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.
Ladies, Let’s Rip!
An installation by Julie Verhoeven sponsored by the School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University
Artist and designer Julie Verhoeven has been commissioned to produce an installation inspired by the city specially created forBath in Fashion 2013. Her work is multi-disciplined across art and fashion; from illustration and […]
Sylvia Gosse: Streets of Bath
In 1934, Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968) gave the Holburne some “drawings I made of the Streets of Bath some years ago” – probably in 1916 when she was living in Bladud Buildings. Gosse was among the most accomplished of the circle around Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), […]
Folded Beauty: Masterpieces in Linen by Joan Sallas
The Holburne will host an exhibition of elaborately folded napkins and linen made by Joan Sallas after Renaissance and Baroque patterns. This will be the first time that such an exhibition has been held in the UK and the first time that […]
Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare
One of the most important groups of Jacobean portraits in the country forms the centrepiece of this exceptional exhibition. Nine sumptuous full-length portraits by William Larkin, painted around 1613-18, will be displayed alongside rare survivals of dress from the period with […]
Secret Splendour: the hidden world of Baroque Cabinets
£6.50 / concessions
This revealing exhibition casts new light on some of the most magnificent and expensive furniture ever produced. Made from a wide variety of rare and exotic materials including amber, ivory, tortoiseshell, pietra dura and silver, cabinets-on-stands were one of the great […]
Ceramic Sculpture by Jo Taylor
Jo Taylor recently completed her MA in 3D Design Ceramics at Bath Spa University. Her dramatic work is influenced by Baroque and Rococo plasterwork, wrought iron and architecture. Th eclay is formed by hand to create fragments, which are then assembled to create larger forms which […]
Belfast Boy – Clarke’s Cabinet of Home, Heart and Hearth by Mark Clarke
This installation created especially for the Holburne to complement Secret Splendour by Mark Clarke explores life, love and loss and bears testimony to the constant and silent presence of bereavement within the family home.
The piece is inspired by […]
2012 Holburne Portrait Prize
£5 / concessions
Our portrait competition for artists in the south west runs every other year and each time we receive entrants’ work we are delighted with the quality of the paintings and variety of style within this flourishing tradition. A prize panel of judges have awarded the […]
Bouke De Vries: War & Pieces
Ceramic artist Bouke de Vries has created a unique contemporary installation on the Holburne’s Ballroom table. His work is inspired by the eighteenth-century fashion for decorating banqueting tables with extravagant porcelain and sugar sculptures, War & Pieces draws on the tradition of grand banquets and […]
What Are You Like? from House of Illustration
Based on a Victorian parlour game people in the public eye were invited to create a self-revealing artwork by illustrating 8 of their favourite things from a list of 12 including their favourite animal, book, item of clothing, comfort, food, pastime, place, possession, […]
Call for entries for the 2012 Holburne Portrait Prize
We invite applications for this year’s Holburne Portrait Prize. Submissions must be received via our application form by post by 22 June 2012. Please download your pdf application form here>>
The Holburne 2012 Portrait Prize will run from 22 September to 14 October at […]
Presence: The Art of Portrait Sculpture
Admission £6.95 / concessions
What the critics have said about Presence: the art of portrait sculpture
“wonderfully vivid and ambitious” The Times
“terrific, original and inventive” The Observer
“exhilarating” The Independent
Read Laura Cumming’s review for the Observer here>>
This original and inventive exhibition brings together some of the most striking […]
An Affair with Scale: Monumental Ceramics by Felicity Aylieff
Since 2006 internationally renowned (and Bath-based) artist Felicity Aylieff has been collaborating with ceramic factories in Jingdezhen in China to make extraordinary monumental pots which she decorates with vibrant contemporary translations of traditionally used techniques. During the summer months we are thrilled […]
Local Heroes: The Holburne Portrait Prize Commissions
We celebrate the wealth of talent in the south west with the unveiling of our most recent commissions by prize-winners David Fisher, who has painted the actress Stephanie Cole and Sally Muir who chose to paint Bill Bailey. These will hang alongside all of our […]
As part of Bath In Fashion 2012 milliner Stephen Jones has curated an exclusive exhibition at the Holburne Museum. A selection of his hats made over the past thirty years will be beautifully displayed on vintage mannequin heads in the stunning surroundings of the Holburne’s ballroom gallery among its own […]
Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition
Admission £6.50 / Concessions
Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition is a visually arresting exhibition organised in partnership with the National Media Museum, it surveys the many ways in which photographers have explored still life.
The Royal Photographic Society Collection at […]
Louis Ghost Chair
Louis Ghost Chair, a new work by Simon Martin, premieres at Bath’s Holburne Museum. This ambitious new work has been jointly commissioned by the Holburne Museum and Film and Video Umbrella.
The film continues a line of subtle and engaging works by Simon Martin which reflect on particular moments […]
The Holburne Museum\’s opening exhibition will display the personal collection of and artwork by Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake is one the country’s most enduringly popular and important living artists and he has collected since childhood. This exhibition will explore how Blake’s collections reflect his abiding preoccupations and have informed, […]
For over three years the artist Karen Wallis has followed every aspect of the Holburne’s development with pencil and sketchbook in hand. This exhibition shows the involving artistic record of the Holburne’s transformation that she has created in this time.
What emerges is a fascinating visual description of the process of […]
The View From Here: new landscape photographs by Mark Edwards
On 24 September Bath’s Holburne Museum opens the exhibition The View From Here: new landscape photographs by Mark Edwards, one of the most intriguing and thoughtful landscape photographers working today. His work responds to the tradition of British landscape painting and […]
Gainsborough’s Landscapes: Themes and Variations
Richard Dorment gives the show four stars in the Telegraph
Gainsborough’s Landscapes: Themes and Variations is the first exhibition in fifty years devoted solely to his landscape paintings and drawings, bringing together remarkable works from public and private collections, many of them little known and some not […]