Coming up in 2016

Posted on by Lauren MacCarthy.

As 2015 draws to a close, we look towards the New Year and the exhibitions coming up that will wow you in 2016.

 

Deep Sleeper © Audun Rikardsen

© Audun Rikardsen

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Until 10 April 2016
M Shed
The world-renowned exhibition from the Natural History Museum returns to M Shed with 100 breath-taking images. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.

 

 

Photo of a death's head hawk moth

© Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

death: the human experience
Until 13 March 2016
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
death: the human experience is about the most universal of experiences that we will encounter. Hundreds of incredibly diverse objects reveal captivating stories from cultures across the world, from the earliest human societies to the modern day. The exhibition encourages you to consider ethical issues, different attitudes to death and how different cultures have dealt with the end of life.

 

© Dignitas

© Dignitas

death: is it your right to choose?
23 January – 13 March 2016
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
death: is it your right to choose? is a powerful and emotive installation of a room at the Dignitas flat near Zurich. Supported through funding from The Wellcome Trust, this exhibition complements death: the human experience and will encourage debate and discussion around end of life choices whilst the current law on assisted dying in the UK is undergoing scrutiny.

 

© Neil McCoubrey

© Neil McCoubrey

Ten Centuries of Records
22 March – 15 July 2016
Bristol Archives
With records documenting ten centuries of Bristol’s history, Bristol Archives continues the long tradition of record-keeping in the city. This exhibition highlights the breadth and significance of the collections ranging from medieval royal charters, to records that capture economic and social change, to modern photographs and films.

 

Art From Elsewhere

This Leprous Brightness © Imran Qureshi

Art From Elsewhere
22 April – 17 July 2016
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Arnolfini
Art from Elsewhere deals with current social and political issues through the eyes of contemporary artists from around the world. The cutting edge work – from video and installation, to photography and sculpture – is predominantly by artists from Africa, Asia and the Far East who explore themes such as life in conflict zones and migration. This exhibition, shown jointly with Arnolfini, brings together work recently collected by museums and galleries across the UK purchased with five ÂŁ1 million awards from Art Fund International.

 

 

Briswool © Vic Harrison

Briswool © Vic Harrison

Briswool
14 May – 12 June 2016
M Shed
Explore the amazing city of Briswool in all its woolly splendour! Briswool is a huge, intricately knitted and crocheted model of Bristol featuring all your favourite hangouts. Spot well-known landmarks in knitted form including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo and the M Shed cranes, as well as the infamous Bristol crocodile, a Banksy mural and Wallace & Gromit! The exhibition includes a space to do your own knitting. Coordinated by the Paper Village.

 

Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63 © National Gallery

Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63 © National Gallery

Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63
Part of the National Gallery Masterpiece Tour
21 May – 17 July 2016
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Self Portrait at the Age of 63 is one of Rembrandt’s last pictures, painted in 1669 at the end of his eventful life as one of the leading Dutch artists of his time. For eight weeks his masterpiece will form the focal point of our European Old Masters Gallery following its significant refurbishment and the redisplay of our own prestigious works by Lukas Cranach, Giovanni Bellini, Jacob van Ruisdael and others. Rembrandt painted and etched self-portraits throughout his life, but those executed in his final years are among his most poignant and challenging.

 

 

Morph © Aardman Animations Ltd 2015

Morph © Aardman Animations Ltd 2015

The Story of Children’s Television from 1946 to Today
2 July – 25 September 2016
M Shed
From the earliest days of Muffin the Mule to the multi-channel world of today, generations of children have fallen in love with the characters and stories brought to life on the small screen. The exhibition traces the fascinating history of children’s television, bringing together seven decades of iconic objects, memorabilia, merchandise, clips and images. A touring exhibition from the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in partnership with the University of Warwick.

 

© Staffordshire Hoard

© Staffordshire Hoard

Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard
22 October 2016 – 26 February 2017
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
The Staffordshire Hoard is a dazzling collection of gold and silver military ornaments unearthed by an amateur metal-detectorist in July 2009. More than five kilos of gold, 1.5 kilos of silver and thousands of garnet pieces were discovered and declared the largest Anglo-Saxon hoard ever found. Learn about this incredible 1,400 year old treasure, from its Anglo-Saxon warrior history, to the ongoing conservation techniques used to unlock its secrets today. A touring exhibition from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
Dates TBC
M Shed
The world-renowned exhibition from the Natural History Museum will once again return to M Shed in 2016.

 

For a full list of upcoming events, see our What’s on.

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