Arts and Culture Events in 2022

Arts and Culture Events in 2022

.We are all more than ready for creativity and inspiration this year. To help you, we have begun collating Arts & Culture events that are happening during 2022 (continually updated) we hope this gives you plenty of opportunities to quench your creative thirst.

** Please check direct with venue before making a special visit.

Winter Light at Waddesdon, National Trust, Waddesdon Manor - 6-23 January 2022  Take an enchanting stroll through Waddesdon’s gardens awash with vibrant colour and dazzling illuminations and explore their longest ever Winter Light trail. The Pleasure Grounds are transformed with magical lights and playful installations, discover bubble tubes, giant dandelions and a tunnel of light loops at the rose garden and wander beneath illuminated tree canopies.

Stoke Cult Film Club – Big Trouble in Little China, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, January 21st 202Every month on a Friday evening the club will be screening cult films from throughout cinema history giving film fans a chance to see timeless classics and to meet and chat with fellow enthusiasts.

RSA Ages of Wonder: The Art of Etching on Tour-The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Forfar - until 15th January The Art of Etching on Tour tells the story of fine art printmaking in Scotland, from the 18th Century work of Alexander Runciman to the best printmakers of the present day.

‘Watch This Space’ Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool - 15th January - 26th February A group exhibition that brings together a selection of artists who have worked together over the last 12 months as part of a project called, ‘the pARTnership’. Bringing together artists with and without a learning disability, the pARTnership is an Arts Council England funded, 12-month pilot project that has seen these artists sharing ideas, skills and experiences in weekly art making sessions. ‘Watch This Space’ brings together some of the work that has been made both inside and outside of these sessions. 

Lunar New Year-National Maritime Museum, London - 29th January  Welcome in the new year with a day of celebration, performances and activities at the National Maritime Museum

Brigitte Jurack 'Whats Left Behind', Willamson Art Gallery - until 30th January  Brigitte Jurack explores our relationship with animals and their inner lives. Her recent work considers issues around environmental adaptability by focussing on some of the scavengers with whom we share long cultural entanglements, such as crows, foxes and monkeys. 

'Queer The Pier' Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton - until 1st Feb 2022 This community curated display peers into local LGBTIQA+ history. Celebrating the lives of the writers, artists, performers, activists and ordinary people who have made Brighton & Hove so fabulous, their stories are brought to life with film and photography, fashion and drag and oral histories.

Campaign badges worn by marchers across the South East, c1980s, on loan from local Brightonian and queer collector, Alf Le Floh

Image: Campaign badges worn by marchers across the South East, c1980s, on loan from local Brightonian and queer collector, Alf Le Floh

Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings, York Art Gallery, York- until 13 February 2022 Twenty-five newly attributed Thomas Gainsborough drawings are on public display for the first time in this major exhibition at York Art Gallery. These drawings will be presented alongside paintings and works on paper borrowed from collections across the UK and Ireland.

'Stunning,Fierce and Yellow', Gallery North - Newcastle- 10th-26th February Combining individual practices to produce an installation where the edges between artists are blurred and merged, connected by each artists rigour in the making process.

Van Gogh Self-Portraits, Courtauld Gallery, London, 3 February-8 May  Featuring more than 15 works, from a portrait of the artist as a young man in Paris in 1886 and the artist in his mirror with a bandaged ear (from the Courtauld’s own collection), to Van Gogh’s self-portrait with a palette, painted not long before he killed himself.

Charlotte Dawson HERE/THERE, Abingdon Studios-Blackpool 10th Feb-5th March Here/ There is an exhibition by artist Charlotte Dawson, containing pieces developed during Abingdon Studios’ 2020 Work/Leisure Residency and produced remotely in her Sheffield-based studio. The exhibition ties both locations together through a body of work that utilises the forms of commonplace homeware. The sculptures allude to the use of ordinary objects as both purposeful facilitators of work and as commemorative and complex harbourers of sentiment.

The World of Stonehenge, British Museum, London, 17 February-17 July One of the most mysterious wonders of archaeology gets the blockbuster treatment. From the medieval myth that Merlin imported it from Ireland by magic to great artistic images by Blake and Constable, to the arrest of Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles at the stones.Informed by ground-breaking recent archaeological and scientific discoveries, this landmark exhibition offers new insight on one of the world’s great wonders.

Indigo: Collections, Conservation, Chemistry, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea- until 27 February 2022 The display will explore the history of the period in which a portrait painting of a young woman from the court of Queen Anne was made, the chemical nature of pigments and paint recipes, along with art conservation materials, chemistry, and techniques.

A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920-2020, Whitechapel Gallery- 24th Feb - 5th June 2022 Taking us from Francis Bacon’s photogenic chaos to a Louise Bourgeois cell, from collective, collaborative spaces to places where creativity has run out, this exhibition reveals a century of art-making and aeons of frittered time.

'Surrealism Beyond Borders' Tate Modern, London, 24 February-29 August The surrealist belief that beauty comes from the unconscious was born in Paris. Based on extensive research, this exhibition reaches across the world, spanning over 50 years. Showing how artists around the world have been inspired and united by surrealism.

Helen Lundenberg 'Plant and Animal Analogies' 1933-34

Image: Helen Lundenberg 'Plant and Animal Analogies' 1933-34 

Exposure: Lives at Sea -National Maritime Museum, London - until 31st December 2022 -We rely on the maritime sector for our food, ecosystem services, energy and transportation, yet it is a world rarely seen. Bringing together photography taken around the world by those in the sector. 

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2022 , Firstsite-Colchester- Feb 5th- 26th March Firstsite has something for everyone, right in the heart of Colchester from family films, to world cinema, independent films and blockbusters. Screening a huge range of live and encore screenings of theatre, opera and ballet performances. From crime films to charming dramas, the UK's largest festival of Japanese cinema is back for it's 19th edition, presenting an assortment of stories about people from different walks of life.

Designing an Enchanted Palace: The Crace decorators at the Royal Pavilion Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton until 13th March 2022 This new display reveals around 50 rarely seen original designs for the Royal Pavilion interiors dating from the early 19th century, and gives an intimate insight into how the Royal Pavilion interiors were created

Rachel Kneebone: 399 Days, Yorkshire Sculpture Park - until 24th April 2022  Rachel Kneebone has developed her own unique form of sculpture, working primarily in porcelain to create highly complex and delicate objects. Kneebone’s sculptures do not depict the full human form, but allude to the body through the use of a mass of legs appearing to be in motion, often shown in relation to organic forms such as flowers and orbs. The artist’s most ambitious sculpture to date, 399 Days (named after the length of time it took to make) is over five-metres in height and comprises 63 exterior panels.

Rachel Kneebone: 399 days

Image: Rachel Kneebone: 399 days

A Love Letter to Dundee: Joseph McKenzie Photographs 1964-1987,  The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum - until 5th March 2022. In the latest of our changing annual displays, we return to Dundee of the 1960s-1980s. Photographer Joseph McKenzie's stunning black and white photographs evidence the changing fortunes of the City and its people. 

 'Wrecked' Windermere Jetty Museum, Cumbria - until 20th March 2022        A family experience revealing a fascinating insight into the perils of Windermere’s long-lost ships! Displays and narratives across our remarkable galleries, visitors will be drawn into an immersive experience in the temporary exhibition space. Reflecting layers of icy waters of the lake, visitors will experience chaos, calm and the deep through a wonderful array of touch, colour, light and sound to reveal intriguing stories, myths and tales of Windermere.

Sheila Hicks: Off Grid, Hepworth Wakefield, 7 April-25 September Paris-based American artist Sheila Hicks is one of the world’s foremost artists and sculptors working with textiles, fibre, colour and form. Drawing together over 70 pieces from international public and private collections, this major exhibition will explore the many facets of Hicks’ ground-breaking work. (image below)

Sheila Hicks: Off Grid

Image: Sheila Hicks: Off Grid

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Serpentine Gallery, London, 13th April-4th September An immersive, supernatural and sensory environment by Paris based artist, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.

Slade 150: Testing Ground ,UCL Art Museum, London - until 10th June 2022 To mark the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the Slade School of Fine Art takes over UCL Art Museum. Through the medium of printmaking, Testing Ground celebrates all the artists who have contributed to the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL over its 150-year history. 

Vivian Maier Working for more than 40 years as a domestic nanny in suburban Chicago, Vivian Maier had a double life as a street photographer. Her anonymity was her disguise but it was taken to such an extreme that her art remained almost unknown until after her death.

Games Lounge, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford- until Jan 2023 Play your way through classic games, from Pac-Man to Super Mario Kart. Learn about the history of videogaming. Discover the story behind a global phenomenon.Trace the evolution of digital gaming, from its birth in 1952 to the latest developments.

The David Hockney Gallery, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford - until 15th October 2023 Cartwright Hall has created a new permanent display of works by the internationally renowned artist at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. The David Hockney Gallery showcases Bradford’s unrivaled public collection of early work and provides an introduction to his life and art with a particular focus on Yorkshire and Bradford.

Grayson's Art Club, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol - 4th September 2022 The artworks made by the public, established artists, and celebrities are powerful and very personal responses to the pandemic. Collectively, they form a lasting artistic record of the unprecedented times the nation has experienced together. 


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