If you’ve missed experiencing art and culture in real life, make a beeline for these fantastic exhibitions in Bath during 2021, featuring seventies stars, 300-year-old shoes, Somerset fossils and more.
Shooting Stars: Carinthia West, Britain and America in the 1970s at the American Museum
(21st May to 31st October)
Get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of iconic rock stars and actors of the 1970s away from the limelight at the American Museum. Model, actress and ‘It Girl’ Carinthia West is the photographer behind this collection of intimate natural portraits and lifestyle shots.
They document the decade as well as her friendships with the likes of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, and Shelly Duvall, to name just a handful.
Shoephoria! at Fashion Museum Bath (on Display Until 2022)
Through Shoephoria!, Fashion Museum Bath traces the evolution of shoes and the creativity of shoemakers and wearers over the last 300 years. The 350 pairs in the collection span styles as diverse as seventeenth-century mules and Dr Martens boots, velvet slippers and Yeezy trainers.
From renowned ballerinas to Queen Victoria, many have graced famous feet, while others were made by legendary shoe designers including Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo.
Kurt Jackson: Biodiversity at Victoria Art Gallery (18th May to 30th June)
A passion for nature and the environment is central to British painter Kurt Jackson’s work and remains at the forefront of his thought-provoking new exhibition, Biodiversity. On show at the Victoria Art Gallery, it displays works made in a variety of different locations reflecting their own specific biodiversity.
Expect a series of paintings, sculptures and mixed media works, showing what an amazingly biodiverse world we still live in and how this is changing.
Canaletto: Painting Venice at The Holburne Museum (17th May to 5th September)
This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at The Holburne Museum presents the most important set of paintings of Venice by Canaletto. 23 beautiful paintings from the private art collection at Woburn Abbey are on display – one of the rare occasions they’ve been on loan since arriving in Britain in the 1730s. The exhibition will also explore Canaletto’s life and work, alongside themes of eighteenth-century Venice and the Grand Tour.
Monuments, Empire & Slavery at Bath Abbey (24th May to 4th September)
Revealing its links to colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade, Bath Abbey’s important new exhibition traces the history of its monuments and ledgerstones. A must-visit to learn about the links between those commemorated in the Abbey, the city of Bath, the British Empire, and the slave trade in the 1700 and 1800s, plus the presence of the Abolitionist movement in the city.
Jurassic Ark at BRLSI (Ongoing)
Jurassic Ark at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is your chance to view spectacular fossils from a beautifully preserved, ancient Somerset sea near Ilminster. Adding to the unique collection uncovered by Victorian geologist Charles Moore, new finds in the exhibition are the result of a 2019 excavation. Go along to explore how ancient creatures lived and interacted, how they died and were preserved, and what they can tell us about the history of life.
A Sense of Place at Somerset Rural Life Museum (19th May to 3rd July)
More than 40 ink drawings, linocut and woodcut prints will be on display in A Sense of Place – the first solo exhibition from Glastonbury-based artist Joanna Briar.
Take a day trip beyond Bath to Somerset Rural Life Museum – all of the artwork is inspired by their collections and the surrounding countryside, with the lines of the local landscape, water, wildflowers, meadows and open spaces featuring throughout.
Williams F1 – The Drivers and the Driven at Haynes International Motor Museum
(17th May to 24th October)
Whether you’re a fan or a bystander, adult or child, get a sense of the excitement, achievement and need for speed of Williams, one of the world's leading Formula 1 teams.
Uncover the team’s story at Haynes International Motor Museum in Yeovil by exploring the design concepts and evolution behind their cars, testing your senses in the engine sound booth and experiencing a Formula 1 race car from a driver’s point of view in the cinema space.