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New exhibitions and galleries you have to see in 2019

Britain has hosted hundreds of famed artists throughout its rich history and you’ll find their works portrayed in exhibitions and galleries in numerous towns and cities. These spectacular locations are constantly updating their collections to provide us all with a unique opportunity to cast our eye over prized works from some of the world’s most famous artists, sculptures, painters and impressionists. In preparation for 2019, here are the new exhibitions and galleries that are well worth a date in the diary…

Discover why Van Gogh loved London

Tate Britain will host the largest exhibition of Vincent van Gogh’s work in the UK for nearly a decade (27 March – 11 August). Marking the Tate’s first Van Gogh exhibition since 1947, Van Gogh and Britain will bring together 40 of his most prized works while examining the culture, art and literature that provided inspiration when he lived in London in his early 20s.

Life through a lens

The Tate Britain will also explore the life of renowned photojournalist Don McCullin through images that document his extraordinary career (4 February – 6 May). From harrowing stills of the battlefields of Vietnam and the Troubles in Ireland to images of life in London’s East End and scenes of urban strife, more than 250 photographs will provide a complex retrospective of an icon in British photography. 

An artist at work

September welcomes the most comprehensive survey of William Blake for more than 15 years at Tate Britain (11 September – 2 February 2020), featuring 600 works across an array of different mediums. Discover how the British artist has influenced other artists, writers, musicians and many more people besides over a period of more than 250 years, while working in a time of war, revolution and oppression.

A medicinal journey of discovery

Explore one of the world’s most significant medicine collections at London’s Science Museum and find out how health and medicine have developed during the last 400 years. Bringing together impressive collections from pharmaceutical entrepreneur Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum, the Medicine Galleries are set to fill the entirety of the building’s first floor.

See life in Tudor miniature

The first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures to be hosted in the UK in more than 35 years goes on display in the National Portrait Gallery (21 February – 19 May). Showcasing works from some of the most skilled artists of the period, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, will feature portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I, as well as other famous figures including explorers Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

Explore the world of cartoons

The Cartoon Museum is due to open in the spring after relocating to London’s Wells Street, near Oxford Circus. As well as new exhibition spaces, a learning centre and visitor facilities, the museum promises to bring the “imagination of the world of cartoons into a physical space”.

The power struggle of an ancient king

Renowned for his savagery, the great king Ashurbanipal ruled the ancient world by showcasing his power, as detailed in the British Museum until 24 February. I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria features numerous wall reliefs from the period that detail how the king demonstrated his unquestionable authority.

Immerse yourself in the world of Manga

The biggest exhibition of manga to take place outside of Japan will fill the British Museum in May, detailing how the visual narrative art form has become a global multimedia phenomenon (23 May – 26 August). By examining manga’s appeal across the globe, the Manga exhibition is set to entertain, inspire and challenge, presenting the art form in a new light.

Great artists separated by history

Nearly 500 years separate Michelangelo and Bill Viola but the Royal Academy are going to explore what influence the great Renaissance Master painter had on the video art innovator (28 January – 31 March). Bill Viola/ Michelangelo will delve into the pair’s mutual fascination with birth, life and death, among a host of other themes.

Appreciate the art of sculpture

Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley is looking to fill the Royal Academy with seawater as part of an exhibition detailing his illustrious career (21 September – 3 December). The artist, renowned for creating the Angel of the North and for his incredible sculpture work, will present his most significant set of works for more than a decade.

Celebrate the life of Leonardo

The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery will mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s passing with Leonardo da Vinci: A life in drawing, displaying 12 of his finest works as part of a national celebration (2 February – 2 May). Twelve venues across the country will simultaneously display 144 of Da Vinci’s exquisite drawings, considered to be among the most technically accomplished in the history of art.

Ink the artistic history of tattoos

Uncover the largest gathering of original tattoo artwork and real objects ever assembled in the UK at Bristol’s M-Shed space (16 March – 16 June). Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed will celebrate the rich artistic heritage of tattooing as part of a pioneering and comprehensive history exhibition featuring the thoughts of leading academics, cutting edge designers and plenty of key private collectors.

An encounter with art and architecture

Blenheim Palace will host The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective from February, the largest collection of the famed JMW Turner’s works ever to visit the county (16 February – 22 April). Exhibited in the State Rooms of the Palace, this immersive experience will feature stunning artwork in equally spectacular surroundings.

Uncover street art with a difference

The first major UK exhibition of Keith Haring’s work promises to delve into underground club culture while taking inspiration from pop art and graffiti at Tate Liverpool (14 June – 10 November). Renowned for his public art, Haring has a huge influence on global culture through his sadly short-lived but highly illustrious artistic career.

Experience Royal fashion up close and personal

See the wedding outfits of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex as part of a special exhibition at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (14 June – 6 October). From mid-June, Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will provide Royal fans with the chance to see Meghan’s striking dress in person, alongside all of the other significant fashion points from their big day.

Don’t missy Dippy on tour

Finally, the Natural History Museum’s famed Dippy the Diplodocus will continue his tour of Britain by visiting the Great North Museum: Hancock (18 May – 6 October). Having spent more than 100 years in London, the 21.3-metre-long skeleton provides a unique insight into prehistoric times and can enthral both children and adults alike.

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Golden Globe nominations 2019

Golden Globe nominations 2019

As with every year, this year’s Golden Globe nominations put the spotlight on all that is great in the film world. Ahead of the 76th Golden Globe awards, the latest batch of nominations feature an array of filming locations that showcase the very best of Britain.

A Star Is Born 

With its 5 nominations, including for best film, A Star is Born sees Bradley Cooper’s character Jack take to the stage to film festival scenes at the iconic Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm in Somerset.  Up for the best actor award in the drama category, Cooper’s co-star Lady Gaga, playing Ally, is also up for best actress. Held every year, apart from the odd fallow year when the ground is allowed to recover, Glastonbury Festival is the largest greenfield festival in the world, featuring five days of music and performing arts.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Another nomination for best drama, Rami Malek’s remarkable portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury means he’s also nominated for best actor. Shot across London, notable landmarks used during filming include the Grade II listed art deco Gillette Building in Brentford and Hornsey Town Hall in Haringey. Southwark’s Union Street also doubled up as New York in the biopic, with the picturesque backdrop of the Grand Union Canal near Rickmansworth providing a further spectacular setting for a glimpse into the life of one of music’s most revered talents.

The Wife

The beauty of the Arbigland Estate near Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland provides a chunk of the setting for Glenn Close as she portrays a wife who questions her life choices during a trip to Stockholm with her husband. Nominated for best actress, watch out for Close in the elegant Hutcheson’s Hall in Glasgow, a restaurant and former hospital dating back to 1805 that provides a spectacular urban backdrop in director Bjorn Runge’s drama.

A Private War

Rosamund Pike’s portrayal of the late journalist Marie Colvin mixes the glamour of London with the stark reality of warzones across the globe. Worthy of a best actress nomination, Pike excels in telling the tale of the renowned Sunday Times war correspondent that put her life on the line to convey the truth to the world. Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman, the film is based on ‘A Private War’, a 2012 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner.

The Favourite

The magnificence of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire provided the predominant filming location for director Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama about Queen Anne in 18th century England. Both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are nominated for best supporting actress, while writing pair Tony McNamara and Deborah Davis have been nominated for best screenplay. The country house is a leading example of Jacobean architecture, while the surrounding landscape is home to two deer parks and an array of other wildlife.

Mary Poppins Returns

The heart of the City of London is a prominent feature as the magical nanny makes her return to the big screen, with Rob Marshall’s work nominated for best comedy or music film. The spectacular Victoria Monument, near to Buckingham Palace, also features in the film that has seen Emily Blunt and Lin Manual Miranda put forward for best actress and actor respectively in the music and comedy category.

Stan & Ollie

John C. Reilly is nominated for best music or comedy actor for his representation of one half of iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy – starring alongside Steve Coogan. Filmed across Britain, look out for the Lido in Worthing and the Black Country Museum in Dudley, alongside a strand of the Great Central Railway near Loughborough. Birmingham’s The Old Rep Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre and Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden also appear as settings where the star duo perform, alongside the Hackney Empire Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome.

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