Seduced by Art; Photography Past And Present brings together a whole host of fascinating photographs from some of the world’s most distinguished photographers, from Julia Margaret Cameron to the Helen Chadwick. The exhibition, which includes some 90 photographs, chronicles the medium’s development from its earliest beginnings in the 19th century, right up until the present day, focusing on the relationship between the painting and the photographic image. At the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London until 20th Jan www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Chinese Design today at Themes & Variations, 231 Westbourne Grove, London W11 until 8 Dec. www.themesandvariations.com

BP Portrait Award – 55 portraits selected for the competition, including the winners, first prize being won by American Aleah Chapin for her large-scale nude portrait ‘Auntie’. The show, which was at the National Portrait Gallery in London has now moved to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh until 27 Jan. www.nationalgalleries.org

Winter Glasscape
, featuring affordable gifts and handmade glass, including a large selection of work by glass artist Adam Aaronson, whose studio is adjacent. At ZEST Contemporary Glass Gallery, Roby Place, London SW6 until 22 Dec. www.zestgallery.com

The Tender Heart – portraits by Irene Jones with a warmth and intimacy that seems to rise from the very close relationship she develops with the characters that she constructs. She focuses on buy compositions of the home, scenes and narratives of family life observed with honesty and a degree of quirkiness. She’s also inspired by a love of Tudor painting. At Celia Lendis Contemporary, High Street, Moreton-in-Marsh, the Cotswolds until 9 Jan. www.celialendis.com

Emma Haworth: Secret Places in the City – allusive, subtle, richly-coloured and intricately detailed, Emma’s paintings convey a vivid sense of life in the modern metropolis. Her new show focuses on the parks, commons and ‘edgelands’ that interrupt London’s urban environment. At Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 28 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1 until 30 Nov. www.r-h-g.co.uk

Calligraphy Today: the art of modern calligraphy from across the world is on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge until 3 Jan. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Susan Derges: Aler Brook, an exhibition accompanied by a book with poems by Thomas A Clark, at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Londons SE1 until 19 Jan. www.purdyhicks.com

William and Evelyn de Morgan – exhibition of works by this pioneering couple of the Arts & Crafts Movement – glistening ceramics in vibrant Persian colours and metallic lustres by William and symbolic paintings by Evelyn de Morgan. At Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey until 27 Jan. www.wattsgallery.org.uk

Martin Tinney Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition, featuring works by leading 20th century Welsh artists, at Martin Tinney Gallery, 18 St Andrew’s Crescent, Cardiff until 24 Nov. www.artwales.com

John Byrne – The Joyful Mysteries – at The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 until 24 Nov. www.faslondon.com

James Morrison: The View From Here – new body of work looking at his favourite landscapes in all seasons and moods; Amy Dennis – New Paintings – her linear paintings combine landscape with still life; Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson – Two Views – first solo collaborative of glass sculpture; Stephen Bottomley – Retrospective of the head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. All at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 28 Nov. www.scottish-gallery.co.uk

Recent work by Nicola Slattery – enigmatic lovers and solitary figures often accompanied by icons of nature such as animals or birds. At Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich until 24 Nov. www.mandellsgallery.co.uk

Threads of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles from Meiji Japan – the first exhibition devoted to the art of Meiji textiles ever to be held outside Japan – at Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford until 27 Jan. www.ashmolean.org

Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire
at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 until 2 Apr. www.bl.uk

Bresson: A Question of Colour – an array of images by the esteemed French photographer including ten photographs never before seen in the U.K, as well as 75 works by 15 contemporary international photographers. At Somerset House, Strand, London until 27th Jan www.somersethouse.org.uk

Ancient and Modern
– the work of the German photographer Floris Neususs, once called “one of the true godfathers of contemporary photography”, focusing on a wide range of themes, including works from the celebrated Aegineten series. At the Atlas Gallery, London until 12 January (www.atlasgallery.com)

Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea – the work of the seminal American environmental photographer Ansell Adams, with 100 prints on show depicting breathtaking landscapes and seascapes from all over the U.S.A, and a family orientated Activity Trail on the life of Adams. At the National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 until 28th April.  

Spencer’s Earthly Paradise – Stanley Spencer 50th anniversary exhibition, a continuation of this year’s earlier show but with some changes made to enable the display of further works. At Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham, Berkshire. 8 November – 24 March 2013. www.stanleyspencer.org.uk

Tim Hayward – a new series of dramatic bird paintings depicting British and Northern European birds of prey in flight, many of which are life-sized. At Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10. 8 November – 1 December. www.jonathancooper.co.uk

Josh Dorman – highly complex worlds constructed from antique maps, factual illustrations and scraps of information, through which Dorman creates new and sometimes inexplicable possibilities. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1S. 9 November – 1 December. www.jmlondon.com

Gillian Ayres – two exhibitions of paintings and works on paper to celebrate her career from the 1950s to the present day. A comprehensive survey of her paintings at Jerwood Gallery, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, Kent until 25 Nov (www.jerwoodgallery.org) and a solo show of over 20 new oil paintings and a group of new works on paper including her first series of woodcut prints at Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 & 34 Cork Street, London W1 from 16 Nov to 22 Dec. (www.alancristea.com)

Simon Garden – new paintings; Richard Batterham – new ceramics; Small works for Christmas- small works by established and up-and-coming artists. At Beaux Arts, 12-13 York Street, Bath from 17 November to 22 December
01225 464850 www.beauxartsbath.co.uk

Light from the Middle East: New Photography – unique chance to glimpse inside the world of Islamic photographic art. Thirty artists from thirteen different counties are exhibiting their work, with subject matter spanning from North Africa to Central Asia. At the V&A, Exhibition Road, London until 7th April 2013. www.vam.ac.uk

Claudia Clare ‘an extraordinary turn of events’ – a range of work by the distinguished potter at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 29 Nov. www.franciskylegallery.com

A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance
– bringing together a range of key works by over 40 artists, including Yves Klein, Jackson Pollock and Cindy Sherman, moving through half a century of painting, video and photography, alongside archivala dn documentary material, this major group exhibition will show how the key period of post-war performance art has challenged and energized the medium of painting for successive generations. At Tate Modern, Southbank, London SE1 until 1 Apr 2013. www.tate.org.uk

Susan Swartz – ‘Breath of Nature’ –
the American artist’s first solo show in London – works inspired by nature, mostly trees and forests, at Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 24 Nov. www.belgraviagallery.com

John Bellany: A Passion for Life
– largest, most comprehensive exhibition of works by one of Scotland’s greatest living artists to mark his 70th birthday, at Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh from 17 Nov to 27 Jan. www.nationalgalleries.org

Eric Rimmington – new still life paintings at Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames until 1 Dec. www.bohungallery.co.uk

The Estate of L S Lowry – a selection of works at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3 until 12 Jan. www.cranekalman.com

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – an opportunity to step back in time and see the city of Nottingham through the eyes of some of the city’s poorest inhabitants in the 1950’s and 60’s. The thought provoking exhibition takes inspiration from Alan Sillitoe’s groundbreaking novel of 1958, later made into a film, which both focus on life in Nottingham for the working classes at a time of significant cultural and political upheaval. At the Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham from 17TH Nov to 10th Feb www.lakesidearts.org.uk

Tracing the Century: Drawing as a Catalyst for Change, with works by artists including Sara Barker, Jasper Johns, William Kentridge, Anthony McCall, Julie Mehretu and Richard Tuttle. Coinciding with the show is a new commission by Matt Saunders in the Wolfson Gallery exploring new drawing practices. At Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool until 20 Jan. www.tate.org.uk/liverpool

Adrian Wiszniewski; New Works by the artist who came to prominence as one of the New Glasgow Boys who led the revival of figurative painting in Scottish art in the 1980s. At Beaux Arts London, 22 Cork Street, London W1 until 15 Dec. www.beauxartslondon.co.uk

Revealed: Government Art Collection – the first time that these works, usually displayed in British Government buildings across the world, have been united under one roof. Includes works by Edward Lear, L S Lowry, John Piper, Walter Sickert, Vaness Bell, Bridget Riley, Grayson Perry, Callum Innes, Tracey Emin and Hurvin Anderson. At Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham until 24 Feb. www.bmag.org.uk

In the Blood – the making of Winston Churchill: a transatlantic tale of two families exploring Churchill’s Anglo American ancestry and how the two branches of his family – the Jeromes of New York and the Marlboroughs of Blenheim – shaped his unique character and extraordinary life. At Chartwell, Westerham, Kent until end Feb 2013. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

New Possibilities: Abstract Paintings from the Seventies
– demonstrating that, even as Modernist certainties were challenged, new possibilities in abstract art continued to emerge, with a vitality that may even have sprung from the precarious position in which seventies abstraction found itself. Includes works by Frank Bowling, Graham Boyd, Barrie Cook, Albert Irvin, Tess Jaray, Patricia Poullain, Desmond Rayner, Trevor Sutton and Gary Wragg. At The Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London W1 until 21 Dec. www.thepipergallery.com

The Illustrators: The British Art of Illustration 1837-2012, featuring 800 works at Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 5 Jan. www.chrisbeetles.com

Michael Kenna – a major London retrospective of work by one of the world’s greatest and most influential living landscape photographer, including innovative new work and timeless classics. At Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 until 2 Jan. www.christbeetlesfinephotographs.com

Ian Hamilton Finlay – a major display as part of the BP British Art Displays, with 24 works incorporating sculpture in wood, neon, bronze, ceramic and stone as well as prints alongside books and cards. At Tate Britain Duveens Galleries, Millbank, London until 17 Feb. www.tate.org.uk

Death: The Richard Harris Collection, showcasing some 300 works from a unique collection devoted to the iconography of death and our complex and contradictory attitudes towards it. (Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer based in Chicago has made a spectacularly diverse collection, including artworks, historical artifacts, scientific specimens and ephemera from across the world. At Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 until 28 Feb. www.wellcomecollection.org

Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO, PRA (1878-1959) – An Artist’s Life. Celebrating the life and work of the finest horse painter of the 20th century at Richard Green Gallery, 147 New Bond Street, London W1 until 14 Dec. www.richard-green.com

Georges Bernede – the advent of Abstraction in Bordeaux – discover an artist of the French school (born 1926) who began painting in the war years, developing a figurative expressionist style. He moved towards abstraction and, since then has gone on to refine and distil an intensely painterly language of great personal freedom and distinction. At Whitford Fine Art, 6 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 21 Dec. 020 7930 9332

The Queen: 60 Photographs for 60 Years at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh until 24 Feb. www.royalcollection.org.uk

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2012, including works by Sarah Armstrong-Jones and novelist Mark Haddon, at The Lightbox, Woking until 2 Dec. www.thelightbox.org.uk

Carpets of Distinction – a showroom of six hand-tufted rugs by John Byrne, Nick Evans, Ruth Ewan, Alasdair Gray, Nicholas Party, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, at Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh until 12 Jan. www.dovecotstudios.com

Hanneke Beaumont – works by the Dutch sculptor who is renowned for her large scale pieces in terracotta, cast iron and bronze. At Robert Bowman Modern & Contemporary Sculpture, 34 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 31 Jan. www.robertbowman.com

Lake Artists Winter Exhibition at the Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria until 13 Jan. www.rheged.com

Jock McFadyen RA – After Walter – a direct response to Walter Sickert’s Camden Town nudes shown at the Courtauld Institute of Art in late 2001, and, in particular, to ‘La Hollandaise’ (Tate). McFadyen felt that Sickert would have had to go some way further to shock an audience today and as a consequence this collection of ‘Sickert-ian’ erotic paintings have become somewhat explicit in some places, while others retain a softness and romance. With tongue firmly in cheek, the work serves as an acknowledgement of the current trend towards nostalgic feeling around antiquity and remains separate and distinct to the urban landscapes for which McFadyen has become well known. At Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Streeet, Spitalfields, London E1 until 23 Dec. www.elevenspitalfields.com

Samuel John Peploe – sale and loan exhibition including Scottish and French landscapes as well as still lifes spanning Peploe’s career. At Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 29 Nov. www.portlandgallery.com

The Artists of Spitalfields Life
– including works by Paul Bommer, James Brown, Adam Dant, Anthony Eyton, Sebastian Harding, Joanna Moore, Lucinda Rogers and Rob Ryan. At Ben Pentreath Ltd, 17 Rugby Street, London WC1 until 28 Nov. www.spitalfieldslife.com.

Kate MccGwire LURE – a major solo exhibition from sculptor Kate MccGwire, the title a dual reference to the ring of feathers used by a falconer to call and command their birds, and to the siren-like call of the work itself. At All Visual Arts, 2 Omega Place, London N1 until 26th Jan. www.allvisualarts.org


Dr Livingstone, I Presume? Discover the story of the Scottish missionary and explorer through new research, the Museum’s African collections and Livingstone’s personal possessions. The exhibition explores his early life in Scotland, how he became the first European to cross the African continent, and his efforts to abolish the slave trade and introduce Christianity. At the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
23 Nov – 7 April. www.nms.ac.uk/

The Unseen Rex Whistler – a select exhibition of paintings from private collections by the brilliant and elusive Rex Whistler, including eight privately owned landscape mural paintings done in 1936 for 36 Hill Street, Mayfair and never before been publically shown, is in the Yellow Room at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, 39 Brook Street, London W1 until 14 Dec.

Journeys East: A Discovery of Hidden Treasures – works of art by individuals from across London taking inspiration from the museum’s collection of Dutch masterpieces, at The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1 until 13 Jan. www.wallacecollection.org

Leslie Marr at 90 – an exhibition of paintings at Piano Nobile/Robert Travers Works of Art, 129 Portland Road, London W11 from 23 Nov to 15 Dec. www.piano-nobile.com

Christmas 2012 show of artists, including Laurence Broderick, Colin Brown, Kirstie Cohen, Helen Denerley, Helen Fay, Lotte Glob, Allan MacDonald, Jane MacNeill, Illona Morrice, Eugenia Vronskaya, Peter White and Christine Woodside, at Kilmorack Gallery, the Old Kilmorack Church, by Beauly, Invernessshire 24 Nov-22 Dec. www.kilmorackgallery.co.uk

Peter Blake; Rock Paper Scissors – at Waddington Custot Galleries, 11 Cork Street, London W1 until 15 Dec. www.waddingtoncustot.com

Maria Carleton; Love on the Hunting Field – a collection of paintings which tell the story of the heiress, Miss Alicia Keene, as she catches her man, the noble but landless gent Sir James James. The romance takes place on the hunting field and around Miss Alicia’s country house, with a fox as an ever present character. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, Dorset until 15 Dec. www.theartstable.co.uk

Dora Holzhandler: new paintings. Born in 1928 into a family of Polish refugees, the artist moved to London in 1934. Her work is known for her naïve, evocative and ethereal imagery which reflects her life experiences and deep spirituality. At Sylvester Fine Art, 64 Belsize Lane, Hampstead, London NW3 from 25 Nov to 16 Dec. www.sylvesterfineart.co.uk

New Possibilities: Abstract Paintings from the Seventies – the work of 14 artists, including Frank Bowling RA, Graham Boyd, Albert Irvin RA, Tess Jaray RA, Desmond Rayner, Trevor Sutton and Gary Wragg, all born between 1922 an d1950. At The Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London W1 until 21 Dec. www.thepipergallery.com

Frankel and Newmarket – the National Horseracing Museum’s 2012 Winter Photographic Exhibition – limited edition photographic prints by Chris Bourchier featuring the legendary racehorse. At the National Horseracing Museum, 99 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk until 9 Feb. www.nhrm.co.uk

1913: The Shape of Time – timed to mark the eve of the centenary of an extraordinary year for sculpture, 22 works of art have been brought together, featuring artists such as de Chirico, Epstein, Gaudier-Brzeska, Modigliani and Picasso, to explore a crucial moment in the history of modern European art. At Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds until 17 Feb. www.henry-moore.org/hmi

CLOSING SOON

Broadcasting Science

looks at early attempts by scientists to explain their work to the public, using fledgling BBC services from the 1920s and 1930s. At the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 from 3 July to 19 Nov. www.royalsociety.org

Helen Petts – ‘Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing’ – an artist’s film response to the life and work of Kurt Schwitters that explores landscape, rhythm, texture, sound, improvisation and walking. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria from 15 Sep to 19 Nov. www.abbothall.org.uk

The Silverman Collection
– an exceptional collection of works by prominent 20th Century German and Austrian artists, acquired by American collector Benedict Silverman, will be presented in its entirety for the first time at Richard Nagy in London this autumn. The collection, worth over £100 million, is one of the most important private collections of 20th Century German and Austrian art in the world. It comprises artistic gems from the Viennese Secession by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, as well as astonishing Wiener Werkstätte furniture by Koloman Moser and Carl Otto Czeschka. It also features an exceptional group of drawings by Alfred Kubin and major works by the German Expressionists Georg Grosz, Otto Dix, Ludwig Meidner, Oskar Schlemmer and Max Beckmann. At Richard Nagy, 22 Old Bond Street, London W1 from 5 Oct to 23 Nov. 202 7262 6400

Chris Steel-Perkins: Fading Light; A Portrait of British Centenarians – the award-winning Magnum photographer became intrigued when he read the astonishing national statistic that in 2010 there were 12,640 people in the UK aged 100 and over. At University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne from 19 Oct to 23 Nov. www.universitygallery.co.uk

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration, at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. 19 November – 20 January 2013. www.royalcollection.org.uk

Christopher Miers; open studio and exhibition of latest paintings at 114 Bishop’s Mansions, Bishop’s Park Road, Fulham, London SW6 from 19-25 Nov. 020 7736 5662; www.christopher-miers.co.uk

The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch
– a selection of official, commissioned and formal portraits that highlight the diverse ways in which The Queen has been represented in different media throughout her six decades on the throne. At The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle from 23 Nov to 9 June. www.royalcollection.org.uk

‘Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road’ – a major exhibition of new outdoor sculptures created by the British artist Tony Cragg for the London 2012 Festival. Five major new outdoor sculptures will take over Exhibition road and six outdoor works go on display at the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. At Exhibition Road, London, SW1. 25th August until 25th November. www.exhibitionroad.com

North American Landscape
: Kew at the British Museum – a collaborative project to create a North American-themed landscape on the Museum’s west lawn. At British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1. Until 25 November. www.britishmuseum.org

Gardens & Flowers; works by artists such as Rosalie Brill, Charles Mahoney, Marjorie Hayes, Harry Epworth, Frederick Austin and Bill Lovely at Liss Fine Art, London until 23 Nov. www.lissfineart.com

Shakespeare: Staging the World
– a major exhibition on the world and works of William Shakespeare. It will provide a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city interpreted through objects, digital media and performance. The British Museum has collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the creative approach to the design of the exhibition, accentuating the connections between the objects, Shakespeare’s text and performance. In the Round Reading Room at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1. Until 25 November. www.britishmuseum.org

Sven Berlin: Out of the Shadows – this wide-ranging show reveals many unknown aspects of this multi-talented and charismatic figure. Best known as a sculptor and a painter, Berlin was also an adagio dancer, a soldier, a writer and a poet. The exhibition traces his development as an artist and as a man, through oil paintings, watercolours, pen and inks, sculpture and intriguing ephemera. At Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Morrab Road, Penzance, Cornwall. Until 24 November. www.penleehouse.org.uk

Eric Ravilious – Artist, Printmaker, Designer. Shown alongside his distinctive watercolour Train Landscape are WWII watercolours and lithographs, a series of wood engravings and pieces from a Wedgwood dinner service, designed by Ravilious in 1937. At Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen from 4 Aug to 24 Nov. www.aagm.co.uk

Reassembling the Self – an exhibition of works in a variety of media by Susan Aldworth, who has long focused on the relationship between the physical brain and the conscious mind. They weave together art, science, psychiatry and individual histories in an extraordinary exploration of self, perception and the fragility of human identity. At Hatton Gallery, The Quadrangle, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne (0191 222 6059) 20 Sep to 24 Nov
Northern Exposure: Kilmorack Gallery artists, including Laurence Broderick, Kirstie Cohen, David Cook, Helen Denerley, Henry Fraser, Gerald Laing, Allan MacDonald, Alan Macdonald, Peter White and Eugenia Vronskaya, at The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, Belgravia, London until 27 Nov. www.kilmorackgallery.co.uk

African Paintings by Paul Augustinus at Tryon Gallery, 7 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 9 Nov. www.tryon.co.uk

Nuno – Japanese Textiles – showing how Nuno’s designs respond to the human form and how Nuno works with textile producers to create designs that reflect the importance of cloth for protecting and adorning the body. At Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh from 26 Oct to 24 Nov. www.dovecotstudios.com

Mark Coreth – Just Cats. New works by wild life sculptor Mark Coreth, a master of animals in motion: lion, leopard, cheetah, snow leopard and tiger.  Mark Coreth has devoted his life as a sculptor to observing and understanding animals in the wild. At Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, London W1 until Nov 23. www.sladmore.com  / 0207 499 0365

The Simple Life: a craft community in the Cotswolds
– an exhibition about the Guild of Handicraft’s Guildsmen and their families who moved to Chipping Campden. At Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucs until Nov 25. www.courtbarn.org.uk

Oliver Akers Douglas
– new oil paintings by one of the best British landscape painters, mostly wonderful views of West Country down with big, windy skies, at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 28 Nov. www.portlandgallery.com

Claudia Clare ‘an extraordinary turn of events’
– a range of work by the distinguished potter at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 29 Nov. www.franciskylegallery.com

ING Discerning Eye exhibition – small works in print, painting, drawing, sculpture and photography by approximately 200 artists independently selected by 6 prominent figures from the art world – 2 artists, 2 collectors and 2 critics. The selectors are: Albert Irvin RA, Chantal Joffe, Doris Lochhart Saatchi, Gerald Walker, Charles Darwent, Skye Sherwin, who have each curated one section of the show, resulting in 6 smaller exhibitions within one, each with very distinct personalities. At Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 until 25 Nov. www.discerningeye.org

Samuel John Peploe – sale and loan exhibition including Scottish and French landscapes as well as still lifes spanning Peploe’s career. At Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 29 Nov. www.portlandgallery.com

The Artists of Spitalfields Life – including works by Paul Bommer, James Brown, Adam Dant, Anthony Eyton, Sebastian Harding, Joanna Moore, Lucinda Rogers and Rob Ryan. At Ben Pentreath Ltd, 17 Rugby Street, London WC1 until 28 Nov. www.spitalfieldslife.com

James Morrison: The View From Here – new body of work looking at his favourite landscapes in all seasons and moods; Amy Dennis – New Paintings – her linear paintings combine landscape with still life; Sally Fawkes and Richard Jackson – Two Views – first solo collaborative of glass sculpture; Stephen Bottomley – Retrospective of the head of Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art. All at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 28 Nov. www.scottish-gallery.co.uk

Recent work by Nicola Slattery – enigmatic lovers and solitary figures often accompanied by icons of nature such as animals or birds. At Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich until 24 Nov. www.mandellsgallery.co.uk