Detail of fruit and flowers from a ceramic from the Museum collection
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Confected, Borrowed and Blue
14 February - 12 April 2015
Fighter jets and factory buildings – not what you’d expect to find on your average dinner plate! But in Paul Scott’s hands domestic ceramics mutate into subversive comments on our life and times...more

Milk Snatcher, The Thatcher Drawings
14 March - 31 May 2015
A remarkable exhibition featuring Gerald Scarfe’s drawings of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher...more

Common Grounds: Lace Drawn from the Everyday
9 May - 28 June 2015
An installation of light sensitive drawings by artist Sarah Casey which literally bring to light hidden aspects of the Museum’s Blackborne Lace Collection.

Yves Saint Laurent, Style is Eternal
11 July - 25 October
The first ever UK exhibition of the work of one of the greatest fashion designers of all time, Yves Saint Laurent, in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé –Yves Saint Laurent, Paris...more

Prehistoric People
2 May - 13 September
Over 700,000 years of history in one gallery! Explore what life was like in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. Costumes, interactives and craft activities make this exhibition suitable for the whole family.

New Light
7 November - 7 February 2016
Hotly tipped as one of the most exciting shows of contemporary work in the North, with the prestigious Valeria Sykes Prize heading up a range of other awards for best work by Northern artists in this selling exhibition.

Quiltscapes and Quiltline by Pauline Burbidge
14 November - 10 April 2016
This renowned contemporary quiltmaker has produced many commissioned pieces for international museums and collectors. This exhibition will feature newly developed textile landscapes.

Robert Mapplethorpe
28 November - 26 April 2016
Forming part of the Artist Rooms project, a major national initiative led by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, this exhibition explores renowned American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe’s work.