Southampton Arts supports and encourages cultural expression, education in the arts and an appreciation of the arts.
We believe in the power of art. Southampton Arts values creative expression as a vital tool for problem solving, creative thinking, self-discovery, and overall well-being at the organizational and individual level.
We leverage collective genius. Southampton Arts recognizes that organizational success is dependent on collaboration, and the input of a multitude of voices, for the benefit of the greater good.
We create a culture of warmth and belonging, where everyone is welcome. Southampton Arts maintains an environment of mutual respect among all stakeholders, staff, Board members, artists, volunteers, and guests. We emphasize fairness in all matters, while acknowledging and accommodating unique individual needs.
We endeavour to grow our business in a way that makes our community proud. Southampton Arts strives to evolve and encourage new ideas, while upholding the distinguished history and legacy of this institution.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
Southampton Arts is committed to a framework for change toward diversity and inclusion. We will continuously improve through an ongoing process of evaluation and change, based on research and self-reflection. An inclusive approach will be thoroughly integrated into the ongoing activities, operations and relationships of the organization. Southampton Arts will make every effort to identify and remove barriers to inclusion. Southampton Arts is committed to employment diversity with respect to all aspects of employment. Southampton Arts will endeavour to ensure that the workplace, all policies, procedures and practices, are free of deliberate or unintentional (systemic) barriers so that no one is disadvantaged.
A 65-YEAR LEGACY
Founded in 1957 by Bert Henderson, the Southampton Art School began with a dozen students and a $40 fee for one week, including tuition, accommodation and meals. The school’s original advisory board included 3 members of Canada’s original Group of Seven including artists A. Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris and Arthur Lismer. Iconic Canadian artist Alex Colville also lent his support — a legacy of excellence and response to the Canadian landscape that still permeates the spirit of Southampton Arts.
In 1986, a group of arts-loving community members formed the Southampton Arts Society as a registered non-profit charity. It provided a focal point for local artists and art lovers to appreciate, create and enjoy art as well as providing support for the art school. The Gallery began in 1999 as a cooperative formed by Carol Cleary and Tanya Weichel and now features the talent of over 30 local artists, housed in light-filled upper and lower spaces of the historic Southampton Town Hall. In March of 2017, the organization changed its name officially to the Southampton Arts Centre, more commonly referred to as Southampton Arts. Today, this vibrant nonprofit organization runs a thriving arts program featuring artist-led educational experiences for both children and adults as well as a professional exhibition space, continuing a legacy of providing support for both the making and appreciation of fine art and craft.
We are closed for January and February for our annual clean up and maintenance.
We welcome you to get in touch to make an appointment for a visit.
The gallery is closed January and February.
You can find us in person by appointment or by chance.