Friends First Look 2019: Exhibitions


As a thank you for your invaluable Friendship:

You have been granted exclusive access to our 2019 programme of Main and Upper Gallery exhibitions, ahead of general release. We strive to maintain an excellent and varied exhibitions programme year-round, and 2019 is no exception. Here's what you can expect:

In the Main Gallery:

Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers


Urania from the series Zabat, 1989, Maud Sulter © The Estate of Maud Sulter courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland

From the early innovations of Anna Atkins and Queen Alexandra, through to Dorothy Bohm’s depiction of 1960s London and the self-portraiture of Sarah Lucas in the 2000s, the exhibition will for the first time present an in depth historical survey showcasing the achievements of female photographers working in Britain. In collaboration with Fast Forward Women in Photography at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

30 January 2019 - 2 June 2019

Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture


Barbara Hepworth (1903 - 1975), Sculpture with Colour and Strings, 1939 - 1961 © Bowness

This exhibition will explore how artists have used line in both drawing and sculpture. Guest Curator Caroline Worthington (Director, Royal Society of Sculptors) will use twentieth century sculptures from The Ingram Collection placed alongside contemporary drawings from the Royal Society of Sculptors (RSS) members.

15 June 2019 - 25 August 2019

Burning Bright: The Scottish Colourists


La Châtelaine, c. 1930 JD Fergusson Courtesy of Perth Museum & Art Gallery

This new exhibition will bring together the significant works of Scottish Colourists S. J Peploe (1871 – 1935), J. D Fergusson (1874 – 1961), G. L Hunter (1877 – 1931) and F. C. B Cadell (1871 – 1935). The works will include paintings and drawings which represent all of the favoured subjects of the artists such as still-life, interior scenes, landscapes and portraiture.

7 September 2019 - 12 January 2020

In the Upper Gallery:

Cyril Mann: Painter of Light and Shadow


Cyril Mann (1911-1980) Finsbury Square, c. 1948 Oil on canvas © The Artist courtesy of Piano Nobile

Cyril Mann (1911-1980) spent his life painting the effects of colour, light and shadow. The result is a body of work including nudes, landscapes and still life. Prodigiously gifted yet constantly troubled, Cyril Mann remains an unsung hero of twentieth century British art. This exhibition is generously loaned by Piano Nobile.

12 January 2019 - 31 March 2019

The Ingram Collection: St Ives


Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) Untitled I (View of St Ives) 1943 Pen ink and watercolour on paper  Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust 2018 (002)

Using The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, the exhibition will explore the impact of the fishing town of St Ives in West Cornwall, which became a centre for modern and abstract developments in British art from the 1940s to the 1960s. This group show of works by artists from The St Ives School also marks 125 years since Ben Nicholson’s birth in 1894.

6 April 2019 - 23 June 2019

The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours


'Castle on the Hill', 38x56cms, Rosa Sepple © The Artist

This exhibition celebrates the very best of watercolour. Since its foundation in 1831, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) has promoted the essentially English art of watercolour. Formed to exhibit the best of progressive watercolours, the RI continues that policy by showing a diversity of styles and techniques, from traditional uses of the medium to the more experimental and innovative paintings. Works will be available to purchase.

13 July 2019 - 20 October 2019

The Ingram Collection and Outside In


Anonymous Adult Male, HMP Altcourse 'If only, it's just an impossible dream', 2014 Acrylic on Canvas © The Artist, Image courtesy of The Koestler Trust © Valentina Schiv

This exhibition will explore the differing approaches to making art from artists outside of the mainstream. It will include work from the Ingram and Outside In collections, private collections and Outside In artists. Chris Ingram, who developed the Ingram Collection, is interested in ways that art can be used to help people rebuild their self-confidence and sense of purpose in order to improve their lives. The Outside In Collection features work created by artists facing significant barriers to their inclusion in the art world.

26 October 2019 - 5 January 2020

Current exhibitions

Past exhibitions

Please note: some exhibition titles are subject to change.

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