Art highlights 2015

Published 29 December 2014

We take a look at the top art events of the new year.

Venice Art Biennale ​

The art world gathers in Venice once again in May for the 46th edition of the biannual international art exhibition. The title chosen by this year's curator Okwui Enwezor is All the World’s Futures and Britain will be represented by former YBA Sarah Lucas, whose work the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz describes as '"in yer face" art - laddish, cocky and confrontational, frank and fearless'.

Year of Mexico

2015 has been designated the 'Year of Mexico in the UK', meaning there will be a host of exhibitions and events exploring the nation's culture and identity. Carlos Amorales will explore the use and limits of language at Turner Contemporary in Margate in March, while World Museum Liverpool turns its attention to Ancient Mexico with a display of more than 400 objects from Mayan sites.

Gallery openings

The fruition of a year-long project will be revealed this spring as seven new galleries containing 1,100 17th- and 18th-century objects open at the V&A. As well as restoring the original Aston Webb architecture, the project has involved regrouping artefacts to explore key themes – such as empire, religion, war, politics, leisure, craft, travel and trade. Meanwhile Whitworth in Manchester also reopens in 2015 after extensive renovation and expansion – kicking off with an exhibition of work by Cornelia Parker.

Museum of the Year

In July we'll be crowning the Museum of the Year 2015. The £100,000 prize recognises a museum or gallery in the UK that is judged to have best demonstrated excellence, innovation and imagination. It is the largest arts award in Britain and the biggest museum prize in the world. Find out which six make the short list in April.


2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, and the beginning of democracy in England. The British Library will show original pages of the landmark document, while there will also be a giant picnic at Runnymede on 15 June – the exact date and place where the 'Great Charter' was sealed. Also this year, exhibitions will commemorate 200 years since Napoleon's the Battle of Waterloo and the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death.

Find out about next year's exhibitions with our guide to what to see in 2015.

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