Telling Tales

August 2, 2022

8 October 2022 – 12 March 2023 Narrative Art was the reality television of the Victorian era. While the artistic elite rejected it, the general public loved to see soap opera drama on the gallery walls. Its accessible and sensational quality allowed viewers to transport themselves to the scene and identify with the characters depicted. […]

Collecting the World: QuayCrafts at the Russell-Cotes

February 1, 2022

Tuesday 28th June – Sunday 16th October 2022 An exhibition of contemporary art responses by QuayCrafts, a group of artist/makers based on the Isle of Wight. Celebrating the centenary of the Russell-Cotes Museum, nine artists have created responses, inspired by the home and collections of Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes using a wide range of media.  […]

The Lost Words

January 21, 2022

Saturday 26 March – Sunday 18 September 2022 This enchanting exhibition combines the creative talents of writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s power to spark the imagination. The exhibition is based on The Lost Words, the Sunday Times bestselling book, published in […]

The Road to the Museum

January 17, 2022

Print Room Exhibition 25 January – 1 September 2022 As part of the museum’s centenary celebrations in 2022, our latest exhibition in the Print Room tells the story of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes from a new perspective. Devised by Paul Whittaker (Sir Merton’s biographer) The Road to the Museum follows in the footsteps […]