We’ve all been missing culture over the past year or so, and whilst online exhibitions have somewhat kept us appeased, we’re very much looking forward to a return to the world of art and the inspiration and stimulation that comes from these creative spaces. However, there’s plenty of upcoming exhibitions to get excited about, and we’ve curated our favourites – around the country – here.
From historic art to unforgettable fashion, make time to visit these venues, ideal for when you fancy a change from beer gardens.
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Rooms
Known for encompassing polka dots across her work, this latest immersive experience by Yayoi Kusama is not one to be missed. The sense of familiarity and comfort from colour used is sure to inspire, called the Infinity Mirror Rooms. Frankly, we can’t wait.
Lee Miller Fashion in Wartime Britain, Farley’s House and Gallery
Open Sundays and Thursdays from 20th May – 8th August 2021
Combining the historic period of the Second World War as well as iconic fashion, Lee Miller’s photography will most likely be remembered by many. This latest exhibition showcases Miller’s photo catalogue from this time, featuring images which have appeared in Vogue almost 80 years ago, as well as some lesser known – but equally as eye-catching pictures.
Soul Journey to Truth, Home Manchester
17th May – 5th June
As part of The Ripples of Hope Festival which is taking part in the latter end of this year, the Soul Journey to Truth portrays the creative talent of people in prisons, secure settings and on probation in the North West. Curated by ‘Lady Unchained’, there’s over 135 pieces of art involved, as the exhibition aims to ‘share the fragile and powerful stories through art that would normally be missed’.
With visual art, music, and writing across the themes of self-reflection, nature, animals and a dedication to Black History, this thought-provoking event is one to spend time at.
Aliza Nisenbaum, Tate Liverpool
17th May – 5th September 2021
Commemorate the incredible hard work our NHS front line workers have done and learn more about their stories in this exhibition featuring the artwork of Aliza Nisenbaum. Inspired of the dedication of Liverpool’s key workers, the New Yorker ‘sat’ her subjects for portraits virtually, incorporating identifying factors of their lives as a whole.
The exhibition includes both group and individual portraits. Some of the subjects include a doctor who became a father in the first wave, and a student nurse from a family of nurses. It’s a heart-warming experience that allows you to truly see the people behind the pandemic.
The Art of Banksy, Earlham Street London
20th May, for a limited period
The Art of Banksy is perhaps one of the biggest upcoming exhibitions we’re most excited about. Including art donated by private sellers, it offers the opportunity to see original works by the mysterious artist in person, and has welcomed over 750,000 visitors from all over the world. It speaks for itself, frankly.
Matty Bovan, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
22nd-26th October 2021
Prefer something interactive when it comes to your art? Head to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for an immersive experience that opens a conversation about identity – and who exactly controls it in today’s world.
Visitors will wear a structural piece designed by Matty Bovan, and then be photographed wearing it (but you’re not allowed to take the image yourself). In a time where, on average, an image is regarded for around three seconds, participants are encouraged to interact with the clothing for up to ten minutes, to create a new definition of self image through sculpture, fashion and photography.
Barbara Hepworth, Art & Life, The Hepworth Wakefield
21 May 2021 – 22nd Feb 2022
This summer, Wakefield artist Barbara Hepworth is to be celebrated for the ten year anniversary of the eponymous gallery. Providing an in-depth view of the life, interest and legacy of the local artist, it’s the chance to see private collections that haven’t been shared since the 70’s, as well as iconic sculptures from the 40’s and 50’s that Hepworth is perhaps best known for.
As well as this, contemporary artists Tacita Dean and Veronica Adam will be creating new works, exploring themes and ideas that Barbara enjoyed.
Alice In Wonderland Curiouser & Curiouser, V&A London
Opens May 22nd 2021
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is beloved by all, and this immersive feast for the eyes is suitable for all ages. You can always count on the V&A to put on a premium exhibition, and from original illustrations to fashion inspired by the series, there’s plenty to evoke and inspire. Just don’t miss a trip to the gift shop to get some much-needed merchandise…
Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street, Design Museum London
Opens 18th May 2021
Sneakerhead? Embrace the expertise of trainers and see some rare designs all in one place. From the infamous Converse Chuck Taylors to the Asics Gel Lyte III, learn how these popular trainers have become cultural icons, learn about the technical background of some of today’s hottest takes, as well as the story behind the lucrative resale market.
Plus, look to the future of trainers (and how it’ll be much more sustainable) thanks to designers such as Stella McCartney, Alex Taylor and more.
Charles Mackie: Colour and Light, City Art Centre Edinburgh
If you’re into the classic historic Scottish artwork of Charles Mackie, take this rare opportunity to view the most comprehensive collection of his artwork to date. Bringing together over 50 artworks from private and public collections, the images draw inspiration from French Symbolism, Japanese Art, the Celtic Revival movement and the landscapes of his European travels.
Ad Minoliti, Baltic Gateshead
24th July 2021 – 8th May 2022
Ad Minoliti’s largest exhibition in Europe to date, this exhibition uses feminism and queer theory to generation a unique perception of painting, design, architecture and art history.
In particular, the exhibition is to be known as an ‘alien lounge’ – a space away from terrestrial existence, ‘where non-binary gender and a non-human centred approach to art and living is reality’. This will be re-imagined through the idea of landscape, namely scenery that goes beyond nature.
Words: Maria Loizou