MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
THE WORLD GALLERY, HORNIMAN MUSEUM, LONDON
Perhaps the most “woke” display in the UK, the new permanent gallery at south-east London’s Horniman displays recent acquisitions among old favourites – such as the Fiji Merman – in what’s best described as a postcolonial context. Not everything works and sometimes it feels like virtue signalling, but it does raise important questions over the provenance of certain objects and their right to be on display. The Horniman appears to have certain sensitive items, such as bronzes from Nigeria, but at least they are free for all to see.
OCEAN LINERS: SPEED & STYLE, V&A DUNDEE, SCOTLAND
Kengo Kuma’s spectacular new V&A building (below) looks like a spaceship touching down on the banks of the River Tay – so it is appropriate that its first exhibition celebrates the pinnacle of modern shipbuilding: the graceful age of ocean liners. The permanent collection of the new museum is a paean to the ingenuity of Scottish design, with a gallery devoted to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s tea room The Oak Room, and individual treasures including an evening dress by fashion designer Holly Fulton and a Cartier diamond tiara commissioned by the Duchess of Roxburghe. type. All of the museums are free and within walking distance of one another in the Old Town on the banks of the River Hull.
TURNER CONTEMPORARY, MARGATE, KENT
Turner rhapsodised Thanet’s skies as “the loveliest in all of Europe” – more than 100 of his works were inspired by the east Kent coast. The Turner Contemporary is more of a tangible presence, and was part of the revitalisation of Margate when it opened in 2011. This week it gears up for another blockbuster show: a series of giant abstracts by Patrick Heron. If nothing else, it will get younger ones thinking about modern art ahead of the Turner Prize, which the Contemporary hosts next year.
#REBELWOMEN TRAIL AND FAB, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON
Join the great and the good at the National Portrait Gallery, where rebellious women are celebrated this year to mark the centenary of female suffrage. Follow the trail of pioneering women, including Elizabeth I, Marie Stopes and Mary Seacole. Youngsters can also visit the Family Activity Base (FAB) during the holidays for inspiration for their own portraits – a pop-up gallery will display the results. An artist-led workshop is also planned for the annual Big Draw festival on Thursday.
Multiple venues daily; visithullandeastyorkshire.com Tues-Sun; turnercontemporary.org Oct 22-26; npg.org.uk/whatson FREE AND EASYWalking in the New Forest, main; Matt, Miles and Ava exploring the Horniman Museum, below