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
T.S. Eliot; Virginia Woolf by Lady Ottoline Morrell, June 1924 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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.


Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Until 26 October 2014
Tickets Including Gift Aid: £7 (seniors £6.50/concs £6)
Seniors only £6 (£5.40 without Gift Aid) every Wednesday.
Standard prices also available. Advance booking is highly recommended.

Free for Members

Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.

Curated by biographer and art historian Frances Spalding, the exhibition includes distinctive portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry and photographs by Beresford and Man Ray, as well as intimate images recording her time spent with friends and family. Woolf’s early life and literary achievements, alongside lesser known aspects of her time in London and political views, are brought into focus through in-depth research and a remarkable array of personal objects including letters, diaries and books.

Supported by the Virginia Woolf Exhibition Supporters Group and The T.S. Eliot Estate

Exhibitions (4)

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision

10 July - 26 October 2014
Porter Gallery


Virginia Woolf was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.
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.