Where To See (And What to Do)

Art on the Underground

Art on the Underground is a pioneer in commissioning contemporary artworks that enrich the journeys of millions on the Tube every day. From large-scale commissions at Gloucester Road station to the pocket Tube map cover commissions, Art on the Underground has gathered a roll-call of the best artists over 15 years. Numerous artists, designers and craftspeople have been in every aspect of the Underground’s architecture, poster design, train livery and upholstery as well as its site specific art commissions in stations.

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The Shetland Gallery

The Shetland Gallery was established in 2012 and is the most northerly art gallery in the British Isles. The gallery showcases the best of contemporary Shetland art and high-end crafts and supports outstanding young talent,  exploring ways to unearth the future artists of Shetland.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is a leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture situated in the 500-acre, 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe. It is the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore, and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell.

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Kettle’s Yard

Between 1957 and 1973 Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim and Helen Ede. Thanks to his friendships with artists and other like-minded people, over the years the Edes gathered a remarkable collection.  In 1966 the House and its contents were given to the University of Cambridge. In 1970, the house was extended, and an exhibition gallery added.  In February 2018 Kettle’s Yard reopened after a major redevelopment project which included an education wing and new and improved exhibition galleries.

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Freud Museum

The Freud Museum was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna Freud, a pioneering child psychoanalyst. The Freud family came to England as refugees, having escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in March 1938. Freud spent the last year of his life here, and died in his study at Maresfield Gardens. The house remained the family home until Anna’s death in 1982. Anna bequeathed the house to become a museum which opened  to the public in 1986.

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Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth was founded in 1992 in Zurich by Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser, who were joined in 2000 by Partner and President Marc Payot.  Hauser & Wirth has expanded  includes outposts in Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad and St. Moritz. The gallery recently announced a new London location which will be flagship space in Mayfair, complementing their existing Savile Row location.

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National Museums Northern Ireland

National Museums Northern Ireland’s art collections include fine and applied art of national and international significance. National Museums NI hold more than 15,000 historical and contemporary artworks and includes painting, sculpture, works on paper, glass, ceramics, silver and metalwork, jewellery, furniture, costume, and textiles.

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National Museum Cardiff

Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. The art collection at National Museum Cardiff is one of Europe’s finest.  Displays cover five hundred years of paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist art.

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson as a shrine for Scotland’s heroes and heroines. It opened to the public in 1889 as the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery. Displays at the Gallery explore different aspects of the story of Scotland and her people, told through a wealth of imagery including portraits of famous historical figures  through to more recent pioneers in science, sport and the arts.

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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is home to Scotland’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art. It comprises two galleries, Modern One and Modern Two. Modern One is housed in a neoclassical building, which was designed by William Burn in 1825. Modern Two was originally built in 1833 and in 1999 it was converted into a Gallery.

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Scottish National Gallery

The Scottish National Gallery displays some of the greatest art in the world, including masterpieces by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer, van Dyck, Tiepolo, Landseer, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and Angelica Kauffmann amongst many others. The most comprehensive part of the collection covers the history of Scottish painting – including Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie.

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Tate Modern

In December 1992 the Tate Trustees announced their intention to create a separate gallery for international modern and contemporary art in London. The former Bankside Power Station was selected as the new gallery site in 1994 and opened in May 2000. In 2009 Tate embarked on a major project to develop Tate Modern. Tate Modern is one of the four Tate galleries.

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Tate St Ives

Tate had formed a close link with St Ives when it took over the management of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in 1980. By the middle of the decade it was decided a gallery should be built in St Ives and in 988, a building was chosen on the site of a former gasworks overlooking Porthmeor Beach. The Tate Gallery, St Ives opened in June 1993 and a project to refurbish and extend Tate St Ives was completed in summer 2017. Tate St Ives is one of the four Tate galleries.

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Tate Liverpool

In the 1980s Alan Bowness, then director of Tate, decided to create a ‘Tate of the North’, as the project became known. The new Tate Gallery at Liverpool opened to the public in May 1988. More than 600,000 visitors a year visit Tate Liverpool, cementing its position as a venue for major European exhibitions of modern art. Tate Liverpool is one of the four Tate galleries.

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Tate Britain

In 1892 the site of a former prison, the Millbank Penitentiary, was chosen for the new National Gallery of British Art, which would be under the Directorship of the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. In 1932, the gallery officially adopted the name Tate Gallery and became wholly independent from the National Gallery in 1955. Tate Britain is one of the four Tate galleries.

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V&A at Design Society, Shekou

In December 2017, Design Society opened in Shenzhen’s Shekou district in southern China. The V&A partnered with China Merchants Shekou Holdings to open this new cultural hub dedicated to design, that features the V&A’s first international gallery, alongside several other exhibitions and cultural spaces. The collaboration is the latest and most ambitious initiative to result from the V&A’s long-standing relationship with China.

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V&A Dundee

The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design. V&A Dundee was designed by renowned award-winning Japanese architects Kengo Kuma & Associates, following an international competition, and is Kuma’s first building in the UK.

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The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

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Our Gallery & Exhibitions Guide

Museums and galleries are important places for us to see and experience art, and in doing so they help us understand more about ourselves, the world around us and our place within it. Great collections and exhibitions do more than that though. They also allow us to understand more about other people, other ideas, other times, and other places. They help us think about art, how it is made and what it means. These questions help us understand the who, where, when, how and what of art, but also the why and for whom.
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