The exhibitions you must see this February
Mark your calendars. February is jam-packed with incredible exhibitions opening across the UK.
And breathe... January is over. It was a long old month, wasn't it? No more enduring conversations about dry January, post-Christmas diets and how far away pay day is. Whether you achieved everything or nothing this month, we're not here to judge. All that matters is you got through it, and you can move on with your life.
We can't promise the world but one thing we can guarantee is that February is going to be incredible for art exhibitions. From a major group exhibition of women abstract artists in Margate to a solo show by a leading contemporary artist in Edinburgh, there's lots to see across the UK. So buckle up and get your National Art Pass out – you're not going to want to miss these.
Discover some of the best exhibitions to visit this month with an Art Pass
Take a deep dive into our fascination with everything (and anything) cute. Bringing together contemporary artworks and cultural phenomena spanning music, fashion, video games and more, this blockbuster exhibition examines how the world is unable to resist cuteness, its emotive charge, and its complex power.
Did you know that pop art icon Andy Warhol used to be a textile designer? Before he found critical acclaim in the art world, he made an income by creating commercial and advertising art for fashion magazines, shoe brands and record labels. Just like he did with his famous artworks of soup cans and bottles of Coca-Cola, discover how Warhol transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary in this vibrant exhibition.
Trace how the language of abstraction developed on a global scale among women artists in the years following the Second World War in this major group exhibition. Over 80 boundary-pushing works of art are on display, charting the significant cultural, social and political shifts of the time. See works by Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Hannah Wilke, Agnes Martin, and more.
Witness an artist who has dedicated five decades of her career to exploring materials and making, and see how our tastes and fashions trickle into how we design the world around us. From tiny, delicate ceramics to big watercolour paintings, the breadth of Jacqueline Poncelet's work is celebrated in this survey exhibition.
Colourful installations and paintings by Sámi visual artist Outi Pieski explore the spiritual relationship between humans and their environment, asking vital questions about traditional knowledge systems and Indigenous people's rights. Expect figurative landscapes, photographs and prints alongside sculptural works and an installation.
Marvel at the work of 50 international, intergenerational artists who use textiles in their practice to explore themes of power, resistance and survival. From monumental installations to delicate handmade items, this major group exhibition tells honest stories of violence, imperialism and exclusion alongside ones of resilience, love and hope.
Travel across landscapes in this contemporary retelling of the genre by leading artists from the African diaspora. From film and photography to textiles and collage, see how artists incorporate different media to represent and reimagine the world around us, demonstrating the power of landscape art and contemplating themes of belonging, memory, joy and transformation.
Immerse yourself in an expansive exhibition that explores the fundamental role that drawing and paper play in the practice of one of the world's leading contemporary artists, Do Ho Suh. Suh's engaging and innovative artworks probe important questions about home, identity and memory. Alongside his compelling thread drawings, visitors can wander through one of his signature immersive installations created out of colourful, translucent fabric.
The more you see, the more we do.
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