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From the Tribunal to the Art Gallery

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Warner Goodman Employment Partner Howard Robson is often found in the Employment Tribunal defending the firm’s business clients or presenting at the team’s regular seminars and masterclasses. But Howards’s latest venture steps away from the legal profession and into the world of Art, having recently become a Trustee of the charitable trust the FW Smith Art Bequest. The Charity supports the purchase of new art works for the local community’s enjoyment and education.

In 1925 local benefactor Frederick William Smith left a bequest to be maintained by trustees in order to add to the City Art Gallery’s collection of work. His legacy has assisted in enabling the Art Gallery to build a prestigious collection and one of the best regional galleries in the country.  The City Art Gallery opened in April 1939 within Southampton’s Civic Centre, offering high quality exhibitions ranging from painting, sculpture and drawing, to photography and film, as well as displays that change regularly to ensure new experiences with each visit.

Howard commented, “I’ve always been very interested in art and the Southampton City Art Gallery is an exceptionally good regional gallery. With a great variety of high quality work, in particular spanning the development of British art in the 20th century, the gallery is rightly proud of its great collection. Curator of Art Tim Craven has great enthusiasm, commitment and an exceptional knowledge, of the works and their place in art history, which keeps all visitors hooked and eager to learn more.  I’m extremely proud to be involved in such a fantastic facility in Southampton and look forward to enabling the FW Smith Trust to continue its role in the community alongside David Chun my new co-trustee.”

To find out more about the Southampton Art Gallery you can visit the website or call 023 8083 3007 .


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