See works by Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry and 26 other major British artists as the Guildhall Art Gallery explores the weird, wonderful and often dark world of Victorian Britain.
The first-ever exhibition in the UK to offer a major retrospective of Victorian revivalism, Victoriana: The Art of Revival features more than 70 works exploring four central themes: The Neo-Victorian Identity, Time Travel, The Cute and the Curious and The Reimagined Parlour.
The alternately playful, surreal and macabre works range from film, photography and fine art to textiles and taxidermy, with highlights including:
- Paul St George's Crookes Tube, enabling viewers to "see" another viewer from a different part of the gallery
- Yinka Shonibare's re-imagining of Dorian Gray
- Paula Rego's sinister re-visioning of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
- Stephen Kenny's spoof Victorian advertisement Drink More Gin
- Carole Windham's Dearly Beloved, depicting David Cameron and Nick Clegg as Queen and Consort in a nod to their policies on gay marriage
- Yumiko Utsu's surreal Octopus Portrait
Special Events: Victoriana Tour and Guildhall Gothic Ball
Get an expert insight into Victoriana: The Art of Revival on a 30-minute tour. The limited-availability tours, included in the entry price, take place on the hour every hour from 11am-4pm on 26 Sep, 17 Oct and 21 Nov. Group tours are also available.
Or why not don your finest top hat or hooped skirt for the Guildhall's Victorian-inspired Gothic Ball? Taking place on 25 October in the gallery and adjoining medieval crypts, the ball includes a pop-up bar and cabaret music from the Singing Victorians.
Birbeck School of Arts is also set to host a season of Victoria-related films to accompany the exhibition from 22 Oct-26 Nov. Keep an eye out on the Guildhall Art Gallery website for further details.