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. 


23 September 2018

Open House London 2018

Explore the beautiful interiors of William Waldorf Astor's Estate Office.


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.


9 June - 28 October

'Seasons of Change'

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


Until 3 February 2019

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

'Karl Hagedorn: Rhythmical Expressions'

Discover an unjustly forgotten artist. The paintings of German immigrant Karl Hagedorn (1889-1969) are some of the earliest and boldest examples of post-impressionist work produced in Britain. Hagedorn's earlirst works baffled art critics of the time with their strange colours and sharp angles.

He beleieved that art did not need to represent its subject in a conventional manner now that photography could fulfill that purpose. His paintings (which he called 'rhythmical expressions in line and colour') were heavily influenced by other European artists such as Pablo Picasso, Gino Severini and Henry Matisse.



Until 27 January 2019

'Keith Vaughan: Recent Acquisitions'

Keith Vaughan (1912-1977) was associated with Neo-Romanticism and was frequently inspired by the human figure. This focused display includes six new works left to Pallant House Gallery by the British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, who wrote 'Equus' and 'Amadeus'


Until 1 March 2019

'Roman Standard'

A tribute to Liverpool's famed Liver Bird, Roman Standard was Emin's first public art project. She describes the sculpture, often mistaken as a real bird, as a symbol of 'hope, faith and spirituality' that acts as a point of contemplation. Discover the sculpture in our courtyard garden where it forms a link between  the stone ostriches that adorn the gateway to the original 18th century townhouse.



Royal West of England Academy, Bristol BS8 1PX

7 October - 25 November 2018

166 Annual Open Exhibition

The RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 166th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists.


8 December 2018  -  3 March 2019

'Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Curcus'

A major retrospective of Albert Irvin alongside leading abstract expressionists, and a 60th anniversary celebration of the seminal exhibition 'The New American Painting'.

Albert Irvin RA OBE RWA (Hon) (1922-2015) was one of Britain's most important post-war painters and printmakers. He is best known for his large-scale abstract colourist paintings - some of the most distinctive to have ever been produced in this country.


17 September 2018 - 20 January 2019

The National Gallery Trafalgar Square London. WC2N 5DN

 'Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cezanne'

A celebration of major impressionists paintings from the Courtauld Gallery. This exhibition traces the development of Impressionist and Post- Impressionist paintings through a selection of over forty masterpieces.


1 October 2018 - 27 January 2019

'Mantegna and Bellini'

A tale of two artists and brother-in-law, 'Mantegna and Bellini' tells the story of art, family, rivalry and personality.


5 November 2018 - 10 February 2019

'Lorenzo Lotto Portraits'

Uncover the symbolism and psychological depth of Lotto's Renaissance portraits.



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.


29 September 2018 - 5 January 2019

Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Newlyn TR18 5PZ

 'Michael Porter'

Newlyn- based artist Michael Porter presents a new series of exquisitely executed watercolours that explore soil, plants and the natural world.


29 September - 5 January 2019

Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange

'Many & Beautiful Things'. 

This exhibition is concerned with that time in youth when anything is possible, everything is ahead of you, and life is a rush for new experiences.


29 September 2018 - 5 January 2019

The Exchange


This is an exhibition within an exhibition. It is a three-strand response to Many & Beautiful Things by the Collaborators, the Gallery's collective of emerging artists aged 30 and under.




19 August 2017 - 30 November 2018

Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent. CT9 1HG


 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 September 2018 - 17 March 2019

'Cornelia Parker, Perpetual Canon

Perpetual Canon is an installation by Cornelia Parker RA. It is made up of sixty flattened instruments once belonging to a brass band. The artwork will be installed in Turner Contemporary's Sunley Gallery which overlooks the North Sea.



21 July - 7 October 2018

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings Old Town TN34 3DW

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.


20 October 2018 - 6 January 2019

'The Quick and the Dead: Hambling-Horsley-Lucas-Simmons-Teller'

This exhibition of five ground-breaking artists - each radically different in his or her approach - whose lives have intersected at various points.The artists are friends who have portrayed each other at different moments, and are being displayed together for the first time this autumn.


26 September 2018 - 6 January 2019

Tate Britain, London SW1P 4RG 

'Turner Prize 2018'

The four shortlisted artists are: Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger & Luke Willis Thompson.


29 October 2018 - 4 February 2019

'figure Totem Beast: Sculpture in Britain in the 1950s

Reflecting the anxieties of the cold War, artists used new processes and materials to make work that was often uncompromising, immediate and brutal. One critic described it as a 'Geometry of War'. This exhibition features younger artists including Lynne Chadwick, Elizabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside older artists such as Jacob Epstein and Henry Moors. It also shows how the approach taken by the young British artists can be measured against the work of international artists. This includes entries to a competition to design a monument to the 'Unknown Political Prisoner' in 1953.


November 2019

'Steve McQueen Year 3 Project

This vast new work of art will be one of the most ambitious visual portraits of citizenship ever undertaken, on one of the world's largest and most diverse cities.



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.


15 September - 10 November 2018

'Falmouth Alumni:1950-1970'

The Falmouth area boasts one of the most exciting, diverse, energetic and creative art scenes in Cornwall. In the post-war years, Falmouth School of Art's excellent reputation was cemented. This exhibition explores the work of those students, alumni from 1950-1970, who under the Principals Jack Chalker and Michael Finn went on to have successful and diverse careers.


17 November 2018 - 5 January 2019

' World Illustration Awards'


15 September - 17 November 2018

Penlee Gallery & Museum, Penzance TR18 4HE

' Robert Borlase Smart: A Passion for the Sea'

Robert Borlase-Smart (1881-1947) was originally from Devon but made his name as an artist in St Ives. During the First world War, he served with the Artists' Rifles REgiment and as a Captain with the Machine Gun Corps, and, on the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, this exhibition features a selection of his war drawings.It also includes many of his magnificent marine paintings and seascapes depicting the turbulent seas of the West Cornwall coast alongside a selection of work by his students and associates, including Leonard Fuller, Peter Lanyon and Julius Olsson.


6-9 December 2018

Tate St Ives, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1TG


'Young Art Cornwall; in support of Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens' 

Tate St Ives are proud to host the exhibition of the winners' work for the first Young Art Cornwall.


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.


1 September - 27 October 2018

Jackson Foundation Gallery, St Just Cornwall, TR15 7LB


'Kurt Jackson Scilly' 

Kurt Jackson's latest exhibition explores the quiet wildness of Scilly The Islands have been part of Kurt's life for over 30 years, and he often visits to lay down his canvases on the wind buffeted shores in an attempt to capture their unique beauty. Perched in the open ocean and battered by the elements, they remain a pristine refuge from the relentless pace of modern life.

21st December 2018 - 5 January 2019

18 February - 23 February 2019

Check for seasonal opening times.


20 October 2018 - 27 January 2019

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London. E17 4PP

'The Enchanted Garden'

William Morris was a key figure in the development of domestic garden design, helping to popularise the Art and Crafts garden among the artisitc middle class in England and the US. His gardens at Red House and then Kelmscott Manor supplied endless inspiration to Morris, his family and friends. The Enchanted Garden explores how Morris' contemporaries and subsequent generations of artists - from the Pre Rapaelites to the Bloomsbury Group - have responded to the allure of garden spaces, using them as stages for the magical, menacing and romantic.



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.


7 June - 7 October 2018

'Cass Presents: Olaf Breuning at the Smithson Plaza'

Cass Sculpture Foundation is delighted to present  Heads by leading Swiss artist Olaf Breuning at the newly re-named Smithson Plaza. Heads is exhibited in partnership with Tishman Speyer, Metro Pictures and Encounter Contemporary.


29 September 2018 - 6 January 2019

Towner Gallery and Museum, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

 ' The Everyday and Extraordinary

The notion of the found object as artistic material, content and subject-matter provides  the inspiration for the Everyday and Extraordinary, an exhibition presenting a Wunderkammer of modern and contemporary artworks drawn from the arts Council Collection. THe show brings together a fusion of materials, processes and innovative ideas, celebrating the physicality of objects in this predominantly digital age.


13 October 2018 - 27 January 2019

'Simon Ling'

Towner presents an exhibition of new and recent works by Simon Ling, the artist's first solo presentation in a UK public institution. Simon Lings paintings draw our attention to the way our experience of the world is created through a sustained attentiveness to how we look at it.


10 November 2018 - 27 January 2019

'Hannah Perry: Gush'

Featuring large-scale dynamic sound sculpture, film and wall-based works, Gush is a candid and personal exploration of mental and emotional health in our contemporary, hyper- networked society by British artist Hannah Perry in her first major solo exhibition in the UK.


'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.



Now open until 20 January 2019

'Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings' 

From The Shard in London to the Centre Pompidou Paris, the buildings Renzo Piano have enriched cities across the globe. We in reveal the vision and invention behind his pioneering work showing how architecture can touch the human spirit.



4 November 2018 - 3 February 2019


See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists' deaths,


National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place London WC2H OHE



30 September 2018 - 27 January 2019

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD

'Animalis - Sunday Dance performances choreographed by Dane Hurst

This intimate performance, choreographed by the critically acclaimed dancer Dane Hurst, will give form to the emotional tensions, psychological resonances and physical impulses in Ribera's work.


5 September 2018 - 13 January 2019


' Unlocking Paintings: The Art of Work'  

Scenes of people at work became incredibly popular in the 17th century. These paintings offer a snapshot of working life, from fishing and farming to brick-making and ironmongering. But life in the Low Countries was not all work and no play, and after a long day, people might go to a local tavern to relax, This display gives us an insight into the past and the lives of ordinary people.



Porthminster Gallery St Ives TR26 2DY

 'Collect: Modern St Ives + British Art'

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


8-29 October 2018

Belgrave Gallery St Ives TR26 1HE

 'Jessica Cooper - The Intimate Landscape

Jessica Cooper RWA (b1967) is a freelance artist with Tate ST Ives, The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery.


1 September 2018 - 24 February 2019

Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester


'Alice Kettle: Thread Bearing Witness' 

A major new series of large textiles, and other works, to be shown at the Whitworth, that considers cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement.


7 July 2018 - August 2019

'Prints of Darkness: Goya and Hogarth in Time of European Turmoil'

The first exhibition to show Goya and Hogarth's works together. It Features a hundred prints, selected from the stellar collections of the Whitworth and the Manchester Art Gallery and provides a unique oportunity to compare their extraordinary graphic work.



Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton BN1 1EE





13 October 2018 - 24 February 2019

'Elizabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals' 

The exhibition features over 150 works by the Suffolk-born artist, and will be the largest showing of Frink's work in 25 years. The exhibition will explore Frink's enduring preoccupation with human and animal forms and the symbolic relationship between them. It will provide new perspectives on the key themes found in her work, from responses to the Second World War and the Cold War climate of fear, to the tole of man as both aggressor and victim. Humans and Other Animals will examine Frink's radical and bohemian beginnings in 1950's London and trace the evolution of her practice over all four decades of her career, as well as juxtaposing her work with that of contemporary artists, ancient art and other modern masters including Rodin, PIcasso and Bourgeois.