If you love art, you’re spoilt for choice in the UK right now. Because there are an abundance of exciting exhibitions up and down the land. With art spanning vast eras, styles and media, you’re bound to find something to capture your imagination
Here are just a few that we’ll be looking out for
House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth
Where: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
When: March 25th – Oct 22nd
We’ve been ticking the days off the calendar ever since we heard about this historic fashion experience. Curated by American Vogue’s international editor-at large, Hamish Bowles, it showcases 500 years of fashion – set in what’s arguably the most stylish stately home you can set foot in.
The striking lives of some incredible women will be brought to life through the clothes and accessories they wore, including exhibits from Dior and Gucci among many many others. If you like your style to have history, you’ll love this rare peek into luxury through the ages.
Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects
Where: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
When: March 4th – Sept 3rd
If you’re not familiar with extraordinary Liverpool-born sculptor Tony Cragg, now’s the time to get to know his work. His intuitive ability to turn everyday and discarded objects into art should inspire us all to reconsider how we make objects in our homes work.
At this exhibition you get to view much of his work with the dramatic backdrop of the Yorkshire landscape, with more in the indoor galleries too. In fact, with work from five decade of practise this is his biggest exhibition to date.
Where: The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester & Dunoon Burgh Hall, Argyll
When: Manchester – until April 16th & Dunoon March 26th – June 17th
Thanks to the Art Fund’s Artists Rooms on Tour programme, many key artworks can be enjoyed around the UK – including an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s pieces. And both exhibitions are totally free too!
If you’re into the Americana printmaking aesthetic, you might also enjoy The American Dream: Pop to the Present at The British Museum (March 9th – June 18th).
Disobedient Bodies: J W Anderson Curates The Hepworth
Where: The Hepworth, Wakefield
When: March 18th – June 18th
Fashion inspires interiors, but who inspires the fashion designers? For J W Anderson, modern art has been a long-standing passion and influence. Invited to curate at the award-winning Hepworth Gallery, he’s put together an exhibition exploring the human form. But that’s not all, because he’s also selected notable fashion pieces to display alongside them, encouraging dialogue around how they interact. So sculptures from artists including Sarah Lucas and Lynn Chadwick, are seen with pieces from designers including Issey Miyake and Jean Paul Gaultier.
More Not To Miss
For Italian classics you can’t get better than Michelangelo & Sebastiano at The National Gallery from March 15th – June 25th. Take a ‘fresco’ look at the relationship between these two masters of High Renaissance Rome.
Or for more up to date celeb culture, visit The Jewish Museum, London, as their iconic exhibition Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait returns from tour. (March 16th – Sept 24th)
And there’s still time to catch David Hockney at The Tate, London. It’s a rare chance to see a lifetime of work all in one place. Expect it to be busy – this has been their fastest-selling exhibition ever. And when it came to exploring the Hockney look in homes, Living Etc chose our Tom Foolery range to emulate his blocky bold colours. If you want more arty inspiration, you’ll find plenty more on our pinterest page.
Of course, when it comes to art, it’s all about being original. So keep an eye out for exhibitions and print fairs locally too. As well as a chance to find original, affordable art, you might just end up picking up a piece by the next Hockney…