery and now Tate, the permanent collection holds over 5,000 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 paintings which featured in the original opening exhibition. Alongside this will be a display of contemporary work from the collection by artists who have won, or been shortlisted for, the Turner Prize. Bringing focus onto the City’s collection of 13 Turner Prize winners and over 20 nominees, this exhibition includes the first female nominee and first female Turner Prize winner and highlights the Gallery’s successful history of purchasing artists on the cusp of becoming household names. Later in the year, we will present a selection of recent acquisitions that demonstrate how the collection continues to grow through gifts, bequests and purchases.

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours May – Sept 2019 Image credit: Southampton City Archives, c.1930

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

Friday Friday Touch Tours: Visitors with visual impairments Fridays: 26 July, 27 Sept, 29 Nov 10.30am-12.30pm FREE / Pre-book: 023 8083 2810

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. Saturday 8 June - British Modernism Saturday 7 Sept - Patterns and concepts in Abstract art

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

TUDOR HOUSE AND GARDEN Playtime in the Past: Toys from Southampton’s Museum Collection Come and see examples of popular toys from the past, all from our museum collection. The exhibition includes tin toy trains, puzzles and dolls as well as a Victorian Noah’s Ark. A selection of toys and games from our important archaeology collection are also on display including some dating back to medieval times. Image Credit: Pedal Car, 1930s, Maritime & Local History Collection

How Do You Take Yours? Living History Sun 12 May / 2-3pm / £12 / Pre-book

Take tea with Mrs Cox and amongst the tips hear gruesome tales of smuggling, poisoning and death. Price includes museum admission and mini afternoon tea.

Tour & Tea at Tudor House Sundays: 26 May, 30 June, 28 July, 25 Aug, 29 Sept / 2-4pm / £8 Pre-book

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.

Secret Southampton Walking Tour Sat 17 Aug / 11am-12.45pm or 2-3.45pm / £5 (£4 conc) / Pre-book

Explore off the beaten-track and visit hidden gems with Dr Andy Russel. Visit parts of the town you have never been able to visit and discover some of the incredible stories of its past! Please note that this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.

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

Join a host of experts in delving into the strange comingsand-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 café.

Exhibitions, Talks and Tours May – Sept 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS Heritage Open Day 2019 Sat 14 Sept / 10am-5pm (last admission 4.15pm) / Tudor House FREE entry / Drop in

Come and explore 500 years of history at Tudor House and Garden! Admission to the museum is free with small charges for additional activities.

Hamwic: Saxon Southampton Tour Sat 13 July / 11am / Old Town / £6.50 Pre-book Join archaeologist Matt Garner for a walking tour exploring the Saxon town of Hamwic, located in the modern area of St Mary’s. Although no remains survive above ground, visit the sites of remarkable discoveries and the stories of Saxon Southampton. Please meet at St Mary’s Churchyard, the tour will finish near St Mary’s Stadium. Please note that this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.

SEACITY MUSEUM Southampton Stories This exhibition marks the start of the Southampton Treasures project which will showcase the City’s rich and diverse maritime, local history, archaeology and archive collections. Focusing on different aspects of the City’s history, the exhibition features topics such as the docks, liners, working life, sport and leisure, wartime, and the City as a Spa Town in the 1700s. Stories include life on board the great ocean liners, the creation of the New Docks in the 1920’s and 1930’s, 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. On display will be ship models, maritime ephemera, historical costume, artworks, photographs and much more. Image credit: Southampton High Street in 1874, Maritime & Local History Collection

Clock Tower Tours Saturdays: 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 Aug, 7 Sept 10.30am or 11.30am £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.

Beyond the Museum: Old Police Station Tour Sun 23 June / 10.15am or 11.30am £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!

Rule Britannia: Bygone British Liners Sat 29 June / 11am / £5 (£4 conc) Pre-book

Join internationally-acclaimed maritime historian Bill Miller in discovering the noted British passenger liners of the past.

Clock Tower Tours - Three Queens Sun 11 Aug / 3.45-4.45pm / £8 Pre-book

Join historian and guide Andy Skinner for this special chance to ascend the clock Tower to celebrate Cunard’s ‘Three Queens” - Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth being in Southampton together.

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Children and Family Activities and Events May – Sept 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

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. WFL

On arrival

Wider Family Learning

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.

Wider Family Learning (WFL) activities are aimed at families, encouraging them to learn together. Adults are required to stay for the duration of the session and to fill out funding forms. Places are limited to two children per one adult. Funded family sessions are supported by Adult Learning. Adults aged over 19 booked onto these sessions may be eligible for a discount on their child’s places. Please ask for details.

Wider family learning


Saturdays: 11 May, 8 June, 20 July, 21 Sept / 11am-12pm / Art Gallery / £6 Pre-book

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: 25 May, 15 June, 6 July, 28 Sept / 10.30am-12.30pm / Art Gallery £8 Pre-book

Be enthused and inspired by artist Jo Bressloff and the Gallery’s fantastic collection. Discover different art techniques such as; monoprinting, wire working, clay, mixed media and much, much more.

Little Lowrys (under 5’s)

Wednesdays: 22 May, 19 June, 17 Jul, 21 Aug, 18 Sept / 10.30-11.30am / Art Gallery / £4 / Drop-in

Join us once a month to explore the Gallery and have fun getting creative with the learning team.

Toddler Time – stories and crafting (16months-5yrs) Fridays / 10.30am-11.30 SeaCity / £4.50 / Pre-book

31 May - Deadly Dinos: Dino stories sing-a-long fun and Jurassic crafts! 26 July - Treasures of the Sea: exploring the wonders of the ocean. 9 Aug - Tall Tales: inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk! 23 Aug - Pirates: Sea shanties, pieces of eight and shivers in your timbers galore!





Art School - Plaster Casting (7-13yrs)

Film in a Day (8-13yrs)

Mon 29 Jul / 10.30am-3pm Tudor House / £18 / Pre-book

Tues 28 May / 10.30am-3.30pm Art Gallery / £20 / Pre-book

Back by popular demand, spend the day learning the fun techniques of plaster casting with impressive results to take home!

Garden Fairies and Elves (5-12yrs)


Wider family learning

Tues 28 May / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £8 / Pre-book

Have you ever wondered where fairies and elves come from? Join us to find out about their history and create some magical artwork.

Summer Art Drop-Ins

Mondays / 10.30am-12.30pm Art Gallery / £4.50 / Drop-in 29 July - Arty Party Bags with a twist… they will be full of your amazing creations! 5 Aug - Crazy Cake Sculptures: who doesn’t like cake? Especially giant cake! 12 Aug - Summer Bunting: to brighten up your parties 19 Aug - It’s My Party Placemats: your own specially designed placemat which will make eating cake even more awesome!

Lights! Camera! Action! Get creative by writing, directing and starring in a film… all made in one day. Work as a team to make the film and use Tudor House and the Old Town as a backdrop! Afterwards, bring us a USB stick and we’ll put the film on it for you to keep.

Discover Titanic (5-12yrs)

Thurs 1 Aug / 10.30-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / SeaCity / £7 Pre-book

Investigate the story of Titanic in an interactive and fascinating session. This offers the chance to discover the Titanic in an interesting, child-friendly way.

Summer Art School (7-13yrs)

Drop-In Piñatas (All ages)

Wed 29 May / 10.30am-12.30pm Art Gallery / £4.50 / Drop-in Sculpt a super piñata ready to fill with yummy treats!

Wizard School! (5-12yrs)

Wed 29 May / 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm / Tudor House / £7 Pre-book

Join us for this spellbinding Harry Potter-inspired workshop! Experiment with potion-making and make a magical wand to take home with you. Fancy dress welcome. L

Savage Saxons (5-12yrs)


Wider learning

Tuesdays (see dates below) 10.30am-3.30pm / Art Gallery £20 (£16 per session offer if booking 3+) / Pre-book

This holiday enjoy an art filled day each week. Taking inspiration from the 80th birthday of the gallery we will discover amazing artworks, explore different techniques and create wonderful art to take home. 30 July - Clay sculpture 6 Aug - Explore pattern 13 Aug - Printmaking 20 Aug - Watercolour and ink 27 Aug - Paper cutting

Thurs 30 May / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / SeaCity / £7 Pre-book Delve into Saxon Southampton in this fun history and craft workshop! Make a rune necklace, try your hand at weaving and discover the story of Saxons buried under St Mary’s Stadium!

Printmaking Cards (5-12yrs)

Fri 31 May / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery WFL £7 / Pre-book

Wider family learning

The gallery is 80 years old so we’re going to celebrate by making fabulous cards inspired by the collection. Take home a set to give to your friends on special occasions.

Cabinet of Curiosities (5-12yrs)

Fri 2 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book Make your very own special things cabinet to take home and use to exhibit your creations.

SPECIAL EVENTS Tudor House Summer Garden Party

Wed 31 July / 10am-3pm / Tudor House / £1.95 entry to house, free access to garden and King John’s Palace for outdoor activities / Drop in Kick off summer at our garden party! Entrance to the house is reduced and there are loads of great activities to enjoy, including crafts, tours, a fairy door hunt, face painting and archery! BBQ lunch available 12-2pm. Small charges apply to additional activities.







Myths & Legends (7-13yrs)

Swords & Scrolls (7-13yrs)

Magic Circle (7-13yrs)

Immerse yourselves in myths and legends in this history and craft day. Print your own mythical character, design a Roman style pot and discover all about the founder of Southampton!

Learn to swordfight, taunt like a Shakespearean villain and create your very own craft inspired by The Bard!

Dazzle your friends by learning the tricks of the trade from a professional magician, Marcus Bailey. Learn a variety of skills to fool and entertain. Just remember to bring a pack of cards.

Mon 5 Aug / 10.30am-3pm / Tudor House / £18 / Pre-book / Bring lunch

Mon 12 Aug / 10.30am-3pm Tudor House / £18 / Pre-book

Mythical Beasts & Heraldic Heads (5-12yrs)

Mon 19 Aug / 10.30am-3pm Tudor House / £18 / Pre-book

Tues 13 Aug / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £8 / Pre-book

Find out about heraldry in stories and history, explore the animals of Tudor House and create either a lion or unicorn head out of clay to take home with you!

Pyramids & Pharaohs (7-13yrs) Wed 14 Aug / 10.30am-3pm SeaCity / £18 / Pre-book

Do-you-thinky-saurus? (5-12yrs)

Tues 6 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / SeaCity / £7 Pre-book

Journey back to Ancient Egypt by discovering the story of the god Osiris, create your own pyramid and make your own pharaoh kit!

Creatures from the Deep (5-12yrs)

Tues 20 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / SeaCity / £7 Pre-book

Make awesome roarsome dinosaur heads that you can wear!

Skeleton Sculptures (7-13yrs)

Tales of seamonsters followed by a junk modelling session creating your own creatures from the deep.

Find out some of the gruesome stories from Southampton’s past and spend the day making skeleton sculptures from wire.

Shipwrecks and Merpeople (7-13yrs)

Wed 7 Aug / 10.30am-3.30pm SeaCity / £20 / Pre-book

Portraits Past and Present (5-12yrs)

Wed 7 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book Medusa is a legendary figure, depicted throughout time. See Medusa old and new at the Gallery then create your own clay Medusa head.

Magic, Plagues & Potions (5-12yrs)

Thurs 8 August / 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm / Tudor House / £7 Pre-book Discover the horrible history of magic, health and sickness in Tudor times. Handle real artefacts, get mucky creating medicines using natural ingredients, and make a plague mask.

Talk: Myths & Magic- The Hidden History of the Boy Who Lived (All Ages)

Thurs 15 Aug / 11am / Tudor House / Adults £4, Children £2 Pre-book

Join Harry Potter fan Andy Skinner for this spellbinding talk uncovering the real history of magic and the wealth of myths, legends and history hidden in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

Mini Art Gallery (5-12yrs)

Thurs 15 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book

Inspired by 80 years of amazing art you will design, build and fill your very own art gallery.

Dinosaur plaster plaques (5-12yrs)

Fri 16 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / SeaCity / £7 Pre-book

Awesome roarsome dinosaur plaster casting!

Wed 21 Aug / 10.30am-3.30pm SeaCity / £20 / Pre-book Why did sailors of the past think mermaids were dangerous? Hear some tall tales and make a merperson sculpture using wire and plaster.

Wizard School! (5-12yrs)

Wed 21 Aug / 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm / Tudor House / £7 Pre-book Join us for this spellbinding Harry Potter-inspired workshop! Experiment with potion-making and make a magical wand to take home with you. Fancy dress welcome.

Imagination Creations (5-12yrs)

Thur 22 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery £6.50 / Pre-book

Choose your favourite artworks and then re-create them with your own spin. Unicorns, dinosaurs, who knows what will pop up in the new artworks?



Design-a-dragon! (5-12yrs)

Tues 27 Aug / 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm / Tudor House / £7 Pre-book

Craft workshop creating your very own junk model dragon puppet to take away. Please bring with you two egg boxes. We’ll provide the rest!

Buried Treasure (5-12yrs)

Wed 28 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / SeaCity / £7 Pre-book

Amazing things have been found in the tombs of kings and queens of the past. Recreate your own miniature treasure hoard and clay burial mound.

HOME EDUCATION DAYS Home Education Day Titanic (5yrs+)

Home Education Day- Tudor House (5+yrs)

A chance for home educators to take part in activities normally booked by school groups. Enjoy a mini-tour, investigate artefacts and check out the science of sinking the Titanic. Admission is included.

A chance for home educators to take part in activities normally booked by school groups. Immerse yourselves in Tudor House with a mini-tour and interactive workshop. Admission to the house is included.

Tues 9 July / 10.30am-12noon SeaCity / £6.50 per child Pre-book

ADULT WORKSHOPS Saturday Life Drawing Saturdays: 18 May, 22 June*, 27 July, 7 Sept* / 11am-4pm Art Gallery Education Room / £34 (£30 when booking 3+ sessions) Pre-book 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: June and Sept will be full day poses.

Shop like a Wizard (7-13yrs) Thur 29 Aug / 10.30am-3pm Tudor House / £18 / Pre-book

Have you got everything you need to be top of the class? Join us to create all the essential wizarding supplies ready for magic school.

Off the Wall (5-12yrs)

Fri 30 Aug / 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-3.30pm / Art Gallery / £7 Pre-book A fun sculpture workshop recreating your favourite art works in 3D.

Techno-Romans (7-13yrs) Fri 30 Aug / 10.30am-3pm SeaCity £18 / Pre-book

Discover the incredible science and technology of the Ancient Romans. Erupt Mount Vesuvius, heat a Roman home and construct an aqueduct!

Tues 16 July / 10.30am-12noon SeaCity / £6.50 per child Pre-book

Flower Meadows Sat 8 June / 10.30am-12.30pm Tudor House / £26 / Pre-book

Add a splash of colour to your home with local artist Becks Porter. Use drips, splatters and simple painting techniques to create your own Flower Meadow acrylic painting. All levels of experience welcome and all materials included, including canvas and easel.

Colourful Woven Bowls Sat 29 June / 10am-12.30 Art Gallery Education Room £24 Pre-book

Inspired by the colour & pattern on display in the Gallery, spend the morning using scrap fabric to weave your own wire and rag bowl. Techniques can be used to make larger baskets and pots.

Linocut Prints Sat 20 July / 10.30am-1pm Tudor House / £26 / Pre-book

Learn how to create beautiful linocut prints with Caroline Misslebrook. Suitable for any ability, including beginners! You will be given an introduction to the art of lino cutting and look at examples of how artists have used this technique. After completing a range of exercises to develop your skills with the lino cutter you will create a final design from which to print.

Seeing Patterns Sat 14 Sept / 11am-4pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £34 Pre-book

Abi Kremer leads this mixed media workshop inspired by Criminal Ornamentation. Spend the morning sketching the exhibits and then develop your own abstract composition using collage and mixed media in the workshop. Please bring coloured sketching media and sketchbook.

Short Course: Introduction to Drawing Saturdays: 21 Sept, 28 Sept, 5 Oct, 12 Oct / 2pm-4.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / £65 for all four sessions / Pre-book Start at the beginning and get to grips with shape, line and 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

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

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Pre-booking is essential unless otherwise stated.

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Exhibitions and Events Southampton May-Sept 2019  

Exhibitions and events at SeaCity Museum, Southampton City Art Gallery and Tudor House and Garden, May - Sept 2019.

Exhibitions and Events Southampton May-Sept 2019  

Exhibitions and events at SeaCity Museum, Southampton City Art Gallery and Tudor House and Garden, May - Sept 2019.