With winter in full swing, we are looking forward to getting out and about and seeing some incredible art exhibitions. Whether you are just getting back to going out to galleries or you want to carry on from seeing amazing art in the autumn, we have collected five of the exhibitions you won’t want to miss. Read on to start making your list!
Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the V&A
From 12th February 2022 until 25th September 2022
Did you enjoy the stories of Beatrix Potter growing up? This is an exhibition for the whole family, and it is sure to bring out the cosy, gentle feeling of childhood. It celebrates the life and times of Beatrix Potter and has been created with the National Trust to show off some of her most beautiful works. From her delicately enchanting original watercolours to the familiar drawings and sketches we all know and love, and even some manuscripts of her stories, there is so much to see. If you remember Tom Kitten, Peter Rabbit and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle with great affection, then this is the perfect exhibition for you.
Reflections: The light and life of John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936) at City Art Centre, Edinburgh
From 6th November 2021 until 20th March 2022
Head north of the border to bonny Edinburgh to discover this first ever retrospective of the work of John Henry Lorimer. Lorimer was an ambitious and intricately talented artist who sought to document Edwardian life in beautiful detail. This exhibition will lead you through his works via the themes of identity, family, light, home and femininity. These works have been taken from collections both public and private, so this is the first time that many of them are on display to the public at large. There is plenty to explore here, and each painting is infused with Lorimer’s trademark use of light. A masterclass for aspiring painters and a treat for committed art lovers!
Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather at Tate St Ives
16th October 2021 until 16th January 2022
We would definitely suggest that you wander down south to the beautiful Tate St Ives in Cornwall to see this glorious exhibition by Petrit Halilaj. Halilaj jumps off from his own experiences to embark on a moving exploration of heritage, identity, memory and history, among other complex and challenging themes. This is his first solo exhibition in England, and it is well worth the visit.
His installation “Very volcanic over this green feather” has been inspired by his own art as a child, which he created while in Albanian refugee camps, while the large landscapes are sure to give you plenty of food for thought. Halilaj does not shy away from the subjects of war and trauma, so take advantage of the opportunity to see a perspective not usually shown in the art world.
Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child at the Hayward Gallery, London
From 9th February 2022 until 15th May 2022
You may not be familiar with the works of Louise Bourgeois, but now is your opportunity to rectify that. Growing up in Paris, Bourgeois went from artistically inclined young woman to one of the most incredible and brilliant artists working in modern art. Passionate about contemporary art, her career spanned eight amazing decades, and here you can see evidence of her work with fabrics. While best known for larger sculptures, her textile work is a reflection of her early nineteenth century childhood heavily influenced by growing up in the world of tapestry-making. This show gives you a real insight into this unique art form, and includes larger pieces as well as smaller scale pieces. You will be inspired to go and find more installations dedicated to Bourgeois after spending some time with her stunning works. Clear a good chunk of time to really appreciate her artistry. And just a few minutes stroll from out South Bank Artists Studios. Why not combine a visit to the exhibition with a viewing of our studios?
Van Gogh Alive at The Piazza MediaCityUK, Salford
From October 22nd 2021 until January 23rd 2022
If you happen to be up north, then make time to see this unusual installation. While not an art exhibition in the traditional sense, it is an immersive experience that you won’t want to miss out on. Find Van Gogh Alive in Salford’s MediaCityUK and discover more about the Dutch painter than you ever knew before. You can enjoy the projected artworks you know, and some you are perhaps less familiar with - including gorgeous sunflowers that might make you feel brighter in the depths of winter. It is perfect for taking the family to, or go with other art-loving friends and soak in this unusual multi-media marvel that is traveling the world.
Did you find an art exhibition that you consider a must-see? Make it part of your winter plans and enjoy coming in from the cold to enjoy some stunning art.
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Aspire Via Studios is a unique arts charity focused on education, advancement of the arts and relief of poverty. We source, manage and make available a portfolio of artists studios. We work with progressive landlords who understand the value of art in the community. And we use our activities to support the next generation of artists and environmental causes both of which are close to our heart.