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Library Exhibitions and Events: Current and future exhibitions and events

The University of Southampton Library offers a varied programme of events and exhibition across its sites.

Welcome to the Library's exhibitions and events page

Find out about our current and upcoming exhibitions and events, which will be taking place in one or more of our gallery spaces at the Hartley Library, the National Oceanographic Library and the Winchester School of Art Library

What's on

Scroll through the gallery below to explore events and exhibitions currently taking place.

Stroppy Objects: Belongings With Opinions

Now extended: Friday 1st September 2023 - 12pm on Thursday 5th October 2023 

An exhibition formed of a series of artworks made from found objects, which can be seen as extensions of “Readymades”. All of them use text in the design to humorously express Cat's frustration with various subjects in the format of fake beauty products or embroidered clothing. Cat's work is critical of our social media, the value of women to be beautiful over other qualities, and work culture, capitalism and the nine-to-five lifestyle. 

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Future exhibitions and events

Scroll through the gallery below to explore our upcoming events and exhibitions

Windrush Portraits

Windrush Portraits

Monday 9th October 2023 - Thursday 30 November 2023

Portraits from the project Windrush Legacy are being exhibited in the Level 4 Gallery, Hartley Library, complemented by a digital display in the Hartley Library foyer.  Each of the nine sitters shown thought about what matters to them and how they wanted to be seen by their local and wider community.

Windrush Legacy is a John Hansard Gallery commission, in partnership with Southampton Black Archives and Southampton CIty Council.  The probject celebrates the histories of African and Caribbean descent in the UK and aims to preserve and inspire individuals and communities.

Windrush Legacy has been funded by the UK Government's Windrush Day Grant Scheme. 


Taking a journey; 21 years by Paul Salt and Sue Shaw

Thursday 2nd November 2023 - Friday 15th December 2023

Celebrating 21 years of making limited edition and artefact books. This exhibition will chart their journey through twenty one years of making artists' books and will be reflected in the twenty one Salt + Shaw books selected for display.

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Past exhibitions

Explore some of our past exhibitions:

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