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|Guide to UK art galleries and museums with permanent art collections featuring the work of old masters or historically important artists. Click on name of gallery/museum to visit respective web site.
Art Gallery and Museums
|Aberdeen - Grampian - Aberdeen Art Gallery
and Museums' comprehensive fine art collection includes three pieces of
work each by Walter Richard Sickert and Alfred Sisley, several pieces by
John Piper, and one of Francis Bacon's studies after Velazquez' Pope Innocent
X. Other artists included in a diverse collection include Frank Auerbach,
William Blake, Richard Parkes Bonington, Henri Fantin-Latour, Augustus John,
Oscar Kokoschka and John Everett Millais.
Web Address: www.aagm.co.uk
|Edinburgh - Lothian - Dalmeny House
and estate containing internationally renowned collections including portrait
paintings by Gainsborough, Raeburn, Reynolds and Lawrence. Also important
collection of 18th-century French furniture.
Web Address: www.dalmeny.co.uk
|Banff - Situated in beautiful Deveron
Valley, Duff House contains paintings from the National Galleries of Scotland
collection, furniture and decorative art. A notable group of portraits by
Scotland's finest painters includes work by George Jamesone, Allan Ramsay
and Sir Henry Raeburn. Also work by El Greco, Boucher, Flemish, Dutch and
Web Address: www.duffhouse.com
|University of Glasgow - Glasgow - Strathclyde
- A large collection of Whistler's work is held at the gallery, and this
site provides remote access to a selection, along with information on his
life. The most comprehensive print collection in Scotland ranges from Dürer
to Hockney. Paintings include work by Rembrandt, Chardin, the Impressionists,
the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists. Contemporary art and sculpture
are also represented, and it is possible to take virtual tours of The Mackintosh
House on the web site.
Web Address: www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk
|Dundee - Tayside - A remarkable Gothic
building housing one of Scotland's most impressive collections of fine and
decorative art, including a collection of Victorian and 20th century Scottish
paintings by artists such as William McTaggart and James McIntosh Patrick.
Other highlights include works by Landseer, Millais, Rossetti, Rubens and
Web Address: www.dundeecity.gov.uk/mcmanus
Galleries Of Scotland
|Edinburgh - Lothian - Four galleries
which comprise the National Galleries of Scotland:
National Gallery of Scotland - Oldest of the four Galleries, home
to Scotland's greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture. Paintings
include masterpieces by Van Dyck, Velázquez, El Greco, Botticelli,
Raphael, Titian and Rembrandt. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection
includes work by Gauguin, Monet and Cézanne. Largest collection of
Scottish paintings in the world includes all the major names of Scottish
art, including Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie. Vast collection of watercolours,
prints and drawings is rich in Scottish, Italian and Netherlandish drawings.
Scottish National Portrait Gallery - A unique visual history of Scotland,
told through portraits of the figures who shaped it. All the portraits are
of Scots, but not all are by Scots. The collection also contains works by
great English, European and American masters such as Van Dyck, Gainsborough,
Rodin and Kokoschka, as well as works by Ramsay, Raeburn and many other
Scottish artists. In addition to paintings, the gallery displays sculptures,
miniatures, coins, medallions, drawings, watercolours and houses the Scottish
National Photography Collection.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - Set in extensive parkland,
a collection of paintings, works on paper, video installations and sculpture
dating from the late 19th century, highlights of which include pieces by
Bonnard, Vuillard, Matisse, Braque, Léger, Picasso, Bacon, Hockney,
Lichtenstein, Warhol and Freud. Superb collection of Expressionist art includes
work by Kokoschka and Nolde. 20th century Scottish art is especially well
represented, with works by Mackintosh, the Scottish Colourists, Gillies,
Maxwell, Eardley, Philipson, Davie, Bellany, Currie and Howson. The gallery
grounds provide an ideal setting for sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry
Moore and others.
Dean Gallery - Displays world-class holdings of Dada and Surrealist
art, work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, and also hosts exhibitions. In the grounds
visitors may see sculpture by Bourdelle, Hamilton Finlay and Turnbull. Drawings
and paintings include works by Dalí, Delvaux, Ernst, Magritte and
Picasso. In 1994 the Edinburgh-born sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi gave the
Gallery a large body of his sculptures, prints and drawings, as well as
numerous artefacts, some of which have been brought together in a remarkable
reconstruction of the artist's densely crowded London studio.
Web Address: www.nationalgalleries.org
|University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh
- Lothian - Permanent collection display consists principally of the Old
master paintings and bronzes but other items from the University's collection
are also shown from time to time. These include important works by Scottish
Artists including the Colourists. The Hope Scott Collection, on show at
regular intervals, includes works by Picasso, Bonnard and other international
figures. The White Gallery is used for up to seven temporary exhibitions
each year, mostly of mid-career Scottish painters and sculptors.
Web Address: www.trg.ed.ac.uk
|England - North East
|Barnard Castle - County Durham - A collection
of European fine and decorative arts from 1400 - 1875, with particular emphasis
on the arts of France, the building being essentially a French museum on
British soil. Paintings include work by Boucher, Boudin, Courbet, Canaletto,
El Greco, Goya and drawings by Turner.
Web Address: www.bowesmuseum.co.uk
|Kingston Upon Hull - Humberside - Combines
permanent collection displays with programmes of exhibitions and Live Art.
Permanent collection of paintings and sculpture spans medieval period to
the present, highlights including masterpieces by Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto,
Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Peter Howson.
Web Address: www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums/ferens/index.php
|University of Newcastle - Newcastle
upon Tyne - Tyne and Wear - Permanent collection comprising over 3,500 works
in various media includes the Merzbarn Wall - Kurt Schwitters' final, and
in his own estimation, 'greatest', piece of work. Collection of paintings
includes works dating from the 14th century, including work by Francis Bacon,
Patrick Heron, William Roberts and Victor Pasmore. Also of great importance
is the Uhlman Collection of African Art.
Web Address: www.ncl.ac.uk/hatton
City Art Gallery
Leeds - West Yorkshire - A variety of artworks on display including some
of the most outstanding works of British Art outside London. The collection
of British 20th century art is ranked 2nd only to that of the Tate Gallery,
particularly in the field of sculpture, which includes work by Henry Moore
and Barbara Hepworth. The Sam Wilson collection of 'English Impressionism'
includes work by Orpen, Clausen and Knight, and the Brangwyn panels from
the Venice Biennale in 1905. More recently the Gallery has embarked on
a five-year project with the Contemporary Art Society to develop a new
collection featuring installation and film. Other work includes Waterhouse's
'Lady of Shalott', and an outstanding collection of prints by Rembrandt.
An impressive collection of English watercolours includes historic watercolours
by artists such as JMW Turner, and one of the largest collections of the
work of John Sell Cotman.
Web Address: www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery
Galleries & Museums Trust
|Sheffield - South Yorkshire - Trust
established to manage non-industrial museums and art galleries in Sheffield.
Mappin Art Gallery - Two permanent exhibition galleries show masterpieces
from the 16th to the 19th century, including impressive 16th and 17th century
Dutch landscapes and still-lifes, society portraits and religious stories
by acclaimed artists such as Lely and Murillo. The Victorian Gallery contains
a number of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, and there is also an early landscape
by JMW Turner and Tissot's The Convalescent. Newer gallery spaces provide
ideal setting for exhibitions of contemporary art.
Graves Art Gallery - Permanent displays of 19th and 20th century
British and European Art, and a programme of temporary exhibitions. Main
trends and movements in Modern Art are traced through works by artists from
Pablo Picasso and Pierre Bonnard to Sir Stanley Spencer and Helen Chadwick.
Modern British Collection is one of the most important in the country outside
of the Tate Gallery, including works by Gwen John, David Bomberg, Henry
Moore and Frank Auerbach. Other artists, including Dali, Miro, Schiele,
Toulouse-Lautrec and Vuillard, are represented by works on paper.
Web Address: www.sheffieldgalleries.org.uk
City Art Gallery
|York - North Yorkshire - Housed in an
Italian Renaissance-style building, York City Art Gallery's collection spans
seven centuries of painting in western Europe. Artists represented include
Parmigianino, Bellotto, Lely, Reynolds, Frith, Boudin, Lowry and Nash. An
outstanding collection of 20th-century studio pottery is also on display
with fine examples from Staite Murray, Leach and Hamada.
Web Address: http://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk
|England - North West
|Kendal - Cumbria - Set in a beautiful
Georgian villa on the edge of the Lake District, the gallery includes a
significant collection of watercolours mainly from the late 18th and early
19th centuries including an outstanding Turner, plus a collection of 40
drawings and watercolours by John Ruskin. 20th Century work includes sculpture
from Hepworth, Jean Arp and Schwitters, and some important prints by Picasso,
Matisse, Braque, Henry Moore and David Hockney. There is also a programme
of educational activities, lectures and events.
Web Address: www.abbothall.org.uk
|Bolton - Greater Manchester - A collection
of around 300 paintings, mostly British 19th and 20th century. Collection
includes works by many important artists working in the first half of the
20th century including Augustus John, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell,
Ivon Hitchens, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and John Bratby. Web site
also includes information on Bolton Museum and Aquarium.
Web Address: www.boltonmuseums.org.uk
Art Gallery & Museum
|Bury - Lancashire - Victorian paintings,
contemporary art and scenes from Bury's past in a distinctive Edwardian
building built to house the Wrigley Collection of several hundred oil paintings,
watercolours, prints and ceramics collected by local paper manufacturer
Thomas Wrigley, including pieces by Turner, Landseer, Constable, Burra and
Web Address: www.bury.gov.uk/culture/gallery.html
Lever Art Gallery
|Port Sunlight - Wirral - Founded by
Edwardian philanthropist William Hesketh, the first Lord Leverhulme, The
Lady Lever Art Gallery is set in the attractive ideal village of Port Sunlight.
The stunning gallery is most famous for its British 18th and 19th century
paintings, 18th century furniture and an outstanding collection of Wedgwood.
The collection represents the personal taste of Hesketh, who began buying
art to use as advertising for his 'Sunlight Soap', and includes a fine selection
of Pre-Rapaelite art including some of John Everett Millais' most impressive
work, plus pieces by John Singer Sargent, J. M. W. Turner, Sir Alfred Munnings,
Dame Laura Knight and Sir Frank Brangwyn.
Web Address: www.ladyleverartgallery.org.uk
|Manchester - Large, internationally
renowned collection. Most major figures are represented in an exceptional
collection of 19th century British paintings, with outstanding pictures
by the great Pre-Raphaelites and their successors. Important works by Thomas
Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs and Richard Wilson feature
from the 18th century. A notable highlight is a group of 37 Turner watercolours.
20th century British art is strongly represented through the inclusion of
works from Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, Francis Bacon, Lucian
Freud and David Hockney. There is also a small but significant foreign collection,
with impressive groups of Impressionist and 17th century Dutch paintings.
Web Address: www.manchestergalleries.org
|Liverpool - Merseyside - Once the home
of Victorian ship owner, merchant and art collector George Holt, Sudley
House is surrounded by gardens and parkland. Todays Sudley includes fine
18th and 19th century paintings from the Holt collection together with works
from the Walker Art Gallery. Where once Victorian Liverpool thrived with
private art collections in merchant houses, Sudley is the last place one
may see such a collection in its original setting. Great British paintings
include works by Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney, Sir Edwin Landseer,
Richard Parkes Bonington, J M W Turner, William Holman Hunt, John Everett
Millais, Frederic Leighton and John Strudwick.
Web Address: www.sudleyhouse.org.uk
|Knutsford - Cheshire - A collection
assembled by Sir John Fleming Leicester, Bt., later 1st Lord de Tabley,
with the intention of establishing a National Gallery of British Art, during
the first decade of the 19th Century. J M W Turner, Henry Thompson and James
Ward were among the many painters who stayed at Tabley and important works
by them can be seen in the rooms for which they were created. There are
several pieces by James Northcote on display, along with work by such other
prominent artists as Sir Thomas Lawrence, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Francis
Web Address: www.tableyhouse.co.uk
|Liverpool - Merseyside - Home of the
National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England and the largest
gallery of modern and contemporary art outside London. Tate Liverpool is
housed in a beautiful converted warehouse which is part of the historic
Albert Dock. Modern classics are presented here alongside the very best
in contemporary art in a series of changing displays.
Web Address: www.tate.org.uk/liverpool
|Carlisle - Cumbria - Tullie House Museum
and Art Gallery houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art,
human history and natural sciences. The fine arts collection totals 2,800
British paintings, prints and drawings from the 18th to the 20th century.
Specialist areas include local artists such as Sam Bough RSA, the Pre-Raphaelites
(Rossetti, Burne-Jones) and other Victorian artists. 20th century artists
are represented by such notables as Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer.
Web Address: www.tulliehouse.co.uk
|Liverpool - Merseyside - One of the
finest collections of fine and decorative art in Europe, covering eight
centuries. Principal collections include an internationally important collection
of Italian and Netherlandish paintings from 1350 to 1550, and a collection
of later foreign art including work from the likes of Rembrandt, Rubens,
Poussin and Degas. There is a particularly strong collection of Victorian
and Pre-Raphaelite art and, at the home of the John Moores Exhibition, major
20th century artists represented include Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George
and Michael Raedecker. A diverse collection of prints, drawings and photographs,
includes Old Master drawings, 18th and 19th century watercolours by artists
such as Turner and Peter de Wint, and a unique collection of George Romney
Web Address: www.walkerartgallery.org.uk
Whitworth Art Gallery
|Manchester - A specialist centre for
the study and display of works on paper and textiles, The Whitworth is most
famous for its collection of British watercolours, principally from the
18th and 19th century, which includes more than 50 Turner watercolours.
It also boasts work from Cozens, Girtin, Constable, Cotman, Cox, de Wint,
Gainsborough, Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown, Lear, Rossetti, Millais and
Ruskin. The prints collection includes works by Dürer and Rembrandt.
The Modern Collection includes works on paper made by European artists such
as Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas and Matisse, and 20th Century British art from
the likes of Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, Paul Nash, Roland Penrose, Edward
Burra, David Hockney, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, Lucian Freud, Francis
Bacon and Howard Hodgkin. There is in addition, a collection of historic
and modern wallpapers, and the Whitworth's collection of historic and modern
textiles is the largest and most comprehensive collection of flat textiles
Web Address: www.whitworth.man.ac.uk
|England - Midlands
Museum & Art Gallery
|Birmingham - Founded in 1885, the collections
in this magnificent building cover both fine and applied arts, plus archaeology
and history. The art gallery is home to one of the world's finest collections
of pre-Raphaelite art with work from William Holman Hunt, Ford Madox Brown
and John Everett Millais. Pride of place is the largest collection in the
world of works by Birmingham-born Edward Burne-Jones. The web site includes
both virtual reality and video tours of the gallery.
Web Address: http://www.bmag.org.uk/museum_and_art_gallery
Leicester - Major regional Art Gallery with the largest collection of
German Expressionist art outside of Germany, and other European and decorative
art dating from the 15th century to the present. Collection includes work
by Francis Bacon, Stanley Spencer, Hogarth, Lowry, Franz Marc, Kandinsky,
Camille Pissarro, Auguste Rodin and John Constable.
Web Address: www.leicestermuseums.ac.uk
Museum & Art Gallery
|Peterborough - Cambridgeshire - An impressive
variety of art dating from the 1600's to the present day. Among the highlights
of the collection is a piece by Sickert, View of Port St Denis',
and the Ealand Warwick Bequest, a collection of works by top British artists
from the 1960's. The many paintings, prints and drawings with a Peterborough
connection include watercolours of Peterborough Cathedral by both J M W
Turner and David Cox.
Web Address: http://www.peterboroughheritage.org.uk
|England - London
|London - Europe's largest multi-arts
and conference venue, the Barbican organises a wide range of innovative
exhibitions of 20th century and current art and design.
Web Address: www.barbican.org.uk
|London - A collection of art and antiquities
from ancient and living cultures, housed in one of Britain's architectural
landmarks. The Department of Prints and Drawings contains the national collection
of Western prints and drawings - one of the top three collections of its
kind in the world, with approximately 50,000 drawings and over two million
prints dating from the 15th century to the present. The collection includes
works by Dürer, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt and Goya. There are
also large documentary collections of historical, satirical and topographical
Web Address: www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
Courtauld Institute Gallery
|London - One of the most important collections
in Britain, displayed in Somerset House. Italian Renaissance collection
includes a large altarpiece by Botticelli, and 2 rare works by Pieter Bruegel
the Elder are included in a selection of Northern European 16th century
paintings. A room is dedicated to a celebrated collection of paintings by
Peter Paul Rubens. Samuel Courtauld's celebrated collection of Impressionist
and Post-Impressionist paintings includes works by Renoir, Monet, Degas,
Sisley, Pissarro, 8 Cezannes, 3 Gauguins, a group of works by Seurat, Van
Gogh's Self-portrait with a Bandaged Ear and Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere.
A selection of paintings from the Bloomsbury Group bequeathed by Roger Fry
are also on display. Early 20th century paintings include work by Modigliani,
Bonnard and Vuillard.
Web Address: www.courtauld.ac.uk
|London - One of the oldest collections in the UK, and one of the world's
most important collections of European old master paintings of the 17th
and 18th centuries, housed in the first purpose-built art gallery in England,
designed by Sir John Soane in 1811. Old masters by Rembrandt, Poussin,
Watteau, Rubens, Canaletto, Gainsborough and many more.
Web Address: www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
London - Originals by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds (and many more). Britain's original home for abandoned children and London's first ever public art gallery. The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital and of three major figures in British history: its campaigning founder the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel.
Web Address: www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk
|London - Purpose-built, modern art gallery
hosting temporary art exhibitions from artists both contemporary and past.
Gallery aims include the examination of patterns of visual culture, reappraising
aspects of established masters or periods, and presenting work that has
been successful elsewhere. Exhibitions have included Landscapes of France,
and Paul Klee: The Nature of Creation. The Hayward is responsible for National
Touring Exhibitions (NTE) and the Arts Council Collection (ACC), managing
both on behalf of the Arts Council of England.
Web Address: www.hayward.org.uk
London - Houses one of the greatest collections of European painting
in the world, spanning period from c1250 to 1900. Entire permanent collection
and long-term loans are illustrated and described in online collection.
Web site features include 'Collection at a Glance' - 12 of the Gallery's
most popular paintings, including work by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt,
Velazquez, Constable, Monet, Renoir and van Gogh; 'Artists at a Glance'
- Biographies of 12 of the Gallery's most famous artists'; 'Beginner's
Guides' - Background information on religious stories and classical myths
in some of the paintings.
Web Address: www.nationalgallery.org.uk
|London - Founded in 1856 to collect
the likenesses of famous Britons, the gallery is now the most comprehensive
of its like in the world.
Web Address: www.npg.org.uk
Academy Of Arts
|London - Permanent Collection comprises
examples of British art from the 18th century to the present day, including
paintings and sculpture, plaster casts, artists' memorabilia, prints and
drawings. Web site also includes information about current exhibitions,
calendar of events, Schools and College Programme, and the Royal Academicians.
There is also a commercial Picture Library and a free Library Information
Web Address: www.royalacademy.org.uk
John Soane's Museum
|London - A public museum since the early
19th century, architect Sir John Soane designed this house as a setting
for his antiquities and works of art as well as his residence. The highlights
of the collection are 3 Canalettos (one of which, Riva, was described by
the late J.G. Links, the world's leading expert on Canaletto, as amongst
the finest half-dozen Canalettos in existence) and 2 series of Hogarth paintings.
Other important paintings include works by J.M.W. Turner, Sir Joshua Reynolds
and Sir Thomas Lawrence.
Web Address: www.soane.org
|London - Tate Britain is the national
gallery of British art from 1500 to the present day, and the history of
art in Britain is presented here in a chronologically arranged permanent
collection. Tate Britain holds the greatest collection of British art in
the world, including works by Blake, Constable, Epstein, Gainsborough, Gilbert
and George, Hatoum, Hirst, Hockney, Hodgkin, Hogarth, Moore, Rossetti, Sickert,
Spencer, Stubbs and Turner. The web site features the full programme of
special exhibitions and events throughout the year. It is also possible
to view the full listing of works on display and explore the gallery in
an interactive tour.
Web Address: www.tate.org.uk/britain
|London - Britain's newest national museum
of modern art, housed in the former Bankside Power Station. Tate Modern
displays the Tate collection of international modern art from 1900 to the
present day, including major works by Dalí, Picasso, Matisse, Rothko
and Warhol as well as contemporary work by artists such as Dorothy Cross,
Gilbert & George and Susan Hiller. A range of special exhibitions and
a broad public programme of events are presented throughout the year, information
on which is on the web site.
Web Address: www.tate.org.uk/modern
& Albert Museum
|London - 'The greatest museum of applied
and decorative arts in the world'. Permanent collections of fashion and
textiles, sculpture, ceramics and glass, metalwork, silver and jewellery,
furniture, photography and paintings. European art is covered from the Middle
Ages to 1900, grouped together by period and style. Paintings, Photography,
Prints and Drawings galleries include the Raphael Cartoon Court, Canon Photography
Gallery, Paintings by Constable, British & European Painting, Portrait
Web Address: www.vam.ac.uk
|London - Both a national museum and
a fine private art collection originally assembled by the Wallace family
and bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace in 1897. Of its many masterpieces,
it is most notably home to The Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals. It also
contains one of the best collections of French 18th-century pictures, porcelain
and furniture in the world, a remarkable array of 17th-century paintings
and a superb armoury.
Web Address: www.the-wallace-collection.org.uk
|England - South East
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
|Oxford - Western art collection comprises
drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture, as well as ceramics, metalwork
and glass. Significant collections of the Italian Renaissance, 17th century
Flemish and Dutch art, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Camille Pissarro and his
family, based on the Pissarro family gift of 1950. Groups of drawings from
all of the main European schools include fine examples from J.M.W. Turner,
plus exceptional pieces by Michelangelo and Raphael. There is also a collection
of Eastern art covering a large area of the Orient.
Web Address: www.ashmol.ox.ac.uk
Higgins Art Gallery
|Bedford - Bedfordshire - 600 pieces
of artwork by leading artists from the late 16th to the late 20th century.
Among the collection are works by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Turner, Girtin,
Constable, Cotman, Blake, Millais, Rossetti, Landseer, Whistler, Beardsley,
Gwen John, Sickert, Lowry, Hepworth, Nicholson, Henry Moore and Freud.
Web Address: www.cecilhigginsartgallery.org
|Oxford - An important collection of
Old Master paintings and drawings, strong in Italian art. Works include
paintings by Tintoretto, Veronese, Van Dyck and Frans Hals, and drawings
by Leonardo and Dürer.
Web Address: www.chch.ox.ac.uk/gallery
|Cambridge - The art museum of the University
of Cambridge containing works of art and antiquities. Collection of paintings,
drawings and prints includes masterpieces by Titian, Veronese, Rubens, Van
Dyck, Canaletto, Jacob van Ruisdael, Reynolds, Stubbs, Hogarth, Constable,
Monet, Modigliani, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso. Applied Arts
include pottery, glass, furniture, clocks, fans, armour and sculpture. Also
rare manuscripts and printed books.
Web Address: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
|Cambridge - Kettle's Yard was founded
by H.S. 'Jim' Ede, a former curator at the Tate Gallery, as a place where
visitors would 'find a home and a welcome, a refuge of peace and order,
of the visual arts and of music.' His home for sixteen years, it houses
Ede's collection of art, mostly from the first half of the 20th century.
Highlights include paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis,
Christopher Wood and Joan Miró, and sculpture by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska,
Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Web Address: www.kettlesyard.co.uk
|Southampton - Hampshire - Internationally
recognised gallery, with one of the finest collections of 20th century British
art outside London. Highlights include a fine selection of works from the
Camden Town Group, plus paintings by artists such as Sir Stanley Spencer
and Philip Wilson Steer. Sculpture and photography also feature, alongside
newer installation and video works. The collection spans six centuries,
from the Italian Renaissance, through 17th century Dutch landscapes, French
Impressionist paintings and Burne-Jone's 'Perseus Series'. There is also
an outstanding collection of British studio ceramics from between the wars
created by potters such as Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada.
Web Address: www.southampton.gov.uk/leisure/arts
|England - South West
Art Gallery & Museum
|Cheltenham - Gloucestershire - Pictures
and sculptures from the Renaissance to the present. Artists represented
are mostly British (e.g. Vanessa Bell, Stanley Spencer). There is also a
group of paintings from Belgium and the Netherlands from the 17th and 19th
centuries (e.g. Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen), once owned by Baron
de Ferrieres, who founded the Art Gallery in 1898.
Web Address: www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk
House - Gallery & Museum
|Penzance - Cornwall - Penlee House has
a wide-ranging collection covering fine art, photography, archaeology, costume
and textiles, decorative arts and history. It is, however, most famous for
its collection of work by the Newlyn School, the colony of artists who settled
in the area in the later 19th century, with examples of work from such as
Walter Langley and Stanhope Forbes. The collection also includes work by
artists who settled in and around the Lamorna Valley, of which perhaps the
best known are Dame Laura Knight, 'Lamorna' Birch and Alfred Munnings.
Web Address: www.penleehouse.org.uk
|St Ives - Cornwall - A unique introduction
to modern art, where many works can be viewed in the surroundings and atmosphere
which inspired them, where Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson and Christopher
Wood met to begin the development an artists' colony. Programme of temporary
exhibitions and special displays brings works from British figures to the
gallery. There is a full programme of events, workshops and activities at
Tate St Ives throughout the year.
Web Address: www.tate.org.uk/
|Torquay - Devon - The largest art gallery
in Devon, set in historic Torre Abbey, which dates back to 1196. Collection
is made up of around 600 oils and watercolours from the 18th to mid 20th
centuries and includes important Pre-Raphaelite works by Holman Hunt, and
Burne-Jones, plus watercolours by William Henry Hunt and Thomas Miles Richardson.
Historic rooms and family chapel also open to the public, plus colourful
gardens and palm house, and the most complete medieval Abbey ruins in Devon
Web Address: www.torbay.gov.uk
|Bath - Avon - Permanent collection consists
of six hundred oil paintings and five thousand watercolours, drawings and
prints, housed in a rich Victorian setting. Web site allows exploration
of the collection in a database, which also includes featured artists biographies.
Work includes pieces by J M W Turner, Sickert and Gainsborough.
Web Address: www.victoriagal.org.uk
|Swansea - West Glamorgan - A variety
of of visual arts work from the original bequest of Richard Glynn Vivian
including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures as well as an international
collection of porcelain and Swansea china. Displays throughout the gallery
are changed to incorporate various aspects of the gallery's reserve collections.
Renowned artists featured include Hepworth, Nicholson, Nash, and Augustus
and Gwen John. There are also pieces of work on display by Claude Monet,
Lucien Pissarro, members of the Rouen school of Impressionists plus prominent
Welsh artists including Swansea artists Will Evans, Evan Walters and Alfred
Web Address: www.swansea.gov.uk/glynnvivian/GVpermanent.htm
National Library of Wales
|Aberystwyth - Ceredigion - Dyfed - Not
only one of the great libraries of the world, but also home to thousands
of pictures, photographs, archives, moving images and more. Features a large
and important collection of views of Wales and portraits of the Welsh people.
Collection of topographic paintings and drawings includes works by artists
such as Richard Wilson and Peter de Wint. Modern artists represented include
Gwen John, John Petts, John Piper and Sir Kyffin Williams. The library has
an important volume of early drawings by Alexander Cozens, two major pictures
by J. M. W. Turner, and a number of important groups of oil portraits, including
a portrait of David Lloyd George by Augustus John.
Web Address: www.llgc.org.uk
Museum & Gallery
| Cardiff - South Glamorgan - Part of
the National Museums & Galleries of Wales and home to the Welsh national
collection of fine and applied art. A unique resource documenting the history
of art in Wales since the 16th century, plus a major international collection
of British and European art exceptionally rich in French paintings and sculpture
by artists such as Millet, Rodin, Monet and Cézanne. A programme
of special exhibitions supplements the permanent collection, mostly generated
from galleries' own collection, but also hosting touring exhibitions. Also
Prints and Drawings Study Room, conservation studios and framing workshop
dedicated to caring for the collection and preparing works for display.
Web Address: www.nmgw.ac.uk