The Outsiders gallery presents ‘A Study of Studies’. An exhibition of preparatory studies from a steller international line-up, featuring many of the gallery’s most popular artists including Jonathan Yeo, Lucy McLauchlam, Conor Harrington and Sage Vaughn. From 31st May – 29th June. 8 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D. Contact number: +44(0)203 214 0055 / 66. www.theoutsiders.net

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life at Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1 from June 26 to Oct 20. www.tate.org.uk (see review in Country Life June 19 2013)

Natural History; a personal selection of works by artists whose practices both question and celebrate the diversity of our natural world, including Karl Nel and Joni Brenner from South Africa, Will Maclean, Helen MacAlister and Eileen Lawrence from Scotland, botanical artists Helena Goldwater, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Gillian Barlow; zoological artist Elizabeth Butterworth, also Simon Morley, Simon Lewty, Jack Milroy, Lino Mannocci, Bridget Macdonald, David Price, Donald Teskey, Rebecca Partridge, Gary Schneider, Anya Gallaccio, Christine Borland, Barry Thompson, Kim Wolhunter, mimei Thompson, Susan Michie, Alan Kilpatrick, Brad Hammond and Jake Harvey. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London W1 from 27 Jun to 16 Aug. www.artfirst.co.uk

Paintings by Kitty Stirling at Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, 50 Elgin Crescent (Ladbroke Grove Entrance), London W11 from 27 June to 3 July. www.cdvc.co.uk

Fred Yates – Paint and Life.  An exhibition of paintings by the the Salford born artist (1922-2008), who kew Lowry when he first started painting in the 1940s. This show spans a period of 40 years from his first Cornish paintings to a group of canvases completed just a year before his death in 2008. The Tate’s major survey of Lowry this summer provides an opportunity to see Yates alongside an artist who was so important to him and with whom he is often compared. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 26 Jun to 12 July. www.jmlondon.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

University Summer Exhibition at Djanogly Art Gallery,
Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham from 28 June until 13 July. www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Vermeer and Music; the Art of Love and Leisure
– 5 paintings by Vermeer, alongside related pictures by contemporary Dutch masters, exploring the theme of music and musical pastimes in the 17th century Netherlands. At the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London from Jun 26 to Sep 8. (see feature in Country Life June 5 2013) www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Exultant Strangeness: Graham Sutherland Landscapes. Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) was one of the great British landscape painters and, during the 1940s and 50s, one of the most famous artists in this country. Initially inspired by the visionary landscapes of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century artists such as William Blake and Samuel Palmer, Sutherland transcended his influences to create a vocabulary that was uniquely his own. This exhibition highlights the brilliant power of Sutherland’s imagination and demonstrates the diverse ways in which he transformed his experience of his environment. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria from 28 Jun to 15 Sep. www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk

Mary Queen of Scots – exploring the life and reign of the monarch, this exhibition takes a fresh, innovative approach, using jewels, textiles, furniture, documents and portraits. At National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh from 28 Jun to 17 Nov. (see review in Country Life Aug 7 2013) www.nms.ac.uk

Calder at the Castle
– the first-ever outdoor exhibition of monumental works by Calder in the UK. Six works are installed throughout the grounds of: Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham until 26 Oct. www.pacegallery.com

The Vanity of Small Differences – Grayson Perry’s monumental suite of 6 tapestries created last year for the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 series All in the Best Possible Taste, his exploration of British taste. They begin their national and international tour at: Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden, where they will be on show from 28 Jun to 29 Sep. www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Pop and Abstract, featuring Mali Morris, Allen Jones and Maurice Cockrill at the National Museum Cardiff, Wales until 1 Sep. www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/cardiff/art/contemporary

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Paul Nash: The Clare Neilson Gift 
The first public showing of the collection amassed by his great friend Clare Neilson which has recently been given to Pallant House Gallery through The Art Fund. Nash (1889-1946) was celebrated for his lyrical depictions of the British landscape, Surrealist imagery and work as a war artist. This collection includes important early wood engravings and etchings, photographs, collage, correspondence and illustrated books. At Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 
From 9 April to 30 June Contact: 01473 212051, www.pallant.org.uk

Over the Rainbow – Drawings by Rachel Howard & Poems by Sue Hubbard at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London E1 until 28 June. www.elevenspitalfields.com

Helen Chadwick: Works from the Estate – marking the 60th anniversary of one of the first woman artists to be nominated for the Turner Prize. Chadwick (1953-1996) made an innovative and provocative use of a rich variety of materials, such as flesh, flowers, chocolate and fur, and was hugely influential on a younger generation of British artists, notably the YBAs. This show presents a selection of photos and sculptures from 1982-1994. At Richard Saltoun Gallery, 111 Great Titchfield Street, London W1 until 28 June. 020 7637 1225

Elizabeth Magill – Quasi-Real and Branch-Like, at Wilkinson, 50-58 Vyner Street, London E2 from 17 May to 30 June. www.wilkinsongallery.com

Nicholas Rena sculptures – Stella Benjamin weaving ‘The Harmony of the Year’. Monumental ceramic splashes of colour by the award winning artist Nicholas Rena can be seen at a joint exhibition with new work from St Ives weaver Stella Benjamin. From June 1st – 29th. Lynne Strover Gallery. 23 High Street, Fen Ditton, Cambridge, CB5 8ST. email : http://www.strovergallery.co.uk/

The Beekeeper and The Bee – expressive charcoal drawings and atmospheric oil paintings chronicling the seasonal work of beekeepers, the culmination of nearly three years spent shadowing local beekeepers and their swans by the popular Somerset based artist Kate Lynch. At Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon until 29 June. 01404 45006

Simon Brown – ‘Standing in the Corner’ – an exhibition by leading interior and lifestyle photographer at Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, London until 29 Jun. www.richardyounggallery.co.uk

RA Schools Show – annual exhibition of works by final year students at the historic Royal Academy Schools, the oldest art school in Britain. Held in the studios of the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 until 30 Jun. www.royalacademy.org.uk

William Turnbull at Chatsworth – large-scale outdoor sculptures, paintings and drawings by the Dundee-born sculptor in the spectacular setting of Chatsworth House and Garden. At Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire from 10 Mar to 30 June. www.chatsworth.org

Simon Brett – An Engraver’s Process
: Fifty years of wood engraving. A retrospective on the occasion of the artist’s 70th birthday. Until 30th June at The Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1. http://www.banksidegallery.com contact number: 020 7928 7521

Kaffe Fassett; A Life in Colour – celebration of the work of one of the great practitioners of contemporary craft, this is the first London show of the textile designer’s work since the record-breaking V & A exhibition in 1988 and features over 100 works within a dramatic installation by Sue Timney. At Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 from 22 Mar to 29 June. www.ftmlondon.org

An outbreak of Talent; An exhibition of popular talent noted by Paul Nash in 1935 including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Edward Burra, Barnett Freedman. & Enid Marx. The Fry Art Gallery,
Castle Street, 
Saffron Walden, Essex. From 31st Mar until 30th June. www.fryartgallery.org

Modern Materials: Abbot Hall’s British Sculpture Collection.
This display, featuring rarely seen works from the Lakeland’s Arts Trust’s permanent collection, will show that there is more to sculpture than just bronze and marble. A wonderfully diverse exhibition showing a variety of material demonstrates how inventive British sculpture can be. 4th April until 30th June. Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry Kendal, Cumbria. www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk

In Cloud Country: Abstracting from nature – from John Constable to Rachel Whiteread. The exhibition brings together a diverse range of works on paper spanning four centuries and features artists such as John Constable, John Sell Cotman, Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread. 29th March until 30th June. http://www.harewood.org/art-at-harewood

Outsider Art from Japan. The exhibition brings together more than 300 works for the first major display of Japanese outsider art in the UK. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day patients at social welfare institutions across the main island of Honshu, and they present diverse bodies of work including ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings. 28th March until 30th June. The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London. www.wellcomecollection.org

The House of Annie Lennox
– curated in partnership with The V&A, London, brings together an array of stunning photographs, iconic videos, and a dazzling selection of costumes, which chart Annie’s unique career from its early beginnings, through her time in The Tourists and Eurythmics, as well as her hugely successful solo career, to the present. The show also includes two photographic portraits of the artist from the Gallery’s permanent collection. 2 until 30th June. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh. www.nationalgalleries.org/portrait

Joseph Lacasse – large solo exhibition on the School of Paris artist (1894-1975) at Whitford Fine Art, 6 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 28 June. www.whitfordfineart.com

Touring exhibition of the Quaker Tapestry
, showcasing 20 colourful embroidery panels from the Quaker Tapestry Centre in Kendal – a masterpiece of storytelling and a celebration of life, people and events across the centuries in modern, bright textile panels made which more than 4,000 people in 15 countries have helped to create. At Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale, Shropshire until 5 June. www.ironbridge.org.uk

Chris Bushe – paintings by the Scottish landscape painter which capture his childhood trips to the West Coast of Scotland and growing up in rural areas of Tornaveen in the heart of Aberdeenshire. At Panter & Hall, 27 Bury Street, London SW1 until 7 June. www.panterandhall.com

Leon Kossoff: London Landscapes
– over 90 drawings and 10 paintings, many rarely shown before, spanning the career of the artist, who was born and grew up here. At Annely Juda Fine Art, 4th Floor, 23 Dering Street, London W1 until 6 July.  

What is Contemporary? A group exhibition of contemporary photography and works of art from the past curated by photographer Domingo Milella and antiques specialist Bruno Botticelli, with work by Dan Holdsworth, Lise Sarfati, Clare Strand and Milella alongside antique sculpture, painting and artifacts. At Brancolini Grimaldi, first floor 43-4 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 6 July. www.brancolinigrimaldi.com

Daniel Blau – Blitz: WW11 in London. Monochrome photographs capturing the horror and aftermath of the Blitz bombings during 1940s London. Depicting civilians salvaging possessions from the rubble of their homes to take refuge in the city’s underground station. From May 30th – June 29th.51 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London, N1. Contact number: 020 7831 7998

Asia House presents ‘Restless Ribeiro: An Indian Artist in Britain’ by Lance Ribeiro. Comprising over 70 words, this exhibition will bring together landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, and abstract compositions produced by the artist over five decaded, reflecting his interest in religion, astronomy, science and poetry. From 24th May – 29th June. Asia house, 63 New Cavensidh Street, London, W1G. Contact number: +44 (0) 207 307 5454

Barry Andrews Oil Paintings. The exhibition includes vibrant oil painting on canvas as it’s very best, engaging the viewer with bold colour that is written all over each composition. He has followed the tradition of artists who are attracted to estuaries and light. From 3rd june – 29th June. 4-6 Wherry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, 1P4 1LG. Contact numner: 01473 212051. Email: a.coe@artone.co.uk

Royal Portraitist Nicky Philipps. The gallery will be displaying selected portraits on loan as well as Philipps’ trademark still life and flower paintings. Renowned for her striking oil painting of Princes William and Harry (executed 2010). From 5th June – 28th June. Fine Art Commissions Gallery, 34 Duke Street, St. James’s, London SW1Y. Contact number: +44 20 7839 2792. Website: www.cawdelldouglas.com

Jack Bell Gallery presents ‘Stefan Krynauw’.
Born in the year of the fall of Apartheid, Krynauw’s work operates in an abstract space, devoid of the explicit racial or identity politics so prevalent in contemporary South African art. His paintings are both Baroque and expressionist. Glimpses of natural and architectural forms come in and of perspective as they float, twist, spin and blur. The artist builds up each painting over time; layering, washing, drawing, writing and then destroying the surface by scraping only to resurrect it later. From: 7th June – 29th June. 13 Mason’S yard, St. James’s, London, SWIY. Contact numner: (0)207 930 8999. Website: www.jackbellgallery.com

Jeremy Gardiner: Dorset & Cornwall Landscapes. Jeremy Gardiner is a painter and printmaker whose spatially probing and texturally explicit landscape paintings not only describe the current lie of the land, but analyse landscape as the complex outcome of its geological evolution over eons of time. From 8th June – 29th June. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HB. Contact number: 01258 863866. Website: www.theartstable.co.uk

Tree of life exhibition – photographic prints BY Henrietta Molinaro & CERAMIC sculptures by Onana Miller. From 4th June – 29th June. At Wilson Stephens & Jones, 71 Westbourne Park Road, W2. Contact number: 020 7221 5265. Website: www.wilsonstephensandjones.com

Bill Jacklin – Paintings, Pastels & Prints.
New York City has inspired Jacklin since his arrival there in 1985. His work has explored much of New York including Grand Central Station, Roseland Ballroom, and Coney Island, among others. In the majority of Jacklin’s paintings, emphasis is on the essence of place, on the sensation of being in an environment rather than on the topography and details of the setting itself. In this exhibition, the multiple renderings of specific locations, such as Times Square, Little Italy, and the Rockefeller Center skating rink, allow the viewer to revisit these spaces. From 6th June – 29th June. At Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London, W1S. Contact number: +44 0207629 5161. Website: www.marlboroughfineart.com

Anjolie Ela Menon: Recent Paintings 2013. Neha works in a multitude of formats, most of her works, canvases are large scaled, yet have these imageries of many things happening simultaneously. Her earlier works on paper, are resplendent with an illustrative quality, rendered in pencil, charcoal, acrylic and water colour washes. The entire visual comes together like a smorgasbord of events, happened at various time frames, but connected in the form of the theme by an invisible umbilical cord of experiences and memories. From: 6th June – 27th June. Grosvenor Vadehra, 21 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y. Contact number: +44 20 7484 7979. Website: www.grosvenorgallery.com

New Paintings by Shazia Mahmood. Most of the paintings in this exhibition are coastal scenes from the West coast of Scotland, Cornwall and Northern Ireland, connecting three different Celtic landscapes on the edge of Britain and Europe. The expressive brushstrokes evoke Shazia’s emotional and spiritual reactions to a landscape and changing weather conditions. She enjoys working outdoors, invigorated by the wind, sea spray and the tingle in the air. From 8th 29th June. Castle Gallery, 43 Castle Street, Inverness, IB2 3DU. Contact number: 01463 729512. Website: www.castlegallery.co.uk

The Nature of Women: Agnes Martin, Aurelie Nemours, Lisa Corinne Davis, Marischa Burckhardt, Sylvia Heider and Anne Appleby. The work of French artist Aurélie Nemours (1910-2005) is often framed within the context of her contemporary Agnes Martin. Nemours’ strongly geometric works are vibrant and colourful with determined black lines. Marischa Burckhardt uses collage, fabric, paint and photography to explore an affinity with nature and light, reflected in a combination of vibrant and muted golden hues. African-American artist Lisa Corinne Davis creates visually complex and deeply narrative works through layered collages. Using found material such as maps, newspaper articles, and small increments of paint, hand drawings and fingerprints, Davis creates frenetic canvases, using the grid as backbone of her urban landscapes. Sylvia Heider who creates strong, geometric, metal relief wall sculptures, enclosing abstract forms in massive knotted wooden frames. Her works are made with the consciousness of the effect of light glancing off the metal, again showing an awareness and appreciation of natural forces.From 5th June – 26th July. Mayor Gallery, 22A Cork Street, London, W1S. Contact Number: +44 (0)20 7734 3558 Website: http://www.mayorgallery.com

D*Face presents ‘New World Disorder
– The exhibition includes his latest body of work, which reflects upon times of chaos, disorder and loss, as informed by shifting circumstances in the social climate. Exploring topical and longstanding dystopian sentiments, New World Disorder confronts the effects of love and loss from a physical, mental and cultural standpoint, drawing upon the artist’s direct experiences. From 7th – 23rd June. The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 Contact number: +44 (0)20 7247 2684

Panter & Hall presents ‘Eclectic 2013′. A mixed exhibition displaying 20th century European work, as well as showcasing contemporary work by some of Panter & Hall’s new artists. From 12th – 28th June. 27 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y. Contact number: +44 (0)20 7399 9999 Website: www.panterandhall.com

Antony Bream – exhibition of works from Jerusalem and Petra. At Daggett Gallery, 225 Kensington Church Street, London W8 until 29 June. www.daggettgalleries.com

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