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Art Exhibitions Across The UK To Check Out In 2023

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Looking for must-see art exhibitions in the UK? You’ve come to the right place. There are oodles of galleries spread across the country where you can find a fantastic array of artworks and designs. Here are the ones to look out for in 2023.

In Brief: What’s On Now?

  • Until 26 March: A Sense of Place at Watts Gallery
  • Until 6 May: Body Poetics at GIANT Gallery
  • Until 7 May: Two Worlds Entwined: Annie Morris and Idris Khan at Newlands House
  • Until 7 May: Rosalind Nashashibi: Hooks at Nottingham Contemporary
  • Until 8 May: The New Bend at Hauser & Wirth Somerset
  • Until 2 September 2024: Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Art Exhibitions Across The UK To Check Out In 2023

Guildford: A Sense of Place

Where? Watts Contemporary Gallery at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village

When? 19 January–26 March 2023

Young artists Grace Ellen and Tom Voyce join forces to showcase, through landscape paintings, how place can be evoked by and incorporated in art – from Surrey to Cornwall to the US. wattsgallery.org.uk

Bournemouth: GIANT Presents Body Poetics

Where? GIANT Gallery (The Square, Giant Bobby’s Building, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2 5LY)

When? 18 February–6 May 2023

This group exhibition presents nine feminist artists working at the 1970s and ‘80s advent of feminist theory alongside contemporary artists from a younger generation. Curated by Marcelle Joseph and Becca Pelly-Fry, Body Poetics is a feminist provocation across time and space that explores the outer limits of what a body can be, using the broadest sense of the word ‘feminist’ to include all female-identifying, non-binary and trans artists. giant.space

An image of the Two Worlds Entwined exhibition

(Image by Elizabeth Zeschin)

Petworth: Two Worlds Entwined: Annie Morris and Idris Khan

Where? Newlands House Gallery (Pound Street, Petworth GU28 0DX)

When? 11 February–7 May 2023

Placing the work of this artist couple side by side for the first time in the UK, Two Worlds Entwined showcases the career work of Annie Morris and Idris Khan in conversation, alongside new work inspired by the Sussex countryside. In the intimate surroundings of the historic Newlands House Gallery, expect sculptures, furniture and paintings. newlandshouse.gallery

Nottingham: Hooks

Where? Nottingham Contemporary (Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB)

When? 11 February–7 May 2023

Lush, fractured and dreamlike, the work of London-based artist Rosalind Nashashibi is presented in its largest exhibition to date at Nottingham Contemporary this spring. While Nashashibi’s attention has primarily been on showcases her films across the past two decades, in recent years she has returned her focus to painting, which she initially studied at art school in Sheffield. nottinghamcontemporary.org

le sirene, art by Myrlande Constant, part of The New Bend exhibition

Myrlande Constant, Le Sirene, 2003, Mixed Media, 87.6 x 91.4 cm / 34 ½ x 36 in. Image courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth © Myrlande Constant. Courtesy of Fort Gansevoort, New York.

Somerset: The New Bend

Where? Hauser & Wirth Somerset

When? 28 January–8 May 2023

Travelling from LA to Somerset, The New Bend will bring together 13 contemporary artists working in the raced, classed, and gendered traditions of quilting and textile practice. Curated by Legacy Russell, the exhibition pays homage to – and exists in dialogue with – the contributions of the Gee’s Bend Alabama quilters – Black American women in collective cooperation and creative economic production. hauserwirth.com

Wakefield: Damien Hirst

Where? Yorkshire Sculpture Park

When? Open now until 2 September 2024

Four of Damien Hirst’s major sculptures are on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 2024 as part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and Leeds Art Gallery. Wander the expansive grounds of Bretton Hall to see Charity (2002-2003), Myth (2010), The Hat Makes the Man (2004-2007) and The Virgin Mother (2005-2006). ysp.org.uk

In Brief: Art Exhibitions Coming Soon

  • 16 March–3 September: Oliver Frank Chanarin: A Perfect Sentence, Derby
  • 18 March–1 October 2023: Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth, Derbyshire
  • 30 September–7 Jan 2024: Coastal Communities and Climate Crisis, Penzance

Art Exhibitions Across The UK To Look Forward To

An image from Oliver Frank Chanarin's 'A Perfect Sentence' exhibition

Oliver Frank Chanarin, with Adam, 10 x 8 inches, c-type print, unique artist proof (#0192888727), 2023. Courtesy and © the artist. Commissioned and produced by Forma, in collaboration with eight UK organisations. Supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund.

Derby: A Perfect Sentence

Where? Museum of Making (Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF)

When? 16 March–3 September 2023

Commissioned and produced by Forma, Oliver Frank Chanarin’s A Perfect Sentence will arrive in Derby later this year, exploring the complexity of being seen and the anxiety of being overlooked in photographic encounters across Britain. Part of FORMAT23 – the UK’s  leading international photography biennial – and Chanarin’s first solo UK project, the exhibition will include public acquisitions and an accompanying publication by Loose Joints. derbymuseums.org

A modern bench at Chatsworth

Joris Laarman [Dutch, b. 1979], Maker Bench (Hexagon), 2018. Oak, walnut, 17 x 75 x 43.25 inches, 43 x 190 x 110 cm. Edition of 3. Joris Laarman, Maker Bench at Chatsworth, © Chatsworth House Trust.

Derbyshire: Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth

Where? Chatsworth House

When? 18 March–1 October 2023

A centre of creativity for generations, Chatsworth’s new exhibition, Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth, will collate contemporary work in direct relationship with the house’s historic design, considering architecture, interiors, furniture and ceramics, glass, stone, wood and light. Co-curated with writer, historian and curator, Glenn Adamson, artists and designers such as Joris Laarman, Chris Schanck and Andile Dyalvane will be showcased. chatsworth.org

Penzance: Coastal Communities and Climate Crisis [Working Title]

Where? Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance

When? 30 September 2023–7 January 2024

Through new commissions and recent work, this collaborative exhibition will raise awareness of the threat of rising sea levels and the acute danger facing coastal communities in the climate crisis. Connecting with the local community, Coastal Communities and Climate Crisis will promote direct action to tackle the environmental emergency. newlynartgallery.co.uk

Featured image by JULIO NERY via Pexels.