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.


26 May - 16 September 2018

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

'Virginia Woolf: an exhibition inspired by her writing'

A major exhibition featuring 80 female artists from 1854 to the present dat, centred on the pioneering writings of celebrated author Virginia Woolf. See works by Barbara Hepworth, Vanessa Bell, Gwen John, Eileen Agar, Penny Singer and Claude Cahun.




'Sussex Days: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm' 

An exhibition of black and white photographs of Sussex life during the 1960s and 1970s by celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm (b. 1924),  providing a candid and often humorous window on a bygone era. Renowned for her portraiture and street photography of London, Paris and Moscow, this group of photographs -never before seen as a complete body of work - reveal her personal connections to the county in which she arrived from Nazi Europe in 1939.


5 May - 2 September 2018

'Dance: Movement and Modernism'

A collection display celebrating artists' responses to passion and movement in early 20th century dance. See how the dancing figure has continued to inspire and fascinate visual artists through exquisite costume designs by Leon Bakst for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, Gino Severini and Henri Matisse's expressive use of colour and line and Edward Burra and Ceri Richard's emotional responses to the rhythmic movement of the body.


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 - 31 May 2018

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 - 30 November 2018

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.


21 February - 2 September 2018

Yin Xiuzhen & Duan Jianyu

Turner Contemporary presents exhibitions by Yin Xiuzhen and Duan Jianyu as part of Now: A dialogue on female Chinese contemporary artists. Now is a collaborative programme taking place across the UK including new commissions and first UK showings of artworks by female Chinese artists working in China now. The project aims to generate awareness and debate around contemporary women artists in China through a series of exhibitions, commissions and events.


21 April - 8 July 2018

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings Old Town TN34 3DW


Paul Feiler: One Hundred Years

This is the first major retrospective since the artist's death and will bring some previously unseen works to public view. The display will include works that span his long and productive career, from the figurative paintings of the 1940s to the Perspex square reliefs he made in his later years, which will be displayed across the ground floor of the gallery.


13 June - 7 October 2018 

 Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Sea, Rock, Earth and Ice

This summer the Jerwood Gallery will explore Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's faithful depiction of landscape and inherent understanding of nature through four decades of her work in the new exhibition.


21 July - 7 October 2018

Mark Wallinger: The Human Figure in Space

The Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger will be exhibiting in a show inspired by the seaside setting of the gallery and the 19th century photographer, Eadweard Muybridge's pioneering work, The Human Figure in Motion.



Until 27 August 2018

Tate Britain, London SW1P 4RG

 All Too Human Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting LIfe

All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.


Until 27 August 2018

Lisa Brice: Art Now

Discover Brice's Take on the longstanding art-historical tradition of the female nude. She is South African born, London based artist.


 5 June - 23 September 2018

Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One 

This exhibition explores the impact of World War One on British, German and French Art. Marking 100 years since the end of World War One, Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One looks at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe. Art was used in many ways in the tumultuous period after the war, from documenting its destructive impact, to the building of public memorials and as a social critique.


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.


21 April - 23 June 2018

'John Dyer: Painting the Colours of the World'

This retrospective exhibition celebrates the work of one of Cornwall's best loved artists, John Dyer, on the occasion of his 50th Birthday. John is widely known for his vivid use of colour, joyful paintings and worldwide environmental projects. On display will be a selection of his work from throughout his successful career including early pieces, celebrity commissions and paintings from around the world.


30 June - 8 September 2018

'A Cabaret of Mechanical Movement'

Turn the handles and be amazed by our astounding automata! This Summer we will be celebrating Falmouth's tradition of automata making and generally enjoying all things that move. From Peter Markey, Ron Fuller and the original Cabaret Mechanical Theatre to the finest and most recent local and contemporary automata makers.


16 June - 8 September 2018

Penlee Gallery & Museum, Penzance TR18 4HE


'Entranced by a Special Place: the Art of SJ Lamorna Birch'

A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, SAmuel John Lamorna Birch RA (1869-1955) was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of Artists and writers in West Cornwall. This exhibition refers to Birch's lifelong association with Lamorna, from where he took his name. This exhibition brings together over seventy paintings, with the work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy's 250th Anniversary celebrations. 


Until September 2018

Tate St Ives, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG

'Patrick Heron'

Celebrate one of Britain's most acclaimed artists in this major retrospective of his work. This exhibition will stretch from Heron's early work in the 1940s to his death at the very end of the 20th century, showing the full evolution of his vibrant abstract paintings. Making use of the gallery's new building, the show will include a number of large scale paintings offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore this modern master's sense of scale, colour and composition.



20 October 2018 - 6 January 2019


Nashashibi / Skaer

Travel to Gauguin's Tahiti through the work  of two British filmmakers. Contemporary British artists Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer will premiere in the UK an ambitious new 16mm film that retraces Paul Gauguin's feted journey to Tahiti. The exhibition will include an exploration of the mythology surrounding Gauguin and his time in French Polynesia. Visions of the topic by Gauguin will be shown alongside his predecessors, such as William Hodges and Edward Gennys Fanshawe who accompanied CAptain Cook to the South Pacific, as well as Nashashibi/Skaer's new film. Together these works will address the way art has represented the exoticised woman and colonised lands.


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

Open Monday-Sunday 10.00 - 17.20pm


Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.


26 May - 23 June 2018

Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just Cornwall, TR15 7LB

'Denzil Forrester: From Trench Town to Porthtowan'

Career-spanning exhibition of immersive large-scale paining exploring themes from sewing bags with mother to the world of London's dud reggae clubs. Forrester is the Jackson Foundation's first Invited Artist, chosen by the jackson Foundation because of the unique nature of the work - it being interesting, honest art that demands an audience.


26 May - 23 June 2018

'Kurt Jackson: Seacrows'

A new body of work by Kurt Jackson made over the last few years, whilst looking at and watching the population of shags and cormorants seen along our coast and rivers. This series of studies of these extraordinary birds includes paintings, drawings and two large new carborundum prints made with master printmaker, Simon Marsh.


16 June - 23 September 2018

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London. E17 4PP


'Weaving New Worlds'  

Tapestries have always told stories. In this exhibition 16 women artists from the UK, USA, Norway, Canada, New Zealand and Japan weave the stories of our time: the possibilities, the hopes and lost chances. Using traditional hand woven tapestry techniques that connect us to the past, they have taken contemporary images and events, personal dreams and feelings. The tapestries range in subject matter, from reflections of rural mythologies, to floods and urban decay. Always at the heart of the world is human condition, the artists offering us both a utopian and dystopian view - the choice is ours.


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.


30 March - 2 September 2018

'Cass Presents: Olaf Breuning'

Cass Sculpture Foundation is delighted to present a major interior and exterior exhibition by leading Swiss artist Olaf Breuning.


26 May - 16 September 2018

Towner Gallery and Museum, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ


'Edward Stott: A Master of Colour and Almosphere'

2018 marks the centenary of the death of Edward Stott (1855-1918), an artist described as 'the poet-painter of the twilight'. To mark this occasion and celebrate his work, Towner is presenting a long overdue exhibition of paintings from across Stott's lengthy career. The exhibition, which brings together a large body of Stott's paintings for the first time in over 40 years, including a number of works from Towner's own permanent collection, as well as a selection of loans from national institutions including the Royal Academy, Manchester Art Gallery, Touchstones in Rochdale and the National Trust.


2 June - 30 September 2018 

'At Altitude'

This exhibition will explore how our experience of landscape, time and space has altered through the introduction of new elevated perspectives on the world that were unknown to earlier generations.


'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. 


Royal Academy of Arts, London W1J 0BD

Run by artists since 1768, the RA is celebrating 250 years by opening up like never before.


19 May - 12 August 2018

'Tacita Dean: Landscape'

Tacita Dean's interest in landscape phenomena has taken her around the world: from the unspoilt landscape of Bodmin Moor in England to the open rangelands of Wyoming in the American West to film a rare solar eclipse. Dean is a champion of photochemical film, yet her wide ranging practice extends across a multitude of mediums. The exhibition takes place in the newly opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries.


25 June - 19 August 2018

'250th Summer Exhibition'

Grayson Perry RA coordinates the biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition yet.


Opens 14 June 2018

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H OHE

' BP Portrait Award'

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world and represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.


Opens 28 June 2018

'Michael Jackson: On the Wall'

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. The exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson's 60th  birthday (on 29 August 2018)


20 March - 30 August 2018

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD

'Rediscover: Tiepolo's 'Joseph Receiving Pharaoh's Ring'

Rediscover one of Dulwich Picture Gallery's finest masterpieces. Tiepolo was amongst the most improtant painters in 18th century Venice, achieving international fame within his liftime. Since 2016, this painting has been the focus of a major conservation project to restore Tiepolo's work to its original brilliance. With the help of X-rays, this display explores the changes the artist made during the course of its production.


23 May - 9 September 2018

 'Edward Bawden'

Edward Bawden (1903-89) was a master printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer and is today recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Whilst he is better known for his commercial work for companies such as Twinings and Fortnum & Mason, and his linocuts depicting everyday England, a siginificant body of his work remains unknown. The exhibition will bring together 160 works to re-introduce Bawden as a hugely versatile artist who pushed boundaries between fine and commercial art.


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.