Describe an art exhibition that you visited IELTS cue card

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an art exhibition that you visited.

You should say
When did you see this exhibition?
Where the exhibition was held?
What was on display?
Explain your impression of the exhibition.

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answers and follow up questions to describe an art exhibition that you visited with IELTS cue card:

Model Answer 1:

Art exhibitions are often organized to exhibit the art of famous artists.

When did you see this exhibition? and Where the exhibition was held?
I would like to talk about one such exhibition that was organized in my city lately. This exhibition was held in the convention center of my town where I visited with my friends.

What was on display?
There was a small entry charge for visitors that we paid happily, and we got amazed to see different forms of art that were on display inside. The very first section was of paintings where there were paintings of all different sizes by the different painters.

Few of these paintings were auctioned at this exhibition as well. In the next section, we experienced pottery art. In fact, there was a live workshop where an artist was demonstrating how the pots are made. We purchased few pots to appreciate his work.

Explain your impression of the exhibition.
Moving forward, we saw many other forms of art such as handicraft, wad carving, stone carving, jewelry making and many others. I was extremely impressed by the work of artists as I had never realized the efforts they have to put behind their work.

For example, one weaver said it takes him 15 days to make just one scarf. I must say this exhibition not only made me familiar with various forms of art but increased the value of artists in my eyes.

I must say, this exhibition was very well organized as everyone appreciated the way it was managed. Overall, it was a time when I attended an art exhibition.

Model Answer 2:


  • The art exhibition is a great way to get artists from different areas to exhibit their work together. 
  • Not only allow an artist to present their work, but it also allows up-and-coming amateur artists to enter the art world. 

When did you see this exhibition? and Where the exhibition was held?

  • Last year I went to Rajasthan to attend a conference with my few friends. 
  • The meeting was in Jaipur. 
  • After the program, we were free, so we decided to visit an art exhibition. 
  • Our hotel manager told us about the Mukes Art Gallery, and he also told us a show was going to start within an hour there. 
  • We booked a taxi to the art gallery. 
  • Firstly, we read the history of that gallery, that was written on the entrance wall. 
  • The Mukesh Art Gallery was born out of a vision to patronize the exceptionally talented local artists. Established in 2000 by Mr. Mukeshji Gupta, an avid collector and connoisseur of art, the gallery currently works with over hundreds. 

What was on display?

  • Many different types of art, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, were on display.
  • The painting presented different cultures, traditions, and religions of India. Whereas we saw many animals, birds and other decorative sculptures there. 

Explain your impression of the exhibition? 

  • I enjoyed the exhibition because we did not need to ask the artist to describe the painting. 
  • After all, a small slip pasted on each item, which was explain everything about it. 


  • If I get a chance to visit it, I will come. 

Model Answer 3:

When did you see this exhibition? and Where the exhibition was held?

  • When I was little, I went to a museum near my hometown to see a paintings exhibition.

What was on display?

  • It was a special one-time exhibition to commemorate the struggle of Indian freedom fighters.
  • There were paintings from many different artists, including some world-famous ones like Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, and M.F Hussain.
  • However, all the paintings were on the life of Indian freedom fighters.
  • Some of the paintings showed them with their families before they became involved in the freedom struggle, and some paintings depicted them actively protesting or fighting against the British.
  • I think this was intentionally done to highlight the sacrifices that the freedom fighters made for India’s independence.
  • Along with each painting, there were labels in Hindi and English, describing the paintings’ context.

Explain your impression of the exhibition.

  • When my parents told me about the exhibition, I was not interested, and I thought that I would get really bored.
  • But after visiting, I remember thanking my parents for taking me there.
  • One of the paintings, the hanging of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev, had a long-lasting impact on me.


  • I had read about this incident in my history textbook, but I didn’t know that all of them were so young when they made this ultimate sacrifice.
  • Moreover, I think reading about something in history books can never compare to the actual experience of seeing it in painted form.
  • I came out with a newfound appreciation for India’s freedom and the people who made it possible.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe an art exhibition that you visited”.

1.How could art exhibitions attract more visitors?
Special events offer such a discount on paintings, free entry on special days, and memberships usually attract more visitors.

2. Are art exhibitions popular in your country?
Yes, exhibitions are popular in India. Even though people are very busy with their work, they save some time for themselves, family, and friends they spend in the museum and enjoy the exhibition.

3. Do you think people should have to pay to visit art exhibitions?
According to my perception, visits to art galleries should be paid because it will help management manage expenses. But it doesn’t mean that a visiting fee should be high because high charges may reduce the number of visitors so if the gallery sets an entry fee. It should be affordable.

4. How will art exhibitions change in the future?
The coming time will have advantages and disadvantages for exhibitions. Nowadays, most things are available online, so busy people will prefer to buy the painting online. The advantage is, Apart from this, the organizers will focus more on providing immense knowledge and good services to the visitors by organizing light and sound shows.

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