Dame Laura Knight - I Paint Today


Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
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Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT


14 Jan 2024


10:00 am - 3:00 pm



Dame Laura Knight – I Paint Today

Saturday 13 January to Sunday 30 June 2024 | Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum

One of the most significant and prolific painters of the 20th century, Dame Laura Knight (1877 – 1970) was a great celebrity in her time. Her art is as loved today as it was at the height of her fame.

This exhibition explores Knight as an artist who grew out of the Victorian era, developing and adapting her craft through a period of tumultuous change. In 1936, she was the first female artist to be welcomed with a full membership to the Royal Academy of Arts. Her career covered both world wars, and as a war artist she famously captured the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.

Worcestershire played an important part in Knight’s life and work, the dramatic landscape of the Malvern Hills a subject of her much-loved paintings. Knight and her husband, Harold, spent long periods of time in Malvern from 1933 onwards.

As well as spectacular landscapes of Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Cornwall, she painted members of local Romani communities, alongside ballet, theatre and circus performances.

Dame Laura Knight – I Paint Today brings a stirring selection of Knight’s works to Worcestershire. Art from the Worcester City collection – including three paintings by Knight recently acquired – will be complemented by exciting loans from regional and national galleries including Tate.

Exhibition admission

Tickets are required to visit this exhibition and advance booking is available online. There are a variety of ticket options to choose from. The rest of the Art Gallery and Museum is free to visit as usual.

Online booking isn’t available on the day of your visit, but you are welcome to pay in the shop when you arrive. If you’d like to check availability, please give the team a ring on 01905 25371.

The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am to 3pm on Sunday. Last entry is one hour before closing.

Exhibition admissions and concessions
Worcester Resident£4Please bring proof of Council Tax bill payable to Worcester City Council.
Art Fund Member£3Please bring your Art Fund card with you.
Art Gallery and Museum MemberFREEPlease bring your membership card with you.
Under 16sFREE
Museums Worcestershire VolunteersFREEYou must be a current volunteer with Museums Worcestershire.
CarerFREEWhen it is necessary for a visitor to be accompanied by a carer we will give free admission to the carer.
Pay it forward | donate a ticket for a student to visit for free£4This donation ticket goes towards funding a student to visit the exhibition for free on a Wednesday or Saturday.
Student (ages 16+)FREE (limited spaces on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons only)Limited spaces available; funded by Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums Charity and public donations.
Pay it forward | donate a ticket so a student can visit for free

Students aged 16+ can get free entry to the exhibition (student ID required) on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

These tickets are funded jointly by Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums Charity and public donations.

If you would like to contribute, please purchase a “pay it forward” ticket alongside your own. All donations are gratefully received, thank you.*

If you are a student, there is no need to book, just come along on a Wednesday or a Saturday afternoon. Please note there are limited numbers of these tickets and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the shop.

*Any unused funds at the end of the exhibition will be donated to Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums Charity.

Pay it forward donation tickets can be purchased here. Please note the date you choose when purchasing does not matter as the pay it forward donation tickets will be shared with visiting students throughout the exhibition.


What’s On:

Book signing | Laura Knight in the Malverns

Saturday 13 January 2024, 10.30am – 1pm.

Author and Dame Laura Knight expert Heather Whatley will be signing copies of her book Laura Knight in the Malverns at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum on the exhibition’s opening day.

Talks and tours for groups:

Groups can book a 30-minute talk with author and Dame Laura Knight expert Heather Whatley. Entry to the exhibition is included.

Bookable talks available are:

  1. An introduction to the life and work of Dame Laura Knight and this exhibition, I Paint Today
  2. Dame Laura Knight’s time in Malvern and her links to Worcestershire

To find out more and book, please email: gallerymuseum@museumsworcestershire.org.uk.

Explore Worcestershire:

Follow in Dame Laura Knight’s footsteps with a brand-new trail produced especially for the exhibition, which explores the artist’s links with the Malvern Hills. The trail is available to purchase from the Art Gallery and Museum shop and Malvern Tourist Information Centre from Saturday 13 January 2024.

See what’s on, find accommodation and things to do across the county and the Malvern Hills with Visit Worcestershire and Visit the Malverns.

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