The San Miguel Picturehouse Pop-Up is heading to the Holburne Museum, Bath in August for a weekend of outdoor cinema.
The screenings take place in the open, with a limited number of deckchairs available on a first come first served basis. We will also have cardboard ‘bumbox’ seating available for sale […]
Feb 2016 Family workshop
There is so much happening this half term at the Holburne Museum:
Impressionism: Capturing Life ( 13 February to 5 June)
Kids go free to our exquisite new exhibition! Don’t forget to take the children to the Sackler Discover Centre after your visit for plenty of fun activities inspired by […]
“… dazzling” The Sunday Times
This exhibition will explore one of the most exciting threads of art history of the past 150 years. Many artists from the Impressionists onwards were inspired by scientific colour theories, such as the pointillist work of Georges Seurat, where colours other than those actually painted on […]
In partnership with Bath Spa University
Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February 1-4pm
A series of interventionist performances give a fresh interpretation to the museum exhibits. Throughout the afternoon dancers and composers from Bath Spa University will present a series of short original performance works in response to the displays and spaces […]
This August, The Little Theatre Cinema brings four terrific films to a huge screen set under the summer firmament at the Holburne Museum. What’s more, the Holburne’s gorgeous café will be open, serving food, soft drinks and alcoholic refreshment.
Screenings will take place around 9.00, or as soon as it becomes […]
In a new On the Table commission Linda Brothwell, a pioneer of contemporary British craft skills, will create a playground of textures and colours in stone, wood and metalwork in response to the most intricate works in the Holburne Museum’s collection. In a dramatic exploration of materials, Brothwell’s work will […]
‘This is not a huge exhibition, but it might just change your life.’ Jonathan Jones, The Guardian
‘a diverting new exhibition at the sparkling Holburne museum’ Alastair Sooke, The Daily Telegraph
Today George Stubbs (1724-1806) is known and loved for his anatomically accurate and sensitively realistic portraits of magnificent horses and their […]
An exhibition showcasing local schoolchildren’s creative responses to a beautiful Wedgwood vase in our collection. The children took part in ‘Take One’ – a programme developed by the National Gallery to support primary school teachers to develop exciting cross-curricular projects focusing on one museum object. The vase was chosen for […]
A brand new commission for the Holburne Museum
A series of interventionist performances give our exhibits a fresh interpretation. Throughout the day dancers and composers will present a series of short original performance works in response to the exhibits and spaces of the Museum. Be prepared to be surprised and delighted as dances appear as if […]
This small exhibition brings together watercolours by JMW Turner from five important art collections: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, The Wilson in Cheltenham as well as a private collection in Somerset.
JMW Turner, one of the foremost landscape painters in […]
Holly Davey has been researching the Museum’s collection with a particular interest in the three Holburne sisters, especially Mary Ann Barbara (1802 – 1882), the last of the Holburne family line. Working with objects from the collection and research surrounding the period, Davey’s installation blurs the boundaries between fact and […]
The absurdities of fashion, the perils of love, political machinations and royal intrigue were the daily subject matter of Thomas Rowlandson, one of the leading caricaturists of Georgian England.
Rowlandson was working at a time when English satirical prints were prized by collectors across Europe. A number of the works in […]
This year’s fantastic line up for the largest dedicated children’s book festival in Europe is programmed by Guest Artistic Director and award-winning children’s author David Almond. Highlights include: Michael Morpurgo, Benjamin Zephaniah, John Burningham and Lauren Child, as well as all-time favourites, Peppa Pig, Lego and Minecraft. At the Holburne […]
This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the Holburne’s collection of portraits by the French silhouette-cutter Augustin Edouart (1789-1861). The realism and detail of Edouart’s full-length characters, simply cut out of black paper “by scissors alone”, is remarkable. The exhibition will include some of his finest and most famous silhouettes.
The Museum is under threat from an infestation of minute malevolent skeleton fairies. A spate of thefts and mysterious breakages have alerted us to their presence, and they have been observed wreaking quiet havoc amongst the decorative art collections. Please be vigilant.
We are working to get the infestation under control, […]
Striking a Pose: Gesture in Theatrical Portraits
Wirth Gallery | Free
This exhibition brings together rarely-exhibited works from two important local collections of eighteenth-century theatrical portraiture: the Somerset Maugham collection at the Holburne and the Mander & Mitchenson Collection at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection. It will be curated by students […]
Julian Opie: Collected Works continues a series of exhibitions at the Holburne exploring artists and their collections. One of this country’s most important and successful contemporary artists this will be Opie’s first one person exhibition in a UK museum for over ten years. Uniquely it will bring together his own […]
Stereoscopic Photographs of Pablo Picasso by Robert Mouzillat
Wirth Gallery | Free
This exhibition presents, for the first time, a small part of an extraordinary collection of colour stereoscopic photographs of Picasso taken over the Easter weekend of 1957 by the pioneering 3D photographer Robert Mouzillat.
These amazing photographs of Picasso were taken […]
‘A Ballroom Banquet’ by Kathy Dalwood continues a series of contemporary interventions at the Holburne Museum which juxtapose the traditional and modern to create unique and surprising interpretations which reference the Holburne’s history, building, location and collection. Spectacular displays using the Museum’s Ballroom Table have to date included work by […]
Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond
Roper Gallery £6.95 | Concessions
‘A cracking show about a fascinating painter’ Richard Dorment The Telegraph>>
‘Wright there: Derby artist’s sojourn in Bath revisited’ Mark Brown The Guardian>>
‘Joseph Wright’s time in Bath was grim but, as an exhibition in the city illustrates, it was also the […]
Simon Brett: Fifty Years of Wood Engraving
Simon Brett is one of Britain’s leading wood engravers. He has made over a thousand engravings for limited edition prints, bookplates and, most often, book illustrations. This exhibition celebrates the half century he has spent making wood engravings since his student days at […]
Characters: Portraits and People from the Arts Council Collection
£6.95 | Concessions | Tel 01225 388569
This striking and entertaining exhibition, selected from the Arts Council’s Collection, brings together a host of characters both real and imagined. Painted by British artists over the last 60 years it will feature works by Francis […]
James Giles: ‘ingenious’ painter of porcelain
James Giles (1718-1780) produced some of the most beautifully decorated of all English eighteenth-century porcelain and glass. His Soho workshop specialised in decorating plain white porcelain from other factories with exquisite painted birds, flowers, fruit and figures. Long admired by collectors, this show brings […]
This is the only display of the first official painted portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge outside London this year.
The painting by artist Paul Emsley was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in January. The Holburne is a fitting place to show this important portrait – a few miles from […]
Junko Mori is one of the country’s most exciting and innovative contemporary metalsmiths. Coppiced Wood is an exhibition of new work that is a direct response to the unique position of the Holburne Museum within the eighteenth-century landscape of Sydney Gardens. This new work is significantly larger in scale than […]
Photographic Miniatures by Bettina von Zwehl
Wirth Gallery FREE
We have commissioned renowned German photographer Bettina von Zwehl to make new work for the Holburne that responds to our collection of historic portrait miniatures. Bettina was particularly struck by an unusual early nineteenth-century miniature on display which shows a group of […]
Gerrit Dou, A Girl Chopping Onions, 1646
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Cook and writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall puzzles over the dish being prepared in this painting.
Rembrandt van Rijn, An Old Woman, called ‘The Artist’s Mother’, c.1627-9
Maggi Hambling Painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling looks closely at this remarkable portrait.