Usher Gallery refresh

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Thank you for taking part. We will continue to use this page to keep you informed about progress with the project.

This is what we asked you.


The Usher Gallery is getting a refresh, and we would like to hear from you.

Thanks to the Arts Council England, we will be changing the artwork on display in the Usher Gallery. The gallery will undergo a rehang using our rich and vast collection in a new way.

Share with us your ideas on what you would like to see on display at the Usher Gallery, you could even inspire more people to visit.

Have your say and complete the survey below. Or join us at one of our engagement events, to discuss the rehang in further detail.

Share your memories of the Usher Gallery with us on the stories tab, such as:

  • visits to the gallery
  • exhibitions
  • events
  • school trips

Keep an eye on the 'News feed' for more information from the Usher Gallery team too.

The rehang will take place in stages, and the gallery will remain open as normal throughout so visitors can continue to enjoy art for free in Lincoln.

The Usher Gallery is free to enter and open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Monday.

Thank you for taking part. We will continue to use this page to keep you informed about progress with the project.

This is what we asked you.


The Usher Gallery is getting a refresh, and we would like to hear from you.

Thanks to the Arts Council England, we will be changing the artwork on display in the Usher Gallery. The gallery will undergo a rehang using our rich and vast collection in a new way.

Share with us your ideas on what you would like to see on display at the Usher Gallery, you could even inspire more people to visit.

Have your say and complete the survey below. Or join us at one of our engagement events, to discuss the rehang in further detail.

Share your memories of the Usher Gallery with us on the stories tab, such as:

  • visits to the gallery
  • exhibitions
  • events
  • school trips

Keep an eye on the 'News feed' for more information from the Usher Gallery team too.

The rehang will take place in stages, and the gallery will remain open as normal throughout so visitors can continue to enjoy art for free in Lincoln.

The Usher Gallery is free to enter and open from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Monday.

Engagement has concluded

  • News feed

    Discover more about the history of the Usher Gallery, some of the works we have in our collection, and the events and activities we run at the gallery. Posts are by the Usher Gallery team.

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  • What can I see in the Usher Gallery?

    We hope that a visit to the Usher Gallery will inspire you. Step inside Lincoln’s Usher Gallery and experience the work of internationally renowned artists such as J.M.W. Turner, L.S. Lowry and Grayson Perry. Here are our Exhibitions Assistant Laura’s five highlights to see during your visit:

    1.Pass through the hallway under the intricate Tide, a chandelier by Stuart Haygarth, created from hundreds of fragments of plastic debris found washed ashore.

    An image of a chandelier by Stuart Haygarth, created from hundreds of fragments of plastic debris found washed ashore.

    2. Across the sky by ceramicist Edmund de Waal. This piece created for the Gallery, inspired by his early memories of living in Lincoln and visiting the Usher Gallery, with its pale celadon glazes evokes the big skies of Lincolnshire as well as referencing much earlier Chinese porcelain in gallery two.

    An image of across the sky by ceramicist Edmund de Waal

    3. Grayson Perry vases – The inspiration for 'Fantasy Village' came from a village hall watercolour exhibition. The pot depicts an alternative vision to the rural idyll portrayed there. This vase first featured in Grayson's exhibition in 2006, The Charms of Lincolnshire. It is currently on display on the first-floor landing.

    Grayson was inspired to make Sunset from a Motorway Flyover whilst walking through the landscape near his home in Walthamstow. On a winter’s afternoon in a bleak neighbourhood, he came across some atrocious graffiti, which can be seen on the pot. This vase is on display in Gallery 2 on the ground floor.

    An image of a Grayson Perry Vase

    4. Heads by Thomas J Price - These works depict imagined Black people based on an amalgamation of people's behaviours and 'types' represented in the media, and they reference classical and neoclassical sculpture, subverting traditional sculptural hierarchies. On display upstairs in the Heslam room.

    An image of Heads by Thomas J Price

    5. Alms Houses, Antwerp by William Logsdail. Lincoln born artist William Logdail painted this at the end of his time at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Antwerp, where he studied after attending the Lincoln School of Art. Notable for its rich architectural detail, this painting draws you into the gallery space and demands your attention.

    An image of the painting Alms Houses, Antwerp by William Logsdail

    We hope you enjoy your next visit to the Usher Gallery. Why not share your favourite works in the comments below.

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  • Maintenance at the Usher Gallery

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    If you’re visiting us over the next few weeks - maybe you've been inspired to visit by this rehang survey - you might find certain areas closed off, or artwork covered up or in crates. Sorry we’re not looking our best at the moment, but it’s all part of work we’re doing to improve visitor experience at the gallery.

    Thanks to funding from the Usher Gallery Trust, we’re able to upgrade all the gallery lights and install blinds on the windows that will let in more natural light whilst protecting the artworks from harsh sunlight.

    We want people to still be able to access free art in Lincoln so the gallery will remain open, just with certain areas closed off to visitors where we’re installing the new lights and blinds.

    We’re starting the works downstairs first. On the first floor – accessed by the central staircase – the permanent gallery spaces are still open with incredible art on display.

    Once work has finished downstairs, we will reopen the galleries on the ground floor and begin the work upstairs.

    This is separate to the rehang we will be doing later this year to change the artworks on display in the Usher Gallery. And we'd still love to hear your thoughts to help shape what the new displays will look like.

    If you want to know what areas will be open or if a particular artwork is currently on display ahead of your visit, please feel free to email us on ushergallery@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

    Thanks for bearing with us. We look forward to welcoming you to our bolder and brighter gallery very soon!

  • A life’s work in art: A brief history of the Usher Gallery

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    ‘It has long been my desire and ambition to bequeath a considerable proportion of my life’s work in art to Lincoln, and I hope that it might form the nucleus of an art gallery and museum worthy of the city’.

    James Ward Usher

    Since opening its doors in 1927, the Usher Gallery has welcomed visitors to enjoy and experience art for over 90 years.

    Established thanks to the generous donation left by local jeweller, James Ward Usher, the gallery was purpose built to house Usher’s extensive collection of watches, miniatures, porcelain and silver.

    Who was James Ward Usher?


    An astute businessman and avid collector, James Ward Usher devoted his life to collecting, travelling far in search of particular items to enhance his collection.

    In 1921 he died at the age of 76. Five years later the Usher Gallery was completed, designed by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield R.A.

    The Usher Gallery, on Lindum Hill, was officially opened on the 25 May 1927 with a solid gold key by Prince Edward, the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII).

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  • WATCH: The Prince of Wales officially opens the Usher Gallery

    Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales - later Edward VIII - opens the Usher Gallery on a visit to Lincoln in 1927.

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