Art and exhibitions in the North of England

Discover new art and exhibitions at some of the places you love across the North of England this year. These diverse projects are inspired by our places and supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund. See what's on in 2019:

Uncover the secrets of Speke Hall through sound

Yorkshire born Barbara Hepworth is just one of the artists with work on show in the new exhibition

Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Garden, Yorkshire 

Come face to face with a host of Yorkshire’s rebels, game changers and influencers at Beningbrough’s new art exhibition. Throughout 2019, the Saloon Galleries will be home to 25 portraits and sculptures showcasing some famous and infamous faces of Yorkshire, from Guy Fawkes to Michael Parkinson and Jodie Whittaker.

Joe in the tractor tedding the cut hay before baling

This Land is Our Land at Wordsworth House and Garden, Cumbria  

Explore a major new exhibition focussing on our relationship with the fragile landscapes that surround us. Multiple – often contradictory – voices, including writer Robert Macfarlane, artist Julian Cooper and others living and working the Lakes, share their passion for the Lake District and their thoughts on its future.

William Morris

Nature's Champions at Dunham Massey, Cheshire  

From 23 March, get face to face with champions of the natural world in a new exhibition in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. From Sir David Attenborough and Linda McCartney to William Morris and Octavia Hill, you'll have the chance to get up close and personal with the faces of people who've shaped the way we think about nature today.

Costumed interpreter with children writing with quills

Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank, Cheshire  

Discover the fight for children's rights and compare the lives of children then and now in a new exhibition inside the mill at Quarry Bank from 6 April. 'Rights of the Child' explores the experiences of the hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank on the frontline of the Industrial Revolution.

Gathering by Hilary Jack

Gathering at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire  

Inspired by the historic tennis balls found hidden behind the Tudor paneling at Little Moreton Hall over the years, international artist Hilary Jack will turn over a thousand used tennis balls into the subject of a short film and installation in the Long Gallery from 29 June.


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