4 Art Galleries and Exhibitions Opening This Month

National Portrait Art Gallery

London is always awash with fantastic culture throughout the year, and this spring sees a great variety of new exhibitions opening in the city. If you’ve been planning a trip to the capital, this is the perfect time to visit, as the days get brighter and longer, and greenery returns back to the leaves. Along with all the natural lightness, the city comes alive with a variety of great exhibitions, promising plenty of opportunities to discover something exciting and new.

With so much to uncover in London, take a look at the special offers available at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate, and start planning your perfect trip to the city this year.

Steve McQueen at Tate Modern

One of the great advantages of choosing hotels in Lancaster UK is that it’s always easy to get around anywhere you want in the city. And when you’ve got close and convenient accommodation Lancaster UK, you’re never too far away from exploring some of London’s finest attractions.

Located on the South Bank, London’s Tate Modern is one of the most popular art galleries in the capital, both for its diverse collection of modern art, and the exceptional building and location. It’s perfect for a day out, and this spring, it has an even more interesting reason to visit, with the first major UK exhibition of the acclaimed film director and artist, Steve McQueen.

As his home town, London has inevitably meant a lot to the artist, so it’s only fitting that this important exhibition is held in the city. The artist first came to the fore after winning the Turner Prize in 1999, and since then, has continued to make headlines for his thought provoking and captivating work, including directing the Oscar-winning movie, 12 Years a Slave. More recently, he’s made his mark once again on the city with a special project featured on London’s billboards. Year 3, on display at the museum’s sister site, Tate Britain, features tens of thousands of Year 3 school children, captured in their traditional school group photograph, and gives a hopeful glimpse towards the next generation.

The exhibition at the Tate Modern will cover the wealth of work by the artist to date, spanning a variety of media, including film and photography. Running until May 2020, it’s well worth a visit.

Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

Andy Warhol is one of the 20th century’s most iconic artists, and he ushered in a new era of celebrity, that continues to have a powerful influence today. Even if you’ve never known much about the artist himself, chances are that you’re already familiar with the oft-repeated multicolour portraits of famous actors and social figures, as well as his infamous can of Cambell’s Tomato Soup.

This special exhibition at the Tate Modern is a great chance to discover the artist for the first time, or dive into his work for a fresh new perspective. The retrospective will cover the broad diversity of his work across the years, with many works getting their first showing for the first time in decades.

Ground-breaking, provocative and immensely influential, this is set to be one of the most popular exhibitions in London this year. It runs until September 2020, but with tickets sure to sell out, it’s worth planning ahead to book your visit. Check out stays at Hotels in Lancaster UK to help you plan the perfect trip.

Bags: Inside Out at Victoria and Albert Museum

When you’re staying at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate it’s definitely worth heading down to the beautiful Victoria and Albert Museum for a day out, and this spring, fashion lovers will certainly want to make a bee line for the place.

With a special exhibition dedicated to bags launching, this is a lovely chance for accessory fans to indulge in everything related to one of the most essential style staples in people’s wardrobes, bags. The exhibition will feature bags in every size and style, spanning eras, cultures, function and look.

The exhibition is a wonderful glimpse at the role an accessory like a bag can play in the lives of people throughout history, with historic bags from the 17th century, wedding pieces from the 20th century, and stylish high fashion picks from the 21st. Each of them tells a unique story, and shows that there is much more to them than just being a humble receptacle for whatever the owner had been carrying around.

You can look forward to discovering quirky, beautiful and fascinating bags, that will take you on a memorable journey throughout human civilisation across the years.

Kehinde Wiley at William Morris Gallery

The charming and romantic grounds of the William Morris Gallery over in Walthamstow might not seem like the most obvious setting for the urbane LA-born artist, Kehinde Wiley to stage a major London exhibition, but the relationship between the two artists is surprisingly deep.

Wiley has long had a fascination with William Morris’ florals and colourful motifs, and his cotemporary portraits of 21st century people reimagines Morris’ floral backgrounds in a new way. This spring, the gallery will be featuring a unique collection of work from the US artist, featuring portraits of women from the nearby East London neighbourhood of Dalston.

Wiley rose to prominence as the first black artist to paint an official portrait of a US president, and depicted Barack Obama in 2018, for a unique and distinctive piece. He has also captured other major musicians and pop culture figures, including rappers and actors, giving his work a particularly contemporary freshness and vibrant energy.

You’ll see all of that distinctive energy in his collection of fascinating portraits of East Londoners, as well as a hint of what makes these women so powerful and special. Taking inspiration from the Victorian short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, Wiley uses his portraits to reveal his subjects as empowered and autonomous women, exploring what it means to be a black woman in today’s complex social environment.