While London is often lined with inspiring artworks and leading exhibitions, the rest of the UK’s art scene is often left out of the media limelight. Until now. This month we take a look at some of the biggest exhibitions arriving this 2023. 

From the latest immersive installation from Yayoi Kusama to the Doctor Who retrospective, these are the eight exhibitions in the UK to look out for. 

You, Me and the Balloons

You, Me and the Balloons - exhibitions in the uk

One of the most talked about artists of our generation, Yayoi Kusama will be launching her largest-ever immersive retrospective to date in Manchester this spring-summer. 

Adored worldwide for the surreal worlds she creates with her artistic eye, this new collection, titled Yayoi Kusama – You, Me and the Balloons, will celebrate three decades of the pioneering Japanese artist’s inflatable artworks. 

Brought together for the first time in this major exhibition, it will journey through Kusama’s iconic psychedelic works, including her huge 10m tall creations. Opening up on 29th June 2023, the exhibition will showcase works including giant dolls, tendrilled landscapes and a vast constellation of polka-dot spheres.

The exhibition will be opening up at Manchester’s new landmark cultural space, Factory International, which itself is set to open its doors in June 2023. As well as Kusama’s exhibition, the new space has announced a stellar opening line-up, including Free Your Mind, a large-scale immersive performance based on The Matrix films presented across the building’s flexible spaces.

You, Me and the Balloons - exhibitions in the uk

When: 29.06.2023 – 28.08.2023

Where: Factory International, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ

Website: www.factoryinternational.org

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry - exhibitions in the uk
Image credit: Kenilworth AM1, 2010, custom-built motorcycle © Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro. Photo Angus Mill.

The biggest collection of Grayson Perry’s work is set to take centre stage at the Scottish National Gallery this year. The UK exhibition will span Perry’s inspiring 40-year career, from his pottery workshop days to winning the Turner Prize and writing acclaimed books. 

Grayson Perry - exhibitions in the uk
Image credit: 2019, woodblock print, edition of 15 plus 2 artist's proofs © Grayson Perry. Courtesy the artist, Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd and Victoria Miro. Photo Jack Hems.

Thought-provoking and provocative, Perry’s work always has an underlying theme with sex, Punk and counterculture, charting universal issues including masculinity, sexuality, class, religion and politics. Expect to uncover a mix of pottery masterpieces, large captivating tapestries and more.

When: 22.07.2023 – 12.11.2023

Where: Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

Website: www.nationalgalleries.org

Sonia Boyce: Feeling Her Way

Having won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation at the 59th International Art Exhibition – Le Biennale di Venezia 2022, Sonia Boyce’s Feeling Her Way has arrived at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. 

Featuring a combination of video, collage, music and sculpture, the work centralises around the ‘vocal experimentation of five Black female musicians’. It features Jacqui Dankworth, Poppy Ajudha, Sofia Jernberg, Tanita Tikaram and composer Errollyn Wallen, these musicians were brought together by Boyce at Abbey Road Studios in London and Atlantis Studios in Stockholm to improvise, interact and play with their voices. The result is sensational, featuring video works complete with tesselating wallpapers and 3-D geometric structures. 

When: Until 08.05.2023 

Where: Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG

Website: www.turnercontemporary.org

Betty Woodman & George Woodman

This is the first exhibition in the UK to explore both American ceramic artist Betty Woodman and painter and photographer George Woodman’s work together in one space. The Charleston Trust retrospective brings together everything from vibrant ceramics and abstract paintings to photographs and early collaborations.

Betty Woodman & George Woodman - exhibitions in the uk
image credit: betty woodman, night window, 2016. Courtesy of woodman family foundation. Woodman family foundation / DACs, london.

When: 25.03.2023 – 10.09.2023 

Where: Charleston Trust,

Website: www.charleston.org.uk

Betty Woodman & George Woodman - exhibitions in the uk
image credit: Betty Woodman, wallpaper 19, 2019. Courtesy of Woodman family foundation. Woodman family foundation / DACS, london.

Liverpool 8 Against Apartheid

At the Museum of Liverpool, its current exhibition, titled Liverpool 8 Against Apartheid, explores the prominence of Liverpool 8’s support of the anti-apartheid struggle. Apartheid was the unjust system of racial segregation and white supremacy in South Africa and the anti-apartheid movement rocked through the 1960s-80s. It was inspired by figures including Nelson Mandela and this exhibition explores Liverpool 8’s involvement. 

The exhibition looks at the city’s connections between Nelson Mandela, its Black community and the anti-apartheid movement.

When: Until 02.2024 

Where: Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1DG 

Website: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Casablanca Art School

On your sunny holiday to Cornwall this summer, take a trip to Tate St Ives to soak up the major exhibition charting the artists of Casablanca Art School. It’s the first exhibition in the UK to explore the period of rebirth following Morocco’s independence during the 1960s and 1970s. 

Following works by 21 artists, this exhibition brings together everything from abstract paintings and urban murals to typography, graphics and interior design.

Casablanca Art School - exhibitions in the uk
image credit: Mohammed Chabâa Untitled 1977 © Tate Collection

When: 27.05.2023 – 14.01.2023 

Where: Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG

Website: www.tate.org.uk

The Sea Horizon

National Museum Cardiff welcomes The Sea Horizon, a collection of photographs by Garry Fabian Miller catpured between 1976-77. During this time, Fabian Miller photographed the view from the rooftop of his home in Clevedon, charting the Seven Estuary towards the coastline of Wales. Each photo is in the same format with the definition between where the sky ends and the sea starts becoming the underlying theme.

When: 18.02.2023 – 10.09.2023 

Where: National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3NP 

Website: www.museum.wales

Doctor Who: Worlds Of Wonder

If you missed the first instalment of this UK exhibition in Leeds, take a trip up to Edinburgh before this Doctor Who exhibition closes in May. The ultimate installation to explore for Doctor Who fans, this exhibit explores the science behind the long-running hit BBC series. 

Fans can travel through the Doctor Who multiverse, heading through the Time Vortex Corridor, discovering Sonic Screwdrivers and teleporting via the TARDIS Tech room. There are plenty of creatures to uncover in the Monster Vault, from the Daleks to Cybermen’s heads.

When: Until 01.05.2023 

Where: National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Website: www.nms.ac.uk

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