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Portsmouth Picture Gallery
The fine and decorative arts gallery on the second floor of the City Museum and Records Office is dedicated to the art collections of the service. The art section covers both fine and decorative art which are shown together in this space. Displays change but there is always an exciting mixture of works on display drawn from the permanent collections. Visitors can always be sure of seeing a selection of paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, glass and textiles. The art collections span 500 years of artistic creation and at any one time contemporary pieces and earlier works will be on display together.
Some of the works on display were made by artists and craftspeople working in the Portsmouth area, other works come from the wider national and international arenas. Household names are represented as well as less well known artists whose work is nonetheless of high quality. The collections tend to be displayed in thematic rather than chronological groupings, explaining styles, subject matter and techniques. Fascinating links and correspondences are explored which continually surprise and delight our visitors.
Before making a special visit to see a particular item potential visitors should contact the Keeper of Art to check whether the item is on display. We lend items to other museums and also change our own displays. However, stored items can be made available to enquirers but advance notice is needed.