Art Exhibitions Across The UK To Check Out In 2023

The best arty things to see in 2023

Looking for must-see art exhibitions in the UK? You’ve come to the right place. There are oodles of galleries spread across the country where you can find a fantastic array of artworks and designs. Here are the ones to look out for in 2023.

Art Exhibitions Across The UK To Check Out In 2023

  • 5 August–2 September: The Installation Show At WAC, Somerset
  • Until 3 September: Oliver Frank Chanarin: A Perfect Sentence, Derby
  • Until 17 September: Liverpool Biennial
  • Until 1 October 2023: Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth, Derbyshire
  • 30 September–7 Jan 2024: Coastal Communities and Climate Crisis, Penzance
  • 6 October 2023–7 Jan 2023: Real Families: Stories of Change, Cambridge
  • Until 2 September 2024: Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Somerset: The Installation Show At WAC

Where? Wells Cathedral

When? 5 August–2 September 2023

An interpretation of how Nicola Turner's work, Uninvited Guest from the Unremembered Past, will look in the Chapter House

An interpretation of how Nicola Turner’s work, Uninvited Guest from the Unremembered Past, will look in the Chapter House. © Nicola Turner

Alongside a Gallery Show of around 125 works in the Cathedral cloisters, Wells Art Contemporary will be unveiling a unique show of 30 site-specific installations this summer throughout Wells Cathedral and gardens, completely reinterpreting the space and allowing for new modes of reflection. wellsartcontemporary.co.uk

Derby: A Perfect Sentence

Where? Museum of Making (Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF)

When? 16 March–3 September 2023

An image from Oliver Frank Chanarin's 'A Perfect Sentence' exhibition

Oliver Frank Chanarin, with Adam, 10 x 8 inches, c-type print, unique artist proof (#0192888727), 2023. Courtesy and © the artist. Commissioned and produced by Forma, in collaboration with eight UK organisations. Supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund.

Commissioned and produced by Forma, Oliver Frank Chanarin’s A Perfect Sentence will arrive in Derby later this year, exploring the complexity of being seen and the anxiety of being overlooked in photographic encounters across Britain. Part of FORMAT23 – the UK’s  leading international photography biennial – and Chanarin’s first solo UK project, the exhibition will include public acquisitions and an accompanying publication by Loose Joints. derbymuseums.org

Derbyshire: Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth

Where? Chatsworth House

When? 18 March–1 October 2023

A modern bench at Chatsworth

Joris Laarman [Dutch, b. 1979], Maker Bench (Hexagon), 2018. Oak, walnut, 17 x 75 x 43.25 inches, 43 x 190 x 110 cm. Edition of 3. Joris Laarman, Maker Bench at Chatsworth, © Chatsworth House Trust.

A centre of creativity for generations, Chatsworth’s new exhibition, Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth, will collate contemporary work in direct relationship with the house’s historic design, considering architecture, interiors, furniture and ceramics, glass, stone, wood and light. Co-curated with writer, historian and curator, Glenn Adamson, artists and designers such as Joris Laarman, Chris Schanck and Andile Dyalvane will be showcased. chatsworth.org

Penzance: Coastal Communities and Climate Crisis [Working Title]

Where? Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance

When? 30 September 2023–7 January 2024

Through new commissions and recent work, this collaborative exhibition will raise awareness of the threat of rising sea levels and the acute danger facing coastal communities in the climate crisis. Connecting with the local community, Coastal Communities and Climate Crisis will promote direct action to tackle the environmental emergency. newlynartgallery.co.uk

Cambridge: Real Families: Stories of Change

Where? Fitzwilliam Museum

When? 6 October 2023–7 January 2024

A painting in the Real Families exhibition

Aliza Nisenbaum, Susan, Aarti, Keerthana and Princess, Sunday in Brooklyn, 2018, oil on linen © Aliza Nisenbaum. Photo courtesy the Artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York

This autumn, Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum will explore the intricacies of modern family relationships through the eyes of artists in Real Families: Stories of Change. Featuring over 120 artworks spanning painting, photography, sculpture, film and installation, this exhibition will reveal how artists including Alice Neel, Chantal Joffe, Sunil Gupta, Donald Rodney, Nan Goldin, Paula Rego and Lucian Freud (curated by Dr Susan Golombok) have represented different facets of family life. fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Wakefield: Damien Hirst

Where? Yorkshire Sculpture Park

When? Open now until 2 September 2024

Four of Damien Hirst’s major sculptures are on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 2024 as part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield, the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and Leeds Art Gallery. Wander the expansive grounds of Bretton Hall to see Charity (2002-2003), Myth (2010), The Hat Makes the Man (2004-2007) and The Virgin Mother (2005-2006). ysp.org.uk

Featured image by JULIO NERY via Pexels.