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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Painting by The Thames: Swan Upping at Cookham
Stanley Spencer Gallery, Berkshire
See Sir Stanley Spencer’s renowned
Swan Upping at Cookham (1915 -1919) – currently on loan from the Tate – at the Stanley Spencer-dedicated art gallery in Cookham, the picturesque village in which the artist was born and inspired. A spectacular exhibition will demonstrate the painter’s long-established affinity for the River Thames. Until 22 March 2020, stanleyspencer.org.uk
Image: View from Cookham Bridge’, 1936. © Estate of Stanley Spencer and Bridgeman Images 2019
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Uncover the history behind one of the most influential visual artists, Dutch painter Rembrandt, at the Ashmolean Museum’s
Young Rembrandt exhibition. The first retrospective ever dedicated to the artist’s early years (624–34) – comprising of 24 authentic works amongst those from his chief contemporaries, international and private collections – uncover the evolution of an artist destined for universal recognition. 27 February – 7 June 2020, ashmolean.org
Image: Rembrandt and others, Let the Little Children Come to Me, c. 1627–8 and later, Oil on canvas, 83 x 103 cm, Courtesy of Jan Six Fine Art, Amsterdam
Beyond The Brotherhood
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth
The Pre-Raphaelite movement has impacted and inspired art and culture since its very foundation in 1848.
Beyond the Brotherhood explores the movement’s effect on contemporary fantasy works, from the likes of Game of Thrones to Lord of the Rings. 21 February until 21 June 2020, russellcotes.com
Image: Romeo and Juliet, Frank Bernard Dicksee (1884), © Southampton City Art Gallery
Disruption, Devotion and Distributism
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Hassocks
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.
Until 2 February 2020, kettlesyard.co.uk
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
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 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.
Until 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 start the slideshow