As the only UK university to have three leading, independent arts organisations on campus, the University of Southampton has a thriving arts scene which is enjoyed by students and the city’s residents alike.
The Nuffield Theatre, Turner Sims and the John Hansard Gallery, based on the Highfield Campus, host a rich programme of arts and entertainment including internationally significant productions, concerts and exhibitions. They are also a hub for educational and community activities. The venues have all received Arts Council England funding, an indication of the high quality of their work.
Recognised as a major force in UK theatre, The Nuffield Theatre collaborates with a range of distinctive artists to create and present world-class performances at its theatre and on tour nationally and internationally. The Theatre offers a programme of the highest quality classics, new plays, contemporary performance, and outdoor arts. The Nuffield offers a comprehensive range of educational and participatory activities for all ages and skills, and supports the professional development of theatre makers including writers, directors, performers and producers.
Turner Sims is acknowledged as one of the finest music venues in the country. It’s year-round programme of classical, jazz, world and folk music brings internationally renowned musicians such as Courtney Pine, Jamie Cullum, John Williams and Paul Lewis to Southampton. Turner Sims also presents music to many young people through its outreach projects ranging from one-off workshops for local talented performers to extended projects with schools.
One of Britain’s leading contemporary art galleries, the John Hansard Gallery was established in 1980 and has an international reputation for exciting and innovative shows. Its exhibitions have featured works by major artists from past Turner Prize winners to Andy Warhol. Admission to the gallery is free to all, helping more people to discover visual art.
The Gallery works with a range of partners to help more people to discover the arts through a vibrant education programme, which includes workshops, children’s activities, community projects and talks.