Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

The original policy of the gallery was to collect mainly British art that portrays life and landscape. Abstract art first began to be collected in 1963; the gallery has also gathered a collection of Expressionist and Modernist works.

The craft collection consists of approximately two hundred and fifty works, including a diverse mix of ceramics and bronzes from China, Korea, Japan, the Middle East and North America. There are several pieces of Arts and Crafts ware and a small selection of Art Deco ceramics as well as a collection of textiles and folk art.

The new development of buildings has created large gallery spaces for the engaging temporary exhibition programme.

Editor’s note:
The lofty contemporary entrance leads through to a reception and shop. The Peace and Reconciliation gallery is the first of a number of galleries. Upstairs the modern collection is hung in interesting groups and includes studies for the Sutherland tapestry commissioned for Coventry Cathedral. A visit to the museum in combination with the nearby Cathedral is a must.


Stay up to date with the latest news and events and receive our monthly newsletter.


Support Us

Donations of all sizes help sustain emerging artists at the beginning of their careers and ensure that their work has inspirational impact on audiences across the UK