UCL Art Museum

UCL Art Museum's collections contain over 10,000 objects including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture dating from 1490 to the present day. Works on paper are housed in a traditional print room setting in the museum, and paintings and sculpture are displayed in public rooms around college. The collection was founded in 1847 with a gift of the sculpture models and drawings of the Neo-classical artist John Flaxman.

Extensive gifts of prints and drawings were also presented to UCL, including the Grote bequest of 1872. This included an important group of 16th-century German works and a selection of Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings mainly from Northern Europe. The Vaughan Bequest of 1900 included drawings by Turner and De Wint, Rembrandt etchings, and early proofs and states of Turner's Liber Studiorum and Constable's English Landscape Scenery. The Sherborn Bequest of 1937 added many rare and important prints to the collection including an early edition of Dürer's Apocalypse woodcuts and early states and proofs from Van Dyck's Iconographia.

The collection also holds the collection of prize-winning student work from the Slade School of Art dating from 1890 to the present day. The prize collection contains work by many important 20th-century British artists who studied at the Slade including Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Edward Wadsworth and Paula Rego. These prize-winning student works were augmented by gifts of work by Slade staff and students including Henry Tonks and David Bomberg. The collection has also been extended by the recent purchase of works by Gwen John, Stanley Spencer and other Slade students.

UCL Art Museum is open to the public whenever an exhibition is on display between 1pm and 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Exhibitions and events

Prize & Prejudice

Event until 08.06.2018 17:00

Prize & Prejudice is an exhibition and series of programmes dedicated to artistic ambition, struggles and successes of artists emerging from the Slade School of Fine Art during its foundation years....

Rewriting Art History

Event on 27.04.2018 13:00

Join us to rewrite history by producing your own catalogue for the Prize & Prejudice exhibition over the course of an afternoon with Slade artist Eloise Lawson. Suitable for Any age Website...


Event on 18.05.2018 18:00

A museum curator was found dead, artefacts have gone missing and we need your help to discover the murderer in our midst. Join UCL Museums for an evening of intrigue and subterfuge for Museums at...

Confessions to the Mirror

Event on 22.05.2018 18:30

Taking its title from the French Surrealist artist, Claude Cahun’s incomplete memoir (Confidences au miroir, 1945-1954), Confessions to the Mirror animates re-stagings of Cahun’s black and white...

Women on Paper

Event on 24.05.2018 18:00

Historically, women have taken control of the way they are represented by publishing on their own terms. Join artists, writers and publishers to explore how female-led independent publishing, from...

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