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Spring Evening

Spring Evening 1950

Joan Elizabeth Baker (1922–2017)

A new wave of fresh exhibitions all over the UK are to be hosted by our museum and gallery partners, celebrating women, the human body and crime fiction among the many themes: fill your spring with art!

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Northern Ireland



Channel Islands



England: London

Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici | The Courtauld Gallery

Until 15 April 2018

Caron’s preparatory drawings for tapestries representing lavish events presented at the French court between 1573 and 1581.


David Milne: Modern Painting Dulwich Picture Gallery

Until 7 May 2018

A major retrospective of Canadian modern painter David Milne.


Nature Morte | Guildhall Art Gallery

Until 2 April 2018

Exploring the transience of time and the problem of mortality as the sixteenth-century tradition of still life meets modern art.


Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 | Imperial War Museum London

Until 28 May 2018

The UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attack.


Designs on Britain | Jewish Museum London

Until 15 April 2018

Twentieth-century iconic designs produced by Jewish immigrants from continental Europe.


Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell | The National Gallery

Until 7 May 2018

Paintings and drawings by the complex and intensely private impressionist artist. This exhibition also marks the first time a group of 20 pastels from The Burrell Collection has been shown outside of Scotland.


Murillo: The Self PortraitsThe National Gallery

Until 21 May 2018

Marking the 400th anniversary of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden Age, this exhibition reunites for the first time in over 300 years his three known self-portraits.


Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography National Portrait Gallery

Until 20 May 2018

The works of Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden, who would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era.


Charles I: King and Collector Royal Academy of Arts

Until 15 April 2018

Admire the greatest masterpieces of Charles I’s remarkable art collection back together again after the King’s execution in 1649.


Marguerite Humeau: EchoesTate Britain

Until 15 April 2018

An installation by the emerging French artist, 'conceived as a confrontation between life and death'.


Impressionists in London | Tate Britain

Until 7 May 2018

The works of French artists who sought refuge in Britain from the Franco-Prussian war.


All Too Human: Bacon, Freud, and a Century of Painting LifeTate Britain

Until 27 August 2018

An intimate depiction of the human body by artists living in Britain.


Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, TragedyTate Modern

From 8 March to 9 September 2018

Picasso’s work in one of the most important and prolific years of his life.



Mrs Box

Mrs Box 1919

Dora Carrington (1893–1932)

England: Midlands and East


The object of my affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam Collection | |The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 28 May 2018

An assortment of objects relating to the theme of love.



Bawden’s Beasts | The Higgins Bedford

Until 27 January 2019

Celebrated artist Edward Bawden’s lifetime work in a range of media.


Celebrating Women of BedfordshireThe Higgins Bedford

From 10 March until 23 September 2018

A look at the achievements of inspiring women from Bedfordshire since the start of female suffrage in Great Britain, 100 years ago.



The Rhythm of Light | The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Until 13 May 2018

Works by the Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection.


Sir Joshua Reynolds: artist and collector | The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

From 9 March until 6 May 2018

A homage to the first President of the Royal Academy Arts to celebrate its 250th anniversary.


The Artist in Art | The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Until 13 May 2018

Portraits of artists – by themselves or others – from the museum’s paper collection.


The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour 2018 | The New Art Gallery Walsall

Until 22 April 2018

Hans Holbein’s A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling vis-à-vis some of the gallery's portraits, and works depicting animals and birds.


Wilderness | The New Art Gallery Walsall

Until 6 May 2018

Works by a group of contemporary artists engaged with the natural world.


Cross Your Heart

Cross Your Heart 1988

Margaret Hunter (b.1948)

England: North


Picturing Women | Mercer Art Gallery

Until 17 June 2018

A celebration of the works of women artists to mark 100 years since women in Great Britain won the right to vote.



Cozens and Cozens The Whitworth

Until 16 June 2018

A rare insight into the works of eighteenth-century father and son watercolourists Alexander and John Robert Cozens.


John Stezaker | The Whitworth

Until June 2018

Portraits from the English conceptual artist’s 'Mask' series.


South Asian Modernists 1953–63 | The Whitworth

Until 15 April 2018

An exploration of modernist Pakistani and Indian artists.

Head of a Horse

Head of a Horse 1962

Tyeb Mehta (1925–2009)


Revolt and Revolutions: an Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Until 15 April 2018

Politically charged works drawn primarily from the Arts Council Collection alongside work by artists who seek to make a difference.


Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Until 22 April 2018

A reinterpretation of the 12 bronze heads that once adorned the imperial summer palace retreat in Beijing, only seven of which have been returned to China.


Zak Ové: Black and Blue, the Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Until 3 June 2018

A powerful and totemic group of sculptures by the British-Trinidadian artist.


Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works | Hepworth Wakefield

Until 3 June 2018

An interactive installation of projected light and mist, which take on the appearance of sculptural forms in space.


England: South


Leonard Rosoman: Painting Theatre | Pallant House Gallery

Until 29 April 2018

A series of works not shown together since the 1970s on John Osbornes’ controversial play A Patriot for Me.


POP! Art in Changing Britain | Pallant House Gallery

Until 7 May 2018

An exploration of how artists in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s responded to rapid social change.


Sheila Bownas: A Life in Pattern | Pallant House Gallery

Until 20 May 2018

Original mid-century designs created by Sheila Bownas for Liberty London and Marks and Pencer.



Stanley Spencer in Focus | Stanley Spencer Gallery

Until 25 March 2018

Paintings and more from the Cookham collection: this exhibition contains some key portraits by the artist.



Glyn Philpot | Brighton Museum

Until 23 September 2018

Painting and sculpture from the complex Philpot: this exhibition explores his modernising and influential work alongside his relationships.

Formed of artefacts from Brighton’s vibrant trans community, The Museum of Transology is also on at Brighton Museum until 3 June 2018.



Fingerprints 1953

Charles Spencelayh (1865–1958)


A Question of Guilt: A Crime Writer’s Collection Russel-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery

Until 15 April 2018

Centred on award-winning crime writer Frances Fyfield’s eclectic private collection of Bloosmbury/British Modernist art, this exhibition is an invitation to become a detective through the art.



We stared at the Moon from the centre of the Sun: Haroon Mirza Curates the Arts Council Collection | Towner Art Gallery

Until 3 June 2018

Internationally acclaimed artist Haroon Mirza’s selection from the Arts Council Collection.



Faces of Cornwall | Falmouth Art Gallery

Until 14 April 2018

Portraits of men, women and children of Cornwall from the seventeenth century to the present day.



Roger Mayne and St Ives: A Defining Moment | Southampton City Art Gallery

Until 12 May 2018

St Ives’ influence on the world-renowned photographer.


St Ives 

Virginia Woolf: an Exhibition Inspired by her Writings | Tate St Ives

Until 29 April 2018

The works of modern and contemporary female artists inspired by the writing of the celebrated author.



Northern Ireland


International Ireland | Ulster Museum

Until 22 April 2018

An exploration of how Irish artists have been influenced by international art and Modernism.


Light and Life: Italian and Dutch Paintings  / Ulster Museum

Until 20 May 2018

A display including some of the finest Italian and Dutch paintings in the Ulster Museum collection, this exhibition explores how during the 1600s many painters were influenced by the dramatic work pioneered by Caravaggio. 


Artist as Thief | Ulster Museum

Until 19 August 2018

As Picasso apparently said about his own reworking of an Old Master painting, ‘good artists copy, great artists steal’: this exhibition explores Belfast-born painter Sir John Lavery and his debt to the past.


Iona Landscape: Rocks

Iona Landscape: Rocks c.1925–1927

Samuel John Peploe (1871–1935)



The Art of the FutureScottish National Gallery

Until 29 April 2018

Works by young people from across Scotland created from materials contained in an art ‘tool kit' box.


A new Era: Scottish Modern Art, 1900–1950 | Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Until 10 June 2018

Scottish artists’ response to the great movements of European modern art.


Scots in Italy: Artists and Adventurers | Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until 3 March 2019

The Scottish experience of Italy in the eighteenth century.


The Modern Portrait | Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until 27 October 2019

Highlights from the Gallery’s outstanding twentieth- and twenty-first-century collection.



The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet | The Hunterian

From 23 March until 24 June 2018

A glimpse into the art and culture of early America through the reassembled collection used at Harvard for teaching and research.


Mountains and Rocks

Mountains and Rocks 1950–1960

Kyffin Williams (1918–2006)



Kyffin Williams: Behind the Frame | Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru – The National Library of Wales

Until 1 September 2018

An exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the defining Welsh artist of the twentieth century.



Bacon to Doig: Modern Masterpieces from a Private Collection National Museum Cardiff

Until 25 March 2018

One of the UK's most important private collections of the very best British artists of the twentieth century, including Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth and David Hockney.


Who Decides?National Museum Cardiff

Until 2 September 2018

The museum's collections belong to everyone, but only a small number of people normally make decisions about what is collected and how it's displayed. 'Who Decides?' was curated by service users of The Wallich, a charity supporting people who have experienced homelessness. As part of the exhibit, visitors vote for a favourite work to be ‘released’ from the store and placed on public display.


Channel Islands

Amazing Women – Yellow Chair Portraits by Olympia McEwan | Guernsey Museums

Until 11 March 2018

Fifteen portraits of Guernsey's key inspirational women, all sitting on a yellow chair. 


Maria Grazia Bonfiglio, Art UK Volunteer

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