The Ashmolean offers a range of exhibitions for hire.
All our touring exhibitions are drawn from the Ashmolean's prestigious collections of Art and Archaeology and based on original research. Our touring exhibitions team will provide expert assistance with all aspects of the exhibition, from the planning stages to the installation and beyond. We aim to build long term, mutually beneficial relationships with our touring partners.
The Ashmolean’s extraordinary collection contains around 275,000 prints and drawings. These works on paper fade quickly when exposed to light and are extremely fragile, making it impossible to keep them on permanent display. Many of the Ashmolean’s touring exhibitions offer venues and their audiences rare access to expertly curated selections of these beautiful and significant drawings, watercolours, and prints by a wide range of important artists.
INTERNATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITIONS
PRE-RAPHAELITE DRAWINGS AND WATERCOLOURS
This stunning exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum’s superb collection of Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercolours explores the great variety of styles, subject matter and media found in the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.
Nearly 100 works grouped into seven sections, including sketches and studies, portraits, and landscapes, offer intimate glimpses into the lives of these artists and their friends.
SCENE THROUGH WOOD: A CENTURY OF MODERN WOOD ENGRAVING
Scene through Wood offers a visual feast of the finest wood engravings of the past 100 years, and celebrates the extraordinary artists, past and present, who made them.
Curated by engraver and artist Anne Desmet RA RE this special exhibition is drawn from the Western Art Print Room of the Ashmolean Museum, which houses one of the most extensive collections of wood engravings in the world.
"Our visitor's book is absolutely brimming with amazing comments – honestly the best we’ve ever had"
Exhibitions Officer, Hampshire Cultural Trust
UK TOURING EXHIBITIONS
This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to explore the development and continuity of the British Romantic tradition through the Ashmolean Museum's superb collection of drawings, watercolours and prints.
Containing nearly 60 items, the exhibition includes works by Romantic and Neo-Romantic artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Samuel Palmer, Thomas Girtin, Graham Sutherland and John Piper, among many others.
FUNDING AVAILABLE - WESTON LOAN PROGRAMME WITH ART FUND
Thanks to this fantastic scheme, UK venues are able to apply for grants of £5,000-£25,000 to cover costs associated with securing and displaying our touring exhibitions.
The grants are available to cover up to 100% of the costs associated with securing and displaying a loan, for example security reviews, insurance, transportation, conservation, installation and invigilation. The scheme runs until 2023.
Made possible with the support of the Garfield Weston Foundation, the programme aims to encourage new and stronger relationships between regional and national museums and galleries. Applications are welcomed from non-National public museums, galleries, historic houses and other institutions with permanent collections. Full details of the programme can be found via Art Fund’s website: