External Exhibitions

News of photographic exhibitions around the area

Dates Details

18 Apr – 6 May 2019

Sony World Photography Awards

The world’s best imagery from 2018 will be on show at Somerset House for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. With more than 800 images on display, this global photography exhibition presents all winning and shortlisted entries, including the Photographer of the Year, from this year’s Awards across its four competitions: Professional, Open, Youth and Student.

From portraiture to landscape, architecture to wildlife and fine art to street photography, the selection is truly international in its scope. The exhibition closes Monday 6 May. The display will then embark on a worldwide tour.

Tickets £14/£10/£8 (weekends/weekday/concession)

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Mon – Fri, 10.00-21.00, Sat & Sun 10.00-20.00

5 Feb – 6 May 2019

Don McCullin Retrospective

Tate Britain

Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Tickets £18 pp


Guardian Review

13 Feb – 06 May

Diane Arbus: In the beginning

Takes an in-depth look at the formative first half of Arbus’ career, during which the photographer developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated. 

11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed.
Late night opening on Thursdays until 9pm.

Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets £11.50 to £15.50

BJP article  + A modern take on Diane Arbus street photography in New York

5 Feb – 30 March 2019

Gerry Cranham Exhibition

The most iconic and brilliant sports photographer of the 20th century

The Michael Hoppen Gallery

3 Jubilee Place, London, SW3 3TD

Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Saturday 12pm – 5pm, Sunday closed

Walk from Sloane Square or South Kensington tube Stations


More examples of his work

13 – 22 April 2019

The Royal Photographic Society is holding the Creative Eye Group Members’ 2019 Exhibition

Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, Suffolk (85 miles, 1hr 50mins drive, east from Bedford. It is then only 22 miles on to Southwold so you could make a day of it)

See here for location details and open days and times

Promotional poster

Also see Creative Eye Group Open Day including workshops on Photobooks using Lightroom and Creative Techniques 9th June 2019 10:00 – 16:30 Whittlesford Village Hall, Mill Lane, Whittlesford, Cambs CB22 4NE. Tickets £10/£15

16th March – 12th May

British Life Photography Awards

Winners and commended images are featured in the prestigious BLPA exhibition.

A selection of 2019 winners can be viewed at The Guardian web site

Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Rd,  Banbury OX16 2PQ

One hours drive west of Bedford – MK (A421), Buckingham (A422) Banbury

6th to 10th April 2019

The Photographic Angle. Free entry. Around 100 prints, held across two buildings, around 8 minutes walk apart, close the Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre. Details.  Also see here

Themes: The Four Elements and Capturing Culture.

Exchange House, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 2EA

Victoria House, Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 1AU

2019 Q2 Fotografiska, Whitechapel, London due to open Spring 2019

12 Oct 2018…

V&A Museum, Kensington, London: Photography Centre

Phase 1 opening after enlargement work on the 12th October 2018. Further phases to come

The V&A has been collecting photographs since 1856, the year the Museum was founded, and it was one of the first museums to present photography exhibitions. Since then the collection has grown to be one of the largest and most important in the world, comprising around 500,000 images. The V&A has added the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection to its holdings, which contains around 270,000 photographs, an extensive library, and 6,000 cameras and pieces of equipment associated with leading artists and photographic pioneers.





Time Out

London photographic exhibitions listing

Time Out

London photographic galleries

Quarry Theatre

St Peter’s Street, Bedford. Occasional photographic exhibitions

Photographers Gallery

Various exhibitions

16-18 Ramillies St., London W1F 7LW (near Oxford Circus)
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Sun 11.30am-6pm
Free before noon then £4, £2.50 concession

 Huxley-Parlour Gallery

Huxley-Parlour have regular exhibitions of original prints from the best photographers. Usually around 20 to 50 prints for any one photographer for a week or more. Free entry, catalogues and book available to purchase

Further information…

Huxley-Parlour Gallery, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE

020 7434 4319

NB Huxley-Parlour Gallery was previously known as Beetles+Huxley

 Michael Hoppen Gallery

Opened in 1992 and is founded on a passion for photography. As a gallery they are renowned for nurturing the careers of new and interesting artists and exhibiting them alongside acknowledged nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century photographic masters.

Spaced over three floors in the heart of Chelsea, London, they provide both a white-wall arena for contemporary artists and a more intimate, book and wood lined context for the smaller and more eclectic works.

3 Jubilee Place • London • SW3 3TD
020 7352 3649

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Camera Museum

Cafe and display of historic cameras. Hasselblad and Rolleiflex camera repairs. Opposite the British Museum, London.

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 11am – 7pm, Saturday: 12noon – 7pm, Sunday & B H: Closed

44 Museum Street LONDON WC1A 1LY

Tel: 020 72428681   Tube station: Tottenham Court Rd 

The Photographic Angle

Free exhibitions, around 100 to 200 prints, stay for 5 days before being moved on to another town.  Milton Keynes is the nearest town to Bedford on their tour route. They also run free competitions

Always check with the exhibition organisers for latest information and opening hours before travelling

If you hear of another exhibition within a reasonable travelling distance of Bedford please email details to the web content manager