Where to start with your Student Art Pass

Published 12 September 2019

Your Student Art Pass is your key to a world of inspiration. You don't need to be an expert – whatever you're interested in, from climate science to contemporary art, there's a museum or gallery out there you’ll love.

To help get you started with your shiny new Student Art Pass, we've selected a few key exhibitions to see over the next few months, along with museums and galleries where you can delve deeper into the subjects that matter to you.

All offer great benefits with your pass – from free or 50% off entry, to discounts in shops and cafés.

And remember, you can find full listings of all the great savings you can make with your pass in our What's On guide.

What to see if you're interested in...

Science and nature

Learn more about our galactic neighbours with these exhibitions about the sun and moon.

The Sun (Science and Industry Museum, Manchester) tells the incredible story of our closest star and even features an indoor beach, while The Moon (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich) boasts objects from NASA’s Apollo 11 space mission 50 years ago.

Meanwhile at Tate Modern, see how Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson draws on organic materials to confront the urgent issue of climate change.

For year-round exhibitions exploring the planet and our place on it, you can enjoy 50% off paid-for shows at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum with your Student Art Pass.

The Moon exhibition, National Maritime Museum, London, © Andy Smith

Technology and the future

Find out what it would be like to live on the Red Planet in Moving to Mars at the Design Museum, and discover how robots are changing the face of our own planet in Hello, Robot at V&A Dundee.

If technology is your thing then Bletchley Park, the home of the Second World War codebreakers, is a vintage must, while the Barbican is well-known for exhibitions that explore the impact of digital technology on art (and the other way around).

Still life wall panel fresco showing a rabbit nibbling at figs, AD 40–79, Pompeii, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Part of the exhibition Last Supper in Pompeii

History

If ‘the legend of Troy’ gives you nightmarish flashbacks to school history lessons, see the story brought much more vividly to life at the British Museum with Troy: Myth and Reality, an exhibition that’ll trample all over your memories (in a good way).

Meanwhile at the Ashmolean in Oxford, you can journey back to a land frozen in time, as Last Supper in Pompeii explores what the Italian city would have been like when it was heaving with people all living their best lives – before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

And if you’re in Cardiff, a short ride out from the city you’ll find St Fagans National Museum of History, which scooped the big Art Fund Museum of the Year prize this year for the radical ways it relates Wales’ past.

Tseng Kwong Chi, Keith Haring in subway car (New York), c1983. Photo © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc. Art © Keith Haring Foundation

Identity

If you’ve just missed the brilliant Kiss My Genders exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, pair a trip to the seaside with a visit to Queer Looks at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. It’s a fascinating display of outfits and oral histories looking at how people have interrogated and constructed their identities through dress.

In Liverpool you can explore the vibrant work of artist and AIDS activist Keith Haring, whose awareness-raising graffiti-inspired art was an integral part of the 1980s New York scene.

Elsewhere, look out for special tours spotlighting queer stories in Cambridge University’s collections. The Bridging Binaries tours run across the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of Classical Archaeology, the Museum of Zoology and the Polar Museum.

Karen Elson, Sgaire Wood & James Crewe. Fashion: The Row, Saint Laurent by Anthony Vacarello, Daniela Geraci, Sarah Bruylant hat, Molly Goddard. London, 2018, © Tim Walker Studio. Part of the exhibition Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Fashion

From Moncler to McQueen, lose yourself in the fantastical worlds of fashion photographer Tim Walker at the V&A – or step back to the sleek 1920s through An English Lady’s Wardrobe at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

For your year-round fabric fix, the Fashion and Textile Museum in London always has an exciting programme of changing exhibitions, while Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh offers a fascinating insight into weaving and textile production (some of Grayson Perry’s beaut tapestries are there until November).

Tai Shani, DC Semiramis, 2018, Glasgow. Courtesy the artist, photo Keith Hunter

Cutting-edge art

If you're in Kent, make sure you catch the annual Turner Prize exhibition, this year located at Turner Contemporary in Margate and featuring artist Tai Shani, whose ongoing project Dark Continent imagines a city of women populated by fantastical characters, alongside work by fellow finalists Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Oscar Murillo.

And don’t miss a major exhibition of work by Nam June Paik, one of the first artists to embrace TV and video art in their work, at Tate Modern.

More of our favourite spaces for pioneering, up-to-the-minute art around the UK include Nottingham Contemporary, the ICA, BALTIC and the Whitechapel Art Gallery – all offering great benefits with your Student Art Pass.

How’s that for starters?


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