Southampton’s art collection now valued at £200m – so why is it not on show?

CIVIC chiefs in Southampton are being urged to put more of the city’s art collection on show after a report claimed its current value could be as much as £200m.

And only about 200 pieces from the 3,700-strong collection can be on show in the gallery at any one time, with one group calling on the council to display more pieces in schools and libraries.

It comes after the Daily Echo’s Show us the Monet campaign, which called for more of the largely-hidden collection to be utilised for the benefit of the city.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has published details of the artwork owned by all of the councils in Hampshire and other bodies across the UK.

They have put the total value of artwork owned by councils in Hampshire at more than £204million, although Hampshire County Council, Fareham and Gosport borough and Portsmouth City Council did not provide figures through the Freedom of Information Act.

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