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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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    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 

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    Young Rembrandt

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 January – 29 March 2020, plymouth.ac.uk

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    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

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    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