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The Best Art Exhibitions in the UK

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Looking for some must-see art exhibitions in the UK? You’ve come to the right place. There are oodles of galleries spread across the country where you can find a fantastic array of artworks and designs. Venture outside of London and delight in our pick of the best Britain has to offer… 

The Best Art Exhibitions in the UK

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  • The Welcome Chorus

    Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent

    Margate-based Japanese sound artist and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki has curated an exciting sculptural, sound and AI-influenced outdoor artwork as part of Margate’s renowned festival of art, Margate NOW. The intriguing instillation comprises of twelve colourful horns, each symbolising a significant Kent district, which cleverly sound lyrics and quotes from people residing within the county regarding the ‘Kentish living experience’. Until 12 Jan 2020, turnercontemporary.org

  • Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses Christmas Festival 2019

    Artists Open Houses

    In true Christmas spirit, hundreds of Brighton-based artists and makers will be welcoming the public into their homes and studios, offering art collectors and enthusiasts the chance to peruse and purchase works from the very homes and places they were produced in. From ceramics and crafts, to mince pies and mulled wines, there will be an eclectic array of seasonal and authentic crafts to explore at this one-of-a-kind arts festival. 23 & 24 November, 30 November and 1 December, 7 & 8 December, aoh.org.uk

    Photo: Dion Salvador Lloyd

  • Queer Looks Exhibition

    Brighton Museum

    Look through a fashion lens to discover the vibrant history of some of Sussex’s LGBTQ+ residents. The exhibition has been contributed to by famous LGBTQ+ personalities including comedian Zoe Lyons, trans-campaigner Fox Fisher and journalist Sophie Cooke. Until December, brightonmuseums.org.uk

  • Candace Bahouth: Box of Delights

    The Holburne Museum, Bath

    In her intricate re-imagining of everyday items, Candace Bahouth creates bizarre and surreal objects d’art, distinctive in their riot of colour, pattern and mosaic. Box of Delights focuses on her extraordinary use of mosaics, fashioning fragments of china into fantastical objects including shoes, mirrors, candlesticks and totems. Until 5 January 2020, holburne.org

  • Disruption, Devotion and Distributism

    Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

    The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an award-winning venue, housing some of the most impressive artworks of people that came to the village in the early 20th century in the hopes of new, better lives there. This exhibition will explore some of the ideas and politics of those artists, with strong links to political issues today. Until 30 April 2020, ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk

  • Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

    Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

    Bringing together the works of 11 contemporary artists, the exhibition addresses the repercussions of conflict and displacement, and the transient notion of home, a continuous reality for many communities in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. 12 November – 2 February 2020, kettlesyard.co.uk

  • Pre-Raph Exhibition

    Southampton City Art Gallery and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth

    Head to either the Southampton City Art Gallery or the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth to view Pre-Raph collections with peices from the UK and internationally, too. 18 October 2019 – 1 February 2020, southamptoncityartgallery.com and 21 February 2020 – 21 June 2020, russellcotes.com

  • Bill Brandt / Henry Moore

    The Hepworth Wakefield

    Photographer Bill Brandt and sculptor Henry Moore first met during WWII, creating images of civilians sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz. With over 200 works, this major exhibition traces the artists’ intersecting careers, highlighting their multidisciplinary approach to shared interests in labour, industry and the lives ordinary people. 7 February – 31 May 2020, hepworthwakefield.com

  • Slow Painting

    Hayward Gallery Touring at Leeds Art Gallery and The Levinsky Gallery, Plymouth

    Intended as a counterbalance to today’s fast-paced consumer society, the exhibition features 19 artists, whose work focuses on the idea of slowness in painting and taking time to view artwork. It is curated by writer and critic Martin Herbert. 25 October 2019 – 12 Jan 2020, leeds.gov.uk and 25 January – 29 March 2020, plymouth.ac.uk

  • The Art of the Brick

    The Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

    Award-winning artist Nathan Sawaya was the first to embrace LEGO as an art medium – his globally-renowned exhibition features incredible sculptures and portraits made of thousands of colourful LEGO bricks. 22 November – 20 April 2020, aotbmanchester.co.uk

  • Jenny Wheatley – The Journey

    Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold

    British painter Jenny Wheatley is drawn to remote parts of the world, from exotic Indian landscapes in Rajasthan to the Highlands and islands of Scotland. Her vibrant paintings capture the essence of a place or moment, either a mood, an idea, or the simple joy of the setting and character. 9 – 29 February 2020, fossegallery.com