5 Autumn exhibitions you NEED to see

With summer over for 2015, it’s now time to get excited about what’s indoors. Cue lots of cool and inspiring exhibitions throughout the country.

Sure, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty may have closed its doors at the V&A – one of the exhibitions of the century, in case you hadn’t heard – but venues up and down the country have produced a whole range of instalments also worthy of a visit.

Check out the five you need to see this season.

1. Ai WeiweiRoyal Academy of Arts 

Until 13 December 2015

It’s not often that the artist behind an exhibit is more likely to miss seeing his own work on display than the public. But that’s what almost happened to Chinese activist Ai Weiwei earlier this year when he was refused a visa by the UK authorities. One of few contemporaries who can command a single show at the RA, Weiwei was eventually given full permission. This “transcendent” installation in London is not one to miss.

2. The World Goes PopTate Modern 

Until 24 January 2016

If you know your Andy Warhols from your David Hockneys you’re sure to enjoy this collection of contemporary art from Latin America to Asia. Over 200 works are on show around the Southbank venue in a homage to the truly universal language of pop. Get down!

3. Goya: The PortraitsNational Gallery 

7 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

This is a real gem for real art lovers. The first ever – and we mean ever – show to focus on portraits by the celebrated Spanish painter, Francisco de Goya, is opening in London this October.

4. The Amazing World of MC EscherDulwich Picture Gallery 

14 October 2015 – 17 January 2016

Everyone’s favourite surrealist is to be placed centre stage in south east London this winter in a comprehensive display of the Dutch artist’s work. So if you’re one of many who’s adorned their bedroom wall with a spooky Escher poster, then you won’t want to miss this.

5. Jackson Pollock: Blind SpotsTate Liverpool 

Until 18 October 2015

There’s more to the art world than London, you know. This retrospective at Liverpool’s aesthetically-pleasing venue is a survey of the American painter’s career, and quite a coup. So if you’re in Merseyside anytime soon you might want to check it out.