Britain’s medieval church buildings are the nation’s oldest artwork galleries, the place peasant and lord alike as soon as contemplated the newest depictions of hell. Salisbury, like different cathedrals across the nation, has an formidable programme of up to date artwork amongst its skeletal effigies and hovering vaults, together with an Antony Gormley, as a part of a giant modern present for its 800th anniversary this yr, Spirit and Endeavour.
The Cornish city of St Ives is as well-known for contemporary artwork as it’s for pasties. From Tate St Ives to Barbara Hepworth’s studio, the place is a seaside monument to a misplaced period of British modernism. However Anima Mundi provides a welcome modern twist. Its vibrant programme of graffiti-flavoured work brings St Ives out of the mid 20th century into the 21st.
Newcastle upon Tyne
The mesmerising, apocalyptic artwork of John Martin is a spotlight of this glorious gallery. Martin was a Victorian polymath who dabbled in engineering and drew among the first reconstructions of Jurassic creatures. Woodcuts by Thomas Bewick and Reynolds portraits additionally stand out in clever exhibitions of artwork outdated and new on the Laing.
The entrancing Wallace Assortment is under-praised in contrast with London’s extra fanciful pop museums. But it has one of many sexiest collections in Europe (in case your concept of attractive is a nude painted in essentially the most titillating method potential by Fragonard or Boucher). It additionally has works by the good 18th-century artist Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.
Going towards the tide of vogue and PR pondering, this glorious gallery celebrated Hull’s current yr as Metropolis of Tradition by shopping for, not a Grayson Perry, however a portray by the 14th-century Sienese grasp Pietro Lorenzetti. It additionally staged a really profitable Turner prize exhibition.
This Orkney artwork hub has a nice assortment of early 20th-century British artwork whose sea-swept modernist bleakness completely fits its location on an precise pier. Down beneath on the “floor” flooring, the chilly sea is atmospherically shut as you expertise modern artwork from photogravures by Olafur Eliasson to Martin Parr’s pictures of Scotland.
Llandudno could also be a genteel seaside city but it surely has a cutting-edge gallery that exhibits a rigorous, formidable mixture of Welsh and international modern artwork. Its present present of brilliant assemblages by Athena Papadopoulos, which query gender and identification, is strictly the sort of sudden artwork you may look forward to finding right here.
Tate’s Albert Dock department will get the eye however Liverpool’s true creative jewel is its older museum, which homes an awesome assortment from the medieval genius Simone Martini to one in all David Hockney’s most joyously homoerotic works. The present present of Linda McCartney’s pictures typifies its energetic and enjoyable exhibitions.
Some of the formidable business galleries in Scotland, this cool, city outfit might be the very best place to atone for Glasgow’s energetic artwork scene, whereas different artists the Trendy Institute represents embrace Jeremy Deller and Urs Fischer. It additionally has a second web site for extra long-term initiatives by the likes of Richard Wright.
Petworth, West Sussex
No much less an authority than John Constable referred to as this Nationwide Belief property “the home of artwork” and, apart from nice views, it homes a set to rank with main museums, from Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi to the visions of William Blake. The star is JMW Turner, whose studio is preserved together with a gathering of a few of his best glowing landscapes.