Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival on Tour. The only event of its kind in the UK and this year celebrates its 10th birthday. It’s About Time is the theme for this year’s Festival exhibition and consists of over eighty original and quality signed prints of cartoons on the theme of Time. The result is a variety of original cartoons showing many different styles and humour, gathered together in one place… and a lot of laughs!   A great chance to buy high quality, professional cartoon art at affordable prices. Gallery and Café Gallery, free entry. At Ludlow Assembly Rooms. 1 Mill Street Ludlow Shropshire from 1-27 July www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk 

Ten Printmakers. The Scottish Gallery brings together an eclectic range of artists who create unique fabrics and wallpapers and are interested especially in the results of fine art overlapping with commercial design. This portfolio is inspired by Scotland and supplemented with additional work from the artists and their post-war inspirations, including work from Edward Bawden, Paul Nash and Julian Trevelyan. At 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ from 3-27 July. Online catalogue at www.scottish-gallery.co.uk/modernbritish
 
Jane Lee McCracken: The Woodcutter’s Cottage. The artist creates intricate multi-layered drawings using biros and installations inspired by childhood memories, fairy tales and images of war. At the Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 from 6 July – 8 September Free admission www.harroate.gov.uk/mercerartgallery
 
TopoDendroPhilia. Pilar Corrias presents an exhibiton exploring human desires for vegetation and place and the aesthetic results of these encounters. TopoDendroPhilia is ‘more like a savage garden, an encounter with the jungle’ and features work from Stefan Brüggeman, Sophie Nys and Simon Popper among others. At Pilar Corrias, 54 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF 5 July – 2 August www.pilarcorrias.com
 
Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940. This exhibition examines the intense period of creativity following the revolutionary turmoil and political change at the beginning of the 20th Century. Comprising over 120 paintings and photographs from both public and private collections in Europe and the Americas work by Mexican artists is alongside international artists affected by their experiences in the country including Josef Albers and Tina Modotti. 6 July – 29 September at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J OBD. www.royalacademy.org.uk
 
Modern Masters.
This exhibition showcases works unrestricted by theme that stand alone to ‘shine a little light into the complexity of Scottish painting in the last 70 years.’ Elizabeth Blackadder, SJ Peploe and Sylvia Wishart are among those whose work is exhibited. At The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ 3-27 July. Exhibition can be viewed online at www.scottish-gallery.co.uk/modernmasters
 
Culture in Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria. SOAS professor Dr Charles Trip and co-curator and journalist Nawara Mahfoud present an exhibition detailing an explosion of expression from graffiti, political posters and short films follow themes of non-violent resistance and the power of culture. Part of the Window on Contemporary Arab Culture Festival. At the RichMix Gallery Café, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA 4-13 July. Contact Malu Halasa malu@dircon.co.uk

 
Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture (above). Sir Eduardo Paolozzi decorated Tottanham Court Road Tube Station as well as working with an extensive variety of materials and earning himself a reputation as one of the most innovative and prolific post-war British artists. This exhibition explores his relationship with surrealism and European Modernists as opposed to the work that saw him heralded as a ‘founder of British Pop Art’ with over 150 pieces on display from prestigious collections including the Tate and the galleries own. At the Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chicester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ 6 July- 13 October www.pallant.org.uk
 
Artist in Focus: Christopher Wood. The third in the Kettle’s Yard series of Artist in Focus exhibitions showcases 25 works together for the first time including rare drawings and the numberless playing cards in Le Phare. Wood learnt from Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau in 1920s Paris before his untimely death aged just 29 and his relationships with them and others are examined. 6 July – 1 September. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ www,kettlesyard.co.uk
 
Meschac Gaba and Ibrahim El-Salahi: Contemporary African Art. The Tate Modern is staging an exhibition of Modern African Art from Gaba and El-Salahi. Booking details for artist led dinners at £35 include drinks and a private view of the exhibition. 3 July – 22 September at the Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1. www.tate.org.uk
 
Jumping for Joyce: Contemporary painters Revel in the World of James Joyce. Twenty contemporary painters share their responses to Joyce’s joyfully creative side and the ambition to chronicle the human condition in this exhibition. Beautiful and varied responses are on display 3 July – 25 September at the Francis Kyle Gallery. 9 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2QE www.franciskylegallery.com
 
Masters of the Moor: William and FJ Widgery. This exhibition celebrates the work of father and son landscape painters who lived and worked in Devon. William was self-taught and atmospheric whilst his son had formal training and was a precise draughtsman. Lovers of Dartmoor and South Devon landscapes will enjoy this exhibition at 6 July – 27 October at RAMM, Queen St, Exeter, Devon, EX4 www.rammmuseum.org.uk
 
Susie MacMurray. Fabrica Gallery has commissioned an installation using thousands of suspended wine glasses to play upon the unique light qualities of Fabrica. At Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG 6 July – 26 August www.fabrica.org.uk.
 
Cleon Patterson: There Is A War. This nightmarish tableaux features scenes or a barbaric holocaust, deviance and abuse. It must be stressed that this not gross-out art and the artist believes that there is even a humour to the ‘over the top’ pictures which intended to challenge notions of beauty, horror and our own neuroses and unsettling questions about good and evil. 5 July – 3 August at 8 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D. www.theoutsiders.net
 
Potty about Potts. Winchcombe Potteries, ranked alongside Bernard Leach’s St Ives as one of Britain’s premiere pottery studios is the subject of an exhibition on Britain’s most famous craft pottery at Court Barn Museum, North Gate Lodge, Chipping Campden, GL55 on the 4 July – 22 September. www.courtbarn.org.uk
 
The Art of Wallace and Gromit. Part of a smorgasbord of holiday activities this unique, one off exhibition, is ideal for families. 5 July – 8 September at the Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11. www.rheged.com
 
Tara Sabharwal: works on paper.
These works were inspired by ‘remembered moments from a journey of outward and inner explorations. They invite the viewer to make their own interpretations and reflect.’ 3-14 July (Weds-Sun) at The Idler Academy, 81 Westbourne Park Road, London, W2 5QH. www.jhwfineart.com
 
Testing Freedom’s Temperature. Young contemporary Chinese artists Chi Ming and JS Tan mark their London debut in an exhibition exploring themes of the young post-Mao generation relating to China’s rapid economic and cultural change and rampant materialism. In radically different ways these artists honestly explore their felt experience in a way that marks them out as bold forerunners of a generation in transition. 4-26 July at the Fine Art Society Contemporary, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2TJ. www.faslondon.com
 
Twelve Paintings. Glen Preece draws upon his childhood memories and characters in Sydney ‘channelling a 20th Century Paris with a charming local twist.’ 3-19 July at 27 Bury Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL. www,panterandhall.com

** Subscribe to Country Life; Country Life on Ipad

Closing Soon

The Matter of Life and Death – an installation of ceramics inspired by York’s collections and the architecture and space of the church, exploring the theme of mortality with an emphasis on rituals of death – at York St Mary’s – York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, Castlegate, York until 7 July. www.julianstair.com
 
London Art Week – a series of co-ordinated exhibitions put on by leading paintings, drawings and sculpture specialists in their St James and Mayfair galleries in London. A diverse range of works from the 1st century BC to the 20th century. From 28 June to 5 July. www.londonartweek.co.uk
 
Julian Stair, Quietus: The Vessel, Death and the Human Body
This solo exhibition features artist-made funerary works to engage with the unpopular and controversial topic of death. This touring show, which opened in Middlesbrough, features cinerary jars, life-size sarcophagi and other ceramic vessels. At the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
From: 4th April – 7th July 029 2057 3175
 
How Britain Saved its Heritage – the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act introduced the first effective system for protecting heritage in Britain. This exhibition illustrates, with many rare original artifacts, how in dramatic circumstances a small number of determined people brought about a law that transformed the appearance of our country. At the Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London W1 from 1 May to 7 July. www.english-heritage.org.uk
 
Twelve Vessels of Life, Love and Death – a small exhibition showing 12 individual silver cups, beakers and goblets based around the months of the year, all made by silversmith Michael Lloyd. In the silver galleries at the V & A, South Kensington, London until 7 July 2013. www.vam.ac.uk
 
The Mighty Metalsmith: Decorative and Domestic Metal and Silverware
by makers including Rauni Higson, Adrian Hope, Adi Toch, Chien-Wei Chang and Rebecca Joselyn, at Kath Libbert Jewellery Gallery, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford until 7 July. www.kathlibertjewellery.co.uk
 
William Scott: Divided Figure – an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the birth of Scott, one of the leading and most influential British painters of the 20th century and a central figure in European and American art. It will focus on Scott’s figure works, both on canvas and on paper, created between 1954-1973 and will include photographs, exhibition catalogues and archive material. From 27th April until 10th July at Jerwood Gallery, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, East Sussex. http://www.jerwoodgallery.org
 
Lasting Impressions – an exhibition of original artists’ prints showing the diversity of techniques from etching, linocut and woodcut to monoprint and screenprint. Artists include Peter Ford, Hilary Paynter, John Brunsden, Richard Bawden, H J Jackson, Lisa Hooper, Paul Bissona and Valerie Thornton. At Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York until 12 July. www.kentmerehouse.co.uk
 
David Maljkovic – Sources in the Air – the first survey exhibition of the Croatian artist (b.1973) including his work from the last 10 years in collage, installation, film, video and works on paper. Throughout his career he has sought to create new relationships between how we record, remember and understand the past, initially using film to reflect upon the history of his native Croatia as part of socialist Yogoslavia. At Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead until 7 July. www.balticmill.com
 
Jeremy Gardiner: Unfolding Landscape: Paintings and monoprints. Jeremy Gardiner’s paintings are effectively an artistic excavation of the geology of landscape: how it is shaped by human activity and the forces of nature. Aware of distant geologies, he attempts to interpret the hidden subterranean realms that contain the marks and secrets of their own distant formation. From 24th May – 5th July. University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Nercastle upon Tyne NE1. Contact number: 0191 227 4424
 
Snape Maltings Gallery presents ‘Tessa Newcomb’s new collection. Inspired by ‘Creatures Great and Small’ ranging from her delightful dachshund Nina to a Suffolk Punch. From 8th June – 4th July. First Floor, Granary Building, Snape Maltings, Nr Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP17 1SR. Contact number: 01728 688303. Email: www.snapemaltings.co.uk
 
Fresh Air 2013 presents ‘11th Biennale Quenington Sculpture Exhibition. This year’s line-up includes 91 international artists combining established and inspiring new talent (31 are new to this year) using a combination of conventional and unusual materials. Prices range from £50 to £20,000 with one or two more expensive pieces up to £50,000. From 16th June – 7th July. Quenington Old Rectory, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5BN. Contact number: 01285 750 358. Website: www.freshair2013.com
 
Death In The Making: Photographs of War By Robert Capa: marking the 100th Anniversary of Capa’s Birth. will not only feature images from the numerous conflicts he captured on the ground – including the civil wars of Spain and Cambodia, D-Day and The Liberation of Paris, and the First Indo-China War – but also rare printed works from Gallery Owner Ben Burdett’s private collection. From 6th June – 7th July. At Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, W1U.

Derrick Greaves. All blues. Flatness, linear precision and fields of colour have characterised his work of the last half a century as Greaves has shifted from an imagery based on nature and observable fact to more studio-bound imaginative constructs. From 7th June – 5th July. At James Hyman Fine Art & Photograpshs, 16 Saville Row, London, W1S 3PL. Contact number: +44 (0)20 7494 3857

Chris Beetles presents ‘ Fragile: Photographing Nature, Beauty, and Memories’. Showcasing Paul Kenny (A British abstract photographer known for taking inspiration from Britain’s coastline), Lottie Davies (A British photographer exploring memory and moment from the past and re-creating them in the present), and Paulette Tavormina (An Italian photographer who uses objects which she has personally collected over the years, each telling a different and presresentative of different memories from the past. From 11th June – 6th July. Address: Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B. Contact number: 020 7434 4319 Website: www.chrisbeetlesfinephotographs.com
 
Great and Small – mixed exhibition of latest works by British artists Catriona Hall, Angela Harding, Ann Heat, Lesley McLaren, Morag Muir, Georgina McMAster, Tracy Rees and Robina Yasmin, each of whom has a charming unusual take on the theme of animals. At Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold, from 23 Jun to 7 Jul. 01451 832563
 
Sickert From Life – 50 oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints spanning the artist’s career from etchings made in the 1880s to ‘Echoes’ painted in the 1930s. All but 4 works are for sale. At The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 until 11 July. www.faslondon.com
 
Louise Balaam RWA NEAC – Cornish Light – seascapes and views of the Cornish coast at Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 until 6 July. www.cadogancontemporary.com

* Follow Country Life magazine on Twitter

* Image www.royalacademy.org.uk