2019: The year in exhibitions

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Posted 30th December 2018

2019: The year in exhibitions

Be the first to take a look at our 2019 exhibition line-up

Last year you joined us for an exhibition programme of emotive watercolours, rarely seen Pre-Raphaelite works, remarkable inventiveness, and the story of one of the UK's best loved poets.

This year, will we continue the programme's success by inviting you to share in the fascinating impact Christina Rossetti had on the visual arts; we'll show you the moon in all of its phases, bring a burst of colour from the Near East to the Artists' Village with John Frederick Lewis, and bring you face to face with striking portraits by Irish artist, William Orpen.

Read on to find out more about our 2019 exhibitions and when they're coming up.

2 April - 23 June 2019
Admission | Friends free

In the 50th anniversary year of the first moon landing, Moonscapes explores the many ways in which artists, at the end of the nineteenth century, responded to new scientific interest in earth's closest cosmic neighbour. This show will bring together dramatic moonlit landscapes by William Holman Hunt and symbolist paintings of moon goddesses by Evelyn De Morgan, alongside early lunar photography.

John Frederick Lewis
9 July - 3 November 2019
Admission | Friends free

This monographic exhibition on the Orientalist artist John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876) will feature a wide variety of the vivid and detailed works the artist created during his travels throughout Europe and the Near East. Exhibiting works from across Lewis's career, this exhibition will explore the paradoxical tensions that exist between his varying personas, from young dandy to 'languid Lotus-eater'; leader of the establishment to eccentric recluse.

William Orpen
19 November 2019 - 23 February 2020
Admission | Friends free

William Orpen: A Studio Encounter will showcase Orpen's stylish and varied portraiture to present a fresh interpretation of his characteristic rapid painting style.

This exhibition will feature a selection of striking portraits and closely observed pencil studies, alongside original studio materials including his easel, paint box and studio props. Exploring the relationship between artist and studio, this exhibition will illuminate Orpen's fascination with light, space and materials throughout his career.

More information to be released soon.

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