Welcome in a new decade of gallery-going with visits to the many exhibitions and events happening at our partner museums and collections up and down the country. Art from popular perennials, as well as plenty of emerging talents, make for an exciting 2020 springtime line-up.

Featured regions:

Channel Islands

England: London

England: Midlands and East

England: North

England: South

Northern Ireland




Channel Islands


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 | Guernsey Museum

Until 22nd March 2020

Originally on display at the Natural History Museum, London, this touring exhibition of 100 award-winning photographs celebrates the abundance, majesty and vulnerability of life around the world.


England: London

Steve McQueen | Tate Modern

Until 11th May 2020

Major works spanning two decades of McQueen's career showcase his pioneering approaches to filmmaking and photography.


Dóra Maurer | Tate Modern

Until 5th July 2020

The largest UK exhibition of this Hungarian artist who was at the centre of a community of creatives that championed their own culture outside of the official socialist system.


Anne Hyde (1637–1671), Duchess of York, First Wife of James VII and II

Anne Hyde (1637–1671), Duchess of York, First Wife of James VII and II c.1661

Peter Lely (1618–1680)

National Galleries of Scotland

British Baroque: Power and Illusion | Tate Britain

Until 19th April 2020

Encounter a rich, sophisticated but often overlooked era of art history, with works from influential painters including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill.


Aubrey Beardsley | Tate Britain

4th March 2020 to 25th May 2020

The first exhibition dedicated to the draughtsman and illustrator at Tate since 1923, over 200 works show an undiminished power to shock and delight audiences.


Titian: Love, Desire, Death | The National Gallery

16th March 2020 to 14th June 2020

Discover Titian's remarkable talent as both artist and storyteller, through his sensuous interpretations of Classical myths of love, temptation, and punishment.


A Woman scraping Parsnips, with a Child standing by her

A Woman scraping Parsnips, with a Child standing by her 1655

Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693)

The National Gallery, London

Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age | The National Gallery

22nd February 2020 to 31st May 2020

Get a glimpse into illicit goings-on in servants' quarters and the upper echelons of high society, through the Dutch artist who captured life upstairs and downstairs.


Picasso and Paper | Royal Academy of Arts

Until 13th April 2020

See how Picasso experimented with everything from newsprint and napkins to decorative wallpaper in his compulsion to invent and innovate.


Léon Spilliaert | Royal Academy of Arts

Until 25th May 2020

The Belgian symbolist artist is represented through some 80 works on paper, highlighting his brilliance for creating unsettling dreamlike scenes.


The Old Maids

The Old Maids 1947

Leonora Carrington (1917–2011)

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

British Surrealism | Dulwich Picture Gallery

Until 17th May 2020

This major exhibition marks 100 years since the birth of surrealism, championing the British artists that contributed to the movement, including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash.


Cars: Accelerating the Modern World | Victoria and Albert Museum

Until 19th April 2020

Find out how the car has been a driving force behind design through a diverse collection of products, fashion, graphics, photography and film.


Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Until 15th March 2020

An exhibition marking 30 years of the Shirley Sherwood Collection, with artworks featuring endangered plants and newly discovered species drawn from across the globe.


Kehinde Wiley: The Yellow Wallpaper | William Morris Gallery

Until 25th May 2020

New portraits of women that the artist met on the streets of Dalston offer a visual response to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's acclaimed 1892 feminist text, 'The Yellow Wallpaper'.


The March of the Guards to Finchley

The March of the Guards to Finchley 1749–1750

William Hogarth (1697–1764)

Foundling Museum

Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media | The Foundling Museum

Until 26th April 2020

Exploring representations of the pregnant female body throughout 500 years of portraiture, with works from artists including Jenny Saville, Marc Quinn, Lucian Freud, and William Hogarth.


Exquisite Patterns: Japanese Textile Design | British Library

Until 17th May 2020

Superb images reproduced from Japanese pattern books show off beautiful designs produced for kimono merchants and lavish commercial publications.


David Hockney: Drawing from Life | National Portrait Gallery

27th February 2020 to 28th June 2020

Focussing on self-portraits and depictions of a small group of sitters close to the artist, this display traces Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present.


Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things | National Portrait Gallery

12th March 2020 to 7th June 2020

Bask in the glitz and glamour of the 1920s and 1930s, as seen through the eye of the renowned British photographer.


England: Midlands and East


Webster and Horsfall: 300 Years of Innovation | Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Until 4th October 2020

Archive materials and watercolours by Arthur Lockwood tell the story of the family business responsible for manufacturing the wire for the first successful transatlantic cable in 1866.


Cézanne and the Modern French Print | The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Until 7th June 2020

An exciting new lithograph loan, Les baigneurs, petite planche, is the centrepiece of an exploration of a pivotal point in French avant-garde art.


The Child and the Doll

The Child and the Doll before 1679

Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685)

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Maternal Bonds: Images of Motherhood | The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Until 24th May 2020

Prints and drawings spanning five centuries show how the relationship between mother and child has been an enduring inspiration to artists such as Käthe Kollwitz and Adriaen van Ostade.


20 for 2020 | The New Art Gallery Walsall

Until 5th July 2020

A score of contemporary artists from the gallery's collections have been selected by Director Stephen Snoddy, one to represent each year of the first 20 years of The New Art Gallery Walsall.



A Bundle of Asparagus

A Bundle of Asparagus 1703

Adriaen Coorte (c.1660–after 1707)

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500–1800 | The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 26th April 2020

A multi-sensory exhibition serving up hidden and newly conserved treasures, plus historical reconstructions of a Jacobean sugar banquet and a Georgian confectioner's workshop.


Sharpening Perceptions: How to Copy a Masterpiece | The Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 17th May 2020

Compare paintings in The Fitzwilliam Museum collection with copies made by students at the Hamilton Kerr Institute as part of their training to become painting conservators.



Dissent & Displacement: A Modern Story | New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Until 19th April 2020

Drawing inspiration from the museum's German Expressionist collections and the artist's refugee heritage, printmaker Monica Petzal tackles themes of opposition, persecution and persistence.


Unlocked 2 | New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

7th March 2020 to 26th April 2020

A split-site exhibition at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery and Soft Touch Arts that looks at prison life, created by men serving sentences at HMP Leicester and HMP Stocken.



Laura Wilson: Deepening | Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Until 29th March 2020

A film work exploring the landscape of Must Farm, near Peterborough, a well-preserved Bronze Age settlement often referred to as the UK's Pompeii.


England: North


Linda McCartney Retrospective | Walker Art Gallery

25th April 2020 to 31st August 2020

A major exhibition of Linda McCartney's photography with more than 200 iconic images, from the music scene of the 1960s to family life with Paul.


Matisse: Drawing with Scissors | Lady Lever Art Gallery

Until 15th March 2020

Featuring 35 posthumous prints of the famous cut-outs that the artist produced in the last four years of his life.


Drawing on Nature: Taki Katei's Japan | World Museum

Until 13th April 2020

An astonishing collection of artworks by celebrated master Taki Katei, who captured Japanese life and landscapes during the late Tokugawa period and Meiji era.



Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art | The Whitworth

Until 14th June 2020

This exhibition brings together the work of six artists responding to The Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection (MKOAC), housed at The Whitworth.


Utopias | The Whitworth

Until 27th September 2020

The Whitworth Young Contemporaries group use the collection to reveal what utopian-thinking looks like for young people today.


Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here | Manchester Art Gallery

27th March 2020 to 23rd August 2020

Collating five decades of the artist's work exploring social themes and urban issues, from her earliest performances, objects, and photographs in the 1970s to her latest video installations.



Queer 1992

Derek Jarman (1942–1994)

Manchester Art Gallery

Derek Jarman: Protest! | Manchester Art Gallery

2nd April 2020 to 31st August 2020

A major retrospective of one of the most influential figures in twentieth-century British culture, this exhibition focuses on Jarman's practice as a painter, filmmaker, writer, set-designer, and political activist.



Invisible Wounds: Landscape and Memory in Photography | Graves Gallery

5th March 2020 to 20th June 2020

Photographs by Chloe Dewe Mathews, Simon Norfolk, Zineb Sedira and more, depict how devastating acts can continue to haunt the landscapes in which they took place.


Loved&Lost | Weston Park Museum

Until 19th April 2020

Created by photographer Simon Bray after the death of his father, this project invites people to find a family photograph, then return to the location to re-create it and record a conservation about the experience.




Skyhooks 1995

Brian Fell (b.1952)

Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, Greater Manchester

Brian Fell: Steelworks | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

14th March 2020 to 31st May 2020

See collages and constructions in steel, card and wire that reveal an artist who thinks by making, and is inspired by engineering, architecture, nature and music.


Seated Man II

Seated Man II 1986

Elisabeth Frink (1930–1993)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 | Yorkshire Sculpture Park

4th April 2020 to 14th June 2020

This major Arts Council Collection survey exhibition challenges the male-dominated view of post-war British sculpture, representing artists such as Rana Begum, Lygia Clark, Elisabeth Frink, and Rachel Whiteread.


Falling Warrior

Falling Warrior (edition of ten plus one artist's copy) 1956/1957

Henry Moore (1898–1986)

Kirklees Museums and Galleries

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore | The Hepworth Wakefield

Until 31st May 2020

This pairing of the famed photographer alongside the great sculptor looks at their shared interests in the themes of labour, society, industry, landscape and the human body.



Harland Miller: York, So Good They Named It Once | York Art Gallery

Until 31st May 2020

New and existing works represent the artist's relationship to York, the city in which he grew up, as well as making wider references to the culture and geography of Yorkshire.


England: South


Anita Corbin: 100 First Women Portraits | Brighton Museum

Until 7th June 2020

Anita Corbin has photographed 100 pioneering women of the twenty-first century, spanning an impressive record of achievement, from beatboxing to bomb detection.


Families of Artists: Scott & Earp | Brighton Museum

Until 3rd May 2020

See watercolours and prints by five generations of the Scott and Earp families, both founder members of the Brighton Art Society.



Hinamatsuri: Japanese Dolls Festival | Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Until 5th April 2020

Gain insight into Japanese court affairs through two exquisite doll sets marking 'Hinamatsuri', which is celebrated on 3rd March and when girls traditionally set up dolls representing the wedding of an emperor.



Fifteen-Inch Gun Turret, HMS 'Repulse'

Fifteen-Inch Gun Turret, HMS 'Repulse' 1941

Barnett Freedman (1901–1958)

The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art

Barnett Freedman: Designs for Modern Britain | Pallant House Gallery

14th March 2020 to 14th June 2020

From book jackets to beer adverts, see why the outstanding and prolific artist was one of the most sought-after commercial designers of the mid-twentieth century.


A Life in Art: The Muriel Wilson Bequest | Pallant House Gallery

Until 7th June 2020

Discover prized works from the curator and collector Muriel Wilson, an early supporter of artists including Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi and Nigel Henderson.



Patricia Preece

Patricia Preece 1933

Stanley Spencer (1891–1959)

Southampton City Art Gallery

Love, Art, Loss: The Wives of Stanley Spencer | Stanley Spencer Gallery

26th March 2020 to 1st November 2020

This exhibition explores how Spencer's paintings convey the joys, sorrows and complexities of his relationships with his two wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece.



Lawrence Abu Hamdan: This whole time there were no landmines | Towner

6th March 2020 to 31 May 2020

An eight-monitor installation using collected video footage from 2011 to document a 'shouting valley' that lies in the contested area of the Golan Heights, Syria.


Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works | Towner

Until 31st May 2020

Tracing the parallel paths of two key post-war painters, and their shared preoccupations with passion, love, sex and poetry.



Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man c.1630

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669)

Walker Art Gallery

Young Rembrandt | Ashmolean Museum

27th February 2020 to 7th June 2020

Beginning with his earliest known paintings, prints and drawings made in the mid-1620s, witness the meteoric rise of Rembrandt.


Mediterranean Threads | Ashmolean Museum

4th April 2020 to 20th September 2020

Incredible imagination and technical prowess can be found in these highlights from the collection's eighteenth and nineteenth-century Greek embroideries.



Birds and Ferns

Birds and Ferns

John Hitchens (b.1940)

Imperial Health Charity Art Collection

John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape | Southampton City Art Gallery

13th March 2020 to 27th June 2020

Created over a period of more than five decades, this exhibition follows the artist's journey from early descriptive paintings to increasingly abstract ways of interpreting landscape.


St Ives

Haegue Yang | Tate St Ives

23rd May 2020 to 11th October 2020

A major display of existing and new work by the South Korean artist renowned for using industrial and everyday materials and craft-based procedures to create creature-like sculptures.


Northern Ireland


Bruised Bust

Bruised Bust

Ursula Burke (b.1974)

National Museums NI

Ursula Burke: A False Dawn | Ulster Museum

Until 31st May 2020

Working in porcelain sculpture, embroidery and drawing, much of Ursula Burke's art practice deals with issues of representation and identity, in both social and political spheres.


Capturing Ecology: Hidden Worlds | Ulster Museum

Until 22nd March 2020

See the winners of the British Ecological Society's photographic competition in this immersive exhibition, where spectacular images are paired with the sounds and smells of nature.


Fire in the Middle: Miguel Martin | Naughton Gallery at Queen's University Belfast

Until 22nd March 2020

Miguel Martin creates an installation of moving image, photographic, and sculptural works that meld together autobiographical elements with science fiction and mapmaking.




The Bill Gibb Line | Aberdeen Art Gallery

22nd February 2020 to 24th May 2020

Writer and performer Shane Strachan has collaborated with Fashion and Textile Design students at Gray's School of Art to explore the life and work of Aberdeenshire-born international fashion designer Bill Gibb.


Haroon Mirza: Waves and Forms | Aberdeen Art Gallery

21st March 2020 to 7th June 2020

The first major solo show of Haroon Mirza's work in Scotland highlights the artist's ongoing exploration of waveforms and interest in disciplines including physics, shamanism and artificial intelligence.



The Declaration of Arbroath | National Museum of Scotland

27th March 2020 to 26th April 2020

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath the famous document goes on public display for the first time in 15 years.


Legacies of Empire | National Museum of Scotland

3rd April 2020 to 28th February 2021

An exhibition telling the stories behind objects derived from British military campaigns in Africa and India which are held by national and military museums in the UK.


Sinbad Fights the Skeleton

Sinbad Fights the Skeleton 1957

Ray Harryhausen (1920–2013)

The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema | Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

23rd May 2020 to 25th October 2020

Famed for films such as Jason and the Argonauts, the special effects superstar is celebrated in the largest and widest-ranging exhibition of his work ever seen.


Scotland's Photograph Album: The MacKinnon Collection | Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Until 13th April 2020

An unparalleled chronical of Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through to the 1940s, acquired and shared by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.



Hal Fischer: Gay Semiotics and other works | Gallery of Modern Art

Until 30th May 2020

A display of photographic works by the American artist, who documented the gay male culture of San Francisco in the late 1970s.


Paysage mysterieux

Paysage mysterieux 1947–1948

William Gear (1915–1997)

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

A Curator's Choice | Hunterian Art Gallery

6th March 2020 to 23rd June 2020

Recently retired Hunterian curator Dr Peter Black picks out works by major artists, past and present, including Peter Paul Rubens, Alison Watt, Victoria Burge, Lucian Freud, and William Gear.


Exploration: From Deep Time to Outer Space | Hunterian Art Gallery

Until 15th March 2020

Discover the fruits of fascinating field investigations and expeditions made throughout history by the University of Glasgow's staff, students and their associates.




The Literary World of Paul Peter Piech | The National Library of Wales

Until 23rd January 2021

See how the graphic artist and printmaker contributed to visual art in Wales while working with writers.


Another Line to Follow | Aberystwyth University School of Art Gallery

2nd March 2020 to 1st May 2020

Celebrating the ongoing friendship and collaboration between artists with a shared interested in abstraction and who are connected to Aberystwyth University, having met while teaching or studying.



Becoming Richard Burton | National Museum Cardiff

4th April 2020 to 6th September 2020

Featuring Burton's diaries, papers and personal objects, follow the remarkable story of how a boy from Pontrhydyfen and Taibach, Port Talbot, became the international star of stage and screen.


The Goose Girl at Gruchy

The Goose Girl at Gruchy 1854–1856

Jean-François Millet (1814–1875)

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

The Rules of Art? | National Museum Cardiff

16th May 2020 to 6th September 2020

Five hundred years of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and ceramic come together to pose questions about representation, identity and culture.



Cartŵn Cymru | National Waterfront Museum

Until 22nd March 2020

Learn about some of the processes and see the amazing artworks produced by Welsh cartoon company Cartŵn Cymru.

Alec Mackenzie, Project Officer at Art UK