Exhibitions

Every Thursday and Friday you can enjoy exploring our special exhibitions after hours until 21.00

Terence Conran in his 'cone chair' (detail) by Ray Williams, 1950s © Estate of Ray Williams

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 - 1960

Until 11 January 2015
Tickets Including Gift Aid: £14 (seniors £13/concs £12)
Seniors £12 every Wednesday
Students £10 every Thursday
Standard prices also available. Advance booking is highly recommended.

Free for Members

Anarchy & Beauty explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which are on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.

Curated by acclaimed author and biographer Fiona MacCarthy, the display features original furniture and textiles designed and owned by Morris as well as the work of his contemporaries including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. These are innovatively showcased alongside remarkable books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by craftspeople such as Eric Gill, Bernard Leach and Terence Conran, demonstrating how Morris’s legacy continued into the twentieth century, influencing radical politics, the Garden City movement and the Festival of Britain in 1951.

Supported by the Anarchy & Beauty Exhibition Supporters Group.


Exhibitions (6)

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860 – 1960

16 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Wolfson Gallery

Anarchy & Beauty explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014

13 November 2014 - 22 February 2015
Porter Gallery

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

12 February - 25 May 2015
Wolfson Gallery

This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris and Boston as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissible opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

12 March - 7 June 2015
Porter Gallery
Free

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).
BP Portrait Award 2015 - Call for Entries

BP Portrait Award 2015 - Call for Entries

18 June - 20 September 2015
Wolfson Gallery

Entry is now open for the BP Portrait Award 2015.
First Prize: £30,000
Closing date: 3 February 2015
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

2 July - 18 October 2015
Porter Gallery

This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London’s West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world’s most photographed and recognisable stars.