Instagram and social media have democratised life and culture across the board. From artists like Stormzy able to chart at number one independently, the likes of the Kardashian’s becoming forces to be reckoned with, and so on and endlessly so forth, Instagram has changed the game. And it has in the art world, too.
These days, exhibitions are often turning into pop culture experiences, complete with highly Instagrammable props to further tempt millennial uploaders. Not to mention all those exhibitions that potentially aren’t even doing it on purpose but just look so darn good with a VSCO filter.
Yup, I know all too well the importance of keeping that Instagram feed looking fleeky, so I rounded up some of the best exhibitions to go to across the UK that will up your game on the ‘gram for The Debrief. Check out some of the ones that are still on below…
1. Tracey Emin and William Blake In Focus, Tate Liverpool
Liverpool, Until 3rd September 2017
Tracey Emin is pretty iconic, in case you didn’t know. One of Britain’s most renowned artists/artworks of the past 20 years, ‘My Bed’, will be displayed in the north of England for the first time at the Tate Liverpool. It will be shown alongside drawings by Emin and British poet and artist, William Blake. More information here.
2. Robots, Science Museum
London, Until 3rd September 2017
The science museum is always pretty cool to go to, and this Robots exhibition gives you fresh reasons to visit South Kensington (it doesn’t hurt that Hummingbird Bakery is around the corner, too!) The last room of the exhibit features a whole hall full of modern robots, some of which you can interact with. There’s even a robot called Zeno R25 which can mimic your expressions. Cool. More information here.
3. Fairy Tales & Fantasy, Abbey House Museum
Leeds, Until 31st December 2017
Immersing yourself in some fairy tales and fantasy? Um, yes please. Abbey House Museum in Leeds is showcasing some familiar fairy tales, from Aladdin, Little Red Riding Hood to Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and more. You already know how well Disney/nostalgia does on the ‘gram. More information here.
4. I Want! I Want!, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Birmingham, Until 30th September 2017
Bringing together the work of a number of contemporary artists who work with new technologies, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is set to feature some pretty Instagrammable works from artists including Rachel Maclean, Julian Opie, Ed Atkins and more. More information here.
5. Basquiat: Boom for Real, Barbican
London, From 21st September – 28th January 2018
The UK’s first major Basquiat exhibition is coming, and it’s definitely going to be worth going to. Having become synonymous with New York’s art scene in the 80s, let’s just put it this way… even if you *think* you’re not familiar with Basquiat’s work, you are. With over 100 of his works on display at the Barbican as of September, there’s bounds to be lots on offer. More information here.