The exhibitions you must see this June

Published 19 May 2022

Doctor Who touches down in Liverpool and Ad Minoliti brings a splash of colour to Tate St Ives – explore these fantastic exhibitions plus many more in sunny June.

Look forward to the longest day of the year, warm sunshine, and everything coming up roses – that’s right, the sunny month of June is upon us.

With the summer solstice on 21 June, this month is the perfect time to embrace nature and get inspired by the beautiful world around you. Some exhibitions are doing just that, such as Tracey Emin, I Lay Here For You in Edinburgh – where a larger-than-life bronze work explores women’s place in nature through the lush green parkland of Jupiter Artland.

And, on the days the sun doesn’t shine, duck into your favourite museum or gallery and see some fantastic summer shows. A collection of emotive paintings by the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch go on display at the Courtauld Gallery in London, Ruth Asawa brings her signature hanging sculptures to Modern Art Oxford, and the TARDIS lands in Liverpool for a major exhibition exploring Doctor Who at the World Museum.

These are our picks to get you started, but don’t forget there’s so much more out there to enjoy. Keep an eye on our full exhibition listings to plan your summer adventures and sign up to Art in Your Inbox for updates on what to see.

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Ruth Asawa: Citizens of the Universe

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American artist Ruth Asawa was known for her signature hanging sculptures, made with looped and tied wire. These delicate pieces feature in this exhibition alongside prints, drawings, letters and photographs, exploring how an integrated approach helped Asawa to embed education and community engagement into her practice.


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Edvard Munch. Masterpieces from Bergen

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Explore the work of Expressionist painter and printmaker Edvard Munch, known for his emotional masterpieces such as The Scream (1893). 18 stunning works will be on display at the Courtauld, beginning with early examples of his realist period and moving into the psychologically charged works which gained him international recognition in the late-19th century.


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Ai Weiwei, Dragon Vase, 2017. Courtesy Ai Weiwei Studio.

Ai Weiwei: Liberty of Doubt

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There’s not long left to catch the work of artist Ai Weiwei in Cambridge – the exhibition brings together 13 works by the artist alongside 14 antiquities bought at auction in Cambridge in 2020, exploring freedom and liberty in the West and China. Also on display are a collection of the artist’s recent films and two Fairytale Chairs (2007), which will be placed in Kettle’s Yard for visitors to use.


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Tracey Emin, I Lay Here For You, 2022

Tracey Emin, I Lay Here For You

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Returning to Scotland for the first time since 2008, Tracey Emin has created a beautiful large-scale bronze sculpture for sculpture park Jupiter Artland. Nestled in the park’s woodland, I Lay Here For You (2022) explores women’s relationship to nature and the possibility for love after hardship.


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Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder

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Following the recent exciting news that Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa will be taking over as The Doctor, now is the perfect time to celebrate the beloved BBC sci-fi programme Doctor Who. Now a cult phenomenon, the show has delighted adults and children alike for generations, inspiring everyone with its thrilling storylines, wacky aliens and special effects. Immerse yourself in the science that underpins the show’s storylines, see the TARDIS in real life and meet all your favourite characters.


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Glyn Philpot: Flesh and Spirit

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Featuring portraits of dancers, poets and notable famous faces, this exhibition uncovers the remarkable portraiture of modernist artist Glyn Philpot. From depicting faces of Edwardian society to pioneering a radical approach to modernist portraiture in the 1930s, 80 paintings from across Philpot’s career will be on display. The exhibition also explores how Philpot’s portraits of Black subjects relate to wider dialogues around identity and representation in modern art.


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Feminine Power: The divine to the demonic

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Women have been both hailed and condemned for their power for centuries, sometimes as goddesses and saints, other times as demons and witches. Explore an evocative collection of ancient objects and works of art from six continents, exploring women as commanding spiritual beings in mythology and religion. Painted scrolls, Roman sculpture, Egyptian amulets, incantation bowls and Indian relief carvings all feature here, demonstrating the different ways femininity and female power is perceived around the world.


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Cornelia Parker

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Experience the power of artist Cornelia Parker’s striking installations. Featuring shattered pieces of a garden shed, an entire room tented with offcuts from Remembrance Day poppies and silver suspended from the ceiling, her stunning works present ordinary everyday objects in unusual and thought-provoking ways.


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Ad Minoliti: Biosfera Peluche/ Biosphere Plush

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Argentine artist Ad Minoliti explores feminist and queer theory through playful works that draw on the rich history of geometric abstract art in Latin America. Their work incorporates photography, painting, sculpture and installation, resulting in a colourful environment in which to explore inclusive ideas. An ongoing project by the artist, The Feminist School of Painting, is also part of the exhibition, inviting you to participate in an active classroom and reconsider the structure of the ‘art school’.


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Hair: Untold Stories

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Explore the cultural significance of hair, from how it can be used as a material in jewellery, fashion and armour, to what it means for identity and society. Artists, filmmakers, designers and members of the public all feature in this exhibition, telling their own stories of hair through their own personal lens. There's also a particular focus on how global hair cultures differ across the world. Art Fund has provided a grant for the first collaborative tour of this exhibition, which will also travel to Museums Sheffield and Tullie House in Carlisle.


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