2018 will shine a light on the North of England. Liverpool launches a cultural programme marking 10 years since the city was named European Capital of Culture. This is followed by the International Business Festival on 12–28 June. Shortly after, Newcastle-Gateshead hosts the three-month Great Exhibition of the North dedicated to telling the story of Northern England through its art and culture, design and innovation.
Museums and galleries
Collating for the first time some of the most recognisable and wearable designs of the last century, T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion provides a unique insight into the historical and cultural influence of the most ubiquitous, affordable and popular garment of the last 100 years.
The Design Museum, The Mary Rose Museum, and Science Museum are the three UK museums nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) 2018.
The shortlist includes 40 museums from all across the continent which includes three from Italy, three from Finland and four from Switzerland. The full list of nominees can be found here.
We are thrilled to welcome St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, painted in the workshop of the 15th century Flemish painter, Dieric Bouts, to Bristol from the Bowes Museum. It will be on display in our newly refurbished Old Masters Gallery for the next two years.
Dieric Bouts is viewed as one of the most important early Netherlandish artists. The painting is an excellent example of the early yet sophisticated use of oil painting by Flemish artists of the Northern Renaissance, which later influenced artists across Europe.
It's the most wonderful time of the year and so we're using it as a chance to celebrate all the wonderful things Bristol Culture have achieved this year.
Open a door daily to see a great statistic!
You can now explore Waddesdon in virtual reality from the comfort of your own home in high-definition. All you need is a smartphone and a VR headset, such as Google Cardboard.
Perhaps you live too far away to visit, can’t wait until spring when we reopen the main rooms after their winter ‘rest’, or you want to take another look and make sure you haven’t missed any details when you were here. This series of room tours is our first foray into virtual reality, so we are very excited about sharing these immersive experiences with you.
A behind the scenes look at how over 100 students helped bring this year's light and sound show to life.
Waddesdon Imaginarium celebrates the art, objects, gardens and history of Waddesdon, with roaming porcelain animals, dancing musical clocks and fluttering clouds of butterflies projected onto the House, accompanied by a series of original soundtracks.
A pioneering partnership between the UK and China, the new V&A Gallery in Shenzhen will be the cornerstone of the city's cultural hub dedicated to design.
Plans for a £5.3 million expansion to Margate's Turner Contemporary are being considered, with Arts Council England already commiting £3 million. If approved, the expansion is expected to be finished by April 2021.
Gallery director Victoria Pomery said: “The next phase of Turner Contemporary will be designed to ensure that the organisation is sustainable into the future. After six years of operation and 2.5 million visits, the gallery has been widely acknowledged as the model of arts-led regeneration.”
A £40 million museum, the Thames Estuary Experience, will be built on Southend seafront. It will detail the history of the River Thames and maritime heritage of the estuary.
It will include interactive exhibits, artefacts including a Royal Anglo-Saxon tomb and the 17th-century shipwreck of The London, as well as a planetarium, restaurant and shops.
HawkinsBrown have been chosen as the architects to deliver the 10,000 square metre building and grounds.