The exhibitions you must see this March

Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979), Trees at Garsington, c. 1925
Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979), Trees at Garsington, c. 1925

Uncover secret gardens, ancient folklore and Indigenous North American art in March, as we look forward to the sunny days of spring.

Did you know, in the Roman calendar, March was considered first month of the year? As the days get longer and lighter and the first signs of spring appear, it’s a time for new beginnings and putting winter behind us. Green creeps back into the landscape, flowers begin to bloom and baby animals make an appearance – what isn’t there to love about March?

At the Garden Museum in London you can reconnect to nature through a charming exhibition looking at the modern British garden. And at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, explore the fascinating history of the northwest coast of North America through generations of Indigenous art. Meanwhile, other brilliant shows dive into folklore, contemporary art, and photography of the male physique.

There’s a lot to reflect on, too, with International Women’s Day taking place on 8 March. Find more to see and do in our full listings, and remember, you’ll get great benefits with a National Art Pass.

Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960), Conservatory at the Cedars
Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960), Conservatory at the Cedars

Love a good garden? This exhibition brings together paintings of British gardens of all shapes and sizes, from hidden gems to sprawling public spaces. All painted during the time between the First and Second World War, they include works by Eric Ravilious, known for his beautiful depictions of the Sussex landscape, and the pioneering Evelyn Dunbar, who documented the work of the Women’s Land Army during the Second World War.

Boss Morris Performer

Uncover the story of folk costume in Britain, from the vibrancy of Notting Hill Carnival to the rise of all-women Morris groups. The exhibition includes a large collection of outfits that explore both ancient traditions and how folklore practices are evolving in contemporary society.

Feeling Her Way featuring performers Jacqui Dankworth and Sofia Jernberg, 2022
Feeling Her Way featuring performers Jacqui Dankworth and Sofia Jernberg, 2022

This colourful installation by contemporary artist Sonia Boyce is the culmination of 20 years of work building her 'Devotional Collection', which honours the contributions of Black British women musicians to public life and culture. Immerse yourself in Boyce’s world of geometric shapes and colourful wallpapers alongside the improvised vocals of five incredible musicians.

Baxwana'tsi: The Container for Souls, Marianne Nicolson, 2006

Exceptional works of art from the northwest coast of North America are brought together in this major exhibition of Indigenous art from the 1970s to the present day. The varied display tells the story of the coastline’s distinctive artistic and cultural traditions and showcases some of the incredible artists making work there today.

Vince Man's Shop Catalogue, model Sean Connery, Spring/Summer 1957

The 1857 Obscene Publications Act made the distributing of images of homosexual male nudity a criminal offence well into the mid-20th century – this exhibition explores the radical movement across London to rebel against this, charting the key areas of the city that were a focus for photographers and the huge risk they faced in pursuing their work. Explore stunning photography of the male physique alongside magazine covers, albums, catalogues and more.

The artist Leonardo Drew, with Number 341, 2022, Art Basel: Unlimited, Switzerland.

Leonardo Drew’s installation Number 360 (2023) fills Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 18th-century chapel with a sense of order and chaos. Taking inspiration from the historical building, this new work explores themes such as decay and regeneration and the cycle of life. Drew is known for his socio-political art, incorporating materials symbolic of the American South, the African American experience and America’s industrial past into his work, such as cotton, rope, rags and rust.

Cian Dayrit, Et hoc quod nos nescimus, 2018. Embroidery on textile (collaboration with Henry Caceres)
Cian Dayrit, Et hoc quod nos nescimus, 2018. Embroidery on textile (collaboration with Henry Caceres)

Investigating the bleak history of monetary debt, artists including Lubaina Himid and Marwa Arsanios reflect on our flawed financial system and champion attempts to resist it. Works on display include banknotes, textiles, installation and more.

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