The exhibitions you must see this November

Published 20 October 2021

The Design Museum investigates throwaway culture, Firstsite in Colchester welcomes an exhibition championing exciting emerging artists and Tate Britain travels back to the 18th century through the paintings of William Hogarth – these are the exhibitions to see with a National Art Pass this November.

Winter is coming – escape from the cold inside your favourite museum or gallery.

There are plenty of great shows to warm your toes this blockbuster season, as major exhibitions are opening all around the country. From the Pre-Raphaelite master of beauty Dante Gabriel Rossetti at the Holburne Museum to contemporary artist Tunji Adeniyi-Jones at Charleston, via 18th-century satirist William Hogarth and his European contemporaries at Tate Britain, you can explore all kinds of artists this November.

Plus, be sure not to miss The Making of Rodin at Tate Modern which closes on 21 November.

Remember, most of our must-sees are free or 50% off with a National Art Pass, and you can explore our full listings for more exhibitions near you.

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William Hogarth  Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête, 1743-45 © The National Gallery, London

Hogarth and Europe

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In the mid-18th century a radical group of fine artists working across Europe were redefining the concept of modernity in art. It was a time of extremes, as European cities were consumed by devastating poverty and overcrowding, while luxury continued to soar to new heights. This exhibition examines the ripples across the art world that reflected the wider state of life at the time, with a particular focus on the work of English painter William Hogarth. It features some of his most famous works alongside work by his contemporaries across the continent.


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021

Free to all
10% off

This annual travelling exhibition is all about championing early-career artists. It will make its first stop in Colchester at Firstsite, the winner of this year's Art Fund Museum of the Year prize, whose vibrant and inclusive space makes the perfect backdrop for the varied work of 75 emerging artists. Highlights include a giant embroidered glove by Lydia Pettit and depictions of Polish mythology on paper by Noemi Conan.


Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens

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Dive into a world of rivalry, treachery and espionage, as the British Library documents the royal rivalry between sisters Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Highlights of the exhibition include coded communication that reveals how Elizabeth used a whole network of spies to trap her rival, plus letters written by both queens that show the deterioration of their relationship.

Lucy McKenzie, May of Teck, 2010. Lucy McKenzie at Tate Liverpool 20 October 2021 – 27 March – 2022. © Lucy McKenzie. Image courtesy of the artist; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin/New York.

Lucy McKenzie

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Painting, fashion, window-dressing and illusionistic works are on display in this exhibition exploring the eclectic career of multimedia artist Lucy McKenzie. Eighty works made between 1997 and now span themes such as the representation of women, gender politics and iconography in sport, which crop up repeatedly in her kaleidoscopic practice.

Miniature gold figure of a llama, Peru, Inca, about 1500. Peru: A journey in time at the British Museum 11 November 2021 - 20 February 2022.

Peru: A journey in time

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Home to some of the highest altitudes and driest deserts on earth, Peru comes under the microscope at the British Museum with an exhibition featuring many special objects from the museum’s vast Inca collection. The displays move poignantly through place and time, exploring how indigenous people and the Inca Empire have had a profound effect on the country today. Striking photography and film footage sit alongside ancient ceramics, precious metals and ritual paraphernalia.


Tunji Adeniyi-Jones: Astral Reflections

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It’s two for the price of one at Charleston, as a ticket to this beautiful exhibition of work by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Astral Reflections, also grants you access to Duncan Grant: 1920. These two exhibitions demonstrate surprising parallels between two abstract artists working centuries apart. But the main focus of Astral Reflections is Adeniyi-Jones’ depictions of Black experience, using colour, shapes and patterns to evoke a sense of movement and travel, plus the influences that have shaped his work – three works by modern artist Ben Enwonwu, often considered one of the most influential African artists of the 20th century, are a highlight on display.

Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris), Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1868. Rossetti's Portraits at Holburne Museum 24 September 2021 - 9 January 2022.

Rossetti's Portraits

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti is best known as the founder of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood of young artists, who valued beauty and nature above all else. Among other things this exhibition focuses on Rossetti’s relationships to his muses, who played a major part in helping the artist define beauty in the Pre-Raphaelite era. Several well-known paintings such as Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris) (1868) feature alongside lesser-known works such as drawings of the artist’s wife Elizabeth Siddal, demonstrating his fascination with sensuality and femininity.


Waste Age: What can design do?

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Is design the answer to ending our throwaway culture? Explore how visionary designers are working towards a more sustainable, less wasteful way of making. The exhibition features work by the iconic fashion designer and environmentalist Stella McCartney, plus the emerging designers who are putting waste culture at the top of their creative agenda.

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788), ‘Cornard Wood, near Sudbury, Suffolk’, 1748, Oil on canvas.

Young Gainsborough: Rediscovered Landscape Drawings

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Twenty-five exquisite drawings have recently been reattributed to the well-known English landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough. The works are going on display alongside paintings and works on paper from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including masterpieces such as Cornard Wood (1748) from the National Gallery's collection – a painting which depicts an atmospheric woodland near Sudbury in Suffolk, the artist's birthplace.

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