Without a doubt England has much to offer when it comes to art. The depth of its history produced a wealth of artistic talent across all genre of the creative world. To record and showcase this talent across time England has an array of world class art galleries and museums. As expected much of this work is available in the country’s capital London but it may surprise visitors to know that exceptional artwork encompassing many eras and styles can be found across the country. In addition to housing numerous works of historic and artistic significance many museums in particular have free admission making them a particularly attractive tourist spot or just a good place to visit if you live there and want to broaden your knowledge of the arts.
The national Gallery, an art museum in Trafalgar Square in central London houses over 2000 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. This collection comprises one of the most comprehensive and valuable collections of paintings in the world. So, if you have an appetite for all that history and you have plenty of energy this is a good place to start.
The Tate network of museums includes the Tate modern on the banks of the river Thames, Tate St Ives in Cornwall, Tate Liverpool and Tate Britain which is situated in the city of Westminster in London. The Tate Britain houses British art from 1500 to the present day and has much of the acclaimed British artist Turners work on display. The other Tate facilities are wonderful locations of varying size which bring art work to people outside of London. Many venues for much of England’s artwork are in themselves works of art.
The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is a spectacular building that houses paintings and sculpture amongst other things. These works date back to the 13th Century up to the present day encompassing art by Monet, Freud and Hockney to name but a few. Still in the north of England the Whitworth gallery is home to over 50,000 artworks as well as frequently updated exhibitions. The gallery is situated in a beautiful park and includes an art garden and outside sculpture area.
The Fitzwilliam museum of Cambridge houses water colours, ceramics, paintings and more from all ages. Many of the great artists of the 13th up to the 21st centuries are represented here in this historic and iconic part of the country. As with the previous two locations the Sainsbury centre for visual arts in Norwich is associated with a college campus standing as it does on the edge of the University of East Anglia. The exterior of the building alone is a spectacular piece of modern art and architecture and inside there can be found amazing works of art covering 5000 years.
Turner has long been associated with fine English art and the gallery celebrating the iconic master was established an opened in 2011. The site chosen for the Turner Contemporary is that of the place he stayed on his frequent visits to the seaside town of Margate. Named for the renowned and innovative sculptor Barbara Hepworth the Hepworth Wakefield has a unique collection of some of the sculptors’ finest work alongside other contemporary exhibits. Interestingly, Hepworth spent much of her time in Saint Ives Cornwall home to the a for mentioned Tate gallery where a gallery and sculpture garden of her work can be found. These are just a few of the many fascinating and beautifully diverse locations on offer in England that house outstanding examples of all manner of artwork across the ages.