Great masterpieces… for free
It’s not often you get to see a masterpiece for free, is it? Well, actually, it is in the UK. From world-famous works to controversial installations and creations by today’s acclaimed geniuses – you’ll be spoilt for choice by the free art galleries in London and around Britain. And you...
Start with the classics - you can’t pass up a chance to see Van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London; the imposing portraits of King Henry VIII at London's National Portrait Gallery; Picasso’s Weeping Woman at the Tate Liverpool; the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelites in the world at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery or Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott at the Tate Britain in London.
Mix things up a little at Tate Modern, a free modern art gallery within an old power station by the River Thames in London here you’ll find Rothko, Pollock, Warhol and Hockney hanging out with the latest innovative sculpture artist commissioned to take on the Turbine Hall.
In the mood for something different? Combine culture with exercise at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Explore 500 acres of historic landscape, where you’ll find open-air displays by some of the world’s finest artists, plus five stunning indoor galleries. If it’s sculpture that floats your boat, don’t miss the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, where three galleries showcase historical and contemporary sculpture through a programme of exhibitions.
Free art galleries are a great way to find out more about the history of an area too. Take the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, where you can discover the history of the city’s trade in the Metalwork Collection, or the Permanent Collection at the Burton Art Gallery in Devon, which delves into the history of the local area.
All of this without forking out a penny. What are you waiting for?