UK & Programme Partner News: Glasgow, Oxford, Bristol, Brighton and more

Spring has sprung and exhibitions are popping up like flowers all over the UK!

Take a look at the new shows and temporary displays opening at ITP partner museums and other venues visited by our fellows:

© Nicholaus Msindai, Pure Studio

© Nicholaus Msindai, Pure Studio

People’s History Museum, Manchester
Change the Conversation, Change the Outcome
23 March – 22 April 2018
‘An exhibition celebrating the talents of artists with a learning disability – a group often excluded from high profile exhibition opportunities.’ Showing the work of over 50 artists from Pure Studios, and curated by four of their members.

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth
Russell-Cotes Ceramics: Connoisseur or Conned?
24 March – 26 August 2018
An academic survey of [the] ceramic collection [of Merton Russell-Cotes] has challenged our perception of his power of discernment, as several items are in fact reproductions, factory seconds, and fakes. In this exhibition we invite you to put yourselves in the shoes of the expert, and see if you can spot the originals amongst the replicas.

Prince Vessantara
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
The Tale of Prince Vessantara
27 March – 9 September 2018
‘The Vessantara Jataka is the last and most popular of the jataka [Buddha birth story] tales […] This display, drawn from the Ashmolean’s own collection, highlights a selection of Burmese and Sri Lankan drawings, paintings and woodcarvings of the story dating to the 19th century.’

Hope to Nope Chris Williams Zoeica

 © Chris Williams Zoeica

Design Museum, London
Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18
28 March – 12 August 2018
‘Public engagement with politics has changed dramatically since 2008. Discover how graphic design and technology have played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our times.’

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style
30 March – 14 August 2018
‘The exhibition will span the lifetime of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and […] will present his work in the context of Glasgow, his key predecessors, influences and contemporaries, particularly those working in the Glasgow Style.’

Bridegroom's Outfit, Aso-oke textile, Nigeria-UK, 1995
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Object Journeys: Fashioning Africa
31 March – 2 December 2018
‘Featuring stunning new objects collected by Brighton Museum as part of the Fashioning Africa project, and objects loaned from the British Museum, these displays showcase textiles and garments from Nigeria and South Africa, reflecting changing fashion practices. Co-created with Fashioning Africa Collecting Panel members Edith Ojo and Tshepo Skwambane and part of a collaborative project with the British Museum called Object Journeys, a three year Heritage Lottery Fund funded programme. This national programme aims to support community partners to research and explore museum collections and create new displays in response to this investigation.’

Stenocarpus sinuatus_Angela Lober

© Angela Lober

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London
Down Under II: Works from the Shirley Sherwood Collection
31 March – 16 September 2018
‘A mixture of illustrations of native Australian and New Zealand plants created by local and international artists.’
The Florigelium: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
31 March – 16 September 2018
‘Learn more about Kew’s connection with Australia through 89 works of art on plants growing in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and the surrounding area.’

Some ITP UK Partner Museums are also reopening for the Spring season at the beginning of April:

Georgian House Museum, Bristol
Red Lodge Museum, Bristol
Blaise Castle House Museum, Bristol
Arbeia Roman Fort, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

Welcome back!