A SOUTHAMPTON gallery will be displaying a new exhibition featuring work by some of the world’s most famous artists.

Southampton’s City Art Gallery will be showing works of art by the likes of Monet and Gainsborough this spring.

It comes as the city bids to become the UK City of Culture in 2025

As part of the bid, Southampton’s City Art Gallery will be loaned nine masterpieces as part of an exchange with the National Gallery in London.

The galleries have announced the major exhibition which celebrates the 92-year partnership between them.

Also, on display in Southampton, will be works by Maggi Hambling and Paula Rego.

Creating a National Collection is the first exhibition to explore the unique relationship and influence the National Gallery has had on the evolution of Southampton’s collection.

The historical links between the two galleries are said to be significant but little known.

The relationship can be credited to Cllr Robert Chipperfield (1817–1911), who wanted the collection and the art gallery in Southampton to be of a national calibre.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Clark, newly installed as the National Gallery’s Director in 1934 took an active interest in advising Southampton on acquisitions.

Commenting, Carolyn Abel, Head of Culture & Tourism at Southampton City Council, a City Partner of the Southampton 2025 Trust said: “Bidding for UK City of Culture is for us about enriching lives, transforming communities and showcasing everything great we have to offer.

“This long-standing partnership with the National Gallery is a perfect example of what we are bidding for and why we believe that Southampton can win the honour of being UK City of Culture in 2025.

“We’re also delighted that local woman Jemma Craig beat off stiff competition to become Southampton’s Curatorial Trainee.”

The free exhibition will be open from May 28 to September 4 this year.


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