Community Gallery – Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery’s Community Exhibition Space

The Gallery’s Community Space has an exciting and vibrant programme of displays that have been created by schools, community groups and in workshops programmed by the Gallery’s learning team.




Making Space

11 Feb – 17 June

‘Making Space’ is a social practice project in collaboration with the Trinity Art Group (TAG), a community of individuals who have experienced or are vulnerable to homelessness, mental health issues, and social isolation.

This project brings together TAG, Winchester School of Art, and local professional artists, led by Art Facilitator Alastair Eales, and aims to dissolve physical and social barriers through creative workshops and foster more inclusive models of cultural engagement.

At the core of ‘Making Space’ is the idea that space can be transformed through artistic expression, making it not just a place for creating objects but a place for igniting change. Through their use of everyday materials to create costumes, props, and other objects, this convergent community asserts their presence in their surroundings and prompts meaningful conversations about belonging and identity.

Created by…

Alastair Eales, Joe Cooper, Manjira Mazumdar, Ren Wooldridge, Bingrui Han, Kevin O’Connor, Rowan Melling, Lucy Lloyd, Vanessa Cotte, Sandra Foley, Sam Hopkins, Heliana Da Silva, Jules Hardingham, Jessica Goulding, Pippa Newman, Rachel East.


The Trinity Art Group (TAG) would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the charity Trinity Winchester, Winchester School of Art (the University of Southampton), and Southampton City Art Gallery for their unwavering support in making this art exhibition a reality. Your contributions have made it possible to bring together this showcase of talent but have also helped to further promote and celebrate the arts within our community. Thank you.

Community Gallery Archive


Quilt of Hope

When Southampton City Council put out a request for innovative projects that addressed the isolation experienced by people during the Pandemic lockdowns, the WEA responded with the Quilt of Hope Project, recognising the special role crafting has in bringing people together with a purpose and improving well-being and mental health for those that participate.

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Climate Unity

Hampshire schools have been working on the Climate Unity project this year. It follows on from a successful Climate Forest Installation in 2021.

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Life Scape

As part of the Regeneration Project, a joint initiative between PEEER Youth Service at Southampton Children’s Hospital and Theatre for Life which supports children and young people to engage with the arts, culture, advice and physical activity.

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The Unlocked Film Club

This exhibition features work created during the 2021 lockdown by first year students of the BA (Hons) Illustration course at Solent University.

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Twenty Years

Twenty Years is an interactive installation that is touring UK arts venues. The display is shaped by the participants and, in each venue, visitors are invited to contribute to an archive of thoughts and ideas about the way we might be living in the future.

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All About Sea

To coincide with the Mayflower 400 commemorations taking place throughout 2020, local artist Deborah Goatley-Birch was invited to work on a project ‘All About Sea’ with children from Maytree Infant School.

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