Top 10 art exhibitions outside of London this summer
Pack your bags, grab your camera and head for the open road: these are the best exhibitions across the UK that may just tempt you on a mini-break.
After a two-year, multi-million pound renovation project by the much-in-demand Jamie Fobert Architects, the country's most charming intimate house-museum outside of London has reopened its doors to the public.
Jim Ede's monumental collection of sculptures, paintings and drawings by renowned Modern British artists including Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miró and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska is like no other. Not an ostentatious display of wealth, Ede curated his collection with educational purposes and students in mind.
The higgedly-piggedly interiors of Ede's home are the real draw, but while you're there make sure to look round SUBJECT, the first major solo exhibition of an artist to be staged in the new galleries. This Antony Gormley exhibition, which includes a site-specific installation and work never-seen before in the UK, explores the sculptor's preoccupation with the relationship between the human body and space.
How far from London: Cambridge is only forty-five minutes away from London by train from London King's Cross.
What to read on the train: Beneath a Ruthless Sun, Gilbert King
Pulitzer prize-winner Gilbert King’s investigation into the case of a developmentally challenged young man who was found guilty of rape in the 1950s has the same compelling, crusading take on a real-life ambiguity that will have fans of the Serial podcast or Netflix’s Making a Murderer hooked. Class, racial politics and corrupt officials make for a murky true story with plenty of twists and an unsettling relevance to the contemporary justice system.