Posts tagged "What to see"

Five exhibitions to see this October

21 September 2017

Autumn always boasts a bustling exhibitions calendar, so to help you plan what to see we’ve selected five don’t-miss shows around the UK.

Video: Five must-see autumn exhibitions

5 September 2017

With autumn here, it's time to put some new dates in the diary, so here's five shows art historian Kate Bryan has picked as her unmissable exhibitions of the season.

Five exhibitions to see this September

23 August 2017

Looking for something new to see this month? We've selected five must-see shows from around the UK to put in your diary for the weeks ahead.

Things to see and do at the Folkestone Triennial 2017

21 August 2017

Filling the coastal town of Folkestone in Kent with public art and inspiring events, Folkestone Triennial returns for its fourth instalment this year. Here’s our guide to making the most of it.

Five exhibitions to see this August

1 August 2017

Looking for something new to see this month? We've selected five must-see shows from around the UK to put in your diary for the weeks ahead.

Video: Five cultural venues by the sea

26 July 2017

In the final instalment of our 'summer of art' series, broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor visits five cultural venues by the British seaside, all either free or half-price with a National Art Pass.

Ten summer holiday activities for families

20 July 2017

Looking for something to do with the kids over the holidays? From dinosaur sleepovers to space discos, we’ve rounded up 10 arty activities to get the whole family inspired this summer.

Art Night 2017: things to see and do

30 June 2017

Bringing East London to life on Saturday 1 July, Art Night fills unusual spaces with work from adventurous artists. We’ve selected some highlights to help you plan your evening.

Video: Five fabulous country houses

29 June 2017

Next up in our 'summer of art' series, broadcaster and art historian Jacky Klein visits five stunning country houses, all either free or half-price with a National Art Pass.

Frieze Sculpture 2017 with Art Fund

23 June 2017

Enjoy a guided tour of 25 works of contemporary sculpture in Regent's Park and download the free Frieze Sculpture Audio Tour app.

Late museum and gallery openings

21 June 2017

Discover the magic and adventure of museums and galleries at night – we bring you 10 from around the UK who like to stay up late.

Video: Five must-see summer exhibitions

31 May 2017

To kick off a 'summer of art', it's time to put some new dates in the diary, so here's five shows art critic Alastair Sooke has picked as his unmissable exhibitions of the season.

Five summer blockbusters

26 May 2017

Go psychedelic with Pink Floyd, see Giacometti as never before, and help yourself to the cream of the contemporary art world – summer’s here and it’s bursting with blockbuster shows.

Three must-see Japanese exhibitions

8 May 2017

From prints to anime to architecture, these three shows exploring the art of Japan are all free or have discounted entry with a National Art Pass.

Five must-see LGBTQ exhibitions

5 April 2017

It's 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexuality, and this year sees a number of exhibitions marking the anniversary. Here's five you should make a point of seeing.

New exhibitions opening in March 2017

8 March 2017

From Italian masters to British tattoo art, here's our round-up of some great new exhibitions opening this month, all either free or 50% off with a National Art Pass.

Five must-see photography shows

1 March 2017

From iconic photos that have changed the way we see the world to visions of post-war Britain, here are five unmissable photography exhibitions this spring.

Three must-see sculpture exhibitions

21 February 2017

Open now, opening soon and one for the diary. Featuring work in wide open spaces and one of the 20th century’s most important artists, these three shows are all free or 50% off with a National Art Pass.

Five Art Funded sculptures

20 February 2017

We've funded many sculptural works over the years. Here's five more recent pieces that we've helped the nation's museums and galleries acquire with our members' help.

Video: Eduardo Paolozzi in London

15 February 2017

Kate Bryan takes a tour around London to find Eduardo Paolozzi's public sculptures, ahead of a major new exhibition of his work at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Five things to see at Ferens Art Gallery

16 January 2017

As Hull begins its tenure as UK City of Culture, curators Lucy West and Becky Gee pick five works to see at Ferens Art Gallery, from stunning Old Masters to modern classics.

Video: Five must-see New Year exhibitions

5 January 2017

As 2017 begins, it's time to put some new dates in the diary, so here's what art historian Jacky Klein has picked as her unmissable exhibitions of the season.

Let it snow: Five winter works of art

19 December 2016

There’s nothing quite like a white Christmas, so we thought we’d take a look at five works we’ve helped to fund over the years that portray winter at its snowy best.

Art Quarterly winter 2016 out now

1 December 2016

In the latest issue of our magazine, Richard Shone reveals the radical work of Vanessa Bell, Deyan Sudjic celebrates Zaha Hadid's legacy, Gabriel Orozco talks about the significance of the circle, and John Milner writes on how the Russian avant-garde had to 'adapt or die'.

Five short films about Robert Rauschenberg

29 November 2016

A major new exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg opens this week at the Tate Modern. These five films explore the life and work of a true artistic pioneer.

Five must-see objects at the Design Museum

23 November 2016

As the Design Museum re-opens its doors at a new space in Kensington, curator Alex Newson chooses five of his design classics from the permanent collection.

Five exhibitions about money and materialism

22 November 2016

As Black Friday hits, instead of rushing to the shops, why not go to an exhibition and reflect on our relationship with money and materialism. Here are five current shows that deal with our fascination with the green stuff.

Five free exhibitions

7 November 2016

From flesh remains to stained glass heroes, we've found five enthralling exhibitions that you can see for free with your National Art Pass.

South Africa: Five must-see objects

20 October 2016

John Giblin, the curator of the British Museum's fascinating exhibition exploring South Africa's rich creative history, shares his highlights from the show.

Five must-sees at the Queen's House

7 October 2016

As the 17th-century 'house of delight' re-opens after conservation, we pick out the star objects to track down on your visit.

Five artists' gardens

19 September 2016

We take a look at the horticultural creations of five green-fingered artists.

Best fashion exhibitions

12 September 2016

Backroom bars and bombshell rebels – the fashion shows this autumn that reveal why clothes have always been at the cutting edge.

Five autumn blockbusters

30 August 2016

This autumn, London sees a roll call of European maestros like Caravaggio, Rodin and Picasso against the radicals of American Expressionism.

Artist Rooms back on tour in 2017

24 August 2016

Exhibitions showcasing works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter will open across the UK.

Itinerary: 24 hours of art in London

18 August 2016

Celebrate the launch of London Underground's Night Tube; from dusk to dawn see works by Frink, Rembrandt and Pollock across London.

Must-see summer photography shows

2 August 2016

From the dawn of photography to 1960s London; don't miss out on the best photography exhibitions taking you on a journey of the medium's evolution.

Five must-see design exhibitions

15 July 2016

From the rolling pastures of Capability Brown to radical contemporary cobblers, there is a world of ambition in these five exhibitions of visionary design.

Quiz: Impressionism

6 July 2016

Think you know your Monet from your Manet? Find out with our quiz.

How to spot a Francis Bacon painting

20 June 2016

The postwar painter created works featuring screaming popes and tortured figures. Here’s a guide to identifying some of the key stylistic motifs that recur in Bacon’s oeuvre.

Five free exhibitions

16 June 2016

The joy of a National Art Pass – five fantastic shows, all completely free.

Ten things you should know about Surrealism

2 June 2016

Surrealists tapped into the subconscious, unrestricted by the confines of the rational. Melting clocks, elephants on stilts... how much do you know about this cultural movement?

Sunken Cities: Must-see objects

18 May 2016

We asked the curators of the British Museum's riviting exhibition to share their personal highlights with us.

Ten things to do this bank holiday

17 May 2016

Three days off, ten great ideas to fill them. From ominous gargoyles to Russian philosophers; take some inspiration for the long weekend ahead.

Video: Mona Hatoum

11 May 2016

Tate Modern presents Mona Hatoum’s performance and installation work from the past 35 years; we take a look.

Getting to know… York Art Gallery

5 May 2016

Find out more about the five Museum of the Year finalists with our Q&As. This time, York Art Gallery talks carousel horses, ceramic creatures and celebratory cake.

Charlotte Brontë: 10 facts

21 April 2016

There’s more to Charlotte Brontë than blustery landscapes, sheltered spinsters and tormented romances. On the bicentenary of the author’s birth we uncover some surprising truths.

Quiz: Shakespeare

13 April 2016

Four centuries have passed since William Shakespeare died; but how much do you really know about this enduring poet and playwright?

Five photography shows

22 March 2016

From early works by the founding father to a new series by a modern-day innovator, these are the photography shows to see this season.

Interview: Simon Starling

21 March 2016

As his biggest exhibition in the UK to date opens at Nottingham Contemporary, we spoke to the Turner Prize-winning artist about industry, technology and alchemy.

Five Pre-Raphaelite shows

15 March 2016

Seductive works by the celebrated stars of Victorian art take centre stage this spring.

Five sculpture shows

9 March 2016

Pacing cats, downcast cartoon characters and fluorescent structures of light – it’s an exciting season for sculpture this spring.

Five works by great female artists

4 March 2016

Celebrate International Women's Day with five brilliant works by female artists, from Pre-Raphaelite Marie Spartali Stillman to YBA Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Video: Botticelli Reimagined

3 March 2016

Art critic Alastair Sooke takes a look at the enduring impact of Sandro Botticelli at the V&A’s new exhibition.

In conversation: John Akomfrah and Beatrice Gibson

2 March 2016

In Art Quarterly, the artist-filmmakers discuss cameras, collage, collectives, Cornelius Cardew and the other ‘multi-layered, multinarrative multiplicities’ that characterise their works.

Video: Performing for the Camera

24 February 2016

Curator and art critic Morgan Quaintance takes a look at Tate Modern's exhibition exploring performance and photography.

Five must-see works by LS Lowry

17 February 2016

To mark the 40th anniversary of the artist’s death, we highlight some of his most telling works on public display.

Delacroix: Tree of influence

15 February 2016

Ahead of the National Gallery's major new exhibition, Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, discover the enduring impact of Eugène Delacroix on generations of artists.

Five Scandinavian artists you should know

3 February 2016

As Dulwich Picture Gallery opens its Nikolai Astrup retrospective here are a few more artists from the northern peninsula that you should discover.

Five solo shows to see solo

2 February 2016

Want to take time out from Valentine’s Day? Here are some of the best solo exhibitions to go and see by yourself.

Five globetrotting exhibitions

2 February 2016

From the bonfire-lit landscapes of Norway to the secret worlds beneath the Sicilian shores, let these exhibitions transport you.

Top five gardens in art

20 January 2016

Alfred Austin once said ‘Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are’. We pick some of the most lyrical gardens with a story to tell.

Museum lates

20 January 2016

Our pick of the most exciting after-hours events taking place across the UK this season.

Five free exhibitions

6 January 2016

Be kind to your bank balance this January: a National Art Pass is all you need to enjoy these five culturally-enriching shows.

Five quirky museum experiences

6 January 2016

Start the new year with some new adventures. If one of your resolutions is to see something different, try one of these brilliantly unusual outings.

Have yourself a Victorian Christmas

14 December 2015

The Victorians began many of our beloved Christmas traditions; the turkey, mulled wine, cards and of course, the Christmas tree. Rediscover our festive heritage at these museums and grand houses.

fig-2 interview: Laura Eldret

14 December 2015

Laura Eldret opened fig-2's first exhibition and this week, she opens the last. The artist tells us about her time in Mexico and going beyond the cliché.

Winter days out

10 December 2015

We pick some of the best days out to beat the chill and give you a festive glow.

What to see: Exhibitions 2016

8 December 2015

From Italian old masters to the creators of comic culture, internet-based installations to Shakespeare-inspired scenes; these are the exhibitions to get excited about in 2016.

fig-2 open call winner: Manuel Mathieu

2 December 2015

The Goldsmiths MA student beat over 230 applicants to win fig-2’s open call. He tells us about his forthcoming fig-2 show and his search for a subject matter.

Five photography shows

30 November 2015

Lightning bolts, pleasure piers and decomposing pigs are among the subjects in front of the lens in these five exhibitions.

Five Monet masterpieces

11 November 2015

Ahead of the 175th anniversary of Monet’s birth, we pick five of his great works that are currently on display in the UK.

Quiz: Alexander Calder

10 November 2015

Calder’s pioneering 3D performance sculptures won him a place on a US stamp and many accolades; how much do you know about this fascinating artist?

Five ceramic collections

9 November 2015

From Continental connoisseurs Sèvres and Meissen to the home-grown talents of Wedgwood – marvel at the mastery of ceramic practice with a visit to these five UK collections.

Five drawing shows

4 November 2015

From mathematically precise patterns to magic in metalpoint, five shows exploring the incredible craft of drawing practice.

Five free exhibitions

3 November 2015

We pick some of the top exhibitions this season that are free with your National Art Pass.

Five must-see Frieze stands

14 October 2015

From cocktail parties to skulls, here are our our top picks from London's biggest art fair.

MC Escher: Treasure hunt

12 October 2015

As an exhibition of over 100 works by MC Escher opens at Dulwich Picture Gallery, we show you the impact the graphic artist has had on popular modern culture.

Quiz: Francisco de Goya

6 October 2015

As the National Gallery's Goya: The Portraits exhibition opens, test your knowledge of this great revolutionary artist.

Ten arty date ideas

5 October 2015

Make a date with art this autumn: our pick of top days out for you and your plus one.

Six creative collaborations

5 October 2015

Throughout history many artists have combined creativity with romance, finding inspiration and influence in each other's work – here are a few of our top partnerships.

Five Glaswegian museums

1 October 2015

As the Turner Prize exhibition opens in Glasgow, we suggest some top galleries to visit while you’re in the city.

Map: Frank Auerbach’s London

1 October 2015

From Soho clubs and East End taverns to art schools and the National Gallery, discover the places in London that have inspired the painter Frank Auerbach.

Competition: Auerbach catalogue

29 September 2015

Ahead of Frank Auerbach’s major retrospective at Tate Britain, we're giving you the chance to win one of five exhibition catalogues.

The World Goes Pop in five highlights

17 September 2015

From fluorescent bomb sculptures to 'popped' Japanese prints, we pick out some of the must-see pieces from Tate's illuminating new show.

Five space dogs

15 September 2015

As the Cosmonauts exhibition opens at the Science Museum in London, we look at how some of our four-legged friends conquered the universe.

Ai Weiwei: Interactive biography

15 September 2015

As the Royal Academy gear up for a retrospective of the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, we look back at the life of this most radical and visionary provocateur.

Which space traveller are you?

11 September 2015

As the Science Museum is about to open Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age, we help you find your inner space traveller.

Five design shows

9 September 2015

From Chanel to cycling, we outline some of the most dazzling design shows this autumn.

Five autumn blockbusters

1 September 2015

It's an exciting exhibition season ahead with star appearances from Ai Weiwei, Lee Miller and Francisco Goya.

Six sculpture parks

21 August 2015

Make the most of the last days of summer by enjoying art in the great outdoors.

Six Antony Gormley sculptures

18 August 2015

Happy Birthday Gormley! Celebrate the birth of one of our great contemporary artists and see one of his mysterious sculptures.

Six science museums

18 August 2015

‘The greatest scientists are artists as well,’ said Albert Einstein. So let your creative spirit free at some of the UK’s most inspiring science museums.

Five American artists

5 August 2015

Forget sitting on the plane for seven hours – we look at five American artists that you can see without leaving the country.

Six Edinburgh exhibitions

28 July 2015

To celebrate festival season in Edinburgh, we've found six of the best shows to see while you're in town.

Top ten coastal galleries and museums

22 July 2015

We Brits do like to be beside the seaside. However, the UK coast isn't just about beach cricket, soggy sandwiches and sandcastle competitions; see some great art too.

Five castles by the sea

21 July 2015

Feel like the king or queen of the castle on your next trip to the seaside – if only for one day.

Ten highlights to see at the Wedgwood Museum

17 July 2015

To celebrate the reopening of the site in Barlaston, we pick out 10 of our favourite pieces from the historic collection, which was saved by an Art Fund campaign last year.

Six summer painting shows

7 July 2015

From action painting to elegant portraiture, these six shows celebrate the incredible diversity of the practice.

Audrey Hepburn: in clips

1 July 2015

Before heading to the National Portrait Gallery's show that celebrates the icon, get to know the person behind the glamour.

Five of the best: museum teas

26 June 2015

Beat that ‘sinking feeling’ with some of the most delectable afternoon teas that museums and galleries have to offer.

Competition: day trip to Waddesdon Manor

24 June 2015

To celebrate Waddesdon Bequest’s new home at the British Museum, we’re giving you the chance to discover the original house of this spectacular collection.

Quiz: British sculpture

24 June 2015

Know your postminimalism from your geometric modernism? Take five minutes and discover your inner art historian.

Must-see contemporary art shows

23 June 2015

From optical illusions to body-altering sensations, we take a look at the contemporary art offering this season.

Five of Hepworth’s greats

18 June 2015

As Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World opens at Tate Britain next week, we look at some of Hepworth’s best sculptures.

Six to see: Constable locations

17 June 2015

To celebrate Christchurch Mansion's John Constable exhibition, we've selected the best locations to visit and follow in the artist's footsteps.

Museum lates July - August

15 June 2015

Meet the super sleuths of the artworld, sample some French fancies and make a date with Audrey – our pick of the most exciting after-hours events this season.

Five iconic portraits to see in London

15 June 2015

Following the opening of BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, we celebrate the seminal portraits that London’s galleries have to offer.

Five poets’ homes

10 June 2015

This weekend sees the 150th anniversary of W.B. Yeats’ birth; visit the homes of five influential British bards to get your own rhyming couplets flowing.

Video: Carsten Höller

10 June 2015

Before you head to the most entertaining show of the summer, watch Sarfraz Manzoor navigate himself around this enthralling exhibition.

Must-see summer photography shows

4 June 2015

From fiercely competitive pioneers to modern masters of the medium, here are this season's unmissable photography exhibitions.

Quiz: Abstract art

3 June 2015

Know your minimalism from your cubism? In six questions we test your abstract art credentials

Competition: Grayson Perry silk scarf

27 May 2015

Following the opening of Grayson Perry’s new show at Turner Contemporary, we are giving you the chance to win your own piece of Perry’s artwork to wear.

Grayson Perry: Top of the pots

26 May 2015

To celebrate the artist's new exhibition Provincial Punk at Turner Contemporary, we highlight the best ceramics on show.

Five summer blockbusters

21 May 2015

Spend the summer in the presence of artistic greats: Hepworth, Pollock and Picasso.

Five free exhibitions

13 May 2015

From Turner's quaint Wessex landscapes to Warhol's pioneering Pop prints, these shows won't cost a thing with your National Art Pass.

Ten Victorian houses

12 May 2015

Victorian grand houses were often characterised by impressive Gothic Revival architecture, lavish Arts and Crafts interiors and superbly manicured grounds; discover ten of the best this summer.

Five unmissable fashion shows

29 April 2015

From Audrey in Givenchy to golden gimp masks by McQueen – here are our pick of the most stylish shows to see this season.

Quiz: Which Wonderland character are you?

28 April 2015

Are you the life and soul of the tea party or a timid type with bad time management? To celebrate the opening of The Alice Look at the V&A Museum of Childhood, we help you find your Wonderland alter-ego.

Ten ½ things you didn't know about Sonia Delaunay

15 April 2015

Adopted by her uncle, unimpressed by Picasso and co-creator of an art movement inspired by a baby's quilt – we dig up some surprising facts about Delaunay ahead of the retrospective at Tate.

Museum lates in May

13 April 2015

You are spoilt for choice in May, as venues across the country open after-hours for Museums at Night weekend.

fig-2: Confessions on a dancefloor

2 April 2015

Fatoş Üstek is curating 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks as part of fig-2 at the ICA Studio. Here, she celebrates being a quarter of the way through the project.

Blogging fig-2: 50 shows in 50 weeks

1 April 2015

AJ Dehany is blogging about fig-2's weekly exhibitions – all 50 of them – over the course of a year. A quarter of the way through his mission, he explains why he's doing it.

Easter days out

30 March 2015

It's a four-day weekend – hurrah! Make the most of your time off with our guide to cultural Easter treats.

Ten grand London houses

18 March 2015

As the country's great mansions get set to open for the summer season, we find ten of our favourite historic houses in London.

Seven artists who inspired McQueen

16 March 2015

From Sam Taylor-Johnson's rotting fruit to Bosch's visions of Hell, here are some of the incredible artists who inspired Alexander McQueen

Video: Berthe Morisot

11 March 2015

Art historian Jacky Klein explores the story of this gifted female Impressionist painter.

Alexander McQueen: Interactive biography

9 March 2015

Before heading to the V&A’s blockbuster exhibition – Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – learn more about this pioneering fashion designer with our interactive timeline of his life.

Five must-see ancient sculptures

4 March 2015

Britain is home to some spectacular ancient sculptures, from Roman bronzes that inspired Hollywood films to ancient Greek statues. We've chosen five of our favourite works to see across the UK.

Five spring shows

25 February 2015

Travel from surreal worlds of psychosis to tranquil countryside scenes with our pick of the top shows to see this season.

Six shows inspired by the sea

18 February 2015

How long is Britain's coastline? Ponder that brainteaser during a visit to one of these spectacular seaside exhibitions, spanning from Dorset's Jurassic Coast to the enchanted landscape of Land's End.

Getting to know... Osterley Park and House

6 February 2015

Osterley Park, one of the largest open spaces in London, is inviting visitors to explore its vast estate as part of our Art Miles initiative in March. We talk to the country house about sport, scones and visits from Michael Caine.

Ten things you didn't know about Marlene Dumas

5 February 2015

Record-breaking, houseboats and Dolly Parton – as Tate opens a major new retrospective we uncover some interesting facts about world-renowned painter Marlene Dumas.

Seven stupendous Impressionism collections

30 January 2015

Whether you're in Glasgow or Birmingham, you're never far from one of Britain's world-famous collections of Impressionist art. From Monets in London to Sargents in Manchester, these are seven of the greatest Impressionism collections in the UK.

Getting to know... Dulwich Picture Gallery

29 January 2015

This March, Dulwich Picture Gallery is throwing open the doors to its stunning grounds and gardens for our Art Miles fundraising initiative. We speak to the south London gallery about conspiring artists, confused ducks and buried founders.

Six unmissable sculpture shows

28 January 2015

From Victorian statues in London to Louise Bourgeois in Southampton, we've rounded up this season's must-see sculpture shows.

Five Second World War museums

21 January 2015

To mark the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, we've rounded up Britain's best museums exploring the Second World War, from artillery in Hampshire to Spitfires in London.

Spectacular Do Ho Suh sculpture installed in Bristol

16 January 2015

New York City Apartment/Corridor/Bristol by Do Ho Suh, an installation commissioned by Bristol Museum and Art Gallery through Art Fund International, will go on display at the museum this spring.

Five photography shows

15 January 2015

From historic innovation to harrowing photojournalism – here's a snapshot of the best photography shows to see this season.

Spring museum lates

13 January 2015

From Georgian inspired gin-tasting to a sleepover with Sherlock – read our pick of the most exciting after-hours events coming up at museums and galleries this season.

Five National Gallery highlights

7 January 2015

To celebrate the release of Frederick Wiseman's celebrated documentary, we've rounded up five of the greatest works in the National Gallery collection, from Renaissance masterpieces to Turner seascapes.

Six calorie-burning museum visits

7 January 2015

Whether you overindulged on Christmas pudding or you've made fitness a new year's resolution, exercise in style with our round-up of Britain's biggest museum calorie burners – from labyrinthine buildings to open-air galleries.

Five New Year blockbusters

7 January 2015

The new year brings a host of exciting new exhibitions – here are five of our favourites.

Video: Five unmissable exhibitions

6 January 2015

New year, new art. Not sure where to begin? Art historian Jacky Klein takes us through her top five shows of the season.

Five Christmassy museums

18 December 2014

From Christmas markets in County Durham to Dickensian stories in London, we round up five of the most festive museums and galleries to visit this winter.

What to see: Exhibitions 2015

10 December 2014

Potty for Perry? Mad about McQueen? We take a look at the exhibitions to get excited about over the coming year.

Warming paintings for winter

18 November 2014

Monumental works by young artists, sun-drenched French fishing villages, and a British garden in bloom – inject some warmth into the winter months with these stunning summer scenes.

Pop Art Timeline

12 November 2014

Learn about the history of Pop Art through 21 key dates, from its early roots in 1940s British collage to the masters of Pop in the US.

Seven tragic Pre-Raphaelite stories

23 October 2014

More drama than an EastEnders Omnibus – we explore the stories behind seven of the most famous women in Victorian art, from Shakespearean suicides to Arthurian curses.

Six Victorian shows

22 October 2014

Adulterers, anarchists and the super sleuth of London - the Victorians are taking over this autumn.

Video: Jeremy Paxman on Rembrandt

16 October 2014

Rembrandt's innovative, kinetic final years of artistic greatness are explored in the National Gallery's autumn blockbuster.

Ten must-see Dutch masterpieces

13 October 2014

From a striking portrait of a Glaswegian art dealer to a marine scene that inspired Turner – as Rembrandt: The Late Works opens at the National Gallery, here are ten unmissable paintings from the Netherlands on display across Britain.

Q&A: Clare Lilley, Frieze Sculpture Park curator

13 October 2014

Darth Vader, wicker sculpture and this year's show-stoppers – ahead of Frieze London, we talk to the Sculpture Park's curator about the 2014 show and the impact of the Art Fund's app.

Five of Emin's best

8 October 2014

As Tracey Emin's major new show, The Last Great Adventure Is You, opens at White Cube, we find her greatest works on display across the UK.

Video: Sigmar Polke at Tate Modern

8 October 2014

Broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor explains five things to know about Sigmar Polke before you head to this fantastic exhibition at Tate Modern.

Turner Prize 2014: Artist profiles

30 September 2014

Dying statues, printmaking workshops, knotting narratives and sandpapered Mapplethorpes – as contemporary art's biggest exhibition opens in London, we profile the four artists vying for the prize.

Turner Prize artists on show

29 September 2014

As the finalists of the 30th edition of the Turner Prize go on display at Tate Britain, we take a look at some of the previous nominees and where to see their work now.

Video: Constable vs Turner

19 September 2014

Art historian Jacky Klein takes a closer look at two major exhibitions celebrating the titans of Victorian art.

Art From Elsewhere tour announced

17 September 2014

Key works of international contemporary art from six regional museums – acquired through an ambitious Art Fund collecting scheme – are to tour the UK.

Five must-see fashion shows

16 September 2014

From purple wedding dresses to the fashion of feathers, explore the cutting edge of couture at these eye-opening exhibitions.

Five unmissable Asian exhibitions

12 September 2014

From medieval Chinese craft in Edinburgh to contemporary Indian art in Liverpool, we choose five must-see shows exploring the visual arts in Asia.

Five at the Folkestone Triennial

29 August 2014

The third Folkestone Triennial offers an ambitious programme this autumn; based on the theme ‘Lookout’, it features 20 new artist commissions and a variety of free events. We round up the highlights.

Museum lates in September

27 August 2014

Kate Mosse talks taxidermy, murder at the museum and a sonic art takeover – our pick of the most exciting after-hours events taking place at museums and galleries in September.

Art Staycations: London

25 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in London.

Bank holiday trips

21 August 2014

Looking for something to do with the family this bank holiday? We've chosen our favourite places to visit over the long weekend, from Henry VIII's battleship to a Victorian town.

Competition: Turner and Constable

21 August 2014

To celebrate the stellar exhibition line-up this autumn, we're offering a double set of prizes to two of this season's biggest shows.

Autumn blockbusters

20 August 2014

From hazy romantic landscapes to rare Chinese treasures, awe-inspiring portraits to cutting-edge experimental art – we pick the top shows to see this season.

Art staycations: Norfolk

18 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in Norfolk.

Art staycations: Lake District

11 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in the Lake District.

Art staycations: Cornwall

4 August 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – here's what's on offer in Cornwall.

Art staycations: Edinburgh

28 July 2014

The National Art Pass is your passport to great art all over the UK – first up, we look at what's on offer in and around Edinburgh.

Glasgow: Things to see

24 July 2014

With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, we pick five amazing museums and galleries to see in and around Glasgow.

Disobedient Objects at the V&A: Five must-sees

24 July 2014

Gorilla masks belonging to feminist avengers, banners designed by Jeremy Deller's right-hand man and inflatable silver cobblestones used to outfox the police – five of our favourite badly behaved objects at the V&A.

Art Everywhere: Top 10 works

16 July 2014

Today we revealed the 25 artworks that will be appear on poster sites around the UK; we take a closer look at the top 10, from David Hockney's sensitive portrait of his parents to an explosion of colour from John Hoyland.

Architecture round-up

10 July 2014

Brilliant bridges, Mackintosh buildings and the power of Louis Kahn – we round-up the best architecture events around the country.

Which Art Movement are You?

10 July 2014

Are you a Bloomsbury Group bookworm? Or a fun-loving YBA? Find out which art movement you belong to by taking our quiz.

Five summer paintings

9 July 2014

Monaco-upon-Avon, unexpected rain, and a pair of Pollocks – discover five paintings on display across the UK that capture the atmosphere of summer.

Digital Revolution in five objects

3 July 2014

From the first £100 computer to a 100-million-user community – we tell the story of the digital revolution in five key objects.

Five incredible places to see contemporary art in Scotland

26 June 2014

All eyes are on contemporary art this summer as the GENERATION exhibition programme gets underway at museums and galleries across Scotland. To celebrate, here are some of the top destinations to see cutting-edge creativity.

Five coastal museums

25 June 2014

Heading to the coast to enjoy the summer sun? Plug in your sat-nav and make a beeline towards one of our favourite seaside museums, from Tayside to Pembrokeshire.

Five must-see Matisses

19 June 2014

Looking for more Matisse after seeing The Cut-Outs at Tate? Or longing for something closer to home? We've rounded up five unmissable Matisses around the UK.

Five great sporting artworks

17 June 2014

From a broom-wielding Eric Cantona to a cricketer whose drinking habits bankrupted a tour of Australia – discover our favourite five works showing the colourful world of sport.

Comics Unmasked: Five must-see comics

16 June 2014

Biting satire, law suits and radical lesbians – we choose five unmissable strips from the British Library's landmark exhibition of British comics.

Five folk art collections

12 June 2014

To celebrate the opening of British Folk Art at Tate Britain, we choose the best folk art collections to see in the UK, from quilts to weathervanes.

Object of the week: Composition B (#2) with Red

2 June 2014

To celebrate the opening of two major Mondrian exhibitions, we look at one of the Dutch master's most minimal compositions and explore the optical effects and spiritual movements that inspired it.

Win a Fortnum & Mason hamper

29 May 2014

We're giving away a hamper full of Fortnum & Mason goodies – perfect for a summer picnic with your family or friends.

Aiken swagger portrait stars in new Aberdeen exhibition

29 May 2014

John Macdonald Aiken's extravagant Portrait of the Artist and his Wife will feature in Aberdeen Art Gallery's new exhibition The Lady and the Vamp, after being bought by the gallery with help from the Art Fund.

Five country castles

28 May 2014

Whether you want to see Walter Raleigh's family artefacts, the sacred banner of a Scottish clan or a wild boar at feeding time, we pick out five of the most fascinating country castles in the UK.

Six unmissable light artists

28 May 2014

From ever-changing pixel boxes to installations in listed buildings, we've rounded up six must-see pieces of light art around the UK – all bought with Art Fund support.

Five must-see animals in art

23 May 2014

To celebrate the opening of Norwich Castle's exhibition about birds in art, we've chosen our favourite animals paintings, from uncomfortable kittens to a Leonardo da Vinci horse.

Five must-see mummies

22 May 2014

From the mistress of a great house to a perfectly preserved cat, we choose five must-see mummies in collections across the UK.

Six museums for summer

20 May 2014

Heading off on your holidays? Whether you want to marvel at Michelangelo in Rome or modern art in Rio, we pick out six must-see museums from around the world.

Five unmissable small museums

16 May 2014

Good things can come in small packages – we choose our five of our favourite diminutive museums and galleries across the UK.

Museum lates in May

12 May 2014

You are spoilt for choice this month, as venues across the country open after-hours for Museums at Night weekend.

Ruin lust: The allure of the wrecked

7 May 2014

With Ruin Lust currently showing at Tate Britain, writer Lewis Dartnell breaks down the appeal of ruins – from Tintern Abbey to the Ruins of Detroit.

Comics Unmasked: The British invasion

1 May 2014

As the British Library's new exhibition of UK comic books opens, we look at how an unlikely group of outsiders from Britain conquered one of America's most iconic art forms.

Five arts festivals

23 April 2014

From transformed galleries in Brighton to international exhibitions in Edinburgh, we round up five unmissable arts festivals across the UK this year.

Barns-Graham painting given to Edinburgh

17 April 2014

Untitled – Firth of Forth, a major abstract work by Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, has been given to Edinburgh's City Art Centre through the Art Fund.

Six French artists

16 April 2014

From Baroque masters to 20th-century revolutionaries, we explore the greatest and most significant artists artists to emerge from France.

Deller's Venice pavilion comes to Bristol

14 April 2014

English Magic, an exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, has been brought to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery with help from the Art Fund.

Five spring fashion exhibitions

2 April 2014

From legends of French haute couture to the founders of Savile Row, we choose the best fashion exhibitions to see in the UK this spring.

London architecture round-up

27 March 2014

Festival celebrations, city-wide tours and William Kent at the V&A – we pick the top architecture events happening in the capital this season.

Five must-see Italian exhibitions

19 March 2014

From architecture in 14th-century painting to the leading lights of 21st-century fashion, see the best of Italian art and design on display around the UK.

Incredible Places: The results

11 March 2014

We're pleased to announce the winner of our competition, which asked art lovers to share their Incredible Places.

Q&A: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows in Cardiff

10 March 2014

We talk to Anne Pritchard, Curator of Historic Art at National Museum Wales, about the significance of Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows by John Constable, which is now on display as part of a UK-wide tour, partly supported by the Art Fund.

Video: Bettany Hughes on Vikings

6 March 2014

The historian and broadcaster heads to the British Museum to take a look at the new exhibition, Vikings: Life and Legend.

Art Guide 2.0: Download now

6 March 2014

Our free app is the ultimate guide to enjoying art around the UK – and now it has a fresh new look.

Five beautiful ruins

4 March 2014

To celebrate the opening of Ruin Lust at Tate Britain, we've picked our favourite ruined buildings across the UK, from derelict abbeys to Tudor palaces converted to Art Deco homes.

Museum lates in March

27 February 2014

From silent discos to steel drum orchestras, we bring you some of the most exciting after-hours events taking place at museums and galleries this March.

Five food-filled masterpieces

20 February 2014

From vegetative portraits to kebabs in sculptures, take a brief tour through the history of food in art with these five mouthwatering masterpieces.

Five must-see Hockneys

5 February 2014

To celebrate the opening of Hockney: Printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery, we've chosen five of our favourite Hockneys to see across the UK, from American landscapes to provocative Pop art.

Five uplifting days out ideas

20 January 2014

Feeling down this January? Lift your spirits with these five upbeat UK excursions, from elephants in Glasgow to an anxious king's seaside retreat.

ArtFunded Hepworth works headed for London

8 January 2014

Key works from the Hepworth Wakefield collection, including several given to the gallery through the Art Fund, will be travelling south for an exhibition at the London Art Fair.

Five winter paintings

11 December 2013

From jolly Dutch skaters to austere Yorkshire landscapes, we've chosen our favourite five seasonal masterpieces to see in galleries across the UK.

The modernisation of Sherlock Holmes

4 December 2013

As Sherlock returns to BBC1 and the Museum of London prepares for its Sherlock Holmes exhibition, Matthew Sweet explores the enduring appeal of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective.

Five must-see Turners

21 November 2013

Welsh castles, steam engines and a storm at sea – as Turner and the Sea opens at the National Maritime Museum, we choose the artist's greatest paintings to see in UK galleries.

Five contemporary exhibitions

20 November 2013

Melancholy photography, food sculptures and Britain's best-selling artist – discover the latest and greatest art with these five contemporary shows.

Five design collections

14 November 2013

To celebrate the opening of Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at the Design Museum, we’ve chosen five of our favourite design collections across the UK, from Arts and Crafts pioneers to inspiring metalwork.

Webb watercolours returned to Wolverhampton

12 November 2013

Four watercolours by Philip Webb, a life-long friend and business partner of William Morris, have been bought for Wightwick Manor with help from the Art Fund.

Painting Now: The artists profiled

11 November 2013

Tate Britain's latest show celebrates the best in contemporary British painting – we've profiled the five featured artists, from fake fireplaces in fake rooms to the Lucian Freud of landscapes.

Art Fund watercolour stars in Turner show

1 November 2013

A painting of Brighton pier by JMW Turner, bought with Art Fund support, stars in a new exhibition of Turner's works opening tomorrow at the Royal Pavilion.

Five haunted museums

30 October 2013

From a vengeful carpenter to one of the most famous paranormal photographs ever taken, we've hunted down five of the most haunted museums across the UK.

Frieze: Five must-see stands

17 October 2013

A visit to Britain's biggest contemporary art fair can be a daunting experience, but you can save on stress with our guide to the best of this year's Frieze.

Video: Elizabeth I & Her People

16 October 2013

Art Quarterly's Editor, Charlotte Mullins, takes a look at the National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition, Elizabeth I & Her People.

Video: Paul Klee at Tate Modern

16 October 2013

Art historian Rosie Rockel presents an introduction to Tate Modern's fascinating new exhibition, Paul Klee: Making Visible.

Five autumn art fairs

15 October 2013

Whether you're looking to buy an original work or want to see the latest pieces by contemporary artists before they disappear into private collections, these art fairs are the place to be.

Art walk: Shoreditch

24 September 2013

White Cube and Victoria Miro put this area of London on the contemporary art map following their moves north of the City in 2000.

Five must-see fashion shows

19 September 2013

To mark the end of London Fashion Week we've chosen five unmissable haute-couture exhibitions, from Parisian fashionistas to a king's pearl earring.

Five UK photography collections

19 September 2013

To celebrate the launch of the Science Museum's new Media Space, we've chosen the greatest collections of photography to see across the country.

Top ten British masterpieces

8 August 2013

To celebrate the launch of Art Everywhere across the country, we reveal the country's favourite British works of art as chosen by you, from Pre-Raphaelite scenes to exploded sheds.

Win a Lowry catalogue

27 June 2013

To celebrate the opening of Lowry and the Painting of the Modern Life at Tate Britain, we're giving away five copies of the exhibition's beautiful catalogue.

Five Lowry locations

24 June 2013

Follow in Lowry's footsteps with our map of locations close to the artist's heart, from London's Piccadilly Circus to Wenlock Edge in Shropshire.

William Morris Gallery basks in Prize spotlight

24 June 2013

A few weeks after winning the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013 we caught up with the project leader responsible for the gallery’s remarkable transformation to find out how they plan on spending the money and where it all went right.

Review: Jeremy Deller's English Magic

30 May 2013

Art Quarterly editor Charlotte Mullins takes in Jeremy Deller's eclectic British Pavilion exhibition English Magic at the Venice Biennale before it heads to the UK.

Six film locations

13 May 2013

We've picked the sets of our favourite films, from small-screen gems like Pride and Prejudice to Hollywood hits like Never Let Me Go.

Ten Renaissance masterpieces

17 April 2013

To celebrate the birthday of Leonardo da Vinci, we've chosen ten of the greatest Renaissance paintings on display across Britain.

Your favourite country house

3 April 2013

Vote for your favourite country house and we'll enter you into our competition to win a Harrods hamper to take on your next visit.

Five art festivals

3 April 2013

Love art festivals? We've chosen our favourite five from across the UK, from 19th-century Welsh exhibitions to contemporary art in Edinburgh.

Museum of the Year 2013 Finalists announced

2 April 2013

Ten museums and galleries have been chosen by the judges to compete for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year and the £10,000 Clore Award for Learning.

Ten country houses and gardens

1 April 2013

From gorgeous gardens to awesome architecture, we've hand-picked our favourite country houses for the perfect day out.

Your favourite couple in art?

11 February 2013

Love is in the air... or at least on the canvas. This Saint Valentine's Day we're celebrating some of our favourite romances in art.

Video: Bob and Roberta Smith at Leeds Art Gallery

25 January 2013

As part of our Art Fund Presents series, artist Bob and Roberta Smith shares his highlights of Leeds Art Gallery including works by Elizabeth Frink, Georgie Hopton and the artist's own site-specific commission for the gallery.

Your favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting

8 January 2013

As we say a fond farewell to the Tate Britain's blockbuster exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde we'd like to know which painting seduced you the most.

Interactive map: Light from the Middle East

12 November 2012

Explore highlights from the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography with our map of the region and listen to the curator introduce key artists.

Seven haunted highlights

25 October 2012

With Halloween looming, we've found something strange to see in your neighbourhood, from a paranormal puppy in Surrey to a murdered maid in the Midlands.

Five must-see contemporary shows

12 October 2012

To celebrate the opening of this year's Turner Prize, Britain's most controversial contemporary art event, we've chosen our favourite contemporary exhibitions across the country.

Six autumn art fairs

26 September 2012

Whether you're looking for an original work for your living room, or want to browse contemporary gems before they're snapped up, it's hard to beat the buzz of an art fair.

Video: Poussin's Extreme Unction

25 September 2012

Curator Jane Munro tells us why this stunning masterpiece is worth fighting for... and illuminates Poussin's foot fetish.

Poussin masterpiece comes to London

19 September 2012

Nicolas Poussin's Extreme Unction has gone on show at the National Gallery, London, as the fundraising campaign to keep it on public display gathers momentum.

Five autumn blockbusters

12 September 2012

Post-Olympic blues? Fear not! The autumn exhibition season is here, and we've picked our highlights from across the country.

Six science museums

29 August 2012

From interactive flight simulators to the world's most famous apple tree, we've picked six perfect days out for budding Brunels.

Seven sporting exhibitions

23 July 2012

On the brink of the Olympics, we've chosen our favourite seven sporting exhibitions across the UK.

Staging the World: ArtFunded objects

20 July 2012

More than ten of the 190 objects at the British Museum's blockbuster Shakespeare museum were bought with help from the Art Fund. Browse a gallery of our favourites...

Jonathan Marsden: Royal Celebration

1 June 2012

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Art Fund's Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, Art Quarterly spoke to Jonathan Marsden, who is Director of the Royal Collection as well as an Art Fund Trustee.

Six apps for art-lovers

28 May 2012

To celebrate the release of our Art Guide app for iPhone and Android we've chosen our favourite apps brought to you by museums and galleries...

Spotlight on... National Museum of Scotland

18 April 2012

A £47 million redevelopment project has launched the National Museum of Scotland into contention for the Art Fund Prize. We quizzed the reopened museum about burgers, Sean Connery and a flying hippo.

Video: Art Guide app

30 March 2012

Find great art wherever you are, whatever your interest, with the Art Fund's free Art Guide -- the UK's most comprehensive exhibition and museum listings app. Watch the video below to find out more!

Spotlight on: Holburne Museum

29 March 2012

We discuss charming collectors, goat's cheese and aging gracefully with Bath's newly-renovated museum.

Podcast: Riverside Museum

23 March 2012

Lawrence Fitzgerald, Project Director and Museum Manager at Art Fund Prize nominated Riverside Museum in Glasgow tells us of the more unusual items at the newly re-opened transport museum.

Royals Revealed: Kensington Palace reopens

21 March 2012

Kensington Palace reopens this spring with a brand-new set of displays that tell the stories of its famous residents. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, describes what's been going on behind the scenes...

Video: Jeremy Deller at the Hayward Gallery

8 March 2012

Contemporary artist Jeremy Deller discusses Joy in People, a retrospective exhibition at the Hayward Gallery bringing together almost all of his major works.

Spotlight on... Hepworth Wakefield

22 February 2012

The Hepworth Wakefield has capped an incredible first nine months with a place on the Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist. We caught up with the museum to find out what gets it up in the morning.

Ten must-see masterpieces

16 February 2012

You don't have to live in London to see fantastic art in Britain. From timeless masterpieces to lesser-known gems, you're never far from a painting to get your pulse racing.

Getting to know: Turner Contemporary

15 February 2012

Since opening in April last year Margate's Turner Contemporary has become one of Britain's most exciting art galleries. We've spent some time with the gallery to find out what makes it tick.

Getting to know... the Charles Dickens Museum

2 February 2012

This year is the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens, and nobody's celebrating more than the Charles Dickens Museum in London. We thought we'd find out a few of its secrets...

Video: Grayson Perry on Duchamp

2 February 2012

The always controversial Grayson Perry talks to art critic Richard Cork about Marcel Duchamp's sculpture, Fresh Widow.

Seven amazing antiquities

16 November 2011

Britain is home to a wealth of ancient artefacts, some left behind by the Romans and Saxons who once occupied the isles, others brought here by eager explorers and avaricious armies.

Top ten castles

7 October 2011

Whether in the Black Mountains of Wales or on the coasts of Cornwall, no buildings are closer to Britain's heart than its castles. Most were built as military fortresses but, like retired soldiers forced to find new careers, adopted new purposes in times of peace.

Ten military museums

23 August 2011

War - what is it good for? Judging by our top ten military museums, everything from fine art and poetry to comic books and toy soldiers.

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