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Three amazing new galleries that are opening across the UK this spring

From floor-to-ceiling immersive art to a refurb of an old city fave, here are three new cultural spots we’re properly excited about

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

From long-awaited (and long-delayed) exhibitions of all-star names to highly-anticipated new museum openings, the post-pandemic art world is back with a very loud bang indeed. And in the UK, not all the exciting stuff is limited to London – all over the country, galleries are reminding us just how much we missed them.

The next few months look like they’ll be especially thrilling for gallery openings. From immersive trend-riders to mind-blowing space-themed exhibitions, here are the three new galleries we’re most excited about.

The enormous immersive one

London isn’t the only city going wild for immersive experiences. Opening in May, Coventry’s The Reel Store will be the UK’s first permanent gallery of immersive digital art. Expect huge video projections to cover every wall, ceiling and floor.

The new-look Scottish one 

Glasgow’s vast Burrell Collection will reopen next month after more than five years of closure. The museum has undergone a hefty refurb, becoming a slicker, more environmentally sound home for its 9,000 works of art. The surrounding Pollok Country Park is pretty epic, too.

The temple-to-space-exploration one

Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire is always worth a visit, but as of May, you’ll have even more reason to go: the gardens will now be home to the First Light Pavilion, an immersive gallery and projection space that tells the story of the space research centre.

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