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Expect everything under the sun with a rundown of the outstanding exhibitions happening all over the UK at our museum and gallery partners. Whether you want to bask in the brilliance of Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern or soak up the radiant Pre-Raphaelites in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, there is something here for everyone.

Featured regions:

Channel Islands

England

England: London

England: Midlands and East

England: North

England: South

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

 

Channel Islands

Guernsey

To Japan and Back Again: How a Corner of Guernsey Turned Japanese | Guernsey Museum

Until 8th September 2019

See some of the fascinating objects connected to Guernsey's Saumarez Park and the Japanese house and temple which once stood there.

 

England: London

Rabbi with Cat

Rabbi with Cat c.1912

Natalia Goncharova (1881–1962)

National Galleries of Scotland

Natalia Goncharova | Tate Modern

From 6th June to 8th September 2019

The first ever UK retrospective of the Russian avant-garde leader who blazed a trail across Moscow and Paris as a painter, illustrator, writer and costume designer.

Takis | Tate Modern

From 3rd July to 27th October 2019

Feel the force behind 'Signals' by Panagiotis 'Takis' Vassilakis, innovative and elegant electromagnetic kinetic sculptures inspired by radar.

Kaieteurtoo

Kaieteurtoo (poured paintings) 1975

Frank Bowling (b.1934)

Government Art Collection

Frank Bowling | Tate Britain

Until 26th August 2019

Experience the entirety of Bowling's 60-year career pushing the possibilities of paint, with large-scale works on show including his 'poured paintings' series.

A Lady and a Dog on the Beach

A Lady and a Dog on the Beach 1906

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923)

Leeds Museums and Galleries

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light | The National Gallery

Until 7th July 2019

Vivid seascapes, garden views, and bather scenes are among 58 paintings spanning the great impressionist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida's career.

How it is

How it is 1981

Sean Scully (b.1945)

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Sea Star: Sean Scully | The National Gallery

Until 11th August 2019

New works that showcase Scully's deep understanding of colour, composition and the power of painting.

Art in Exile | Imperial War Museum London

From 5th July to 5th January 2020

Discover how cultural treasures in British museums and galleries were evacuated and safeguarded during the Second World War.

Chickens amongst Cornstooks

Chickens amongst Cornstooks c.1888

Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946)

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

Helene Schjerfbeck | Royal Academy of Arts

From 20th July to 27th October 2019

An eclectic array of portraits, landscapes and still lifes shed light on a Finnish national icon, long overdue a major exhibition in the UK.

Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet | Royal Academy of Arts

From 30th June to 29th September 2019

Turbulent and emotional undercurrents of nineteenth-century Paris fuelled the work of this masterful painter and printmaker.

Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking | Dulwich Picture Gallery

From 19th June 2019 to 8th September 2019

Presenting works from the Grosvenor School, a powerhouse in the production of modern printmaking during the 1930s that championed contemporary life.

Mary Quant | Victoria and Albert Museum

Until February 2020

See how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street in the 1960s with over 200 garments and accessories.

Chihuly: Reflections on Nature | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Until 27th October 2019

Luminous and intricate glass artworks by Dale Chihuly set against the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens.

A Portrait of a Woman in a Room*

A Portrait of a Woman in a Room* 1920–1960

Madge Gill (1882–1961)

London Borough of Newham

Madge Gill | William Morris Gallery

From 22nd June to 22nd September 2019

A landmark exhibition of the visionary self-taught artist, bringing together drawings, large-scale embroideries, textiles and archival objects.

An Election: 1. The Entertainment

An Election: 1. The Entertainment 1754–1755

William Hogarth (1697–1764)

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Hogarth & The Art of Noise | The Foundling Museum

Until 1st September 2019

Exploring the famed social commentator's innovative use of sound in communicating narrative, with a soundscape by acclaimed musician and producer Martyn Ware.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion | British Library

From 7th June to 8th September 2019

Highlights from three remarkable notebooks reveal something of Leonardo's thought processes and his fascination with motion.

Cindy Sherman | National Portrait Gallery

From 27th June to 15th September 2019

A major retrospective focussing on the artist's conceptual portraits which manipulate her own appearance, taking reference from the worlds of film, fashion and advertising.

Architecture of London | Guildhall Art Gallery

Until 1st December 2019

Explore 400 years of London's built heritage through the eyes of over 60 artists, including masterpieces from Canaletto, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Catherine Yass.

 

England: Midlands and East

Birmingham

Within and Without: Body Image and the Self | Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

From 22nd July to 1st September 2019

An exhibition which examines how social, historical and cultural factors influence body image and how this is expressed through art.

Home of Metal Presents Black Sabbath – 50 Years | Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

From 26th June to 29th September 2019

See and hear the legacy of the heavy metal pioneers through historical photos, ephemera, and memorabilia sourced directly from the band members.


The Paper Museum: The Curious Eye of Cassiano dal Pozzo
| The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

From 14th June to 1st September 2019

A glimpse inside the inquisitive mind of Italian patron Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588–1657), the creator of the 'Paper Museum', one of the most impressive visual records of antiquities and natural history.

Sleeping

Sleeping 1986

Paula Figueiroa Rego (b.1935)

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

HOME | The New Art Gallery Walsall

Until 22nd September 2019

A selection of contemporary works exploring themes around home and homeland, from artists including Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, and Rachel Whiteread.


Kathleen Ryan
| The New Art Gallery Walsall

Until 22nd September 2019

The first UK public institution exhibition of the American sculptor, who crafts installations using a variety of materials, from precious stones to bowling balls.

Cambridge

The Unknown Corner

The Unknown Corner

James Ferrier Pryde (1866–1941)

The Fleming Collection

Beggarstaffs: William Nicholson & James Pryde | The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 4th August 2019                              

Celebrating the collaborative partnership that produced striking and beautiful posters and other graphic work in the 1890s.

Sir Edward Herbert, Later 1st Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1581/1582–1648)

Sir Edward Herbert, Later 1st Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1581/1582–1648) c.1613–1614

Isaac Oliver (c.1556–1565–1617)

National Trust, Powis Castle

Secrets of a Silent Miniaturist | The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 18th August 2019

A selection of the museum's Isaac Oliver miniatures shed new light on the artist's exquisite work and enigmatic techniques.


Norwich

Tor Falcon: Rivers of Norfolk | Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

From 12th July to 12th January 2020

An outstanding body of drawings and the result of a three-year project revealing the wonderful variety of Norfolk's rivers.

 

England: North

Liverpool

As Seen on Screen: Art and Cinema | Walker Art Gallery

Until 18th August 2019

More than 20 works that examine artists' fascination with the silver screen, including Stuart Pearson Wright's 2008 painting Woman Surprised by a Werewolf.

Manchester

Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists | The Whitworth

From 14th June to October 2019

Presenting artworks and stories from contemporary artists Robina Akhter Ullah, Shabana Baig, Fatimah Fagihassan, Aida Foroutan and Usarae Gul.


Ibrahim Mahama: Parliament of Ghosts
| The Whitworth

From 5th July to 29th September 2019

An installation reflecting on the half-forgotten history of the artist's homeland of Ghana, bringing together an assemblage of lost objects, repurposed to form a vast parliamentary chamber.


Louise Giovanelli
| Manchester Art Gallery

From 6th June to 19th April 2020

New paintings by Giovanelli are shown alongside rarely seen early Renaissance panel paintings from the collections of Manchester Art Gallery and The National Gallery, London.

Sheffield

Smokeless Coal Fire

Smokeless Coal Fire 1969

Patrick Caulfield (1936–2005)

The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

This Life is so Everyday: The Home in British Art 1950–1980 | Graves Gallery

Until 6th July 2019

A look at how artists such as Patrick Caulfield, Helen Chadwick, and David Hockney have used depictions of the domestic to signify our diverse experiences, class, gender and sexuality.


Nordic by Nature: modern design and prints
| Weston Park Museum

Until 28th July 2019

Discover how Finnish, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian artists and designers have created distinctive designs rooted in nature, culture, tradition and industry.


Wakefield

Thukral and Tagra: Bread, Circuses & TBD | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Until 1st September 2019

The Delhi-based artists continue their investigation into 'kushti', a traditional form of wrestling from India, with an interactive challenge that invites gallery-goers to try out several manoeuvres.


Damien Hirst
| Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Until 29th September 2019

Four of Hirst's colossal sculptures loom over the newly revived eighteenth-century Deer Park, including the ten-metre tall The Virgin Mother, which references Degas's Little Dancer of Fourteen Years.


York

Lucie Rie: Ceramics & Buttons | York Art Gallery

Until 3rd November 2019

This exhibition of the celebrated ceramist highlights hundreds of her beautiful buttons alongside examples of the domestic wares she became famed for.

 

England: South

Brighton

Queer Looks | Brighton Museum

Until December 2019

A fascinating display of outfits and stories from LGBTQ individuals from Sussex, exploring identity through dress from the 1960s to the present day.


Bristol

Astarte Syriaca

Astarte Syriaca 1877

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)

Manchester Art Gallery

Pre-Raphaelites | Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Until 27th September 2020

Escape reality with a fresh look at the Pre-Raphaelite movement focussing on paintings of knights and medieval heroines.


Natural Selection
| Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

From 1st June to 15th September 2019

Artist Andy Holden, along with his ornithologist father Peter, takes visitors on a journey from nest-building to egg-collecting with sculpted birdsong, a human-scale bower bird nest, and exquisite replica eggs.


Chichester

Boat on a Lake

Boat on a Lake

Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979)

Government Art Collection

Ivon Hitchens: Space through Colour | Pallant House Gallery

From 29th June to 13th October 2019

The largest exhibition on Hitchens since 1989, with over 70 works revealing the scope of the painter who brought continental colour to the English landscape.


Grete Marks: An Intimate Portrait
| Pallant House Gallery

From 26th June to 27th October 2019

Portrait paintings and drawings from one of the earliest female students of the Bauhaus School, best known for founding the Hael-Werkstätten pottery in Germany.


Cookham

Counterpoint: Stanley Spencer and his Contemporaries | Stanley Spencer Gallery

Until 3rd November 2019

An exhibition of works from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art by artists such as David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.


Eastbourne

Dineo Seshee Bopape: Sedibeng, it comes with the rain | Towner Art Gallery

From 15th June to 8th September 2019

The South African-based artist present an immersive installation, composed of objects including feathers, metal abstractions, letter charms, and bags of healing herbs.


Phoebe Unwin: Iris
| Towner Art Gallery

From 15th June to 8th September 2019

Taking its title from the artist's late grandmother, this show is rooted in personal experience and features paintings in a wide spectrum of colour, in oil and acrylic.


Oxford

Lifelines: The Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara | The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Until 6th October 2019

From monochrome to multicoloured, playful to contemplative, dynamic woodcuts showcase the remarkable career and range of Matsubara over the course of five decades.


Southampton

Southampton City Art Gallery Turns 80 | Southampton City Art Gallery

Until 29th November 2019

A display of pride and celebration, with a blast from the past as the gallery presents the paintings that featured in its original opening exhibition, alongside works from contemporary artists.


Huguette Caland
| Tate St Ives

Until 1st September 2019

The Lebanese artist has her first UK museum solo exhibition, with large, colourful canvases and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s, playing between the suggestive and the explicit.

 

Northern Ireland

Belfast

Purpose and Portrayal: Early Irish Maps and Mapmaking | Ulster Museum

Until 3rd November 2019

Plot a course through a rich collection of historic maps to see how the shape and the definition of Ireland have been refined and represented over the centuries.


Game of Thrones Tapestry
| Ulster Museum

Until 28th July 2019

From Winterfell to the Iron Islands, this epic 77-metre long textile work takes inspiration from the famed Bayeux Tapestry and was hand finished by a team of 30.


Left Right and Centre
| Ulster Museum

Until 9th February 2020

A major new video work from Cornelia Parker, Left Right and Centre, was filmed in the chamber of the House of Commons using a drone-mounted camera and a wind machine.

 

Scotland

Aberdeen

Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy

Martinus Wilhelmus Liernur (1833–1901)

Ferens Art Gallery

That's the way to do it! Punch and Judy through the ages | Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Until 28th October 2019

A look back at over 350 years of the tragicomic lives of Punch and Judy, the notorious puppets whose knockabout comedy made them a family favourite.


Edinburgh

Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine

Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrine

John Knox (1778–1845)

National Galleries of Scotland

Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland | National Museum of Scotland

From 26th June to 10th November 2019

Rich displays and iconic objects chart Scotland's journey into the global imagination and invite viewers to consider the ideas that continue to define Scotland today.


Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk
| National Museum of Scotland

Until 20th Oct 2019

See how today's fashion creatives are challenging perceptions while embracing inclusivity and body positivity on the catwalk, in advertising, and behind the camera.

The Sunblind (La Jalouise)

The Sunblind (La Jalouise) 1914

Juan Gris (1887–1927)

Tate

Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage | The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

From 29th June to 27th October 2019

The world's first survey exhibition of collage assembles everything from sixteenth-century anatomical 'flap prints', to computer-based images and masterpieces by Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris.


Lines in Space
| The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Until 27th July 2019

A show pairing Anthony Caro and Fred Sandback, two artists whose work is characterised by their examination of lines in three-dimensional space.


Glasgow

The German Revolution: Expressionist Prints | Hunterian Art Gallery

Until 25th August 2019

A major exhibition exploring artists' responses to the German Revolution of 1918–1919, with works by Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch and Käthe Kollwitz.


Orkney

Beyond Landscape | The Pier Arts Centre

Until 9th November 2019

A collection of works by artists whose connection with landscape reveals an interest that reaches further than literal reinterpretation.

 

Wales

Aberystwyth

O. M.

O. M. c.1990

Iwan Bala (b.1956)

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Collecting Contemporary | The National Library of Wales

Until 21st March 2020

Explore the striking new additions to the library's contemporary Welsh art collection, from artists such as Iwan Bala, Mary Lloyd Jones, Elfyn Lewis, Paul Peter Piech and Ceri Richards.

Classic|Romantic | Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery

Until 30th August 2019

Curated by undergraduate students, this exhibition explores two widely used words through sixteenth-century woodcuts, late twentieth-century photography and twenty-first-century ceramics.


Caernarfon

Quarrymen | National Slate Museum

Until 30th June 2019

Artist Carwyn Rhys Jones tells the story of five quarrymen and the local landscape through photographic portraits created using the double exposure process.

Alec Mackenzie, Project Officer at Art UK