What's On?

Exhibitions and Events around the UK.



2017 - 2018


Two Temple Place, London. WC2R 3BD

Two Temple Place is owned by The Bulldog Trust. It is the first London venue to specifically showcase publicly-owned collections from around the UK. Each year Two Temple Place hosts a winter exhibition (between January and April).


27 January - 22 April 2018

 'Rhymn & Reaction'

In partnership with the Arts Society the venue marks 100 years of jazz in the UK. Rhymn & Reaction explores the impact that jazz had on Britons from 1918. The exhibition brings together painting, prints, cartoons, textiles and ceramics, moving film, instruments and the all important jazz sound, to explicitly examine th3 influence of jazz on British art, design and wider society. 


Wallace Collection, London. WIU 2BN

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and world class armoury. The Great Gallery has re-opened with a new hang following its two-year refurbishment.

In 2018, the Wallace Collections celebrates the 200th birthday of the founder, Sir Richard Wallace.


Cotehele, Saltash, Cornwall. PL12 6TA

 The gallery curates an annual programme of exhibitions, with occasional guest exhibitors from elsewhere in the UK.


10 February - 8 June

'A New Dawn'

Featuring the works of Paul Jackson; one of Britain's leading ceramicists in a show called 'Madrugada'.


9 June - 28 October

'Seasons of Change'

Featuring the works of local watercolour painter Peter Dolbear and handcrafted mirrors created by Jean Bose.


24 February - 7 May 2018

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

 'Pop! Art in a Changing Britain '

Drawn from the gallery's significant collection of British Pop Art, this exhibition explores how artists in Britain in the 1950's and 1960's responded to rapid social change, as Pop Art emerged as a means of addressing the rise of mass media, the cult of celebrity, questions of identity and prevalent political concerns, issues that still resonate today.


24 February - 7 May 2018

'Young British Artists: The Frank and Lorna Dunphy Gift'


26 May - 16 September 2018

'Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writings.


Royal West of England Academy, Bristol BS8 1PX

24 March - 3 June 2018

'Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Curcus'

To celebrate 250 years of circus, the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) presents a major exhibition that pays homage to the greatest show on earth. Sawdust and Sequins will feature historic and contemporary art, inspired by the magic, thrills and spills of the Big Top. 


24 March - 3 June 2018


' Peter Lavey: 50 Years of Circus Portraits'

A photographic exhibition of Peter Lavey's work from the last 50 years. The acclaimed photographer Peter Lavey has followed and documented circuses around the UK and Ireland, capturing backstage moments of introspection, vulnerability, and the reality of nomadic lifestyles. 



9 April -29 July 2018

The National Gallery Trafalgar Square London. WC2N 5DN


'Monet & Architecture' 

There's never been a single exhibition looking at Monet's career through the buildings he painted: in Normandy, in Rouen, in Paris, London, and Venice. From buildings in villages and by the coast, to some of Europe's most famous monuments, Monet painted the architecture of his time - modern, historic, simple and grand. This is new way of looking at Monet's work. It shows how he used architecture to create his compositions, both in his most famous paintings and lesser-known works.



Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ

 ' Celebrating 200 Years - Telling Cornwall's Story...Since 1818...' 


As well as being a home for history, the Royal Institution of Cornwall (the museum and Courtney Library) has its own fascinating past. In 2018, it is the celebrating 200 years since the RIC's beginnings in Truro. They will be celebrating inside and outside the museum with exhibitions and events of all types: drama, song and poetry, lectures and re-enacted historical science experiments, to name just a few


 'Hireth - A Cornish Landscape'

The exhibition gathers together a wide selection of work by artists who have been inspired by the land and seascapes of Cornwall. The exhibition largely shows work from the museum's collection but also takes the opportunity to showcase pieces from Cornwall Council's School Art Collection. Included in the exhibition is sculpture by Barbara Hepworth, painting by Paul Feller, Alfred Wallis, LS Lowry, and Penzance born Margo Maeckelberghe, as well as a newly restored work by 19th Century Newlyn School artist Noble Barlow. There are also selections of Alec Walker's Crysede textiles.


 'The Secret Life of Objects'

When an object arrives at a museum, it begins a 'new life'; it will be studied, positioned, exhibited, restored, loaned and transferred and will be placed alongside many other objects. This exhibition offers a glimpse into this new life, looking at what museums do to care for the artefacts they are entrusted with. The exhibition will highlight four major areas of an object's life: documentation, storage, conservation and research.


'The Joy of Science'

The early nineteenth century was an exciting era for advances in science and technology and the passion for learning led directly to the founding of the Royal Institution of Cornwall in 1818. 200 years later, we will celebrate the pioneering spirit of Cornwall and its people through the ages. The newly organised Main Gallery will tell the story of Cornwall's technological advances from the beginning of human activity to the present day using our own objects, interactive interpretation and a series of hads on workshops.


'World Wide Wonders'

During our bi-centenary year, World Wide Wonders celebrates 200 years of global collecting at the RIC. This year long exhibition will celebrate our divers collections and their fascinating stories that have opened windows onto the world, both for us and for those who have come beforte us.


3 March - 2 June 2018

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

 'Jack Doherty'

Reflecting on his recent artist residences in Japan and China, Mousehole-based ceramicist Jack Doherty will show a new group of soda-fired porcelain vessels, including functional and sculptural work.


10 February - 12 May 2018  - The Exchange


'Tim Shaw RA'

A solo exhibition bringing together a number of works by Tim Shaw, the acclaimed sculptor and Royal Academician.


3 March - 2 June 2018


An international group exhibition exploring the overarching and infinite rhythmns of nature, folklore and occult and how they have become a lived system embodied by both artists and communities. Artefacts loaned by the Museum of witchcraft and Magic and private collections will be on display alongside key artworks from the 20th century and pieces by artists exploring these themes in a contemporary context.


12 August - 5 November 2017

Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent. CT9 1HG

'Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block)'

Chatham Historic Dockyard TRust and Turner Contemporary have commissioned artist Jyll Bradley to make a piece of work for Summer 2017. Dutch/LIght (for Agneta Block) marks the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Raid on the River Medway, which brought about the end of the Anglo-Dutch Wars, peace between two nations and an unlikely exchange on growing plants.


19 August - 5 November 2017

Anthony Gormley 'Another time XXI, 2013'

Another Time is a series of one hundred, solid cast-iron figures by Anthony Gormley who is known for his sculptures and installations that explore the experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body. The sculpture in Margate becomes visible about 3 hours before low tide, so to be sure of seeing it, check the daily tide times.


14 June - 15 October 2017

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings Old Town TN34 3DW

Quentin Blake 'The Only Way to Travel'

This major exhibition of new works by celebrated artist and illustrator Sir Quentin Blake (b. 1932) explores challenging issues from mental health to the refugee crisis


 16 September - 15 October 2017 

Stephen Turner - 'Everything Comes from an Egg'

This exhibition celebrates the tour of Stephen Turner's Exbury Egg and a wide range of associated artworks around towns and cities in the UK, and is the last chance to view this extraordinary artwork.


21 October - 7 January 2018

Paula Rego ' The Boy Who Loved the Sea and Other Stories' 

With your help the gallery reached the Art Happens target and has raised £25,000 to bring the first major exhibition of new works by Dame Paula Rego to a UK public art gallery for 10 years. The Boy Who Loved the Sea and Other Stories has at its heart a body of new paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by a 2005 story by Helia Correia. It provides the starting point for this exhibition that will also investigate both her genius for story-telling and her strengths as an artist.


Until 1 October 2017

Tate Britain, London SW1P 4RG

'Queer British Art'

Presenting the first exhibition dedicated to queer British Art. Featuring works from 1861-1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.


Until November 2017

'Art Now Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes'

Simeon Barclay is interested in how we construct and perform our identity. Drawing on advertisements, magazines, television and music, he combines images of culturally significant moments and figures with his personal memories to understand how we define and situate ourselves within society.


12 September - 21 January 2018

'Rachel Whiteread'

Celebtrating over 25 Years of Rachel Whiteread's internationally acclaimed sculpture. One of Britain's leading contemporary artist's Whiteread uses industrial materials such as plaster, concrete, resin, rubber, and metal to cast everyday objects and architectural space. Her Evocative sculptures range from the intimate to the monumental.


Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth TR11 2RT

The Gallery has an outstanding collection of over 2,000 artworks that range from Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionists paintings to contemporary prints, photography and a children's illustration archive.

The Gallery has recently become custodians of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Tuke collection. The Tuke collection is believed to be unique. These works will be made available at a local, national and international level.


16 September - 18 November 2017

Penlee Gallery & Museum, Penzance TR18 4HE

'John Armstrong: Dream and Reality' 

This exhibition examines the diverse range of work produced over the lifetime of this intriguing artist. John Armstrong ARA (1893-1973) studied briefly at St John's Wood School of Art but was essentially self-taught.


14 October - 7 January 2018

Tate St Ives, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

'Rebecca Warren: All That Heaven Allows'

Rebecca Warren's first major UK exhibition in eight years opens the new Tate St Ives.

A significant artist, Warren's exuberant, roughly worked sculptures and neon vitrines engage with the canon of art history. Warren first came to prominence in the 1990s and exhibits widely in Europe and the United States. This new exhibition will draw connections between her practice to date and the geographical context and artistic legacy of St Ives.


From 14 October 2017

'Modern Art and St Ives'

For the first, Tate will be able to dedicate spaces to explore the history of modern art in St Ives, giving key artists a permanent presence in the town where they lived and worked - Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Barbara Hepworth, Piet Mondrian, Naum Gabo and Paule Vezelay. This new display will follows those artists across the 20th century, revealing their relationships to international art histories. From the unique perspective of ST Ives, visitors will be able to bridge geographical and chronological boundaries and discover new connections through familiar artists.


10 February - 29 April 2018

'Virginia Woolf'

Discover art from 1850 to the present, inspired by the writing of this celebrated author. This exhibition is lead by her writing, which will act as a prism through which to explore feminist perspectives on landscapes, domesticity and identity and contemporary art - with works by over 70 artists.


Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives, TR26 1AD

Discover the magical home and unique garden of artist Barbara Hepworth.

(31 October the museum will close for conservation works until Spring 2018).


2 September - 17 February 2018

Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just Cornwall, TR15 7LB

Kurt Jackson Solo Exhibition: Cot: A Cornish Valley

An exciting and ambitious new collection of paintings and sculpture following this small most westerly of valleys in Cornwall, from its source on the exposed Penwith heathlands to the Atlantic coast at Porth Nanven near St Just. Immense canvases to small intimate studies, film, ceramics and sculpture. For this project the Jackson Foundation have partnered with the RSPB and their Cornwall Chough Project and the Cambourne School of Mines (University of Exeter) with their insoght into the geology of this valley and foreshore.


7 October - 28 January 2018

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London. E17 4PP

'May Morris; Art and Life'

This landmark exhibition explores the life and work of May Morris, the younger daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Art and Crafts movement. May Morris: Art & Life is the most comprehensive survey of Mary's work to date, bringing together over 80 works from collections around the UK, many of which have never been on public display.


2-26 November 2017

Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex PO18 0QP

Cass exhibits up to 20 new commissions and loans every year. In addition, it curates exhibitions both in the grounds and off-site, often in partnership with associated institutions'

'Cass Projects:Florence Peake's Rite of Spring' Project'

In May 2017, Peake was resident at West dean College for three weeks, making use of the incredible studio facilities, resources and technical expertise available at both the college and at Cass to create a new body of ceramic work inspired by Igor Stravinsky's musical score The Rite of Spring. The residency culminates in an exhibition in November.




22 July - 1 October 2017

Towner Gallery and Museum, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

'Sussex Open 2017'

Towner is delighted to announce that our annual Open exhibition will be re-launched in 2017 as Sussex Open with artists from both East and West Sussex invited to participate.


30 September - 21 January 2018

'A Green and Pleasant Land'

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own cultural, political or spiritual ideologies, the exhibition reveals the inherent tensions between landscape represented as a transcendental or spiritual place, and one rooted in social and political histories.


22 October - 4 February 2018

'Jessica Warboys ECHOGAP'

Jessica Warboy's large scale Sea Painting, commissioned for Towner Art Gallery, acts as a vista within which she re-orientates new and existing works, includng film and sculpture from 2012-2017. Sea Painting, Birling Gap 2017, was made on the shoreline of an enclosed beach set below white chalk cliffs near Eastbourne.


'Ravilious Room'

 Our Ravilious Room is a dedicated space to admire a selection of Eric Ravilious' finest watercolours, explore our unique archive and browse books on the artist. Towner holds one of the largest public collections of his work, with its views of Sussex, the South Downs and surrounding areas. Supported by Eastbourne Arts Circle. 


Until 12 November 2017

Royal Academy of Arts, London W1J 0BD


'Matisse in the Studio' 

This summer step into the studio of Henri Matisse. Focusing exclusively on the role of the artist's treasured objects in his work, this exhibition reveals how this eclectic collection took on new life in his transcendent art.


23 September - 10 December 2017

'Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth'

Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Jasper Johns has occupied a central position in American art since his first solo exhibition in New york in 1958. The first comprehensive survey of the artist's work to be held in the UK in 40 years, this exhibition will comprise over 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.


Opens 26 October 2017

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H OHE

'Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017'

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.


'Cezannes Portraits'

The major exhibition will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cezannes portraits from collections across the world, including qorks which have never been on public display in the UK.


Opens 16 November 2017 

 'The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016'

This is a leading international competition showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals. The competition features a diverse range of images and tells the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works.


21 June - 8 October 2017

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD


'Sargent: Water Colours' 

The first UK show in nearly 100 years devoted to watercolours by Anglo-American artist, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, Sargent also devoted time to developing his talent in watercolour, undertaking several painting expeditions to Europe in the early twentieth century.


25 October - 28 January 2018

' Tove Jansson (1914-2001)'

One of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Tove Jansson is known internationally as creator of Moomin characters and books, a phenomenon which continues to stretch across generations. Her wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting, however,  are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.


9 September - 9 November 2017

Porthminster Gallery St Ives TR26 2DY


' Cornucopia'  

The award winning Porthmister Gallery celebrates the rich autumnal bounty of original art with its latest curated selling show in St Ives. The exhibition includes works of seven mature leading lights in their field: Painters: Nick Bodimeade, Angela CHarles, Masdako Tobita, Erin Ward, Vincent Wilson. Ceramist in the spotlight: Craig Underhill and sculptures by Margaret Lovell.



'Collect: Modern St Ives + British Art'

A changing display of collectable art for sale by Tate St Ives and British 20th Century masters.


11 September - 2 Ocyober 2017

Belgrave Gallery St Ives TR26 1HE


'Alice Mumford - Strategic Colour'

In this her sixth solo exhibition to be held at Belgrave St Ives, Alice has created 34 paintings to be exhibited throughout the main gallery. The artist asks the viewer to study and celebrate with her the importance of colour; how it can be used to picture both everyday ordinariness and the wonder of life.


16 June- 17 June 2018

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester

'Cozens and Cozens'

Father and son, Alexander and John Robert Cozens, were influential watercolour painters of the 18th century. Alexander was a drawing master who dedicated his career to teaching young men and the aristocracy how to create landscape without needing to attend the Royal Academy.



Until 8 October 2017

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton BN1 1EE

'Constable and Brighton'

This exhibition explores John Constable's time in the fashionable seaside resort, where he stayed with his family between 1824 and 1828.



18 November 2017-11 March 2018

'Gluck: Art & Identity'

This major exhibition explores the life and work of the 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978), who is now recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity.