Artists in Residence

Wandering around an art gallery for a few hours is our idea of heaven. Admiring great art by great artists, discovering new names and unexpected beauty - it’s a blissful way to spend an afternoon. We’re lucky to have excellent galleries up and down the country; these are the exhibitions we’ll be making a beeline for.

Sean Scully

If you’re yet to discover the beauty of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, make it top of your to-visit list; 500 acres of woodland and gardens create a stunning open-air gallery. This autumn Irish artist Sean Scully brings his imposing stacked sculptures to the landscape. 29 September - January 6

Like the sound of this? Try the sculpture gardens at Houghton Hall, Norfolk and the Henry Moore Studio, Hertfordshire.

Alice Kettle

Textile art is starting to get the attention it deserves, starting with Thread Bearing Witness, at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. From afar, Kettle’s large-scale embroideries and tapestries look like paintings. Close up, the detail is breathtaking. 1 September - 24 February

Like the sound of this? See Anni Albers’ hand-woven pieces with graphic patterns at Tate Modern, London. 11 October - 27 January

Fernand Leger

Discover the French artist at Tate Liverpool; a forerunner of the Pop Art movement, he blended cubist and abstract styles with a primary-colour punch to create bright, bold pieces. 23 November - 17 March

Like the sound of this? Visit the Patrick Heron exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate. His colour-saturated pieces will swallow you whole. 19 October - 7 January

Frida Kahlo

Another hit from the V&A: an incredible collection of artist Frida Kahlo's clothes, jewellery, make up, and photographs discovered in a room in her home that until recently was completely sealed off. An intimate insight into her inspiring life. Until 4 November

Edward Burne-Jones

The Tate Britain hosts this retrospective of one of the last Pre-Raphaelite artists, bringing together paintings, stained glass and tapestry. 24 October - 24 February

Like the sound of this? Head to Lowry and the Pre-Rapahelites at The Lowry, Salford. It might not seem an obvious connection but he was an admirer of the pre-Raphaelites and amassed a large collection, including works by Rosetti.

Toulouse-Lautrec

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art Of Celebrity at the National Gallery Of Scotland focuses on the Parisian artist’s posters, prints and illustrations which made stars of Montmartre’s venues and their entertainers. 6 October - 20 January