The best art exhibitions to see in the UK

We’ve put together some of the best art experiences in 2022

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by Piper Huxley |

Now that we’re back to some normality, you’ve probably been itching to get out and see some culture. So whether you're desperately in need of a plan for the weekend, heading to London or going on a trip to another city, we’ve got the best art exhibitions to see in the UK right here.

Immersive experiences seem to be hugely popular right now. From the beloved Van Gogh to the absurdism of Dalí, there are plenty of experiences you can get stuck into. However, if you prefer something a little more traditional, there's the Art of Banksy exhibit and an exhibition for Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.

For some of the best art exhibitions to see in the UK on our list, you’ll have to wait for the launch date. But, they’ll be worth it.

The best art exhibitions to see in the UK - 2022

Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience

Mexican Geniuses: A Frida & Diego Immersive Experience is a 360-degree digital art exhibition that invites you to step into the incomparable universe of Frida and Diego, two of the most inspiring and revolutionary artists of the 20th century.

This never-before-seen immersive exhibition dedicated to the artwork of Frida and Diego is innovative and inspirational, where you can lose yourself in the impressive VR and workshops.

Location: Dock X London, Retail Park, Unit 1 Canada Water, Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 2XU, United Kingdom

Dates: Mexican Geniuses is running from May 28 until September 30.

Accessibility: Mexican Geniuses is accessible to wheelchairs. If you require more assistance, contact the organisers.

COVID: The venue will follow COVID protocols established by the UK Government.

Piper's Review: "I'd never been to an immersive experience, so I honestly didn't know what to expect. I knew of Frida Kahlo - so I went into Mexican Geniuses with an open mind. It's safe to say that I was blown away by it all. Frida and Diego's art is so vibrant - and it's so breathtaking to see it come to life in this experience.

My personal favourite piece from the exhibition comes from Frida: The Wounded Deer. I love surrealism.

This remarkable couple was reborn with impressive projections and a captivating VR experience like no other. So much love, dedication and respect have gone into this exhibit - and it really shows. I loved every minute.

As Diego Rivera once said: "Art is the universal language and it belongs to all mankind."

If you're a big fan of Latin American art, politics and culture - you can't miss this."

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Who doesn’t love Van Gogh?

Renowned for his influential style, command of colour and interesting life, Van Gogh is one of the best painters who ever lived – though he was never really celebrated or appreciated when alive. With this immersive experience, why not take a nosedive into his work?

Packed with cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections, a one-of-a-kind VR experience, and uniquely atmospheric light and sound show, this experience has toured the globe.

Awe-inspiring. You don’t want to miss it. One of the best art exhibitions to see in the UK right now.

Location: Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has come to London, York, Bristol and Leicester!

Join the waiting list for Manchester.

Dates: Various.

Accessibility: Make sure to check the venues once they are announced.

COVID: The venue will follow COVID protocols established by the UK Government.

Klimt: The Immersive Experience

Another immersive experience for you.

Have you ever dreamt of stepping into a painting? Well, why not give Klimt: The Immersive Experience a try? This experience is a 36-degree digital art exhibition that invites you to step into the world of the Austrian genius Gustav Klimt.

With this experience, you can explore his career, his life, and his secrets with the help of a unique virtual reality experience. Immerse yourself in Klimt's artwork. Step right in!

Location: The Boiler House, Shoreditch, London

Dates: Klimt: The Immersive Experience is booking from August until September 30.

Accessibility: The exhibition is wheelchair accessible.

COVID: The venue will follow COVID protocols established by the UK Government.

Masterpiece London

Fancy going to an art fair? Masterpiece London is unmissable!

Here, visitors can view and purchase the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery - from vintage to contemporary pieces. Well, if you’ve ever fancied starting a little collection, or just love going to an art fair, at Masterpiece London, you can explore art from any time, discipline and artist.

You will need to grab some entry tickets, though. Luckily, we’ve got you sorted.

Location: Royal Hospital Chelsea, London

Dates: Masterpiece London is running from June 29 until July 6

Accessibility: There is disabled parking.

COVID: The Masterpiece team are monitoring Government guidance and will implement necessary and recommended measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors, exhibitors and staff.

Small Is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition

Small Is Beautiful is an exhibition entirely devoted to miniature art in London. Why not admire the works of 32 local and international artists? Get a glimpse into the world of small-scale art!

Though this museum celebrates the tiny, we love it big-time.

Location: 79-85 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LD.

Dates: Small Is Beautiful: Miniature Art Exhibition is running until July 17.

Accessibility: The venue is wheelchair accessible.

COVID: Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience.

In the Black Fantastic

This year, the Southbank Centre will present In the Black Fantastic at the Hayward Gallery. This event marks the UK's first major exhibition dedicated to the work of Black artists. In this exhibition, the various artists will be showcasing new works and special commissions; the fantastical elements of these address racial injustice, as well as explore alternative realities.

Participating artists include Nick Cave, Sedrick Chisom, Ellen Gallagher, Hew Locke, Wangechi Mutu, Rashaad Newsome, Chris Ofili, Tabita Rezaire, Cauleen Smith, Lina Iris Viktor and Kara Walker.

We're very excited about this exhibition at the Southbank Centre.

Location: The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Dates: In the Black Fantastic is running from June 29th until September 18th.

Accessibility: The Southbank Centre is fully accessible to pushchairs and wheelchair users.

COVID: Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience.

Banksy & Beyond Experience

This is a unique opportunity for art lovers to get an immersive tour through London.

Enter the playground known as the “Graffiti Tunnel” in Waterloo before your visit to the “Unauthorized Private Collection” of Banksy, showcasing one of the most provocative and influential artists in the world.

Included in the ticket price;

  • Tour of London's Street Art in Shoreditch & Waterloo

  • Lunch from Spitalfields Market

  • Chauffeured from East London to Waterloo

  • Banksy Exhibition Entry

This guided tour lasts approximately 4.5 hours.

Location: Starts at Aldgate Station, London, at 12pm

Dates: Banksy & Beyond Experience is running on most Sundays until December.

Accessibility: N/A

COVID: Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience.

The Peter Rabbit™ Garden Adventure - A Live Immersive Experience

This summer, join the world of Beatrix Potter at Blenheim Palace.

Through a mix of storytelling, live performance, and puppetry, young Beatrix Potter Beatrix invites you to join her on an adventure to find her mischievous friend Peter Rabbit, as she leads guests through the Palace's walled garden.

Perfect for a day out with the kids - or grandchildren!

Location: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX

Dates: The Peter Rabbit™ Garden Adventure - A Live Immersive Experience is running from July until September.

Accessibility: This is an outdoor adventure across grass, gravel and in and out of garden buildings. Every effort is made to make it as accessible as possible - though there are limitations in some places due to the age of the buildings. Should you wish to check your requirements, please send an email to the event organisers.

COVID: Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience.

Monet: The Immersive Experience (Waitlist)

Embark on a thrilling journey through the work of Claude Monet, one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. In this immersive experience, you can explore his life with the help of stunning digital projections of Monet’s impressive artwork and a unique VR experience.

Currently, this event’s details haven’t been announced yet. But, we’ll be updating you.

More information and the waitlist for tickets are available via Fever.

Location: London

Dates: Coming Soon!

Accessibility: TBA

COVID: Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience.

Dalí: The Immersive Experience (Waitlist)

Every fancied stepping into the work of Dalí? If you’re not too sure who Salvador Dalíis, he is known for his surrealist art, often depicting melted clocks… We love his unique take on modern art. So, if you’re a fan of an immersive experience, why not spend some time at this one?

This exhibit isn’t open yet, nor have many of the details been announced. But only time will tell… Fever will be releasing more information on this event soon…

We have a feeling that this could come one of the best art exhibitions to see in the UK.

Location: London

Dates: Coming Soon!

Accessibility: TBA

COVID: Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience.

Magritte: The Immersive Experience (Waitlist)

Another cutting edge immersive experience is on its way to London… And it’s René Magritte’s turn. Behind surrealist masterpieces such as “The Treachery of Images”. Unique as ever, an immersive experience will guide you through the life and work of another artist.

We’re not quite sure when this exhibit will arrive in London. But, we’ll keep you in the loop.

More information and the waitlist for tickets are available at Fever.

Location: London

Dates: Coming Soon!

Accessibility: TBA

COVID: Safety measures will be in place throughout the experience.

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