Exploring John Hansard Gallery. World-class contemporary event spaces

Discover world-class contemporary art at John Hansard Gallery. With versatile event and meeting spaces, John Hansard Gallery is ideal for many different kinds of events, both corporate and private.

From networking events and drinks receptions to board meetings and presentations, John Hansard Gallery provides a creative and impressive venue for your event. 

With the opportunity to entertain alongside our quarterly exhibitions you and your guests will have a unique and individual event experience.   



This uniquely versatile, glass fronted space looks out onto Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. The space, complete with digital media wall, is ideal for anything from speeches, to presentations and drinks receptions.

  • £450 + VAT (half day/evening)
  • £900 + VAT (full day)

Capacity: Standing: 200 I Theatre: 90

Gallery 1

JHG - Gallery 1

An elegant space with floor to ceiling glass walls, Gallery 1 is flooded with natural light. Located adjacent to the Atrium, it is the perfect space for guests to explore the unique venue.  

  • £600 + VAT (half day/evening)
  • £1,200 +VAT (full day)

Capacity: Standing: 200 I Theatre: 120

Gallery 2

JHG - Gallery 2

As the largest space that the gallery has to offer, in Gallery 2 you can entertain your guests surrounded by the best of contemporary art.

  • £600 + VAT (half day/evening)
  • £1,200 +VAT (full day)

Capacity: Standing: 200 I Theatre: 120

Gallery 3

JHG - Gallery 3

On the first floor of the gallery, this spectacular seven metre tall space provides stunning views of Guildhall Square - an inspiring backdrop for that all important speech.

  • £600 + VAT (half day/evening)
  • £1,200 +VAT (full day)

Capacity: Standing: 100 I Theatre: 70 I Boardroom: 20

Barker-Mill Gallery

JHG - Barker-Mill Gallery

This self-contained tranquil space is an ideal environment for fourth wall video and cinematic presentations.

  • £450 + VAT (half day/evening)
  • £900 +VAT (full day)

Capacity: 100 I Theatre: 80 I Boardroom: 40

Active Space

JHG - Active Space

This modern and bright space is regularly use for away days and workshops. Situated off Gallery 2 and looking out onto East Park, it provides an ideal space for those looking for a space for a creative workshop. 

  • £125 + VAT (half day/evening)
  • £250 + VAT (full day)
  • Hourly price £35 + VAT

Capacity: Theatre: 40 I Workshop: 30

Screening Room

JHG - Screening Room

Situated on the first floor, this modern space seamlessly combines the experience of a contemporary art gallery with a focused environment to ensure a productive meeting. Equipped with a ceiling mounted projector, surround sound and touchscreen TV this space is great for presentations and meetings.

  • £125 + VAT (half day/evening)
  • £250 + VAT (full day)
  • Hourly price £35 + VAT

Capacity: Theatre: 40 I Boardroom: 20

NB:  Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Barker-Mill Gallery and Atrium spaces are available for hire outside of Gallery opening hours.

The Screening Room and Active Space are available for hire at any time.


John Hansard Gallery is located in the heart of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter within easy access of the railway station and city centre car parking and close to the city centre parks.

142-144 Above Bar Street
SO14 7DU