ARTIST ROOMS Gilbert & George

This exhibition has now closed

28 April to 2 September 2018
Brighton Museum

Gilbert & George are a Turner Prize-winning artist partnership, who have created art and shared their lives together for fifty years. By presenting themselves as ‘living sculptures’ they challenge the distinction between art and life; sacrificing their separate identities and turning the notion of creativity on its head. The playful and ambiguous works on display, drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS and Tate collections, explore universal themes including sex, faith, and identity.

Gilbert & George EXISTERS 1984. ARTISTS ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008. © Gilbert & George
Gilbert & George EXISTERS 1984. ARTISTS ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund 2008. © Gilbert & George

The artists are not afraid to shock their audience in their determination to present a truthful vision of life. The explicit nature of some of their imagery includes nudity, sexuality and bodily functions, which some people may find challenging.

This exhibition draws from the ARTIST ROOMS touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of more than 40 major artists, and this touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. Since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 displays at over 75 museums and galleries.

ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

The ARTIST ROOMS touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in a partnership with Ferens Art Gallery until 2019, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

Exhibition admission charges

FREE for young people (26 and under) & members

Brighton & Hove Residents 27 and over:
Adult £3.50
(proof of Brighton & Hove residency is required per adult – eg driving licence, council tax/utility bill or library card)

Non-residents 27 and over:
Admission to the exhibition is included in the museum entry charge. See current Brighton Museum admission charges

During our monthly Brighton Museum Free Days admission to the exhibition is free for everyone:

24 June, 7 July and 18 August


There’s much to make of the world of Gilbert & George, from presenting themselves as ‘living sculptures’, getting drunk on gin to creating an alternative Ten Commandments. The Museum Collective, a group of young people aged 14-24, are working with artists, curators and industry specialists to create a series of events for the exhibition that share the philosophies of Gilbert & George. Keep a check on our website and follow us on social media for updates.

ART FOR ALL is being enabled through ARTIST ROOMS with Art Fund and Arts Council England support.


All events are free (Brighton Museum/exhibition admission charges may apply), drop-in and operate on a first come, first served basis.

Deadly Serious Sewing
Get down and dirty with our scummy stitching social inspired by Gilbert & George. Join our Artist-in-residence Eliph Hadert to unpick the themes and symbols running through Gilbert & George’s work and contribute to a community quilt. Art for All. Everyone is welcome.

  • Saturday 16 June, 2-3.30pm – Exhibition Galleries
  • Saturday 7 July, 11am-12.45pm & 2-4pm – Museum Lab (part of the Summer Open Free Day)
  • Saturday 21 July, 2-3.30pm – Exhibition Galleries
  • Saturday 11 August, 2-3.30pm – Museum Lab (observation only) Come and see the artist stitching it all together with the help of other Museum Collective members

TITILLATE Thursday 26 July – The Museum Collective present an evening of drink, dance and dirty doodles inspired by the ARTIST ROOMS Gilbert & George exhibition.

Gilbert & George in Focus
Join us for a series of free talks, inspired by the work of Gilbert & George. (Free with Museum admission)

  • Making it in the Industry with Gilbert & George, Tuesday 3 July, 12pm
    An Nguyen, member of the Museum Collective and student of History and Design, University of Brighton gives a Bitesize talk, looking at Gilbert & George’s success both as an artist and making their art a business.
  • What goes into a Gilbert & George? Saturday 7 July, 1-2pm (part of the Summer Open Free Day)
    Join An Nguyen, member of the Museum Collective for an armchair discussion.
  • Art, Photography and Celebrity, Thursday 9 August, 2.30-3.30pm
    Artist and writer, Stephen Bull takes a closer look at the celebrity behind the Gilbert & George ‘Double Act’, and investigates the artist-as-art and their works as photography.