Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton & Hove
East Sussex
BN1 1EE
England

Website

www.brighton-hove-museums.org.uk

E-mail

visitor.services@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Telephone

03000 290900

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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, with its rich and diverse collections, creates a vibrant cultural centre in and around the Royal Pavilion estate in the heart of the city of Brighton & Hove.

Dynamic and innovative galleries provide greatly improved access to the Museum's nationally and locally important collections. Objects are displayed in stimulating contexts with a wide range of interpretative techniques, including interactive information technology.

Improved facilities include: the Museum entrance in the Royal Pavilion gardens with a spacious foyer and shop; improved disabled access; education facilities with an art room and a dedicated education 'pavilion'. The Museum has worked with community groups to broaden access to its collections and services. A Hindu shrine in the World Art gallery created with the local Gujarati community, and oral histories of local people are examples of these collaborations.

This museum has a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues - Sun: 10.00-17.00
Bank Holidays 10.00-17.00

Closed Mon (except public holidays)

Admission charges

Admission free

The World Art collection at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Designated collections of non-western art and anthropology include particularly fine textile collections, such as the Green Collection from Burma.

Part of Brighton & Hove Museums' Designated Collection of Decorative Art, which you can also see at Preston Manor, Hove Museum & Art Gallery and Brighton Pavilion, is on display here. Please contact Brighton Museums for more information if you wish to see a specific item.

The collections of decorative arts include the Regency furniture and silver-gilt displayed in the Royal Pavilion, the Macquoid furniture at Preston Manor, the Willett Collection of ceramics illustrating popular history, and outstanding holdings of British and European 20th century decorative design and craft.

Highlights at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery include the nationally important collections of 20th Century Art & Design, Fashion, Paintings, Ceramics and World Art.

Collection details

World Cultures, Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Sport, Social History, Religion, Personalities, Performing Arts, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Film and Media, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Women Artists in the Fine Art Collection - From Angelica Kauffman to Gillian Ayres

  • 27 April 2013 — 15 July 2015 *on now

This display seeks to highlight the work of women artists in the Fine Art collection. Paintings and drawings from the 18th century to the late 20th century by artists such as Angelica Kauffman and Mary Beale are shown alongside modern works by Theres Lessore, Sylvia Gosse, Vanessa Bell, Hilda Carline, Dod Procter and Gillian Ayres

Suitable for

  • Any age

Beyond the Mantelpiece

  • 13 May 2014 — 9 May 2015 *on now

The Museum Mentors Group, a group of individuals with varied critical social needs, have created a film and a new display of ceramic objects around the theme of charity in response to objects within the Willett Collection of Popular Pottery.

This display forms part of the ‘Out of the Blue Waide Project,’ within the framework of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England cross-border European cooperation programme, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Keith Vaughan: A Volatile Medium

  • 10 June — 9 November 2014 *on now

This display explores the British artist Keith Vaughan’s final 15 years of creativity, focusing on his work in gouache, a technique he described as ‘a volatile medium’. The gouaches are displayed together with his drawings, photographs and extracts from his diaries.
This display is supported by the Hargreaves & Ball Charitable Trust.
Curated in collaboration with Dr Darren Clarke.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

War Stories: Voices from the First World War

  • 12 July 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, this exhibition brings to life the wartime experiences of 15 individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war.

The diverse voices of individuals reveal both familiar and surprising stories of a war that profoundly changed British society. See the war through the eyes of a young girl born in 1914, an Indian soldier wounded on the Western Front and taken to hospital in the Royal Pavilion, soldiers from Brighton, including a Brighton & Hove Albion footballer, nurses and a gardener who was imprisoned for his pacifist beliefs.

Personal letters, diaries, art, photography, costume, film and memorabilia evoke the love, excitement, fear, bravery, grief, loss and longing that touched the lives of millions of people.

Reflections on our personal and collective acts of remembrance and commemoration explore the continuing impact of war on our lives.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

War Stories: Voices from the First World War

  • 12 July 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

Curators are currently researching stories for the exhibition and have been interviewing local people to collect their family stories and memorabilia. Stories to be featured are still being finalised and details will be confirmed nearer the time.

The range of stories to be featured could include a soldier on the Western Front, women on the front line, a conscientious objector, and a child growing up in wartime. The exhibition is part of a European funded Interreg 2Seas project, working with museums in Belgium and France.

Website

http://www.​brighton-​hove-​museums.​org.​uk

Ocean Blues

  • 6 — 30 September 2014 *on now

The oceans are home to more than half of all life on earth, cover 70% of the earth’s surface and have supported life for millions of years, but the last century has seen the oceans devastated with the invention of plastics and industrialised methods of fishing.

From marine conservation zones to changes in fishing, and recycling programmes, we are now beginning to change the way we treat the seas. This display looks at some of the threats to life in the oceans as well as initiatives designed to reduce or reverse the impact modern society has had on this precious environment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free. Please check finish date for this event.

Amore e Piombo: The Photography of Extremes in 1970s Italy Brighton Photo Biennial Exhibition

  • 4 October — 2 November 2014

Enter the tumultuous era of 1970s Italy with this unparalleled collection of photographs made by a group of photographers working for the Rome-based agency Team Editorial Services.

The photographers constantly shifted between battling film stars at play and the reality of near civil war erupting on the streets.

Forty years on and Italy’s ‘Years of Lead’ are still shrouded in mystery. Despite countless attempts to unravel the political confusion of the time, key tragic events, from the Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan in 1969 to Aldo Moro’s 1978 kidnap and assassination by the Red Brigades, remain unresolved.

Instead of offering answers, Amore e Piombo presents for scrutiny the press photography of this turbulent and tangled decade.

Curated by Roger Hargreaves and Federica Chiocchetti, this exhibition is a Photoworks and Archive of Modern Conflict co-commission for Brighton Photo Biennial 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

War Posters

  • 11 November 2014 — 7 June 2015

A display of original First World War posters from the museum’s own collections. The posters tell the stories of the push for enlistment and ultimately conscription, of women workers, the plight of Belgian refugees and of our other allies, of rationing as the U-boat blockade bites, and of government requests for financial help as the cost of the war starts to hit hard.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Frank Brangwyn: An Artist at War

  • 11 November 2014 — 18 January 2015

Frank Brangwyn (1867–1956) was an Anglo-Welsh artist, born in Belgium. This display features a series of remarkably emotive black and white prints of wartime Belgium, capturing the destruction of its historic architecture, the flight of its people and the hardship endured by the troops on the Western Front.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Innovation, Invention and Perseverance. Heritage Learning Flagship Project Showcase

  • 22 — 23 November 2014 10am-5pm

Inspired by Magnus Volk, pupils from seven Brighton & Hove primary schools designed new forms of transport to travel along the seafront using today's technologies. Come and see models of their weird and wonderful inventions.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Old Stuff, New Stuff, Do Stuff!

  • 7 October 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 21 October 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 4 November 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 18 November 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 2 December 2014 10:30am-12pm
  • 16 December 2014 From 10:30am

Get hands-on with objects from our collections, listen to a story and get messy in our art and craft activities. Each session has a different theme based on our collections or the current exhibition. For 2-5 year olds only.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£4.50, members £3.50, book in advance. To buy tickets call 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri) or in person at any of our venues.

Refusing to Kill: Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

  • 4 October 2014 2-3pm

Historian and writer Ann Kramer looks at the men who, on grounds of conscience, refused to fight during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free

The Body Beautiful

  • 11 October 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Dr Darren Clarke explores the history and influence of British and American physical culture magazines as a source of inspiration for many gay male artists, including Keith Vaughan.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free

The Big Draw

  • 28 — 31 October 2014

Come and take part in some free drawing activities during half term.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, drop-in

Behind the Scenes: Fashion and Textiles

  • 29 October 2014 2-3pm

Ever wanted a peek behind the scenes of the museum? Visit the museum fashion stores and see 300 years of fashion history.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free but booking essential, call 03000 290902.

Remembrance Sunday

  • 9 November 2014 From 11:02am

A group of young people from Stagecoach Voices perform songs in the War Stories exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

CINECITY Pop-up Cinema

  • 27 — 30 November 2014

CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival presents a special 'pop-up' cinema in Brighton Museum, screening 1960s cutting-edge cinema and cult science fiction. Full details and booking www.cine-city.co.uk.

Suitable for

Admission

Full details and booking www.cine-city.co.uk.

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