Dan Hillier, 'Mother' (2006). Altered engraving. Copyright the artist.
From Saturday 7 September to Sunday 8 December.
From the macabre to the quaint, the sensational to the surreal, ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ is the first ever exhibition in the UK to offer a major examination of Victorian revivalism in all its forms.
Featuring graphic design, film, photography, ceramics, taxidermy, furniture, textiles and fine art, this multi-media show explores work inspired by the 19th century and created over the last 20 years, highlighting the ongoing influence of the Victorian age.
‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ brings together 28 major contemporary artists who encapsulate the many forms and motivations of modern takes on Victorian style. These include Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry, Paula Rego, Dan Hillier, Paul St. George, Rob Ryan, Kitty Valentine and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Miss Pokeno, (Allanah Curry), 'Trophy Chair' (2009). Chair with taxidermy. Copyright the artist. Photograph copyright Tim Walker.
Buy tickets for ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ on the door:
- Full price £7
- Concessions £5 (senior citizens, students, registered unemployed, disabled)
- Free for children under 16, City residents, Friends of Guildhall Art Gallery and Art Fund members.
- For groups of 10 or more people, or for information and rates on guided tours, please contact us on 020 7332 3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm
- Sunday, 12noon-4pm
Patrick StPaul, 'Whisper in the Midst of Silence' (2011). Mixed media. Copyright the artist.
Gallery Sunday: Victorian Christmas
1 December, 12-4pm
We’re celebrating a very Victorian Christmas for all the family. Soak up some seasonal atmosphere and join in the new Arts and Crafts movement. Visitors of all ages will find something fun to do - make a beautiful Christmas card, a funky tree decoration, or design a handy canvas bag. Best of all, you get to take what you make.
Free, drop-in (suggested materials donation £1).
Exhibition entry will be charged at the usual rate.
Buy the book
Accompanying the exhibition is ‘Victoriana: A Miscellany’ – a collection of facts, fiction, text and images edited by exhibition curator Sonia Solicari. ‘Victoriana: A Miscellany’ will be available from the Gallery shop, priced £15.
Victoriana on film
Produced in collaboration with the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, enjoy a season of films based on Victoriana themes. All tickets are FREE, but booking is required - click on each film to book, or click here for more information.
Screenings are every Tuesday at 2pm at the Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square WC1H OPD.
Saturday 30 November, 1-5pm
Join us for an afternoon of discussion with academics, artists and curators exploring the Steampunk movement. Entry is free, but booking is essential.
Click here for the full programme.
Click on the image to see a behind-the-scenes video of Victoriana, presented by the curatorial team.
Get a guided tour
Join the curatorial team at Guildhall Art Gallery for an in-depth 30-minute tour of ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’. Tours start on the hour, every hour, from 11am-4pm on:
- Thursday 21 November. Talks are limited to 10 people at a time and are included in the ticket price.
Get a sneak preview of the show
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