Adult Art Workshops and Tours:

Artist led Exhibition Tour with Pete Codling
Sat 24 Jun / 1pm or 3.30pm

Join Pete and the gallery team to discover the remarkable stories of the remarkable Southampton people featured in this exhibition. Find out more and book here.


Exploring Drawing Portraits with Alys Scott Hawkins
Sat 8 Jul / Sat 16 Sep / 10.30am – 1pm / 2pm – 4.30pm / fully refundable £10 deposit required

Develop your confidence drawing from observation, or looking for newvvapproaches. The morning session will include a series of quick and playful exercises drawing a clothed life model. The afternoon session responds to music and drawing with colour. You are welcome to book for either morning, afternoon or both! Find out more and book here.


Exploring Drawing Portraits with Pete Codling
Sat 22 Jul / Sat 30 Sep 11am – 1pm / 2pm – 4pm / Free

Join artist Pete Codling to hone your portraiture skills at one of these friendly and accessible workshops. Explore using charcoal as you draw from a clothed life model in the exhibition, guided by Pete to make the most of the medium. Find out more and book here.


BSL Tour and workshop with Martin Glover
Sat 15 Jul / 1pm-4pm  / fully refundable £10 deposit required

Martin Glover, a deaf BSL user, architect and art facilitator will take you on a BSL tour of the exhibition followed by a creative workshop. Across the UK, Martin delivers tours and workshops where he explores the themes of Contemporary Art, Architecture and Street Art, and Public Art and Sculpture. He engages his audience to ensure his events are lively and interesting. He continues to champion better Visual Art access nationally. As “Gloverman” he creates artwork using his unique sign language calligraphy style and BSL forms.

No prior knowledge of the exhibition or art experience will be necessary to enjoy this event, but you will need to be a BSL user to access it. Find out more and book here.


Audio Description Exhibition Tour and Workshop for the Visually Impaired
Fri 23 Jun / 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Join Jo Bressloff to explore the exhibition, and then explore portraiture through clay sculpture. You are welcome to attend either tour, workshop or both, depending on your preference. We will meet in the foyer area of the gallery, at the bottom of the staircase at 1.30pm. You can ring 023 8083 2810 to book.


Southampton History Talks & Events for Adults:

Film Screening: The Guernica Children, followed by Q & A
Tue 6 Jun / Exhibition viewing from 5pm / Film showing 6pm

This award-winning documentary film tells the remarkable story of The Guernica Children. In 1937 the infamous bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, commemorated by Picasso’s famous painting, led directly to the evacuation of four thousand Basque children to Southampton. It was the largest single influx of refugees ever to arrive in this country and the first to consist solely of children. After the event, join Steve Bowles – the Director and Producer of the film, with Chris Stephens from Southampton and Winchester Visitor Group to contrast the Basque children with the situation for asylum seekers and refugees today. Find out more and book here.


Online Talks: A dip into Southampton’s archives with Jo Wren
14 & 28 Sep / 7pm

Discover more from our archives about these two famous Sotonians, whose portraits are on display as part of the exhibition.

  • Thu 14 Sep: A History of Harriet Grote
    Often defined by her marriage to the politician George Grote, Harriet Grote was also an accomplished writer in her own right. Find out more and book here.
  • Thu 28 Sep: Discover Richard Cockle Lucas
    A 19th century Southampton based sculptor and photographer, famously believed in fairies and drove through the city’s streets in a chariot. Find out more and book here.


Art Workshops for Families and Young People:

Creative Connections Art School (11 – 16 yrs)
Wed 2 – Fri 4 Aug / 10am – 3pm / Art Gallery Education Room / fully refundable £10 deposit required

Suitable for 11 – 16 year-olds, this free three day course is a great opportunity to develop creative skills in an enjoyable way – perfect for the holidays! Each day parents and friends are welcome to join us for a sharing of work from 2.45pm.

  • Wed 2 Aug: Sharpen your Skills
    Sharpen those pencils for a day of drawing and sketchbooking skills inspired by the artwork on display. Find out more and book here.
  • Thu 3 Aug: Mixed Media, Collage and Creativity
    Explore the artwork on display and create mixed media responses. This relaxing session is a great opportunity to focus on your composition skills, combining colours, shapes and patterns to create something new. Find out more and book here.
  • Fri 4 Aug: Drawing from life
    We’ll begin by experimenting drawing different objects with different materials before portrait drawing from a portrait model in the afternoon. Find out more and book here.


Exploring Drawing Portraits with artist Jo Bressloff age 7+
Sat Jun 17 / 10.30am – 12pm / 1pm – 2.30pm / 3pm – 4.30pm / fully refundable £10 deposit required at point of booking

Work from a live portrait model using easels, boards and a range of materials. Jo will guide you through the process of portrait drawing in a fun and accessible way with lots of activities and short poses. Children will need to be accompanied by a participating adult. Find out more and book here.


Silhouette Sun Prints (age 5+)
Tue 29 & Wed 30 Aug / 10am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm / Art Gallery Education Room / fully refundable £5 deposit required

What makes you look like you? And how can a person still look like them if we can only see their silhouettes. Explore these ideas and learn how to create a stunning sun print to take home with you. Children must be accompanied. Find out more and book here.


This is a National Portrait Gallery project in partnership with Southampton City Art Gallery, exploring the stories of the City through portraiture. The exhibition features portraiture from the National Portrait Gallery, Southampton’s art collection and new work created by artist Pete Codling and Year 11 students from Cantell School.

Creative Connections, and its engagement programme of events, is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Art Fund with the generous support of the Palley family.

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