Exhibitions and Museums

Brighton Museum and its exhibitions

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is one of the country's leading regional museums. In May 2002, transformed by a £10 million redevelopment, it reopened with a complete redisplay of its rich and diverse collections. Exhibits are shown in stimulating contexts with a wide range of interpretative techniques, including the latest interactive information technology. 

This section includes the our campaign for the reopening of Brighton Museum, as well as for selected exhibitions held here.

Constable and Salisbury: The Soul of Landscape

Paintings and drawings of Salisbury and its surroundings have figured in every major overview of Constable’s work, but they had never before been considered as a subject complete in itself. This exhibition promoted a fresh understanding of Constable as an artist. It exhibited well-known pictures in context for the first time, as well as giving the public the opportunity to see outstanding lesser-known works.

Hidden Treasures of the Mary Rose

This exhibition included over 200 rare objects from Henry VIII’s favourite flagship, the Mary Rose. Many of these had never before been on public display. It was the first time that a major part of this world-class collection left Portsmouth.

Circles and Tangents

Circles and Tangents presented a visual account of artists’ networks and circles associated with one exceptional and historic geographic area of England. This exhibition brought together a unique collection of paintings and sculpture by artists who, from the 1920s to the present, found in Cranborne Chase and its hinterland a landscape of inspiration, seclusion and ‘bare-boned' beauty.

Bedford Gallery

Bedford Gallery, a splendid 19th century, Grade II listed building, is a major addition to Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford Museum. Unused for 35 years, it was sensitively remodelled by Peter Inskip and Peter Jenkins Ltd., architects acclaimed for their successful heritage projects. This gallery provides over 200m² of state-of-the-art exhibition space for large, temporary exhibitions.

Edward Bawden

A major exhibition from the Edward Bawden Archive covering every medium that he used, from watercolours and prints to stunning examples of commercial design.

Rodin in Lewes

Rodin’s world famous sculpture The Kiss, an international icon and one of our most loved national art treasures, is now owned by the Tate. It was generously lent to Lewes, its original home, as the centrepiece in a unique and phenomenally popular exhibition. 

Textile projects

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Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Hove Museum & Art Gallery houses the most important contemporary craft collection in the South East outside London; the ‘National Toy Museum and Institute of Play Collection’, one of the largest and most significant toy collections in Britain; film, with some of the earliest films ever made, produced by the Hove Pioneers; a local history collection, which includes the magnificent Hove Amber Cup dated 1500 BC; paintings and temporary exhibitions.

Public Catalogue Foundation

Galleries and civic buildings in the UK probably hold the greatest publicly owned collection of oil paintings in the world. However, an alarming four in five of these paintings are not on view! Have you ever wondered what paintings lie in the storerooms of your local museums or art galleries, or hang on the walls of your council offices? The Public Catalogue Foundation has the answer, with its acclaimed county-by-county series of catalogues: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership.

Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1880 - 1914

This exhibition - and accompanying book - curated by Gwen Yarker, gave an insight into a lost chapter of British art. They included fascinating new research on the influence of Wessex on painters between 1880 – 1914. 

museumaker

museumaker was a prestigious national project involving sixteen museums across the country. It unlocked the creative potential of collections through imaginative interchanges between the heritage and contemporary craft sectors.

With the Grain: Wood Sculpture by David Nash

David Nash, OBE, RA, is an eminent sculptor who has explored the possibilities of form in wood, trees and the natural environment over the last 45 years. This exhibition included about 30 major works: important pieces which Nash has chosen to keep for himself and they chart his entire career.

Devon Artsculture

Devon Artsculture was a dynamic arts development programme, offering opportunities for practitioners working in rural areas of the county. Many thousands of people in Devon now work in the creative industries, enhancing and regenerating the local economy through the arts. Producing a combined turnover of more than £900 million per annum. 

Cameron Contemporary Art

Cameron Contemporary Art, based in Brighton & Hove, was set up and is run by husband and wife team, Robin Cameron and Kirsty Wither. The gallery, which stages about eight exhibitions on different themes annually, is dedicated to showing both established artists and exciting talent from the new generation. Paintings range from traditional to modern and figurative to abstract. Each exhibition includes a carefully curated selection of sculpture, ceramics and jewellery.

The Camden Family Portraits

These  magnificent 18th century portraits are now in Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery: three generations of the Camden family, painted by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Lawrence, Dance, Batoni and Beechey. A major coup for a dynamic small museum

Kentish Delights

Kentish Delights was an innovative new programme, inspired and led by Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery. Independent curators, Polly Harknett and Suzie Plumb, were the project managers and there was an education and outreach scheme run by Future Creative.

Tight Modern

Tight Modern, which showcases outstanding work by 60 marginalised and disabled artists, is a miniature replica of London’s iconic Tate Modern. The Tight Modern exhibitions are hugely popular, with entries from throughout the UK and abroad, and have toured to great acclaim in recent years.

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