Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain

Two Temple Place

27 January – 22 April 2018

Marking 100 years since jazz first reached Britain, this exhibition explores the genre’s influence on art, design and society.

Co-operative Wholesale Society, Bar Shoes, 1920-25

Linking the music with art produced in response to it, Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz in Britain considers the reception of jazz as it entered the public consciousness after the First World War; how it brought audiences together and influenced changes in society; how new technology enabled its dissemination; and how cultural responses to jazz through practices like textiles and ceramics even brought its look and sound into the home.

Spanning painting, prints, cartoons, textiles, ceramics, moving film, instruments and, of course, audio, the exhibition draws on regional collections from across the UK including The National Jazz Archive, The Higgins Bedford, Leeds Art Gallery, Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Newark, and Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford.

Venue information

Opening times

Please note that Two Temple Place (including the shop and café) is only open during exhibitions. Visit the website for further details.

Open: 27th January – 22nd April 2018

Mon, Wed –​ Sat, 10am – 4.30pm (Wed until 9pm)

Sun and Bank holidays, 11am – 4.30pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)