18 June – 3 September
This summer we celebrated the arrival of the holiday season. Whether it’s a visit to the coast, a day out in the country, a trip to the fair or just spending time relaxing at home, how we spend our holiday time is always a source of excitement or anticipation.
This exhibition explored how artists have portrayed holidays in art.
In At the coast visitors could see stunning coastal landscapes, holiday-makers on the beach and even cats in deckchairs!
In the country includes children playing, fishing and boating, making the most of the summertime.
Out and about reflected on outings to the fair, circus and fêtes, trips that are as popular today as they have always been. Holidays are not just about spending time away from home.
At home shows more tranquil works reflecting quiet time spent reading, gardening and playing games.
Holidays took a nostalgic look at how we spend our leisure time today and how we have holidayed in the past.
The exhibition included works from the Harris’ collection of 19th and 20th century art, including paintings, drawings and prints, and also featured postcards, souvenirs and games.
We hope this exhibition brought back fond memories of holidays past or even inspired future holiday destinations.
There was an opportunity for visitors to share their own holiday memories or favourite places to visit in the dedicated activity space. There were also lots of activities for all the family!
Image: Walter F. Osborne, Summer time, 1901