Gallery and Museum Exhibitions for 2021

June 09, 2021 5 min read

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Gallery and Museum Exhibitions for 2021

We are so excited to get back into galleries and museums! It has been too long without a physical connection to masterpieces and new exciting artwork, giving us  inspiration, a chance to network, to learn new techniques and get us motivated to create something new. Like opening a box of chocolates, where do you start?! We have collated a list of all new UK exhibitions starting with June 21 to help you plan your visits, which we will continue to update....happy viewing! 

Mary Newcomb:'Nature's Canvas' - Compton Verney  (Tue 18 May - Sun 5 Sep). Natural scientist, farmer and artist, Mary Newcomb’s (1922-2008) life and art were rooted in everyday observation and the natural world. Featuring over fifty works, displayed alongside extracts from her writing and work by the artists that inspired her, Mary Newcomb: Nature’s Canvas will be the most extensive survey of her work ever.

'Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser' - V&A London (Current until Dec 2021). Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

Bags: Inside Out- V&A (Current until January 16th 2022). From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out explores the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory. You can view some amazing and iconic bags from the last century, great inspiration for any fashion designers.

Yayoi Kusama- 'Infinity Mirror rooms'- Tate Modern (current until June 2022). There are two immersive installations that transport you into Kusama’s unique vision of endless reflections. Alongside is a small presentation of photographs and moving image – some on display for the first time – providing historical context for the global phenomenon that Kusama’s mirrored rooms have become today.

Liverpool Biennial 'The Stomach and the Port' (until 20th June 21)  The largest festival of contemporary art in the UK, looks at the body and ways of connecting with the world.There are free exhibitions taking place across the city’s public spaces, galleries, museums and online from 20 March – extended until 20 June 2021. 

Aliza Nisenbaumm''Team Time Storytelling'- Tate Liverpool (until 5th September). Aliza Nisenbaumm has created a series of new paintings of NHS staff from Merseyside who have worked tirelessly for their community during the pandemic.The exhibition captures the stories of frontline NHS workers and highlights the impact that Covid-19 has had on their jobs and home lives.

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life- The Hepworth Wakefield (until 27 Feb 2022) Marking The Hepworth Wakefield galleries 10th Anniversary, they are showing the largest exhibition of Barbara Hepworth's work since her death in 1975. It takes place across all gallery spaces with some of Hepworth’s most celebrated sculptures including the modern abstract carving that launched her career, her iconic strung sculptures and large-scale bronze and carved sculptures from later in her career. 

Turner's Modern World - Tate Britain (until Sept 2021).One of Britain’s greatest artists, J.M.Turner lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution, this exhibition brings together major works by Turner from Tate and other collections, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844. It will explore what it meant to be a modern artist in his lifetime and present an exciting new perspective on his work and life.

'Cloud Studies' Forensic Studies - The Whitworth (until 17th October) From Palestine to Beirut, London to Indonesia and the US–Mexico border, Turner Prize shortlisted, Forensic Architecture investigate, explore and expose how power reshapes the very air we breathe in this urgent and compelling exhibition.

Graysons Art Club - Manchester Art Gallery (until 31st October). An exhibition of works selected by artist Grayson Perry during Grayson’s Art Club, the popular Channel 4 TV series.All the works on display are very personal visual representations of lockdown, made by the public, well-known artists and celebrities for Grayson’s Art Club.  Booking is essential so make sure to book tickets!

Art of London Augmented GalleryThe National Portrait Gallery has partnered with the National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and Sky Arts to launch a free augmented reality trail around London of key pieces from the galleries’ collections. Beginning at the National Gallery and ending in Piccadilly, the Augmented Gallery consists of twenty life-size colourful frames and plaques on walls around the area, each of which will contain QR codes and unique markers to unlock timeless masterpieces.From Van Gogh and Tracey Emin, to Malala Yousafzai and William Shakespeare, download the free app now to come face to face with some of the world's greatest art in the open air. 

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020  (Current - Sept 21) This new body of work 116 works in total, from David Hockney have been ‘painted’ on an iPad and then printed onto paper, with Hockney overseeing all aspects of production.  Made in the spring of 2020, during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end.Exactly a year after the works were made during the global pandemic, this exhibition will be a reminder of the constant renewal and wonder of the natural world and the beauty of spring.

British Artist Tracey Emin has long had a fascination with the Norwegian expressionist and painter of The Scream, Edvard Munch. The exhibition features more than 25 of Emin’s works including paintings, some of which will be on display for the first time, as well neons and sculpture. These works, which explore the loneliness of the soul, have been chosen by Emin to sit alongside a carefully considered selection of 18 oils and watercolours drawn from MUNCH’s rich collection and archives in Oslo, Norway.                                                                     
Quentin Blake: Gifted The Foundling Museum, London (Current - 25 Sept 2021) Thanks to an incredible gift from Quentin Blake, the museum is displaying 24 large-scale drawings. The works form two series, Children & Dogs, Children, Birds & Dogs conveying the internal emotional landscape of childhood. Poems written in response to the drawings will be displayed alongside. Children are also invited to write & illustrate their own chapters of a story inspired by a new piece of work!                                                                                                                            
Vanguard I Bristol Street Art: The evolution of a global movement -M Shed, Bristol (Current- 31st Oct 2021) Vanguard | Bristol Street Art explores the instrumental role that Bristol played in the development of British Street Art. From anarchist origins in the ‘80s and ‘90s through to the explosion of the scene in the early ‘00s, this exhibition brings together one of the largest collections of original works and memorabilia ever seen in the UK. The exhibition also reflects on how a new generation of global creatives are advocating for social and environmental awareness through art on the streets.                                                                                                                   
Ben Nicholson: From the Studio - Pallant House Gallery (Current- 24th Oct 2021) Throughout his career, Ben Nicholson transformed everyday homewares into extraordinary experiments in abstract art.  This exhibition brings together for the first time Nicholson’s paintings, reliefs, prints and drawings alongside his rarely seen personal possessions and studio tools. It traces how the artist’s style developed, from his early traditional tabletop still lifes to his later abstract works.

**More to be added! 

 

 

 

 

 

catherine peters
catherine peters


2 Responses

Susan Pugh
Susan Pugh

June 16, 2021

Thankyou for the Exhibition listings. Although we are restricted just now it is wonderful to dream of which ones to go to once we are allowed to travel safely !😊

Susan Pugh
Susan Pugh

June 16, 2021

Thankyou for the Exhibition listings. Although we are restricted just now it is wonderful to dream of which ones to go to once we are allowed to travel safely !😊

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