Past Exhibitions

His Majesty 33rd Regiment

His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot

15 Sep 2018 to 16 Sep 2018Living History Display in Partnership with the Jane Austen Festival
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Bronze Arts Award Week for 11-16 year old’s FULLY BOOKED

06 Aug 2018 to 11 Aug 2018Bronze Arts Award Week for 11-16 year olds
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Dutch Still-Life Oil Painting Masterclass FULLY BOOKED

21 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018An Two -day Adult Workshop with David Cranswick
Saturday Art Club

Half Term at The Holburne

23 Oct 2017 to 26 Oct 2017Come and enjoy our creative workshops, all inspired by our new exhibition Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception opening 20 October.       .        
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San Miguel Picturehouse Pop- Up Cinema

10 Aug 2017 to 13 Aug 2017

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 […]

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The Gardener’s Lodge Art Group – Fringe Art Festival

27 May 2017 to 11 Jun 2017The Gardener's Lodge Art Group - Fringe Art Festival May 27 - June 11  
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Easter at the Holburne

25 Mar 2016 to 12 Apr 2016Visit us this Easter or let us inspire your children at Easter Art Camp with days packed full of fun.
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Sound Shift

22 Feb 2016 to 28 Feb 2016IMO (Ideas, Materials and Objects). BA Course- 2nd Year Students
The Young Girls
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Oil on canvas
1885, 46.3 x 55.5 cm
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Half Term at the Holburne

13 Feb 2016 to 21 Feb 2016

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 […]

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Gold An exhibition from the Royal Collection

24 Oct 2015 to 24 Jan 2016Explore the beauty and symbolism of this precious metal through 60 exquisite works, on loan from the Royal Collection, from the Early Bronze Age to the 20th century.

Early Years Brilliant Babes January

20 Jan 2015 to 03 Feb 2015Brilliant Babes runs over three Tuesdays for accompanied babies aged 0-9 months
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Illuminate 2015

03 Jan 2015 to 10 Jan 2015Eight nights of projection, performance, installation and illumination from 5 to 8pm
Colourscape

Colourscape

19 Aug 2018 to 29 Aug 2018An amazing experience of colour, music and light for all ages
Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp for 5-11 Yrs

12 Aug 2018 to 17 Aug 2018Summer Art Camp for 5-11 year olds
Pop Up Cinema 2018

Pop Up Cinema

08 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

One of the best things in life has to be enjoying a fabulous film framed by a backdrop of stars, surrounded by the horticultural heaven of the Holburne’s grounds. This August The Little goes free range, as we bring four terrific films to a huge screen set under the summer […]

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Summer Art Camp (For 5-11 yrs)

05 Aug 2018 to 10 Aug 2018Summer Art Camp for 5-11 year olds
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Summer Art Camp (5-11 year olds)

29 Jul 2018 to 03 Aug 2018SUMMER ART CAMP for 5-11 Years Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August 9am-4pm £38 per day; £20 discount for booking 5 consecutive days.
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Summer Art Camp (5-11yrs) FULLY BOOKED

24 Jul 2018 to 27 Jul 2018Summer Art Camp for 5-11 year olds FULLY BOOKED  
Hawk on a stand, steel with inlaid gold and silver decoration, Iran (Isfahan), late 19th century. F73.A. Given by Miss E.G. Tanner in 1932. (c)Tony Gilbert Photography

Bath to Baghdad

13 Jun 2018 to 21 Oct 2018Ellen Tanner's Collection of Middle Eastern Art, Wirth Gallery
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Spring Half Term Art Camp (5-11 year old’s)

28 May 2018 to 01 Jun 2018SPRING HALF TERM  ART CAMP for 5-11 year old's.  
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Prized Possessions Dutch Masterpieces from National Trust Houses

24 May 2018 to 16 Sep 2018Dutch seventeenth-century paintings by some of the finest masters of the ‘Golden Age’ from National Trust collections around the country are to go on display together for the first time at the Holburne Museum in Bath.
A Long Way Home Photography Exhibition

The Long Way Home

18 Apr 2018 to 29 Apr 2018A Photography Exhibition by David Molina Gadea- The Holburne Museum Garden
Toddlealongs

Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 Years) FULLY BOOKED

12 Apr 2018 to 20 Jul 2018Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one.
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.   Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.
The Silverware Still Lives (2017) Photo - Rosalind Atkinson. Art Direction - Tasha Marks (0E7A3289)

Made for the Table

12 Apr 2018 to 01 Jul 2018Davidson Ballroom Gallery
Saturday Art Club

Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 years) FULLY BOOKED

12 Apr 2018 to 20 Jul 2018Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one.
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week. Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.
Tuesday Yearlings Chrissie Weltike

Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) FULLY BOOKED

09 Apr 2018 to 10 Jul 2018Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one. Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Monday Yearlings Chrissie Weltike

Monday Yearlings (12-24 months)

08 Apr 2018 to 09 Jul 2018Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one. . Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy. Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance
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Arty Babies (0-9 months)

08 Apr 2018 to 09 Jul 2018Arty Babies for up to 9 months (pre crawlers) This group provides a cosy relaxed, creative space for mums to meet other new mums over a cuppa and make something different each week while their babies enjoy safe and sensory play (maximum 10 places). No experience necessary! Mondays 1-2.30pm Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.

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Easter Art Camp (5-11 year olds) ALL FULLY BOOKED

02 Apr 2018 to 06 Apr 2018EASTER ART CAMP for 5-11 year olds. Tuesday 3 April to Friday 6 April  (3, 4 and 6 APRIL NOW SOLD OUT) 9am-4pm £38 per day; £15 discount for booking 4 consecutive days.
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Easter Art Camp (5-11 year old’s)

25 Mar 2018 to 29 Mar 2018EASTER ART CAMP for 5-11 year old's. Monday 26 -Thursday 29 March 9am-4pm £38 per day; £15 discount for booking 4 consecutive days.
Half-Term Drop In Feb 18

Elephants on Parade

13 Feb 2018 to 15 Feb 2018Free Holiday Drop-ins
Anthony Fry, Mango and Rice Paddies, Thirunelli, 1991, oil on canvas, 106 x 132 cm, © Private Collection / Permission kindly granted by the estate of Anthony Fry / Browse & Darby Ltd

Anthony Fry: A Retrospective

09 Feb 2018 to 07 May 2018'...a delicious small survey...' Four Stars, Philip Hensher
John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-79) as Spado in The Castle of Andalusia, by Robert William Buss, 1833

Lighting Up the Stage: Stars of the Georgian Theatre

02 Feb 2018 to 03 Jun 2018Wirth Gallery
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Big Give Campaign: Thank You

28 Nov 2017 to 06 Dec 2017Donate to the Big Give – help us raise £50,000 to restore and display a fascinating collection of unseen Persian treasures – and double your donation!
The Art of Perception

Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception

19 Oct 2017 to 22 Jan 2018

“… 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 […]

Michael Petry, A Line Lives in the Past and the Future, 2017, Sand Cast Glass

Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods

19 Oct 2017 to 08 Apr 2018Free Exhibition- Davidson Ballroom Gallery
Arthur Atherley by Thomas Lawrence

A New Portrait for Bath – A Celebration of Work with Local Schools

28 Jun 2017 to 02 Jul 2017Thursday 29 June to Sunday 2 July 10am to 5pm (Sunday 11am to 5pm)
Yasuko Fujino, detail of 'In the Garden', silk, metal thread, mohair, 250 x 410cm©Yasuko Fujino

Tapestry Here and Now

22 Jun 2017 to 01 Oct 2017Tapestry: Here & Now celebrates the vibrancy of tapestry-weaving today. The exhibition brings together the work of international makers to showcase the most innovative approaches to the art of contemporary tapestry. Alongside British tapestry weavers, the exhibition features artists from Australia, Norway, Latvia, Japan and the USA with over 20 artists represented, including Erin Riley, Caron Penney, Ai Ito, Jilly Edwards, Yasuko Fujino and Fiona Rutherford. Their work explores themes of enduring relevance including how we respond to nature and the urban environment, how tapestry can tell personal and political stories, and the skill of the hand-made. The Holburne’s Arts tapestry (1934-5) by Edward McKnight Kauffer will also be on show for the first time. Here & Now was curated by the National Centre for Craft & Design in partnership with Lesley Millar, Professor of Textile Culture and Director of the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of talks and workshops and a symposium.
David Cranswick- Egg Tempera and Oil Workshop

The Mixed Technique of Egg Tempera and Oil FULLY BOOKED

02 Jun 2017 to 04 Jun 2017A Workshop with David Cranswick
Toddlealongs

Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 Years) FULLY BOOKED

27 Apr 2017 to 14 Jul 2017Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one.
Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.   Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.
Tuesday Yearlings Chrissie Weltike

Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) FULLY BOOKED

24 Apr 2017 to 11 Jul 2017Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one. Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Holburne Art Camp

Easter Art Camp (5-11 year olds)

17 Apr 2017 to 21 Apr 2017EASTER ART CAMPS for 5-11 year olds 18, 19 & 21 APRIL ALL FULLY BOOKED Booking also available for  Monday 10-Thursday 13 April 9am-4pm £38 per day; £20 discount for booking 4 consecutive days
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Easter Art Camp (5-11 year olds)

09 Apr 2017 to 13 Apr 2017EASTER ART CAMPS for 5-11 year olds. Monday 10-Thursday 13 April Tuesday 11 April NOW FULLY BOOKED Booking also available for Tuesday 18 – Friday 21 April 9am-4pm £38 per day; £20 discount for booking 4 consecutive days.
Anne Desmet Brooklyn Bridge New Day 2015. Wood engraving on Gampi Vellum Paper (c) The Artist

Anne Desmet RA

11 Mar 2017 to 04 Jun 2017Under Changing Skies
Rob Lunn Self Portrait workshop

Paint a Self-portrait in Oils

04 Mar 2017 to 06 Mar 2017An Adult Workshop with Rob Lunn
IMO Industry live project

MAKE:SHIFT HOLBURNE

20 Feb 2017 to 28 Feb 2017Industry Live Project  
Jan van Kessel the Elder A Cockchafer, Beetle, Woodlice and other insects with a Sprig of Auricula. c.1650. Oil on copper. Ashmolean Museum. University of Oxford.

Holiday Drop-Ins

14 Feb 2017 to 16 Feb 2017Magnificient Mobile!
Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Wedding Dance in the Open Air, 1607-1614, oil on oak panel. © The Holburne Museum

Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition

11 Feb 2017 to 04 Jun 2017UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty includes newly discovered paintings in the Holburne Museum’s own collection
The Moving Exhibiton

The Moving Exhibition

07 Feb 2017 to 09 Feb 2017

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 […]

Djordje Ozbolt Smile Benjamin, smile 2016 Acrylic on canvas 100 x 89.5 cm / 39 3/8 x 35 1/4 inches Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Djordje Ozbolt: The Grand Detour

17 Nov 2016 to 06 Mar 2017Contemporary Exhibition. Wirth Gallery and around the Museum and grounds
Arthur Atherley as a Pirate

Competition Winners: The Finishing Touch

14 Nov 2016 to 01 Dec 2016'Finishing Touch' Competition Winners.  
Image © Rupert Marlow

Family Holiday Drop-Ins

23 Oct 2016 to 25 Oct 2016Museums Week Free Holiday Drop-ins
Silver Tea Bowl

Silver Light and Shade

21 Oct 2016 to 23 Jan 2017An exhibition that brings together historic and contemporary silver masterpieces to tell a new story about the texture, form and colour of this precious metal. Roper Gallery Your ticket will state 22 January 2017, however it is valid on any day during the run of the exhibition. Please print your ticket purchase and show at the Information desk on arrival
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Morning Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) FULLY BOOKED

08 Sep 2016 to 17 Dec 2016Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one.  Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.   Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Yearlings Workshop

Afternoon Toddlealongs (2-5 yrs) FULLY BOOKED

08 Sep 2016 to 17 Dec 2016Our weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location. Due to room capacity, we request that parents make alternative arrangements for additional siblings over the age of one.  Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.   Get arty with a new museum-related theme every week.
Monday Yearlings Chrissie Weltike

Tuesday Yearlings (12-24 months) FULLY BOOKED

05 Sep 2016 to 14 Dec 2016HOLBURNE EARLY YEARS WORKSHOPS Our popular weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location.  Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.
Monday Yearlings

Monday Yearlings (12-24 months) FULLY BOOKED

04 Sep 2016 to 13 Dec 2016HOLBURNE EARLY YEARS WORKSHOPS Our popular weekly workshops, led by Chrissie Weltike, are held in the cosy environment of the Gardener’s Lodge. They help parents and pre-school children to play and learn together through songs, stories, and creative activities inspired by the Museum’s collection, exhibitions and location.  Please note that all places must be booked and paid for in advance.
Celebrate the changing seasons with songs, sensory exploration and creative activities. Sessions designed for both adults and children to enjoy.  
Cinema Under the Stars

Cinema Under the Stars

10 Aug 2016 to 14 Aug 2016

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 […]

Linda Brothwell The Missing © India Hobson

Linda Brothwell: The Missing

05 Aug 2016 to 03 Jan 2017

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 […]

Witcombe cabinet (detail), English, Japaned and silverd wood, about 1697, 203X120X60cm. The Holburne Museum 2005

Take One: Witcombe Cabinet

01 Jul 2016 to 03 Jul 2016Clore Learning Space
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Stubbs and the Wild

24 Jun 2016 to 02 Oct 2016

‘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 […]

Renoir Young Woman Seated Barber Instituteof Fine Arts University of Birmingham

Impressionism: Capturing Life

13 Feb 2016 to 05 Jun 2016An exquisite new exhibition curated by the Holburne Museum’s Director, Jennifer Scott, which brings together 28 masterpieces from British public collections to celebrate the Impressionists’ observations of humanity.
Unknown Artist: A market Women with Fruit. Eighteen century. Pastel on paper. 81.3X66 cm © The Holburne Museum

A Handful of Dust

13 Feb 2016 to 07 Nov 2016Georgian Pastels from the Permanent Collection. Free admission.
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The Holburne Lantern Procession 2015

23 Nov 2015 to 01 Jan 2016Well done and thank you to everyone involved in this year’s Holburne Lantern Procession. It was amazing! Please visit our Lantern Procession Gallery to see some images of this wonderful evening. Our thanks to students from the Film and TV course at Bath Spa University for the film below.  
Michael Eden History Re-Printed

Michael Eden History Re-Printed

21 Nov 2015 to 28 Mar 2016A new commission for the Holburne
Cloud Leopard courtesy Solo Kojima

Nahoko Kojima Honey Bee

23 Oct 2015 to 25 Jan 2016A paper cut sculpture in gold
Punch & Judy

Canaletto Weekender

23 Jul 2015 to 26 Jul 2015A long weekend of fun exhibition-inspired events.

Take One Wedgwood Vase

03 Jul 2015 to 05 Jul 2015

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 […]

Into the Weave photo by Richard Richards

Murmuration

26 Jun 2015 to 04 Oct 2015Murmuration: a new work by Laura Ellen Bacon
A View of Walton Bridge, Canaletto (c) Dulwich Picture Gallery

Canaletto Celebrating Britain

26 Jun 2015 to 04 Oct 2015When the Venetian painter Antonio Canal arrived in London in 1746, Britain was booming. During his nine-year stay, the artist captured the latest achievements of British architecture and engineering. Including loans from Compton Verney, The National Trust, The British Museum, Royal Collection Trust and Tate this exhibition also features Canaletto’s British contemporaries and a review of John Wood’s reinvention of architecture in Bath.    
Detail of ceramic by Nicholas Rena

Nicholas Rena: After Matisse

21 Mar 2015 to 17 May 2015

A brand new commission for the Holburne Museum

Charlotte Sorapure

The Observer Observed: A Portrait of Don McCullin by Charlotte Sorapure

14 Mar 2015 to 07 Jun 2015The Observer Observed: A Portrait of Don McCullin by Charlotte Sorapure
Still Life with Boats, Christopher Wood, 1930, Swindon Collection

Gwen John to Lucian Freud Home and the World Dexter Dalwood Selects from the Swindon Collection

28 Feb 2015 to 07 May 2015Gwen John to Lucian Freud: Home and the World Dexter Dalwood selects from the Swindon Collection. The 32 works in this exhibition are linked by the theme ‘Home and The World’, which juxtaposes a confident sense of national identity with a yearning for exploration. Varied artistic approaches reveal the changing landscape of twentieth-century art in this country: the boldness of Vanessa Bell, the introversion of Gwen John, the gravitas of Duncan Grant, the Pop Art invention of Richard Hamilton and the intensity of Lucian Freud. Despite the differences in their approach to making art, we see how these artists responded to the world around them and to each other.

THE MOVING EXHIBITION 2015

04 Feb 2015 to 06 Feb 2015

Various Times
Free event
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 […]

Pembroke Castle by JMW Turner

Turner: Watercolours from the West – An intimate touring Show

10 Jan 2015 to 09 Mar 2015

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 […]

Fracked by Paul Scott

Confected, Borrowed and Blue…an installation by Paul Scott

01 Nov 2014 to 19 Jan 2015In Paul Scott’s hands, domestic ceramics mutate into subversive comments on our life and times. Radioactivity warning signs are tucked into the border of Willow Pattern plates; jet planes streak across idealised rural landscapes.
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The Nameless Grace an Installation by Holly Davey

17 Oct 2014 to 05 Jan 2015

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 […]

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High Spirits – The Comic Art of Thomas Rowlandson

26 Sep 2014 to 16 Feb 2015

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 […]

THE TELEGRAPH BATH CHILDRENS LITERATURE FESTIVAL

25 Sep 2014 to 05 Oct 2014

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 […]

Edouart Scissor Hands

11 Jul 2014 to 12 Oct 2014

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.
Thanks […]

Unwelcome Visitors

Unwelcome Visitors

13 Jun 2014 to 17 Sep 2014

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, […]

Gesture in Theatrical Portraits

06 Jun 2014 to 06 Jul 2014

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

Julian Opie Collected Works

20 May 2014 to 14 Sep 2014

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 Picasso

Stereoscopic Photographs of Picasso

22 Feb 2014 to 01 Jun 2014

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

A Ballroom Banquet

15 Feb 2014 to 21 Apr 2014

‘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

Joseph Wright

25 Jan 2014 to 05 May 2014

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

16 Nov 2013 to 10 Feb 2014

Simon Brett: Fifty Years of Wood Engraving
Wirth Gallery
FREE
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

Characters

11 Oct 2013 to 08 Jan 2014

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 […]