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Winter Landscape

Winter Landscape 1960s–1970s

John Bowen (1914–2006)

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed in winter, with the cold weather and fitting the festivities into shorter days. But there’s no need to hide under a duvet watching Netflix until March – even if it is reallllly cold and dark outside.

Our UK museum and gallery partners work hard to put on thought-provoking, inspiring and just plain beautiful art exhibitions all year round. We’ve rounded up some of the best, so get out there and ward away the winter malaise. (Always check opening times and any entrance costs before you travel, naturally.)

Featured areas

England

London

Midlands and East

North

South

Northern Ireland

Scotland

Wales

Channel Islands

 

Christ of St John of the Cross

Christ of St John of the Cross 1951

Salvador Dalí (1904–1989)

  

England: London

Cézanne Portraits | National Portrait Gallery

Until 11 February 2018

This critically acclaimed look at the portraits of Paul Cézanne features works that have never been on display in the UK.

The National Portrait Gallery also displays the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition until 8 February 2018 – well worth a look.

 

Dalí / Duchamp | Royal Academy of Arts

Until 3 January 2018

Presented as a conversation through art, this pairing brings a fresh perspective to the life and work of two giants of art history.

 

Works of Feeling: Pre-Raphaelite Book Illustration | Royal Academy of Arts

Until 22 December 2017

The Pre-Raphaelites’ emotional charge and rich imagery were also channeled into book illustrations – here is a chance to see a rarely explored take on both artists’ output.

 

Egypt Uncovered: Belzoni and the Tomb of Pharaoh Seti I | Sir John Soane's Museum

Until 15 April 2018

The atmospheric and opulent house-museum is an especially enchanting place to visit in the winter. This exhibition reveals the story behind the museum’s most treasured possession.

 

Rachel Whiteread | Tate Britain

Until 21 January 2018

A solo exhibition of powerful sculpture by the first woman to win the Turner Prize, in 1993.

If making a visit before Christmas, also check out Shirazeh Houshiary’s upside-down Christmas tree.

 

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future | Tate Modern

Until 28 January 2018

The Kabakovs were pioneers of installation art – this immersive exhibition charts their incredible journey from the USSR to New York.

 

Modigliani | Tate Modern

Until 2 April 2018

A comprehensive retrospective with an additional virtual reality exponent: a recreation of Modigliani’s final studio.

 

Red Star Over Russia: A revolution in visual culture 1905–55 | Tate Modern

Until 18 February 2018

Art and design from Russia and the Soviet Union, spanning from 1905 up until the death of Stalin.

 

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White | The National Gallery

Until 18 February 2018

Exploring the visual power of black and white through work of the last 700 years, this exhibition also features Olafur Eliasson’s immersive light installation.

 

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites | The National Gallery

Until 2 April 2018

Why were the Pre-Raphaelites so inspired by the fifteenth-century ‘Arnolfini Portrait’? This exhibition presents loans from various institutions alongside the famous Van Eyck work itself.

 

The Little Peasant (Le Petit Paysan)

The Little Peasant (Le Petit Paysan) c.1918

Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920)

 

England: Midlands and East

Cambridge

Degas: A Passion for Perfection | The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 14 January 2018

An insightful show on the centenary of the artist’s death, exploring Degas’ drive for artistic expression.

 

Bedford

A Walk in the Woods: A Celebration of Trees in British Art | The Higgins Bedford

Until 25 February 2018

An exploration of trees in nature and fantasy drawn from the world-famous Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection.

 

Edward Bawden and his Studio | The Higgins Bedford

Until 28 January 2018

The renowned designer and former Official War Artist donated the contents of his studio to Bedford. This exhibition examines his diligent working habits and the beautiful work that came as a result.

 

Birmingham

Kollwitz and Contemporaries | The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Until 14 January 2018

Kollwitz lived through a tumultuous period in Germany’s history. Contextualising Kollwitz’s work, this exhibition also includes examples by others such as Otto Dix and George Grosz.

 

Walsall

Legacies: JMW Turner and contemporary art practice | The New Art Gallery Walsall

Until 14 January 2018

Considering the ongoing relevance and legacy of the English Romantic painter through the lens of contemporary art.

 

Fishermen at Sea

Fishermen at Sea exhibited 1796

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)

 

England: North

Harrogate

Sheila Bownas: A Yorkshire Life in Pattern | Mercer Art Gallery

Until 7 January 2018

The ‘queen of pattern design’ is celebrated in this exhibition, which is also a rare chance to see an amazing discovery of Sheila C. Bownas’ still life, landscape and portrait paintings.

 

Leeds

Joseph Beuys | Leeds Art Gallery

Until 21 January 2018

Sculpture, performance, installation and drawing by the celebrated German artist.

 

Manchester

Cecily Brown: Shipwreck Drawings | The Whitworth

Until 15 April 2018

A series of drawings of wrecked ships in which Brown takes inspiration from paintings by Old Masters, such as Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa (1819).

 

Steve McQueen: Ashes | The Whitworth

Until 1 March 2019

A double video projection tells a perfectly crafted elegy of a young Caribbean man.

 

Teesdale

New Light Prize Exhibition | The Bowes Museum

Until 18 February 2018

The charity’s latest New Light Prize Exhibition celebrates well-known and emerging northern artists.

 

Wakefield

Alfredo Jaar | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Until 8 April 2018

It’s worth wrapping up warm to explore the rest of the enchanting YSP alongside a visit to Jaar’s seminal installation: at once politically engaging and poetic.

 

Alina Szapocznikow: Human Landscapes | The Hepworth Wakefield

Until 28 January 2018

Featuring over 100 pieces from the Polish sculptor and Holocaust survivor, Szapocznikow’s powerful work explores the body under pressure.

 

York

Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape | York Art Gallery

Until 15 April 2018

Paul Nash’s inter-war landscapes transformed British landscape painting. In this exhibition, curator John Stezaker explores how Nash and his contemporaries portrayed unreality through the representation of the everyday.

York Museum Gardens are also being transformed over Christmas into an illuminated trail featuring light, colour and music, until 1 January 2018.

 

The Corner

The Corner 1919

Paul Nash (1889–1946)

 


England: South

Chichester

Bomberg | Pallant House Gallery

Until 4 February 2018

A major exhibition featuring 70 works by the exceptional David Bomberg, who studied at the Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks.

 

Cookham

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.

 

Brighton

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.

 

Bournemouth

William Ranken: Gorgeous, Stately, Splendid | Russell-Cotes Museum & Art Gallery

Until 29 January 2018

An intriguing look into the artistic career and personal life of the society portraitist.

 

Eastbourne

A Green and Pleasant Land | Towner Art Gallery

Until 21 January 2018

Diverse photography, painting and sculpture from over 50 artists on the subject of the British landscape.

 

Falmouth

Take a step closer: Barrie Cook | Falmouth Art Gallery

Until 20 January 2018

Abstract artist Barrie Cook is known for using spray paint in a unique, complex way to create hypnotic artworks.

 

Southampton

From Mile End to Mayfair | Southampton City Art Gallery

Until 6 January 2018

Iconic work from the East London Group of artists, interest in which has been rekindled by a brilliant book by David Buckman.

Cumberland Market, North Side

Cumberland Market, North Side 1912

Robert Polhill Bevan (1865–1925)

 

Northern Ireland

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.

 

Looking at Landscape | Ulster Museum

Until 4 March 2018

Immerse yourself in atmospheric depictions of the Northern Irish landscape, in this exhibition of art from the 1950s to the 1990s.

If you’re at Ulster Museum before 4 December 2017, you can also see Poppies: Weeping Window, a powerful sculpture by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Game of Thrones fans must also check out the giant Bayeux-style tapestry that tells the story of the show (until 4 March 2018).

Ghetto Theatre

Ghetto Theatre 1920

David Bomberg (1890–1957)

  

Scotland

Edinburgh

Ages of Wonder: Scotland's Art 1540 to Now | Scottish National Gallery

Until 7 January 2018

A landmark exhibition uniting the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy collections. Don’t miss the Victorian salon-style display of 90 pictures hung from dado to ceiling.

 

Constable & McTaggart: A Meeting of Two Masterpieces  | Scottish National Gallery

Until 25 March 2018

The pairing of two masterpieces – John Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831) and William McTaggart’s The Storm (1890) – brings inspiring new insight.

 

When We Were Young: Photographs of Childhood from the National Galleries of Scotland | Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until 13 May 2018

Featuring everything from daguerreotypes from the 1840s to digital prints from 2017, this exhibition explores childhood and how depictions of it have changed over time.

 

Glasgow

Polygraphs | Gallery of Modern Art

Until 20 May 2018

This exhibition of contemporary works includes artists who interrogate our connections to the arms trade, colonialism, the slave trade and feminism.

 

TASTE! | Gallery of Modern Art

28 February 2018

Renowned pieces from GoMA’s collection displayed alongside material exploring how collections are built and exhibitions are organised.

 

Art of Power: Masterpieces from the Bute Collection | The Hunterian

Until 14 January 2018

An opportunity to see major artworks from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart, one of the foremost private collections in the UK.

 

Wales

Aberystwyth

Legends! | Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru – The National Library of Wales

Until 2 February 2018

An opportunity to see portraits of Welsh legends from the National Portrait Collection.

 

Cardiff

Bacon to Doig: Modern Masterpieces from a Private Collection | Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Until 31 January 2018

A rare chance to see an outstanding collection of modern British art.

 

Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection | Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Until 11 March 2018

This exhibition celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection – for lovers of sharp, often surreal, photography.

Castle Cornet

Castle Cornet 1997

Christopher Foss (b.1946)

 

Channel Islands

ENGAGE WARP DRIVE & Chris Foss | Guernsey Museums

Until 31 December 2017

A colourful and eclectic science fiction exhibition, alongside a showcase of the art of Chris Foss.

 

Jade King, Head of Editorial at Art UK

Are you from a Partner collection, and want us to feature your exhibition (starting no later than January 2018) on this page? Get in touch by emailing editorial@artuk.org