2017 Exhibitions - Preview Video

In 2017, we present a year of rediscoveries and alternative perspectives: revealing the pioneering work of Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell, bringing to the fore John Singer Sargent's excellence in watercolours, and uncovering the artist behind The Moomins, Tove Jansson. 

It will also be a special year for us, as we celebrate 200 years since we first opened our doors to the public. We will be marking this celebration with a year-long series of displays that reflect the Gallery's mission of bringing great art to the public. Click here to learn more about The Private Made Public.

The Exhibitions

Vanessa Bell 

8 February 2017 - 4 June 2017

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) was widely acclaimed as a central figure of the Bloomsbury Group. This major retrospective will reposition Bell as a pivotal player in 20th century British art, inventing a new language of visual expression. Bell's reputation as an artist has long been overshadowed by her family life, romantic entanglements and the literary success of her sister Virginia Woolf. 

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Sargent: The Watercolours

21 June 2017 - 8 October 2017

The first UK show in nearly 100 years devoted to watercolours by the Anglo-American artist, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). Renowned as the portraitist of his generation, this exhibition will present another side to the artist, demonstrating Sargent's technical prowess and striking individuality. 

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Tove Jansson 

25 October 2017 - 28 January 2018

Known internationally as creator of the Moomin characters and books, Tove Jansson’s wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland. 150 works, including a large body of self-portraits and paintings never seen before in the UK will reintroduce Jansson as an artist of exceptional breadth and talent. 

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What's On: January-April 2017

Browse the PDF version of our new What's On guide below or click here for our online listings.