There’s nothing quite like spending a quiet afternoon perusing an exhibition or two, soaking up shape, colour, line and texture in a calm and peaceful surrounding. For such a small city, Bath has a very generous serving of exceptional art galleries and museums, so make Bath your destination this month to step into calm, inspire your senses, and truly feel good.
Here is our round-up of what’s on in Bath this February.
Admire fine art masterpieces at The Holburne Museum
Venture across Pulteney Bridge and down opulent Great Pulteney Street, and you will be greeted by the grand façade of The Holburne Museum. Boasting a permanent collection courtesy of Sir William Holburne (1793-1874), this month it also plays host to the following exhibitions.
Djordje Ozbolt: The Grand Detour – open all month
Displayed throughout the museum’s galleries and grounds, this exhibition re-works some of The Holburne Museum’s favourite pieces, allowing visitors to enjoy them from a new perspective
Bruegel Defining a Dynasty – from the 11th
Discover four, artistic generations of the Bruegel family through 35 artworks, including works from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust and the Ashmolean Museum.
Peer into distant cultures at the Museum of East Asian Art
Nestled between the two great landmarks of the Royal Crescent and the Circus, the Museum of East Asian Art (MEAA) is dedicated to the arts and crafts of East and South East Asia. Drop by to admire 7000 years of artefacts, along with the following temporary exhibitions.
RED – Culture, History and Craftmanship – until the 12th
Join the MEAA as they explore the use of the colour red in the Chinese culture, from its symbolism and the production of red pigments, to advances in the use of red during the Ming dynasty.
Ways of Seeing – Drawings by Chloe Regan – until the 12th
A collection of line drawings exploring the different ways of seeing and interpreting foreign and exotic objects.
Hong Ling – Selected – from the 25th
A retrospective exhibition of oil paintings inspired by the artist’s travels through Asia, and other remote parts of the world.
Discover art from near and far at the Victoria Art Gallery
The Victoria Art Gallery sits quietly opposite the raging Pulteney Weir, and houses an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. With four exhibitions coming and going throughout February, there’s plenty to entertain all month long.
Jean Rose: The Poetry of the Everyday – until the 19th
One of the first artists to enrol at the Bath Academy of Art in the 40s, Jean Rose presents her collection of paintings documenting daily life in Bath.
Peter Brown: A Bath Painter’s Travels – until the 19th
Known locally as ‘Pete the Street’, Peter exhibits over 100 paintings and drawings of iconic views of Bath, as well as other cities like London and Dublin, and further afield.
Tom Hickman: Following the Thread – from the 25th
Discover the charm of Isle of Lewis resident Tom Hickman’s Harris Tweed embroidered images of local crofters’ sheep.
History through a Lens: Iconic Photographs from the Incite Project – from the 25th
Explore a collection of 75 iconic photographs that changed the way the world saw landmark, historical events.
Uncover centuries of costume at the Fashion Museum
Sitting amongst the Georgian splendour of the Assembly Rooms, the Fashion Museum is home to examples of costume spanning more than 400 years (and the opportunity to don some period dress!). The following exhibitions draw from the museum’s world-class collection of nearly 100,000 items.
A History of Fashion in 100 Objects – open all month
Admire 100 ‘star objects’ from the Fashion Museum’s collection, providing an intriguing insight into the fashions of the last 400 years.
Lace in Fashion – from the 4th
Uncover the journey of lace - from ‘craft to catwalk’ - in this exhibition of 50 ‘historic treasures’ and designer pieces.
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