10 must do’s for culture vultures in 2018

Sunday 01 July 2018

2018 is set to be a game-changer for Britain’s culture and arts scene, with bags of major new exhibitions, gallery openings and redesigns of museums launching over the coming months. Discover your inner culture vulture at these highlights: 

1.    Cultural Liverpool

When: various events, year-long
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary since claiming the European Capital of Culture title, highlights this year include the world-famous Terracotta Warriors at the city’s World Museum (February-October), and the Liverpool Biennial of contemporary art (14 July-28 October). 

2.    Brunel in Bristol

Clifton Bridge, Bristol

When: March 2018
A new museum, Being Brunel, will be dedicated to the life and works of the game-changing engineer, one of the greatest figures of the Industrial Revolution. Among his works are the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge and the impressive ss Great Britain, both of which you can visit in the city. 

3.    Picasso 1932 at the Tate

When: March 2018
More than 100 of Picasso’s greatest works will be brought together for a “once in a lifetime” exhibition, Picasso 1932, at Tate Modern. Focusing on 1932, a pivotal year in the artist’s life. 

4.    New spaces at the Royal Academy of Arts

When: spring 2018
It’s also the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, which will reveal its revamp this year. There will be new dedicated spaces for exhibitions and displays across the site, including a new Architecture Studio and café. 

5.    150 years of Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow

When: summer 2018
Glasgow is peppered with the art nouveau buildings by celebrated designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth, with Glasgow Museums set to unveil a new exhibition of unseen works. Plus, the original Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms and Salon de Luxe are being renovated and will reopen with a new visitor centre on 7 June 2018.

Mackintosh Tower at the Lighthouse

© VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.

6.    Cook 250 at the National Maritime Museum


When: summer 2018
Taking a lead role in Cook 250 – the anniversary celebrations of Captain Cook’s first expedition from London to the Pacific and Australia (on 26 August) – the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London is opening 4 new permanent galleries. 

7.    The Great Exhibition of the North

When: 22 June-9 September 2018
The exhibition will be a big one on Britain’s cultural calendar this year – revealing all the art, culture, design and innovation that has all been generated in the north of England

Great North Museum

Great North Museum. Image credit: Great North Museum visualisation

8.    Dippy on tour

When: Dorset County Museum, February-May; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, May- September 2018
The Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus skeleton cast, which stood in the entrance hall of the London museum for more than 30 years is now touring the UK.

© Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London [2018]. All rights reserved

9.    The new V&A Dundee, Scotland

When: 15 September 2018 onwards
A new outpost of the world-famous London museum will be opening in Dundee, Scotland in an uber-modern building by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s. The museum will showcase world-class touring exhibitions from the V&A, as well as the best of Scottish design. 

V&A Dundee - Construction 2017

© Ross Fraser McLean

10.    York Mediale

When: September 27 – October 6
This brand new international festival will feature exhibitions, performances and installations throughout the city, all in celebration of digital and media arts. 


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