The West Downs Gallery

Photo looking into the West Downs Gallery

The West Downs Gallery

Creativity is highly valued at the University. We are immensely proud of the extensive and diverse art collection on display in our buildings and throughout our grounds.

Much of our art collection dates back to the days of King Alfred's College when we delivered teacher training courses with specialisms in art. We continue to commission and collect works of art, and we work to support emerging local and regional artists. A rolling programme of exhibitions by contemporary artists is organised within our gallery.

The West Downs Gallery is sited within our most recent campus development on Romsey Road. The Gallery hosts a programme of exhibitions across the year, and aims to show creative work of the highest quality to inspire debate and participation between creative professionals, academics, students and the public. To be added to our mailing list about upcoming exhibitions please contact visualart@winchester.ac.uk.

Current exhibition

16 January - 18 February 2023

Design Engine
Building Together

external photo of West Downs Centre showing detail of building materials

Design Engine Architects is an award-winning practice born in Winchester and now with studios in London and Exeter. Their approach is inspired by intensive research creating a strong design narrative often influenced by context, history and the work of artists and writers. The practice has received multiple national and international awards with an outstanding track record in delivering education buildings. This exhibition traces the 20 year long creative collaboration between the University of Winchester and Design Engine Architects, from masterplanning to the construction of new buildings and landscape, delivering a university campus focused on learning and teaching excellence, sustainability and wellbeing. Using two decades of drawings, photographs and models, the exhibition takes you on a journey of building a modern university - from the initial thoughts and ideas to completed buildings.

Visiting the West Downs Gallery

The Gallery is open from 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am until 4pm on Saturdays. The West Downs quarter is a short walk from the city centre. As there is no car parking on campus for visitors, we encourage you to make use of the Winchester Park & Ride, or to use public transport. Buses stop directly outside the West Downs Centre on the Romsey Road. To keep up-to-date with the latest Gallery news please follow us on Instagram.

Exhibiting at the West Downs Gallery

All exhibition proposals are considered by the Vice Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Art, which usually convenes twice a year. There is no charge to exhibit in the Gallery, but the University charges a 30% commission on sales.

If you are interested in submitting an exhibition proposal please contact visualart@winchester.ac.uk in the first instance, and details of the selection procedure will be supplied.