An example of bridal mehndi on show at Dewsbury Museum. Courtesy of Kirklees Metropolitan Council.
The kids are back in school and it's less than inspiring weather — what better time to go to a museum or gallery?
Here's a selection of exhibitions to make January a bit more interesting.
If you've come down with the winter blues, try the Thackray Museum, which promises some Medicine for the Soul.
Fantasy remedies for modern day stresses and concerns have been concocted and bottled by artists in this original exhibition, on until April 3 2005.
If the beach holiday was available in a bottle, we’d miss out on the joy of travelling there. Some would call that a real blessing, but others would sorely miss the journey, as you’ll find out at the Abbey House Museum.
Travellers’ Tales, continuing to April 2005, takes a quirky look at people’s experiences of moving around. So take your weary feet away from the sales and follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers, commuters, migrants and soldiers on a journey of discovery.
From the Renaissance reliefs display at the V&A, this Crozier (bishop's pastoral staff), dates from 1375-1400 and is made of ivory, painted and gilded. It can be seen this festive season at the Henry Moore Institute. Picture courtesy of the V&A.
Take a trip to South Asia and you’ll find a cultural practice that has had a brush with fashion in recent times. Body Adornment and Ceremony, a photographic exhibition all about mehndi, explores the tradition of intricate henna tattoos applied for special occasions like weddings. See the pictures at Dewsbury Museum up until February 6 2005.
Intricate and accurate drawings of a more permanent nature are on display at Leeds City Art Gallery until February 13 2005.
Accompanying the exhibition is the Art of Architecture, on display in the Watercolour Gallery until March 2005.
The collection on show at City Art Gallery is a selection from an archive of 500 papers and drawings. Courtesy West Yorkshire Archive Service.
Robert Adam was inspired by classical Renaissance motifs, which he abstracted into his own personal style. If Renaissance style is your thing too you should make a visit to the Henry Moore Institute.
Depth of Field is on until March 27 2005, and brings together 15th century Renaissance relief sculptures from the V&A and British Museum collections.
The centrepiece is Donatello’s Ascension, considered to be his most important work outside Italy.
Plenty of uplifting stuff to see in 2005, then!
For more information about the museums and galleries featured in this article click on the links below.