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If you’re a keen photographer (or just like to have a go, iPhone in hand like me) then you'll understand the appreciation for the art of photography. You understand what people enjoy seeing when they look at a photograph. You understand why people enjoy looking at them in the first place. And the fact that you understand all of this means you are in the perfect position to enjoy looking at photography yourself. More to the point, you are in the perfect position to enjoy looking at art yourself. Photography is art, so by enjoying photography you enjoy art — even if you don’t think you do. Even if you’ve never been to or thought about going to an art gallery before, it doesn’t mean you wouldn’t enjoy doing so.
It’s never too late to get yourself in the world of art, and you don’t have to fly across the globe to do so. You can get yourself involved in it in British galleries! Below you can find details on a few of them.
There are a number of top art galleries around Shoreditch but none are as rich in history as Whitechapel. It has been a cornerstone of art in London for over a century and has housed artwork from some of the most famous artists to ever grace the planet. Picasso, Freud and Kahlo are just a few. This is a gallery that is open all year round and even houses photography for those of you who are only interested in that field of art. There are plenty of stylish hotels to stop in in the area too, as expected in this part of the world, such as the Dorsett City, London which is just an eight minute walk from Whitechapel. By staying here, or in any hotels of the like in the area you can experience the grandeur of a gallery both in the gallery itself and in the place you stay.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Art galleries in Britain aren’t just pigeonholed to London, however. In fact, they’re not just pigeonholed to England either. Kelvingrove in Glasgow is Scotland’s most popular gallery and is actually the most visited one in Britain outside of London. It houses many traditional pieces of Scottish art and even some artefacts that are rich in Scottish culture, such as arms and armour. It is a typical example of Victorian architectural work and is adorned in red bricks. This is a must visit for all lovers of tradition.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
As we head back into England and down south once again, there’s no better gallery to visit than the ‘jewel of Oxford’, the Ashmolean. As is typical in the University town that is Oxford, this museum boasts a wide range of artwork from all over the globe. But this isn’t the only great museum Oxford has on offer. No, the Pitt Rivers Museum is also a must-visit and is styled as a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ museum.
So, the next time you’re devoid of inspiration as to why you should travel Blighty, why not make art and art galleries your reason? Not that there is ever really an excuse needed to travel these beautiful isles!