Saturday 9 October 2021 - Sunday 20 February 2022

Admission will be by timed entry ticket. You are welcome to arrive at anytime within your allocated hour and stay for as long as you like. During busy times you may be asked to wait a short time before entering the galleries to improve visitor flow.

Booking is required for all visitors including Members. 

Book tickets here.

Laura Knight (1877-1970) was in her lifetime one of England’s most prolific artists, a pioneering painter of women, war, and marginalised people with a long and successful career that saw her travel the world and break conventions. 

The exhibition at MK Gallery will survey Knight’s career spanning almost a century – from her fascination with the backstage world of ballet and theatre and portraits of people’s everyday lives, to depictions of marginalised communities and racial segregation in America. It will also feature powerful commissions created as an official war artist during the Second World War. Knight became the first woman elected to full membership of the Royal  Academy in 1936, and was the first female artist to be appointed Dame of the British Empire.

Laura Knight: A Panoramic View presents an in-depth look at Knight’s career, bringing together over 160 works from public and private collections, including iconic works as well as rarely seen paintings and graphic works as well as designs for ceramics, jewellery and costume.


Supported by a Research Continuity Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. This project was made possible with Art Fund support.

Organised in co-operation with Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance, part of a year of celebration of Laura Knight’s work including two exhibitions, each taking a separate focus on her career. Laura Knight: A Celebration was on at Penlee House Gallery & Museum 17 May – 16 September 2021.

Admission prices

Members: Free 

Adult: £10.45 with Gift Aid / £9.50 standard

Concessions (students with NUS or similar proof, unwaged with proof of universal credit or similar, disabled): £9.35 with Gift Aid / £8.50 standard

Art Fund Pass: £5.22 with Gift Aid  / £4.75 standard

Under 26s: Free (proof of age may be requested)

Accompanying carers: Free 

Local residents*: Free every Tuesday, please provide photo ID with proof of residence at the Information Desk. 

*Postcodes for free resident entry: MK1, MK2, MK3, MK4, MK5, MK6, MK7, MK8, MK9, MK10, MK11, MK12, MK13, MK14, MK15, MK16, MK17, MK19, MK46, MK77