Where is it? Victoria & Albert Museum, London, from 9 July 2013 to 16 February 2014
Why go? To take a trip down (fashion) memory lane. This exhibition showcases an 85-strong eye-popping line-up of bold new looks by experimental designers of the 1980s, including Betty Jackson and Katharine Hamnett. The show celebrates iconic styles such as New Romantic and High Camp, and features outfits worn by Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery. And if you didn't manage to bag a ticket for the practically-sold-out David Bowie Is exhibition, it might be worth splashing out on V&A membership. That way, you can get to see all the museum's shows - including Club to Catwalk and Bowie - whenever you want.
Find out more: www.vam.ac.uk
Photo: Dress designed by Willy Brown, 1980. © Victoria & Albert Museum
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Design by Brian Duffy and Celia Philo, make-up by Pierre La Roche. © Duffy Archive
Where is it? British Museum, London, until 29 September 2013
Why go? To get an incredible insight into the lives of ordinary people during Roman times. This exhibition brings together more than 250 fascinating objects - both recent discoveries and celebrated finds from earlier excavations - from the two infamous cities in the Bay of Naples that were destroyed by a volcanic eruption in AD79. Be prepared for a few grim moments, though: exhibits include casts of some of the victims, such as a huddled-together family-of-four in their final moments.
Find out more: www.britishmuseum.org
Photo: Wall painting of the baker Terentius Neo and his wife. From the House of Terentius Neo, Pompeii. AD 50 to 79. © Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei/Trustees of the British Museum
Where is it? Tate Liverpool, from 8 June to 6 October 2013
Why go? To admire the works of one of the greatest artists of the last century. The first major UK exhibition devoted to the Russian painter's works for more than 15 years, this hotly anticipated show is set to feature around 60 paintings and a selection of works on paper. The aim? To explore Chagall's development from his early 'naïve' work to his unique multi-faceted style - focusing on how his experiences as a young man in Paris, Berlin in Russia in the early 20th century influenced his highly personal visual language.
Find out more: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool
Photo: Marc Chagall, Paris Through the Window 1913 © ADAGP Paris and DACS, London 2013
Where is it? Tate Britain, London, from 26 June to 20 October 2013
Why go? To admire all those matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs (now, don't pretend you weren't singing the song in your head, too)! This is a major exhibition of landscapes by much-loved British artist LS Lowry, bringing together around 80 of his paintings. Lowry arguably became the nation's pre-eminent painter of the industrial city with his trademark depictions of 20th-century working class life, featuring factory workers, protest marches, football matches and fist-fights - plus those cats and dogs, of course.
Find out more: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain
Photo: LS Lowry Piccadilly Circus, 1960. © Private collection, Estate of LS Lowry. Christies Images Ltd
Where is it? The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, from 2 August to 10 November 2013
Why go? To admire Leonardo's ground-breaking work on anatomy. In the winter of 1510-11, the great Renaissance artist and scholar carried out 20 autopsies at University of Paria in collaboration with an anatomy professor. This resulted in 'Anatomical Manuscript A' - 240 individual drawings and more than 13,000 words - charting almost every bone in the human body. Had it been published at the time, it would have transformed European knowledge of the subject . You can view it in its entirety at this thought-provoking show.
Find out more: www.royalcollection.org.uk
Photo: Leonardo da Vinci - The Skeleton c.1510-11. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013
Where is it? Royal Academy of Arts, London
Why go? To marvel at the wealth of artistic talent from Down Under. This long-overdue exhibition presents the UK's first survey of Australian art in more than 50 years - charting its development through around 180 artworks, including paintings, prints and photographs. The show features Aboriginal artists such as Albert Namatjira and Rover Thomas, 19th-century immigrants who captured their first images of the land, Australian impressionists, early Modernists and 20th-century painters including Sidney Nolan.
Find out more: www.royalacademy.org.uk
Photo: Sidney Nolan - Ned Kelly, 1946. © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Where is it? The Lowry, Manchester, from 18 May to 15 September 2013
Why go? To see unique photographs of some of the biggest stars of rock and pop. From 1964 to 1973, Harry Goodwin was the resident snapper on Top of the Pops - capturing striking images of performers including Elton John, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and The Supremes. This exhibition showcases almost 60 framed photographs, plus a film presentation of 140 of Goodwin's most memorable shots.
Find out more: www.thelowry.com
Photo: Elton John, BBC Television Centre, London for Top of The Pops, June 1972 © Harry Goodwin and BBC
Where is it? The National Gallery, London, from 9 October 2013 to 12 January 2014
Why go? To savour the sumptuous portrait works of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka. This major new exhibition examines the central role played by portraiture during the years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Vienna. Over that time, the traditions of 19th-century art were both adapted and torn apart by avant-garde artists, such as Gustav Klimt and his contemporaries. This major exhibition traces the distinctive flourishing of modern art in Vienna in the years before 1918, which saw the end of the First World War and the collapse of the empire.
Find out more: www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Photo: Portrait of Hermine Gallia, Gustav Klimt, 1904. © The National Gallery, London
Where is it? Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, on now until 30 June 2013
Why go? Because everyone loves Annie, don't they? Curated in partnership with the V&A, this exhibition brings together an array of stunning photographs, iconic videos and dazzling costumes to chart three decades of Annie Lennox's career. The aim? To illustrate just how significant the pop-star-turned-activist is to the history of popular music and culture. Look out for fabulous fashion exhibits, such as the gold corset Annie wore on stage with The Tourists and her androgynous leather suit worn on tour with the Eurythmics.
Find out more: www.nationalgalleries.org
Image credit: Gold lamé corset worn with The Tourists, 1977-1980. Photograph © Chris Watt, V&A, courtesy of Annie Lennox
Where is it? Turner Contemporary, Margate, from 25 May to 15 September 2013; Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, from 25 September to 5 January 2014
Why go? To see a curio-packed show that's like nothing you've ever seen before! Curator Brian Dillon says his touring exhibition 'juxtaposes historical periods and categories of objects to produce an eccentric map of curiosity in its many senses.' Confused? Intrigued? Head to Margate or Norwich to see exhibits such as Albrecht Durer's Rhinoceros woodcut, a stuffed walrus, ivory anatomical models from the 17th and 18th centuries and a beautiful bird that's a cross between a penguin and a peacock. Now, you can't miss that, can you?
Find out more: www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Image credit: Misfit (penguin/peacock), Thomas Grünfeld. © DACS, London 2013
Photo: Lothar Schnepf
Where is it? The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, London, from 27 July to 29 September 2013
Why go? To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. This right royal exhibition - which coincides with the palace's summer opening - brings together a spectacular array of exhibits for the first time since Coronation Day in 1953. Feast your eyes on an amazing array of dresses and uniforms worn by the royal party on the day - together with art, paintings, photographs and some of the objects used during the ceremony. Sadly, you don't get to try Her Majesty's crown on for size, though. Shame!
Find out more: www.royalcollection.org.uk
Photo: Prince Charles and Princess Anne in their Coronation clothes, 23 July 1953, by Marcus Adam. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013