Brighton Exhibitions Round-up March – April 2011

Royal Pavilion

Brighton & Hove has a full on programme of art exhibitions this spring. Here is a round-up of some of the top picks.

The ‘Dress for Excess’ exhibit at the iconic  Royal Pavilion celebrates examines the life of George IV as Prince, Regent and King through the various fashions of the late Georgian period.  The centrepiece of the exhibition will be the coronation robes of King George IV, on public display for the first time in 30 years.  This fashion exhibit will run at the Royal Pavilion through February 2012.

The Hove Museum & Art Gallery is hosting the Mr Watt, Grumpy Man of Metal exhibit from 18 March – 28 June 2011. This family-friendly exhibition presents the metal work designed by craft maker Jon Mills, the creator of the series of short books which follow the disastrous adventures of Mr Watt.

From family-friendly to a trip to the big house? That’s right, Brighton & Hove has it all. From 2 April to 30 October, guided tours of the Old Police Cells Museum at Brighton Town Hall will be available on Tuesday, Thirsdays and Saturdays. These tours offer a unique insight into the history of Sussex Police and Brighton’s main police station from 1830 – 1967.

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery are hosting an exhibition of radicals from April to October. Radical Bloomsbury:  The Art of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, 1905–1925 looks at the contribution of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant to the development of 20th Century British painting. The exhibit explores the Bloomsbury artists and their relationship to avant-garde art from 1905 to 1925.

On 21 April, go ‘behind the scenes’ at Preston Manor, as the manor house is set to open hidden parts to explore for the first time ever. The classic Edwardian country house, which belonged to the Stanford family for over 200 years, now displays ceramics, glass, silver and clocks, decorative art, continental furniture, the servants’ quarters and hall, butlers’ pantry, boot hall, kitchen, head housemaids’ and personal maids’ rooms can all be seen, plus  a period walled garden and family pets’ graveyard.

Flickr images courtesy of Kevin Bentman, Carmelo Aguilina, visitbrighton

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