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.




Navigating Creativity

The Artistic Journeys of Compass Students Through Photography & Bookmaking

29 June – 4 October 2024  

Throughout this academic year, students from Compass School attended photography sessions at In Focus Education and Development, based in the heart of Southampton.

Compass students have learnt about DSLR cameras, how they work and how to use them to capture the world in their own vision. The students worked with studio lighting, professional lenses and light boxes whilst learning the technical elements of digital photography. In addition to mastering technical skills students spent time looking at the work of famous photographers which helped inspire their practice.

This exhibition showcases the student’s photographic work, including prints and a selection of handmade photobooks that chart their personal achievements and progress.


This work was made possible by funding from the Virtual School.

Community Gallery Archive



Autism Hampshire runs 15 Serendipity Community Groups for autistic adults across Hampshire.

The Serendipity Art group meets in the Southampton City Gallery’s education room twice a month. To celebrate Autism Acceptance Week, the art group, together with many of our other members, have chosen to showcase what autism means to them.

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Year 9 have been building upon their work in year 8 on proportion and applied their knowledge to portraiture.

Year 8 have been learning about the figure in art and how to apply understanding of proportion to their own drawings

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For 20 years, Jo Bressloff has worked as a freelance artist educator for the learning team at the Gallery and immensely enjoyed providing art workshops and tours for many groups of children, young people and adults who have visited.

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Visions 2023 showcases work created by artists attending Southampton Day Services, a resource for adults with learning difficulties run at Sembal Resource Centre in the Polygon and Woolston Community Centre.

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Making Space

‘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.

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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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