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Must-visit Summer Exhibitions 2016

For this summer’s round-up of exhibitions to see, we’ve cherry picked a truly diverse range of exhibitions from around the UK. From sculpture parks in Yorkshire to theatre displays in London and Impressionism in Scotland; we are sure you’ll find an event that takes your fancy in our Summer round-up. Which exhibition will you be visiting?

1. The British Landscape Tradition: From Gainsborough to Nash

Where: Pallant House Gallery When: 11th May 2016 – 26th June 2016 Explore quintessential British scenery like never before in the latest exhibition at Pallant House. “A chance to encounter rarely-seen historic landscape drawings and watercolours from the Gallery’s permanent collection. The landscape tradition in Britain is charted through early works by Alexander Cozens, Thomas Gainsborough and John Sell Cotman through to 20th century landscapes by Paul Nash and Edward Bawden.” – Pallant House. More info here.


Where: Yorkshire Sculpture Park. When: Open air till December 16th This display presents the perfect opportunity to appreciate otherworldly sculpture in the great outdoors. “The historically designed landscape of YSP remains home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures by KAWS following the artist’s first UK museum exhibition of work, which closed at Longside Gallery on 12 June 2016.” – More info here.

3. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

Where: Royal Academy, London When: 13th June – 21st August 2016 If you want to discover the best of what the world of art and creativity has to offer right now then the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is for you. “Discover exciting new talent alongside established stars of the art world at the annual Summer Exhibition. With over 1,200 works showcasing everything from watercolour paintings to videos and photography there is something for everyone.” – Royal Academy. More info here.

4. Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

Where: Victoria & Albert Museum, London When: Until 31st August 2016 A must-visit for any theatre enthusiast, there are also pop-up performances and special screenings to enjoy. “Part of the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards, Curtain Up invites you to explore the extraordinary story of the world’s two greatest theatrical cities, London’s West End and New York’s Broadway.” – V&A. More info here.

5. Inspiring Impressionism | Daubigny | Monet | Van Gogh

Where: Scottish National Gallery When: 25th June – 2nd October If its classic artwork you’re looking for this exhibition brings together three of the greats and is definitely worth a visit. “This major exhibition is an ambitious display of masterpieces from the Impressionist era. Featuring over 100 pictures, from collections around the world, Inspiring Impressionism focuses on three key artists: Charles François Daubigny, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh. Through a series of fascinating and surprising juxtapositions, this landmark show highlights the interactions and mutual influence between these three artists.” – National More info here.

6. All Monsters Great and Small

Where: Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2SJ When: 7th March – 30th August 2016 If you’re heading to the gorgeous West Coast for your summer holiday, this is one exhibition that all of the family will love. “From the Sphinx to ‘Nessy’, monsters have played a part in human culture from the earliest civilizations to the present day. They continue to fascinate all ages and societies and abound in contemporary culture. The forthcoming exhibition will explore the psychology behind the invention of monsters, how they have changed over time and Cornwall’s very own particular beasts.” – More info here.

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