MAKING A MARK: Art Exhibitions in Major / National London Art Galleries

MAKING A MARK: Art Exhibitions in Major / National London Art Galleries

I started this post intending to do a listing of art exhibitions in London this Autumn / Winter 2022 – across all the major / notable art galleries which are not wholly commercial.

I’ve moved on to the notion that a more manageable way of listing exhibitions might be to do three separate posts covering

  1. Major / National Art Galleries & Museums – essentially those
    who are recipients on major grant in aid from the  Department for
    Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS);
  2. Significant Art Galleries & Museums – these are typically
    smaller art galleries and museums (but they’re not small!) which have
    either notable permanent collections and/or put on notable exhibitions;
  3. Specialist Art Galleries & Museums – those which tend to be
    focused on a specific subject or genre
I’ll reference each of the other two posts in every post about Art
Exhibitions in London Art Galleries in Autumn / Winter 2022

first we have the “big boys”!

  • The British Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Tate Britain
  • Tate Modern
  • Victoria & Albert Museum

Links are to the exhibition page on the website of the art museum or gallery.

Table of Contents


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About how the meaning was unlocked following the discovery of the Dead Sea
Scrolls. Hieroglyphs were not just beautiful symbols, they represented
a living, spoken language. From romantic poetry and international treaties,
to shopping lists and tax returns, the hieroglyphic inscriptions and ancient
handwriting in this exhibition reveal stories that are fantastically varied.


Hieroglyphs – pictures which make language

Two million prints online for all 6 September 2022 – 23 January 2023

The display celebrates the milestone of a 30 year project to digitise all the
prints and drawings collection in the British Museum collection.

In April 2021, the last of the two million prints was described and
measured, and its production date and the names of the printmakers,
designers and publishers added to the database. Now, for the first time,
the British Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings’ astonishing
collection of 500,000 records is available to a global audience on the
British Museum’s
Collection online.

Art on paper since 1960, the Hamish Parker collection
22 September 2022 – 25 March 2023

From Lucian Freud to Kiki Smith, life drawing to minimalism and etching
to collage, this exhibition spans an intriguing range of styles and
techniques used in art on paper from 1960 to today.
Shattered glass of Beirut | FRee | 25 Aug 2022 – 23 Oct 2022

This display follows the story of eight ancient glass vessels, from
their destruction in the 2020 Beirut explosion to their restoration.

Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

This first major exhibition of Lucian Freud’s work in 10 years brings together paintings from more than seven decades.

Winslow Homer: Force of Nature – Until 8 January 2023

Which I’ve seen – and I thought very good – and I will probably go back for another look

an overview of Winslow Homer (1836–1910), the great American Realist painter who confronted the leading issues facing the United States, and its relationship with both Europe and the Caribbean world, in the final decades of the 19th century.

paintings of the sea by Winslow Homer

Discover Manet & Eva Gonzalès – 21 October 2022 – 15 January 2023

‘Discover Manet & Eva Gonzalès’ is the first in a series of exhibitions that look at a single painting from fresh and unexpected perspectives.

Turner on Tour – 3 November 2022 (Room 46) – 19 February 2023

For the first time in a century, two ground-breaking paintings by Turner are coming home for a special exhibition.

St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Due to essential refurbishment works, the National Portrait Gallery
remains closed until spring 2023

Two of the Tate’s four museums are located in London.

Over the course of this year, we’re updating the Tate Britain
collection displays. Different galleries will be closed at different
times while this takes place. If you’d like to see a favourite work of
art, please
contact us
before you visit. The work will be fully completed in 2023.

There’s nothing, except for the permanent collection, which makes me want
to visit Tate Britain. I remember when there used to be a blockbuster every
winter – but not this winter it appears….

Permanent Collection

Walk Through British Art
Ongoing | FREE

Explore art made in Britain, arranged by date Exhibitions

Henry Moore

Visit two rooms dedicated to the work of sculptor Henry Moore

Turner Collection Ongoing | FREE

See the world’s largest free display of paintings by J.M.W. Turner and Mark
Rothko’s Seagram murals


British sculptor and contemporary visual artist Hew Locke has created a
new and exciting large-scale installation for the 2022 Commission

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night 24 Nov 2022 – 26 Feb 2023

Tate Britain celebrates the return of Yiadom-Boakye’s 2020 major survey
which was sadly cut short by lockdown


Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 |
Download the Tate Modern map [PDF, 1014 Kb]

Everyone aged 16-25 can visit all Tate exhibitions for £5 by
joining Tate Collective. To join for free, please visit:

Tate Modern website

I’m very definitely going to be visiting the Cezanne
Exhibition and possibly more than once.  

The EY Exhibition: Cezanne Until 12 Mar 2023

A career-spanning survey of a pivotal figure in modern art

Paul Cezanne. The Basket of Apples, c. 1893.
Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial
In my opinion , this is going to be one of the epic
exhibitions this Autumn as it’s garnering rave reviews.

Hyundai Commission: Cecilia Vicuña: Brain Forest Quipu (Turbine Hall) Until 16 Apr 2023

Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña will create an exciting new
artwork for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

(This was being installed when I was last at Tate Modern)

Philip Guston 5 Oct 2023 – 25 Feb 2024

One of the 20th century’s most captivating painters responds to a
world in turmoil

Thamesmead Codex celebrates the voices and local community of
Thamesmead, London

A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Until 14 May 2023

This free exhibition brings together works which respond to
debates around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights
in Australia

Maria Bartuszová Until 16 Apr 2023

Delicate, evocative plaster sculptures inspired by the natural

Explore a forest of towering woven sculptures

The V&A now has four Museums – in South Ken, Dundee,
Stoke-on-Trent and V&A Museum of Childhood – which will
remain closed while it’s being
transformed into Young V&A.

V&A South Kensington

Cromwell Road, London

Admission is FREE

Opening times: Daily: 10.00 – 17.45 | Friday: 10.00 – 22.00

This is the

Hallyu! The Korean Wave | £20 | On now until Sunday, 25 June 2023

Showcases the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South
Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global
impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom,
beauty and fashion.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature | £14.00 | On now until Sunday, 8
January 2023

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature is the first exhibition to tell the
complete life story of Beatrix Potter, one of the best loved authors of
children’s fiction in the 20th century. Realised through a major
partnership with the National Trust, this playful and interactive
exhibition invites visitors of all ages to rediscover this household
name and explore the full breadth of her achievements and multifaceted
life, from storyteller to natural scientist and conservationist.

There are also a number of interesting FREE displays.

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