In this uncertain new era of social distancing and self-isolation, collections, museums and galleries all across the UK have made the responsible decision to close their doors to the public. For most of these institutions, many months and years of hard work and preparation have gone into developing an exhibition program, exhibition or display, meaning that this temporary cancellation of culture weighs heavily on those working diligently in the museum sector.
Here's a breakdown of public collection and museum closure notifications, as well as the postponed exhibitions you can still read about online, plus more detail about how you can support collections. We will continue to update this page at the request of collections. It is always worth following the links below for up-to-date information.
In the meantime, find out more about how Art UK proposes to help museums and collections.
The Foundling Museum will remain closed to the public until 1st May.
The Garden Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919–1939. This exhibition is postponed until 3rd November 2020.
The golden age of garden painting will be celebrated in this new selling exhibition presented in partnership with Liss Llewellyn. 'Sanctuary: Artist-Gardeners 1919–1939' will show over 20 artists including Charles Mahoney, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Evelyn Dunbar, John Nash, Nancy Nicholson, Kenneth Rowntree and Winifred Knights.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery is closed until further notice.
Read Art UK's stories on David Hockney, 'David Hockney: swimming pools and suburbia' and 'Farah Nayeri on David Hockney's 'Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy'.'
The National Gallery is closed until 4th May.
In this first major exhibition of Artemisia Gentileschi's work in the UK, her best-known paintings including her celebrated self-portraits and Judith beheading Holofernes will be on display. Read Art UK's story, 'Artemisia Gentileschi: brilliant Baroque icon'.
Stay tuned for Art UK's upcoming interview with the show's curator, Letizia Treves.
Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy is temporarily closed until further notice.
This exhibition features Pablo Picasso's creative process first-hand in remarkable documentary footage of the artist at work, studies for Guernica, and sketchbooks where the seeds of revolutionary masterpieces first took shape, including Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
Read Art UK's story, 'From Kyoto to London: keeping up with the kimono'.
Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck. This exhibition is cancelled.
William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
Known for his heroic images of black subjects, American artist Kehinde Wiley mixes photorealistic portraiture with highly patterned backdrops, referencing the floral motifs of William Morris.
Tate Britain is temporarily closed until further notice.
Sir John Soane Museum
Sir John Soane Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
Stanley Spencer Gallery, Berkshire
The Stanley Spencer Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
This exhibition explores how Spencer's paintings convey the joys, sorrows and complexities of his relationships with his two wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece. Read Art UK's story, 'Patricia Preece and Dorothy Hepworth: love, art and deception'.
The Fitzwilliam Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
A multi-sensory exhibition serving up hidden and newly conserved treasures, plus historical reconstructions of a Jacobean sugar banquet and a Georgian confectioner's workshop. Read Art UK's story 'Food and Feasting in European art history'.
Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge
Kettle's Yard is temporarily closed until further notice.
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is temporarily closed until further notice.
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Birmingham
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery are temporarily closed until further notice.
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
The New Walk Museum and Art Gallery are temporarily closed until further notice.
Drawing inspiration from the museum's German Expressionist collections and the artist's refugee heritage, printmaker Monica Petzal tackles themes of opposition, persecution and persistence.
A split-site exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts that looks at prison life, created by men serving sentences at HMP Leicester and HMP Stocken.
Manchester Art Gallery
The Manchester Art Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
A major retrospective of one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, this exhibition focuses on Derek Jarman's practice as a painter, filmmaker, writer, set-designer, and political activist. Read 'The Last of England: saving Derek Jarman's Prospect Cottage.'
The Whitworth, University of Manchester
The Whitworth is temporarily closed until further notice.
Influenced by Thomas More's Utopia, this exhibition crosses genres, media and timeframes to provide a playful and provocative framework for probing how Britain's literary and visual culture has perpetuated an idea of a utopian society that fosters nostalgic yearnings for a seemingly lost past.
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery
The Harris Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
Weston Park Museum, Museums Sheffield
Weston Park Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
Created by photographer Simon Bray after the death of his father, this project invites people to find a family photograph, then return to the location to re-create it and record a conservation about the experience.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is temporarily closed until further notice.
The first extensive study of post-war British sculpture by women in the UK. Spanning more than seventy years and exploring the work of fifty sculptors, this exhibition provides a radical recalibration, addressing the many accounts of British sculpture that have marginalised women or airbrushed their work out of the art historical canon altogether. It features sculptors such as Phyllida Barlow, Kim Lim, Rana Begum, Cornelia Parker, Sarah Lucas and Barbara Hepworth.
See collages and constructions in steel, card and wire that reveal an artist who thinks by making, and is inspired by engineering, architecture, nature and music.
The Hepworth Wakefield
This pairing of the famed photographer alongside the great sculptor looks at their shared interests in the themes of labour, society, industry, landscape and the human body.
York Art Gallery
York Art Gallery and Garden temporarily closed until further notice.
New and existing works represent the artist's relationship to York, the city in which he grew up, as well as making wider references to the culture and geography of Yorkshire.
Laing Art Gallery
The Laing Art Gallery is temporarily closed until 1st May (to be confirmed).
This exhibition critically examines why artists have chosen to use watercolour. During the First and Second World Wars, war artists used watercolour out of necessity. The medium is portable, adaptable and quicker-drying than oil paint meaning that they could work at speed to capture what was happening around them. The series is inspired by the Laing's recent acquisition of Edward Burra's Landscape with Red Wheels.
All Brighton Museum venues are temporarily closed until further notice.
Anita Corbin has photographed 100 pioneering women of the twenty-first century, spanning an impressive record of achievement, from beatboxing to bomb detection.
Towner Eastbourne is temporarily closed until further notice.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan is a Turner Prize-winning artist based in Beirut whose work looks into the political effects of listening, using various kinds of audio to explore its effects on human rights and law.
Organised by the Hepworth Wakefield, this show traces the parallel paths of two key post-war painters, and their shared preoccupations with passion, love, sex and poetry.
Chawton House is closed but the gardens remain open to visitors.
Chawton House's 2020 exhibition highlights stories of women who stepped into male roles. By picking up a pen, pistol or sword, they broke with convention to survive and thrive.
Pallant House Gallery
Pallant House Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
Swindon Museum and Art Gallery
The exhibition is part of Art on Tour 2020, a project which aims to take more of Swindon's art collection out of storage, and share it with more people in more places throughout the year.
The Ashmolean is temporarily closed until further notice.
Beginning with his earliest known paintings, prints and drawings made in the mid-1620s, and ending at the moment he rockets to stardom in Amsterdam in the mid-1630s, this exhibition charts Rembrandt van Rijn's astonishing transformation.
Incredible imagination and technical prowess can be found in these highlights from the collection's eighteenth and nineteenth-century Greek embroideries.
Southampton City Art Gallery
Southampton City Art Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
Created over a period of more than five decades, this exhibition follows the artist's journey from early descriptive paintings to increasingly abstract ways of interpreting landscape.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is temporarily closed until 31st May.
An exhibition highlighting the importance of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and its influence on artistic developments including Realism, Aestheticism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is temporarily closed but will reopen on 1st May.
Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives is temporarily closed until further notice.
A major display of existing and new work by the South Korean artist renowned for using industrial and everyday materials and craft-based procedures to create creature-like sculptures.
Ulster Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
Working in porcelain sculpture, embroidery and drawing, much of Ursula Burke's art practice deals with issues of representation and identity, in both social and political spheres.
Naughton Gallery at Queen's University Belfast
Naughton Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
Aberdeen City Council
Exhibitions at Aberdeen City Council are closed until further notice.
The first major solo show of Haroon Mirza's work in Scotland highlights the artist's ongoing exploration of waveforms and interest in disciplines including physics, shamanism and artificial intelligence.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland is temporarily closed until further notice.
To mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath the famous document goes on public display for the first time in 15 years.
An exhibition telling the stories behind objects derived from British military campaigns in Africa and India which are held by national and military museums in the UK.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
All of the Scottish National Galleries are temporarily closed until further notice.
Gallery of Modern Art
The Gallery of Modern Art is temporarily closed until further notice.
A display of photographic works by the American artist, who documented the gay male culture of San Francisco in the late 1970s.
Hunterian Art Gallery
The Hunterian Art Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery
Aberystwyth Gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.
This exhibition celebrates the ongoing friendship and collaboration between artists with a shared interested in abstraction and who are connected to Aberystwyth University, having met while teaching or studying.
National Museum Cardiff
The National Museum Cardiff is temporarily closed until further notice.
This show features Burton's diaries, papers and personal objects, follow the remarkable story of how a boy from Pontrhydyfen and Taibach, Port Talbot, became the international star of stage and screen.
Lydia Figes, Content Editor at Art UK