Wandering around an art gallery for a few hours is our idea of heaven. Admiring great art by great artists, discovering new names and unexpected beauty - it’s a blissful way to spend an afternoon. We’re lucky to have excellent galleries up and down the country; these are the exhibitions we’ll be making a beeline for.
Artists in Residence
If you’re yet to discover the beauty of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, make it top of your to-visit list; 500 acres of woodland and gardens create a stunning open-air gallery. This autumn Irish artist Sean Scully brings his imposing stacked sculptures to the landscape. 29 September - January 6
Textile art is starting to get the attention it deserves, starting with Thread Bearing Witness, at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. From afar, Kettle’s large-scale embroideries and tapestries look like paintings. Close up, the detail is breathtaking. 1 September - 24 February
Like the sound of this? See Anni Albers’ hand-woven pieces with graphic patterns at Tate Modern, London. 11 October - 27 January
Discover the French artist at Tate Liverpool; a forerunner of the Pop Art movement, he blended cubist and abstract styles with a primary-colour punch to create bright, bold pieces. 23 November - 17 March
Like the sound of this? Visit the Patrick Heron exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate. His colour-saturated pieces will swallow you whole. 19 October - 7 January
Another hit from the V&A: an incredible collection of artist Frida Kahlo's clothes, jewellery, make up, and photographs discovered in a room in her home that until recently was completely sealed off. An intimate insight into her inspiring life. Until 4 November
The Tate Britain hosts this retrospective of one of the last Pre-Raphaelite artists, bringing together paintings, stained glass and tapestry. 24 October - 24 February
Like the sound of this? Head to Lowry and the Pre-Rapahelites at The Lowry, Salford. It might not seem an obvious connection but he was an admirer of the pre-Raphaelites and amassed a large collection, including works by Rosetti.
Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art Of Celebrity at the National Gallery Of Scotland focuses on the Parisian artist’s posters, prints and illustrations which made stars of Montmartre’s venues and their entertainers. 6 October - 20 January