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Our must-see London exhibitions for 2019

It’s that time of year again when we look to the new year and start planning our trip around the city to soak up the amazing art scene showcasing iconic works from legendary artists!

Here is our must-see list for 2019…


Van Gogh and Britain | Tate Britain
27 March – 11 August 2019


This major exhibition brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists

Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L’Arlésienne, and two works he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. They will be joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Open: Daily 10am  to 6pm
Admission£22 / FREE for Members / Concession £20 / Family child 12–18 years £5 / Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)


Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing | The Queen’s Gallery
24 May – 13 Oct 2019


Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the exhibition brings together more than 200 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years.

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1A 1AA
Open: Daily 10.30am to 5.30pm
Admission: Adult £13.50 / Over 60 £12.20 / Student £10.80 / Under 17 or Disabled £6.70 / Under 5 Free


Olafur Elliasson | Tate Modern
11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020


Experience the remarkable world of this endlessly inquisitive artist.

In 2003, hundreds of thousands of visitors came together in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall to experience Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project – a glowing sun visible through fog. In 2019 he will return to Tate Modern for a major survey of his career so far.

Eliasson creates experiences that can be shared by young and old – the exhibition includes a selection of these captivating immersive installations. Some, like Beauty, recreate natural phenomena such as rainbows. Others involve reflections and shadows to play with the way we navigate or perceive the world. Within the exhibition will also be an area which will explore Eliasson’s deep engagement with social and environmental issues, such as his Little Sun project which has brought light and income to people around the world without electricity.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Open: Sunday – Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday – Saturday 10am to 10pm
Admission: prices to be announced


Tim Walker | V&A, London

Opening on Saturday 21 September 2019


An immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker.

Take a backstage look at the creative process of one of the world’s most inventive photographers through his photographs, films, photographic sets, and special installations – including a new series of photographs influenced by the V&A’s collections.

V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Open: Daily 10am to 5.45pm, Friday 10am to 10pm
Admission: prices to be announced


Antony Gormley | Royal Academy of Arts
21 September — 3 December 2019


Acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley presents his most significant solo exhibition for over a decade. A conversation between old works and new, it will span his wide-ranging practice and exploit the scale and light of the RA’s architecture.

This exhibition is intended as a form of adventure that invites both physical and imaginative participation. The body in Gormley’s work is not a protagonist in a narrative, nor an ideal, a portrait or a memorial – it is the body in and as space.

Early experimental sculptures, objects and drawings – often made using his own body as a primary tool, material and subject – are brought together with large-scale environments made especially for the RA.

Royal Academy of Arts, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
Open: Daily 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 10pm
Admission: prices to be announced

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