The creative industry is essential to our economy, art in the UK is more popular than ever before with 76% of English adults engaging in the arts in the last 12 months. London alone is home to three of the top ten museums and galleries in the world, with 857 art galleries based in the city in total.
With so much art around us, there is always the opportunity to take some time out to appreciate the works on offer. With summer now ended and autumn gradually taking over, September is playing host to a number of exciting and gripping art exhibitions.
5 exhibitions we think you should see this September:
1. Pangaea: New art from Africa and Latin America
(Until November 2014)
The Saatchi Gallery, one of the most visited museum exhibitions in London, is currently hosting an installation from a number of new and upcoming artists from Africa and Latin America. Named Pangaea, the exhibition consists of sculptures, paintings and various art forms from 54 African countries and 21 Latin American countries.
2. Digital Revolution
(Until mid September 2014)
Digital Revolution claims to be an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and video games based at the largest performing arts centre in Europe, the Barbican Art Gallery. The exhibition not only lets the viewer observe digital culture but also allows them to interact with wearable technology and a three-dimensional laser light field. For something exciting and new, Digital Revolution is a must see exhibition this September.
3. Wedding Dresses 1775-2014
(Until March 2015)
For fashion and textile lovers everywhere, the Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition at the V&A Museum is the place to be. Tracing the development of wedding dresses over the last two centuries, the exhibition showcases dresses from leading fashion designers such as John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. The museum is open from 10am daily and is open till 10pm on Fridays.
4. The EY Exhibition: Late Turner- Painting Set Free
(Until January 2015)
The EY Exhibition is the first exhibition devoted to the late artist J.M.W. Turner, showcasing work from the UK and abroad which were created between 1835 till his death in 1881. On display at Tate Modern in London, many of Turner’s finest oil on canvas paintings are known to have been controversial and according to critics, unjustly misunderstood.
5. Ming: The Golden Empire
(Until mid October 2014)
For those not based in the capital, Ming: The Golden Empire, is an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland which takes viewers through riches of the Ming Empire. The exhibition features portraits of all 16 Ming emperors, ceramics and artefacts imported from the Nanjing Museum in China and refined objects taken from the royal Chinese heritage.