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Unfinished Portrait of Arthur Atherley (1772–1844)

Thomas Lawrence Coming of Age

May 31, 2021 - May 31, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Online Exhibition Now Open! The exhibition Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age is the Holburne Museum's first virtual show and gives fresh insight into the first twenty-five years of one of Britain’s greatest portrait painters it includes an introductory film and rarely seen images together with some of his most celebrated works. Through a selection of twenty-five paintings and drawings, the exhibition will consider Lawrence's self-image as a prodigy, the impact of Bath’s artistic, cultural and commercial life on the young…

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Caterpillar Engine by Aaron Angell 2021

Hornet, hailstone, crab eye, aerodrome… (etc.)

September 9, 2021 at 10:00 am - January 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Aaron Angell & Steven Claydon Hornet, hailstone, crab eye, aerodrome… (etc.) 9 Sept 2021 – 3 Jan 2022 Hornet, hailstone, crab eye, aerodrome… (etc.) presents the fruits of a recent anagama kiln firing by Aaron Angell and Steven Claydon. These two leading British artists share an anachronistic approach to historical influence, in this instance in the vernacular of ceramics from late-medieval rural Japan from where anagama kilns originate. Enjoy this display with your general admission ticket which may also include Rossetti's Portraits and Sunil…

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Astrid Cooper five co-curator of My Kid Couldve Done That at the Holburne Museum Bath © Will-Cooper.

My Kid Could’ve Done That! At the Edge

September 18 at 12:00 pm - December 18 at 5:00 pm
The Edge Art Centre University of Bath, University of Bath, Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY United Kingdom
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Until 18 December at the Edge Art Centre, University of Bath Kenneth Alme, Sara Barker, Harriet Bowman, Dicken Drury, Jesse Darling, Sean Edwards, Lilah Fowler, Ryan Gander, Jasleen Kaur, Tessa Lynch, Joanne Masding, France-Lise McGurn, Natasha McVoy, Kate Owens, Laure Prouvost, Emily Speed, and Yu-Chen Wang & Andro Semeiko. This project, curated by Will Cooper and his five-year old daughter Astrid, brings together work by 18 international artists made in collaboration with their young children. Expect work that celebrates all…

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Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris), Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1868 © Society of Antiquaries of London: Kelmscott Manor

Rossetti’s Portraits

September 24, 2021 - January 9, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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This autumn sees a unique show devoted to one of the giants of Victorian art – the first ever exhibition dedicated to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s portraits. The Times ⭐⭐⭐⭐ You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum. A unique show devoted to one of the giants of Victorian art open at the Holburne Museum – the first ever exhibition dedicated to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s portraits. Rossetti’s Portraits features such iconic…

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SunilGupta-The New Pre-Raphaelites #13

Sunil Gupta: The New Pre-Raphaelites

September 24, 2021 - January 19, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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To accompany its major new exhibition of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s portraits, the Holburne is proud to announce a display of photographs by Sunil Gupta that explore the legacy of the Pre-Raphaelites and their influence on contemporary art. You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum. In 2008, London-based artist and photographer Sunil Gupta (b.1953, New Delhi) was commissioned by Autograph gallery in London, to produce a body of work connected…

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Frog by Aaron Angell

Angell & Claydon In Conversation

December 9 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Hornet, hailstone, crab eye, aerodrome…(etc) presents the results of a recent anagama kiln firing by British artists Aaron Angell (b. 1987) and Steven Claydon (b.1969). Join the two artists In Conversation with Will Cooper, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Holburne, at 7pm on 9 December where they will discuss their display which is drawn from a firing at Dr Robin Wilson’s Oxford University Kiln Project, an anthropological investigation into this type of ancient pottery kiln, which originally dates from…

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Christmas Drop-Ins – Free Family Christmas Fun! Beautiful Boxes

December 11 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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This Christmas join us for a morning of FREE Festive Family Fun to create your own Beautiful Box .Enjoy a playful and inspiring activity with your children and make your own festive decoration to put on your tree, or even to give as a gift, you decide!    Running from 10am-1pm, in the Clore Learning Space. Open to all. No need to book.   All materials will be provided. Activities are suitable for children aged 5 and up. Children must…

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Christmas Drop-Ins – Free Family Christmas Fun! Crazy Crackers

December 12 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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This Christmas join us for a morning of FREE Festive Family Fun to create your own Crazy Crackers -inspired by our current exhibition Rossetti's Portraits. Enjoy a playful and inspiring activity with your children and make your own stunning cracker- ready for the big day!   Running from 10am-1pm, in the Clore Learning Space. Open to all. No need to book.   All materials will be provided. Activities are suitable for children aged 5 and up. Children must be accompanied at…

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Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart and Pre-Raphaelite Fashion

December 16 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Medieval Revivalism in Pre-Raphaelite Fashion Free Zoom Lecture with fashion historian, writer and broadcaster Amber Butchart to celebrate our exhibition Rossetti's Portraits 7pm Thursday 16 December Fashion historian, writer and broadcaster Amber Butchart delves into the fashion of the Pre-Raphaelite era to consider the romantic medieval revivalism at the heart of many styles and techniques, before reflecting on its continued influence on fashion from the 1960s to today. Book your FREE ticket  

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Mick Peter: Old Ghosts

January 14, 2022 - May 15, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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Old Ghosts  is an exhibition of new work by Glasgow-based artist, Mick Peter. Old Ghosts takes a wry and affectionate look at the idea of history as an industry. In several surprising interventions, inside and outside the Holburne Museum, visitors will encounter amusing tableaux which appear to be cartoons that have come to life. You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum. Old Ghosts creates a narrative trail through the…

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People Make Museums

January 27, 2022 - May 2, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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People Make Museums is a celebration of creativity and the importance of people in museums. People bring stories, memories, lived experience and ways of seeing which constantly reinvigorate and challenge museums and their collections. It is people that make museums relevant. You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum. The sculptures in this exhibition aim to capture some of these complex, personal moments of connection; the fleeting conversations, sudden revelations, unspoken…

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Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown English artist, circa 1588 © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Tudors: Passion, Power & Politics

January 28, 2022 - May 8, 2022
The Holburne Museum, Holburne Museum
Bath, BA2 4DB United Kingdom
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In our opening exhibition of 2022, The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics, you will come face-to-face with the five Tudor monarchs - Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I - who, to this day, remain some of the most familiar figures in English history; not least because these instantly recognisable portraits have preserved their likenesses for five centuries.   You can book in advance here, or you can also just purchase tickets on arrival at the…

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The Collection

The heart of the present day Collection was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874). As a second son, Thomas William (generally known as William) first pursued a naval career. He ultimately inherited the Baronetcy in 1820 following the death of his elder brother, Francis, at the Battle of Bayonne in 1814.

In 1882 this collection of over 4,000 objects, pictures and books was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister, Mary Anne Barbara Holburne. One of the Holburne’s main purposes is to preserve the things that have been entrusted to our care.

Garden Cafe

Come and see us in the Garden Cafe at The Holburne Museum. The cafe is run by Benugo and shares the Museum’s opening hours, with the last order taken half an hour before we close.

Chairs and tables by the glass walls of the Garden Cafe
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