Must-see Autumn exhibitions – Top 5 from around the UK

As the leaves turn a reddish brown, and the days begin to get colder, what better way to spend an afternoon than exploring the UK’s finest exhibits displaying some of the most impressive art from around the world.

Here are our top 5 exhibitions from around the UK during this Autumn season:

Must-see Autumn Exhibitions


Harry Potter: A History of Magic

British Library 20 October 2017 – 28 February 2018 https://www.bl.uk/events/harry-potter-a-history-of-magic

Concentrating on the British Library’s capability to unearth rare books, manuscripts and magical objects, the exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned and adored publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the opening book in JK Rowling’s universally popular series.


Bringing together centuries-old artefacts from the library archives, original drafts and drawings by Rowling herself and illustrator Jim Kay, the exhibition’s structure is inspired by the subjects that Harry, Hermione and Ron’s study at Hogwarts, from Herbology to Care of Magical Creatures. Extensive details of the exhibition will be kept secret to ensure maximum excitement for fans, however some of the pieces on display will include early printed books depicting the creatures that inspired characters like Fawkes the Phoenix, and the items that influenced the art of alchemy.


Presented in conjunction with Rowling’s publisher, Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the latest addition to the ever-growing Harry Potter universe, the ‘Wizarding World’.


Must-see Autumn Exhibitions


Spirit in the Mass: Bomberg’s Legacy

Pallant House Gallery 21 October 2017 – 4 February 2018

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Universally known as one of the most impactful and influential British painters of the 1900’s, at the time of his death in 1957 David Bomberg was a forgotten figure.


Spirit in the Mass: Bomberg’s Legacy celebrates the profound influence of David Bomberg on the various young artists he taught during his interval at the Borough Polytechnic from 1945-1953. Artists he taught included a range of established artists such as Dinora Mendelson, Dennis Creffield, Lilian Holt, Leslie Marr and Leon Kossoff.

Whilst some exhibited collectively as the Borough Group, others were influenced by his belief and teaching in capturing the pure essence of a particular subject, the term he coined to describe this was the ‘spirit of the mass’.

Must-see Autumn Exhibitions


Dalí / Duchamp Exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts 7 October 2017 – 3 January 2018 More information here

Working at the forefront of their respective fields – Dalí in Surrealism, and Duchamp now widely considered as the father of conceptual art – the pair enjoyed a long friendship, and their connection as well as their influence on each other is explored in this collection of around 60 works.


Dalí and Duchamp’s bond spanned much further than professional admiration, and this exhibition focuses on their personal and aesthetic commonalities. Both emanating a cutting humour and scepticism to their work, both committed themselves to challenging conventional ways of life as well as art.


The curators Dawn Ades, William Jeffett and Sarah Lea hope that, via the lens of this compelling friendship, attendees can gain a new perspective on two unorthodox minds, and perhaps even reassess their position in the history of art.

Must-see Autumn Exhibitions


Terry Pratchett: HisWorld

The Salisbury Museum 16 September 2017 – 13 January 2018 More information here

Terry Pratchett: HisWorld allows visitors to follow the author’s journey to becoming such a universally-loved figure, incorporating art by Pratchett himself, some of his prized possessions and over 40 original sketches and illustrations by Pratchett’s favourite artist, Paul Kidby.