Visionary Women Collecting Textiles
The Power of Seeing
The Age of Jazz in Britain
Retreat and Rebellion
Transforming the body in ancient Egypt
Extraordinary collections of the industrial North West
Art, Science & Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums
The Artist in Working Cornwall
Story, Memory, Myth
Two Temple Place is the first London venue to specifically showcase publicly-owned collections from around the UK.
Launched in 2011, the Winter Exhibition Programme at Two Temple Place delivers annual exhibitions in partnership with museums and galleries around the country. Since then, nine exhibitions have brought some of the very best regional collections together in major showcases at our London home for hundreds of thousands of visitors.
From 2021, we are looking at new ways of animating and sharing our building across the fullest range of artforms, so we’d like to hear from you if you are a professional artist, creator, theatre-maker or cultural institution looking for an extraordinary London home and a real creative partnership.
Our 2020 Exhibition Report illustrates the breadth of the programme and cites the success and impact of our exhibitions so far, and is currently being updated.
The programme is overseen by a high-profile advisory board with a broad-range of experience.
Two Temple Place itself is an extraordinary architectural gem. It was commissioned by and built for William Waldorf Astor in the late 19th century. As a unique venue in central London, exhibitions are intended to raise awareness of both the specific works on display and our partner museums and galleries around the country. The spaces have been fully adapted to accommodate exhibitions, with top grade lighting and hanging systems, security and environmental controls, and conform fully to the terms of the Government Indemnity Scheme.
For the curator, devising a show for the ornate and intricately decorated space is a huge challenge that calls for imagination and ingenuity. Successful exhibitions bring together works in ways that respond to and complement the building’s unique décor, often to stunning effect.
We welcome new and exciting ideas for our annual exhibitions from professional curators and institutions.
From 2021, we are building on the Winter Exhibition Programme to create a year-round programme of cross-artform activities, from music to live performance and talks. We recommend that you talk to us about your project, and you should certainly read our Exhibition Report, but we want to make almost anything possible. Head to our Cultural Programme page for more information.
‘What a beautiful place! There was so much to see – I feel like I’ve been transported somewhere out of this world!’
Cotton to Gold visitor, 2015
‘A spectacular addition to the London art scene.’
William Morris visitor, 2011
‘One of the Capital’s best kept secrets. Lovely house, first class exhibition.’
Amongst Heroes visitor, 2013
‘Quite brilliant! Exciting and inspiring. I don’t know whether to go home and start painting the furniture or embark on a cultural tour of Sussex!’
Sussex Modernism visitor, 2017
‘It is always a pleasure to come to Two Temple Place and the marvellous exhibitions are a bonus; always of great interest and beautifully curated.’
Cotton to Gold visitor, 2015