Twelve Out of London Art Exhibitions Summer 2022

Charleston, Out of London Exhibitions Summer 2022

Summer has arrived. Have you planned your UK staycation yet? To help you, Artlyst has put together a selection of twelve exhibitions to tempt you outside of London and across the length and breadth of the UK.

National Galleries of Scotland new acquisition
© Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, Ota Fine Arts, and Victoria Miro

New Arrivals | From Salvador Dalí to Jenny Saville

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Presenting a fascinating showcase of the most recent acquisitions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, this exhibition offers a stunning range of modern and contemporary work, including painting, sculpture, photography, film and more. 

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John Akomfrah Turner Contemporary
John Akomfrah, ‘Vertigo Sea’, detail, 2015, Turner Contemporary, 2016. Photo: Arnolfini Gallery © 2016

The Rules of Art

National Museum, Cardiff

Until 4 June 2023

The Rules of Art? brings together five hundred years of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and ceramics to pose questions about representation, identity and culture.

Works of art will be displayed in a way that questions social and political power and shows how artists have pursued a shared purpose: to push, subvert, question and reimagine what art can be.

Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah, one of a number of major new acquisitions, will be displayed among other featured artists such as Rembrandt, Thomas Jones, Pablo Picasso, Gwen John, Maximilian Lenz, Clare Woods, Bedwyr Williams, Caroline Walker and Clémentine Schneidermann.

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Ron Mueck, Dead Dad 1997
Ron Mueck, Dead Dad 1997 Photo by Sara Faith ©Artlyst 2021

Ron Mueck
The MAC, Belfast
29 July – 20 November 2022

A powerful exhibition of Mueck’s meticulously sculpted figures, from mini to mammoth, that act as psychological reflections of the human condition. This is the first exhibition of Mueck’s work in Ireland and brings together seven of his key works including Dead Dad, 1997 and his monumental work In Bed, 2005.

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Jaume Plensa, YSP
Jaume Plensa, Continents I,II,III,IV, 2003. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Gasull Fotografia © Plensa Studio Barcelona.

Jaume Plensa: In Small Places, Close to Home


18 June – 30 October 2022

In small places, close to home comprises two complementary installations of drawings that convey the richness of Plensa’s drawing practice. It highlights the artist’s devotion to a medium that embraces many materials and processes including collage, etched glass, industrial paints and solvents, and extends into three dimensions via wire drawings in space. Like his sculpture, Plensa’s drawing investigates the human condition and dreams of more progressive and united global futures, exploring opposing concepts such as language and silence, darkness and light. The exhibition continues in the 18th century Chapel where it resonates with its qualities as a spiritual and meditative place.

NB Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958-2018 is still on Until 8 January 2023

The first major UK exhibition of sculpture, painting and prints by American artist Robert Indiana, spanning a 60-year career. 

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Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Photo by Sara Faith ©Artlyst

British Art Show 9

Whitworth Art Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, HOME, Manchester Art Gallery

27 May – 4 September 2022

British Art Show is recognised as the most pertinent and ambitious recurrent exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK, taking place every five years. The ninth edition brings the work of some of the most exciting contemporary artists to Castlefield Gallery, HOME, Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth.

The exhibition is structured around three main themes – Healing, Care and Reparative History, Tactics for Togetherness, Imagining New Futures – and has been conceived as a cumulative experience, adapting, and changing for each city, and presenting different combinations of artists and artworks that respond to their distinctive local contexts.

In Manchester, the exhibition showcases 19 artists across the city. Artists include Hurvin Anderson, Michael Armitage, Simeon Barclay, Oliver Beer,Than Hussein Clark, Oona Doherty, Sean Edwards, GAIKA, Patrick Goddard, Anne Hardy, Andy Holden, Joey Holder, Elaine Mitchener, Grace Ndiritu, Hardeep Pandhal, Hetain Patel, Abigail Reynolds, Katie Schwab, Caroline Walker

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Vivian Maier, MK Gallery
Vivian Maier, Self-portrait, New York, 1953 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY.

Vivian Maier: Anthology
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

11 June – 25 September 2022
Vivian Maier (1926-2009) has only recently been revealed as one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century. She was a professional nanny in New York and Chicago for over 40 years but took hundreds of thousands of photographs, which were found when her belongings went to auction in 2007.

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Howardena Pindell, Kettle's Yard
Howardena Pindell, Text, 1975. Ink on paper collage, 18.1 x 31.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery and Victoria Miro.

Howardena Pindell: A New Language

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

2 July – 30 October 2022

Pindell is a major contemporary artist based in the US. ‘A New Language’ brings together work from her six-decade-long career, including paintings, works on paper and video. The exhibition traces the development of Pindell’s experiments in artistic form. Her work continues to respond to racism from the 1970s to the present day.

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Ingrid Pollard,Turner Contemporary
Demo Frieze, 2019. Synthetic voile panels, 11m x 1.55m. Commissioned by GlasgowImage Library and Glasgow International. Courtesy of the Artist.

Ingrid Pollard: Carbon Slowly Turning
Turner Contemporary, Margate
9 July – 25 September 2022

Guyanese-born British artist and photographer Ingrid Pollard’s Turner Prize-nominated exhibition Carbon Slowly Turning, will span Turner Contemporary’s first-floor galleries. Pollard’s first major retrospective exhibition examines her substantial contribution to British art. Her work explores how images and identity are constructed, especially in representations of history and the landscape, working with film, photography, installation and sound. Neither a retrospective nor a chronological display, this exhibition interrogates Britishness, race and sexuality.

Nathan Coley, Sussex Modern
Nathan Coley, Newhaven , Sussex Modern ©Artlyst

Nathan Coley: Tentative Words Change Everything

Various venues around East Sussex

Until 29 August 2022

Throughout summer 2022, six illuminated text sculptures by contemporary British artist Nathan Coley will be on display at surprising locations in and around the Lewes district of Sussex including Charleston, forming Tentative Words Change Everything: an outdoor exhibition featuring some of the artist’s most important works.

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Ad Minoliti, Tate St Ives
Ad Minoliti Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush installed at Tate St Ives, 2022. Photo © Tate (Joe Humphrys and Lucy Dawkins)

Ad Minoliti: Biosfera Peluche / Biosphere Plush 

Tate St Ives

28 May – 30 October 2022

Artist Ad Minoliti draws on the rich legacy of geometric abstraction in Latin America and presents alternative universes influenced by feminist and queer thought. The exhibition will also feature Minoliti’s ongoing project The Feminist School of Painting, transforming part of the gallery space into an active classroom.

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Acrobats Waiting to Rehearse, Glyn Philpot, 1935
Acrobats Waiting to Rehearse, Glyn Philpot, 1935

Glyn Philpot: Flesh & Spirit
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Until 22 October 2022

The first major exhibition of British artist Glyn Philpot R.A. (1884-1937) in almost 40 years. Bringing together over 80 paintings, drawings and sculptures, many unseen in public for decades, the exhibition charts the artist’s development from Edwardian society portraits to his shift to a radically modernist style in the 1930s.

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Eric Ravilious, Seafaring Hastings Contemporary
Eric Ravilious (1903-42) Midnight Sun 1940, Watercolour ©Artlyst


Hastings Contemporary, Hastings

Until 25 September 2022

Seafaring at Hastings Contemporary brings together more than fifty works from 1820 to the present day that explores the drama, beauty and strangeness of life at sea. Artists include Cecily Brown, Peter de Francia, Elisabeth Frink, Eric Ravilious, Alfred Wallis, Frank Brangwyn and Maggi Hambling. 

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Read Jude Montague’s Review Here