New Art Openings

From Impressionist magic to playing with time and heaps of sweets, these are our top picks of exhibitions to visit this Autumn! 

1. The National Gallery

Give the new Mantegna and Bellini show a miss with kids and instead head to Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cezanne

Three small rooms filled with masterpieces from Samuel Courtauld's collection, this is the perfect introduction for even the most reluctant art lover. Click on the header above for our detailed review On until 20th January. Under 12s go free.

courtauld national gallery

© The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

2. The Royal Academy

Oceania will enthral all ages.

A joy of a show from this unsung part of the world. Don't miss the gently poetic environmental message from the Marshall Islands in the 3 minute video as you come in. Then prepare for a feast of headdresses and masks. The spooky PsychoBarn in the courtyard is totally unrelated to the show but is worth a look in its own right.  

Oceania Royal Academy PsychoBarn

3. The Hayward Gallery

Space Shifters 

The new show at the Hayward brings together sculptures and installations that explore perception and space. Our reviewer called it selfie heaven! To 6 Jan. Tickets: £16.50, under 12s free.

Space Shifters hayward gallery

4. Tate Modern

Christian Marclay: The Clock at Tate Modern

A whole new meaning to clock watching in this mesmerically brilliant compilation of thousands of film clips, each showing a different minute of 24 hours in real time. Kids will be bored. Mum and Dad will find it hard to leave. Book a nanny. Once a month (6 Oct, 3 Nov and 1 Dec) the gallery will stay open all night to allow the full 24-hour progression to be shown in all its glory.  

clock tate modern

Christian Marclay: The Clock 2010 c. the artist. Courtesy White Cube Gallery, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York 

5. Whitechapel Gallery

Ulla von Brandenburg: Sweet Feast

Sweet scoffing film and sculpture commission to see at the Whitechapel Gallery. Travel back in time to the 70's and relive how a guard ended up devouring the 'Sweet Feast'. On until end of March.

ulla sweet feast whitechapel gallery

Ulla von Brandenburg, Production still from Sweet Feast, 2018, super-16 mm film, colour, sound. Courtesy the artist

6. Tate Britain

Turner Prize 2018 at Tate Britain

The shortlisted four this year are all on film and they are LONG. Give it a miss.

turner prize 2018 tate britain


7. Science Museum

The Sun

The Science Museum's Winter blockbuster is an under the radar hit that builds momentum in a subtle way. Hugely educational but visually stunning and engaging, learn about the power of our star and how it impacts every aspect of life on earth. Click on the header to read our review and find out why it is a must see!

the sun science museum

And the shows we are most looking forward to: 

Next Monday sees the unveiling of Tania Bruguera's Hyundai Commission in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Always a favourite, not least because it is free.

Night & Day opens 12th October at the Fashion and Textile Museum. We will be going with older kids to this wonder show of 1930s fashion and photos at  one of our fav small museums. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year opens 19th October at the Natural History Museum. One of our favourite shows but kids as little as 4 are a whopping £9 each which we say is A LOT!