The society was formed in 1885 as the Southampton Amateur Art Society, the first exhibitions being held in the Philharmonic Rooms in Above Bar Street. In 1887 it merged with the Ordnance Survey Art Association to become the Southampton Art Society.
In 1889 the society moved into its own headquarters, named the Southampton Art Gallery, above the offices of the London and South Western Railway (formerly Aslatt’s Coach Factory) on Above Bar Street. In the 1920s and 1930s it held its exhibitions in the public library in London Road. After World War Two and the destruction of the library it held its exhibitions in Southampton Art Gallery in the Civic Centre. The society is still active (2015).

Further reading:
‘Southampton Art Society: a Brief History’, by Anne Middleton, in Fosmag Magazine, no. 58, Spring 2006, p13 (HS/lt)


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