Prestigious national exhibition at Young Gallery in Salisbury Library

Salisbury’s Young Gallery is currently hosting Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz, a British Museum and Ikon partnership exhibition, and many people attended a celebration reception event on Friday (12 January).


This is the Young Gallery’s first major exhibition since its refurbishment, which brought it up to ‘museum standard’ and enables the gallery to exhibit important art, such as that by Kollwitz; along with some of the best works by talented local artists, too.


The exhibition, which runs until 11 March, features works from Käthe Kollwitz (née Schmidt, 1867-1945). Kollwitz was one of the leading German artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, notable for her focus on the effects of poverty, hunger and war on the working classes along with the emotional power of her drawing, printmaking and later sculpture. It focuses on around 40 works from the British Museum’s remarkable print collection, and highlights the importance of Kollwitz’s work, celebrating the enduring impact of her powerful and affecting images.


Darren Henry, Portfolio Holder for Libraries Campuses and Hubs, said: “The recent refurbishment to the gallery has transformed the space into an attractive venue that is capable of hosting a full range of visual art and exhibits from some of the world’s most famous artists. I would urge people to visit and view this striking exhibition before it ends on 11 March.”


The exhibition is organised in partnership between the British Museum and Ikon, and is supported by the Dorset Foundation.


Wiltshire Council is the sole trustee of the Young Gallery. For more information about the gallery and its exhibitions, including opening times, see