May Events & Exhibitions

A host of fairs and events cover the country this May. From gallery and museum shows to art and antiques fairs, here’s our list of must see events this month.

Eye of the Collector. May 17 – 20.

A boutique London art fair in the exquisite surrounds of Two Temple Place. The curated fair features works by both emerging and well established artists.

Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair. May 19-21

Over 60 exhibitors offering a wide range of desirable items from period to modern furniture, jewellery, sculpture, glass, lighting, vintage watches and silver to paintings, drawings, ceramics, clocks, 20th century design, maps, enamels, objects of vertu, aeronautica.

Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair. May 18 – 21

One of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world, showcasing unique and unusual items from over 100 leading UK and international dealers. As the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association’s premier annual fair, it attracts a diverse audience of collectors, dealers, enthusiasts and the curious alike.

China’s Hidden Century at The British Museum. Open May 18 – October 8

A look at the extraordinary resilience and innovation of the tumultuous and often violent final century of Imperial China, ending with the abdication of the last emperor in 1912.

Final weeks to see Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance at the V&A. Closes June 11

The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.