British Travel Journal
WHAT WE'RE SEEING
06 JUNE-08 SEPTEMBER
Discover the breath-taking versatility of early 20th century Russian avant garde artist, Natalia Goncharova, who has her first UK retrospective at Tate Modern. Alongside her vivid paintings and lithographs of Russian life, discover her book designs, textiles and experimental costumes and set designs for Sergei Diaghilev's iconic Ballets Russes including The Firebird.
John Frederick Lewis
09 JULY-03 NOVEMBER
For an exotic tour of Cairo to Constantinople in the 19th century, head to the Watts Gallery in Compton village, Surrey which is showing the oils and watercolours of British Orientalist artist, John Frederick Lewis. His detailed vibrant images bring alive his heady lifestyle from busy bazaars to romantic gardens.
14 JUNE-10 NOVEMBER
With the 1980s en vogue, head to Tate Liverpool to immerse yourself in the decade.
For the dockside gallery is celebrating one of the era's poster boys, Keith Haring. Ahead of his time, he even put subway drawings on gallery walls. Alongside his cartoon-like works, his collaborations with Madonna, Grace Jones and other 80s icons are there too.
27 JUNE-15 SEPTEMBER
The National Portrait Gallery is hosting this summer's blockbuster - the UK's first retrospective of American artist, Cindy Sherman. Around 180 images of her manipulated selfies since the 1970s will be on display including her ground breaking Untitled Film Series, Centerfolds and others never seen before.
Edouard Vuillard: The Poetry Of The Everday
24 MAY-15 SEPTEMBER
Bath's Holburne Museum is drenched in colour this summer as 40 works by Post Impressionist, Edouard Vuillard are on show. These intimate scenes including his mother pinning her bun, two women chatting and a game of shuttlecock show how he turns the simplest activity into the most emotionally charged scene.
06 JULY-27 OCTOBER
The films of award winning British artist John Akomfrah take centre stage at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. The immersive multi-channel installations, celebrating black identity, includes his deep dive into the New Orleans jazz scene as well as his poetic interpretation of a 16th century Albrecht Dürer painting.
Ruskin, Turner And The Storm Cloud
12 JULY-05 OCTOBER
J.M.W. Turner's stormy landscapes arrive at Kendal's 18th century Abbot Hall Art Gallery in the Lake District, revealing a romantic view of British hotspots from the Kent Medway to Lancaster Sands. Alongside lesser known work of Victorian art critic, John Ruskin, on the 200th anniversary of his birth. The exhibition offers a fresh take on Turner's iconic works.
A Tea Journey: From The Mountains To The Table
06 JULY-22 SEPTEMBER
Afternoon tea is still chic – whether at The Ritz or The Berkeley. Now Compton Verney is exploring the cultural significance of this popular drink with an ambitious exhibition – from 7th to 10th century Tang dynasty tea vessels, a 2010 bamboo and paper Japanese tea house by Kazuhiro Yajima, to a model clipper and samples.
Queen Victoria's Palace
20 JULY-29 SEPTEMBER
Queen Victoria has barely disappeared from our TV screens. Now Buckingham Palace's summer exhibition reveals how the young monarch turned an unloved residence into today's royal headquarters. Amongst Royal Collection artefacts, tap your foot to a waltz danced at the Crimean Ball and marvel at the Ballroom's original decoration. rct.uk