Bristol is one of the UK’s most important cultural centres, and M Shed ranks among the city’s greatest attractions. Detailing the history of the city and the people who have made it their home, the museum complements its fantastic permanent collection with several exhibitions throughout the year.
Here are just a few of the exhibitions you can check out during 2019.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Running through to the end of March, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is perfect for animal lovers and families with younger children. It brings together 100 stunning images portraying everything from intimate animal encounters to dramatic landscapes. You’ll see endangered animals in their natural habitats and breathtakingly rare snaps of some of the world’s most bizarre species. The competition itself was first launched in 1965 and aims to celebrate biodiversity while promoting conservation; for the current collection, it received nearly 50,000 entries from 96 countries.
Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed
If you’re looking for something a little more modern and avant-garde, try M Shed’s upcoming Tattoo exhibition. Running from March 16th through to June 16th, this exhibition will take an eye-opening look at the history of British tattooing. Showcasing work from major tattoo artists, it also features talks from leading academics on the myths and pre-conceptions surrounding tattooing. Unseen private archives will uncover hidden histories, including the history of Britain’s pioneering female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight.
On Set with Aardman: Making Early Man
Set to run from July 6th through to September 29th, Making Early Man will showcase the incredible creative skills of the Bristol-based team behind the latest Aardman stop-motion movie, which starred Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and Timothy Spall. Visitors can check out how drawings were translated to extraordinarily crafted sets using the latest VR technology.