Christmas Crackers – showcase of contemporary craft and design featuring the best in British hand crafted jewellery, textiles, metalwork, woodcraft, glassware, ceramics and homeware from the UK’s most sought-after makers and designers. At the Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield 5 Nov-16 Jan. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk
 
Indian Miniatures from the James Ivory Collection at Francesca Galloway, 31 Dover Street, London W1 from 4 Nov to 17 Dec.  
 
Galileo and his Contemporaries: Portraits by Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630). The exhibition shows the artist’s subtle technique of stippled dots to convey every nuance of flesh and detail of feature in his closely-observed portraits. At The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. 2nd Nov – 13th Feb. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk. 01223332900.

Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition: Twelve Chinese masterworks at Eskenazi Oriental Art, 10 Clifford Street, London W1 4-30 Nov. 020 7493 5464

Modern Day Animaliers – Sam Sopwith, Georgie Welch and Kate Denton at Stockbridge Gallery, The Old Post Office, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire until 31 Oct. www.dogsinart.com

Kate Malone: new work by the ceramic artist organized in collaboration with Adrian Sassoon at Robilant + Voena, 38 Dover Street, London W1 from 3-19 Nov. www.robilantvoena.com

The Best of Times- paintings by Tim Kent at 12 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10 from 1 to 6th Nov.  

Christine Keeler; My Life in Pictures – at The Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London W1 from 3 Nov to 17 Dec. www.mayorgallery.com

Hannah Woodman: Cornish Paintings 2009-2010 at Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, London W1 from 1-6 Nov. www.jhwfineart.com

Season’s Greetings: Christmas Cards by Modern British Artists. A display of Christmas cards created by artists including Glyn Philpot, Eric Gill, Enid Marx, and Edward Bawden. From 9th November 2010 – 9th January 2011. At Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ. 01243 774557.
 
Thomas Bewick: Tale Pieces. The first exhibition to give full devotion to the vignettes of the artist-engraver and naturalist Thomas Bewick. He is renowned for his woodcuts of animals, painstakingly carved and with unimagined accuracy. His so-called ‘tale-pieces’ are intended as illustrations of ‘some truth or point of some moral.’ From 12th November – 18th December. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL. 01539 722464
 
The Best of Times- paintings by Tim Kent at the Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Lane, Petworth, West Sussex from 10 to 20 Nov. www.moncrieff-bray.com  

Paintings by Kirsty Wither at the Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1, 10-26 Nov. 020 7493 1888

Stephen Farthing RA; The Back Story – a selection of drawings and large scale paintings made since 2005, shown as part of the Artists’ Laboratory programme at the Royal Academy, Weston Rooms, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, LondonW1 from 10 Nov to 19 Dec. www.royalacademy.org.uk

British Art Show 7, including works by Christian Marclay, Wolfgang Tillmans, Charles Avery and Sarah Lucas, at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Castle Museum, New Art Exchange, until Jan 9.  

Winter Exhibition with a range of predominantly East Anglian artists’ contemporary works at Gallery Violet and Curwen Studio, Dedham Assembly Rooms, High Street, Dedham, Essex 12-14 Nov. 07919 364993

Exhibition showing works by Rodin, Laurens, Cordier and Winifred Turner to mark opening of a new second gallery devoted to 19th and early 20th century European sculpture: Robert Bowman, Duke Street St James’s, London SW1 from 10 Nov to 17 Dec. www.gallery@robertbowman.com

Works by Marc Camille Chaimowicz; also featuring Robert Thornton’s The Temple of Flora; gouache studies by Raoul Dufy and Edouard Vuillard’s Le Chambre Rose, at Inverleith House, with Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Until 6 Feb. 0131 248 2943

Leon Morrocco; Chennai, Kolkata, Goa – paintings on India, at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 20 Nov. www.jmlondon.com

Alberto Morrocco and David McClure at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 27 Nov. www.scottish-gallery.co.uk

Richard Jackson; Towards Balance and Frances Walker; Antarctic Convergence, at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 27 Nov. www.scottish-gallery.co.uk

Richmond Art Society’s Autumn Art Show, with over 200 works in many media, at Vestry House, Paradise Road, Richmond until 7 Nov. 020 8876 6026

Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1 until 6 Mar. www.britishmuseum.org (see feature in Country Life 3 Nov, 2010)

The British Vision – a collection of paintings and drawings celebrating the somewhat eccentric and profoundly visionary element of British identity and the timeless British spirit, Clerkenwell Fine Art at the Alan Baxter Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1 on 5, 6 and 7 Nov. 07811 368863

Solo on Pabbay – paintings by Andrew Stock of birds and other wildlife made on two journeys to the uninhabited isle of Pabbay in the Outer Hebrides, at Frost & Reed, 2-4 King Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 27 Nov. 020 7589 6667

Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900, at the Royal Academy, Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 until 23 Jan 2011. www.royalacademy.org.uk (see review in Country Life, 10 Nov 2010)

Words and Deeds; Library and Archive Paintings by Hugh Buchanan at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 until 2 Dec. www.franciskylegallery.com

New papercuts and screenprints by Rob Ryan, at The Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street, London W1 until 20 Nov. 07764 273219

Rock of Ages – Paintings, watercolours, drawings and etchings by Richard Pikesley, at the Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset until 17 Nov. www.jerramgallery.com

Michael Lloyd: Twelve Vessels – works in silver, at Dovecot, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh from 9 Nov to 11 Dec. www.innovativecraft.co.uk

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2010 – small works by over 250 artists independently selected by 6 prominent figures from the art world, at Mall Galleries, London SW1 from 11 to 21 Nov. www.discerningeye.org

Recent Work by Sheila Meeks – paintings inspired by the landscape of the Pennine hills, and Anglesey, St. Ives and Tenby, at Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester until 27 Nov. www.wendyjlevy-art.com

Eric Rimmington: New Still Life Paintings at Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames from 8 to 27 Nov. www.bohungallery.co.uk

The Winter Visitor and other recent Drawings by Lewis Chamberlain; at James Hyman Gallery, 5 Savile Row, London W1 until 18 December. 020 7494 3857

CLOSING SOON

First major UK exhibition of workds by Swedish artist Klara Liden at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 until 7 Nov. www.serpentinegallery.org

Yorkshire Gardens – an exhibition of oil paintings by Louis Turpin from his visits to 8 Yorkshire gardens this summer, at Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York until 7 Nov. www.kentmerehouse.co.uk

The Hendrix in Britain Exhibition runs at Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street London W1 from the 25th August until the 7th November. www.handelhouse.org  
 
Blast! 2010 Cohesion Glass Network – Annual Selling Exhibition. Showcasing some of the best British contemporary glass art, featuring sculptural and wall mounted work selected from Cohesion’s talented members, both newcomers and more established artists. At Zest Gallery, Roxby Place, London. 9th Sept- 6th Nov. 02076101900.

In My Mind’s Eye – paintings by Simon Quadrat, ceramics by Peter Swanson, furniture by Petter Southall at Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset until 7 Nov. www.sladersyard.co.uk

Inspirational Objects: Nature as Designer at Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon until 6 Nov. www.thelmahulbert.com

Jack Morrocco – solo show – over 50 paintings by the Scottish colourist coinciding with a new book “Jack Morrocco – A Work in Progress” on show at Gullane Art Gallery, Gullan, East Lothian until 7 Nov. www.gullaneartgallery.co.uk

Peter Graham Roi – A Painter’s Journey – 50 new landscapes, interiors and still lifes by the renowned Scottish colourist on show at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London until 10 Nov. www.gallery@llewellynalexander.com

Retrospective Exhibition of the work of John Carter from 1960s to the present, including wall sculptures, relief work and drawings, at the Redfern Gallery, 20 Cork Street, London W1 until 11 Nov. www.redfern-gallery.com

For the Love of Trees – an exhibition of paintings, watercolours, sculpture, collage, photography and prints by artists including Oliver Akers-Douglas, Fay Ballard, Marcia Colonna, Michael Dillon, Tim Scott Bolton and William Vaughan at the Summerleaze Gallery, East Knoyle, Salisbury until 7 Nov. www.summerleazegallery.co.uk

Embellished: the Art of Fabulous Fabrics at Harris Museum & Art Gallery Preston. The exhibition brings together some of the finest examples of embroidery, printing and weaving of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery collection. It explored the patterns used to embellish fabric and the techniques that make this possible. 14th November- November 2010. Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP. www.harrismuseum.org.uk.
 
John Cage: Every Day is a Good Day – first major retrospective in the UK of the visual art of the American composer and artist John Cage (1912092), at Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge 25 Sep to 14 Nov. 01223 748100
 
Paul Nash and Fay Godwin – photographs by the celebrated painter Paul Nash seen alongside photos by Fay Gowin, both focussing on the British landscape. At Museums Sheffield: Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield until 4 Nov. www.museums-sheffield.org.uk

Kitagawa Utamaro – woodcuts by the Japanese master (born 1753) selected by Timothy Clark, curator of Japanese objects at the British Museum, and artist Julian Opie. At Icon Gallery, Birmingham until 14 Nov.

Edward Gordon Craig 1872-1966 – stage designs and photographs, drawings, engravings, woodcuts and etchings by the avant-garde theatre designer and artist at Monnow Valley Arts Centre, Middle Hunt House, Walterstone, Herefordshire until 14 Nov. 01873 860529

Unfold: A Cultural Response to Climate Change, bringing together work by artists, musicians and other creative practitioners made in response to their involvement with the two Cape Farewell expeditions to the High Arctic region in 2007 and 2008 and the Andes in 2009. At University Gallery and Gallery North, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne from 8 Oct to 12 Nov. www.northumbria.ac.uk/universitygallery
 
Paradise Circus – paintings by Trevor Sutton at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1 until 13 Nov. www.flowersgalleries.com

Recent St Kilda etchings by Norman Ackroyd at Brook Gallery, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon until 13 Nov.  

Quotes from a Landscape – landscape paintings by Henrietta Hoyer Millar at Long & Ryle, 4 John Islip Street, London SW1 until 13 Nov. 020 7834 1434

John Virtue: North Sea Paintings at Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 13 Nov. 020 7629 5161

The Figure – previously unseen sculptures by Sir Anthony Caro at Royal Society of British Sculptors, 108 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 until 19 Nov. www.rbs.org.uk

Sargy Mann’s new London exhibition of paintings, all painted since the artist became completely blind in 2005, on show at Cadogan Contemporary, South Kensington, London until 13 Nov. www.cadogancontemporary.com

Sarah Quill: Photographs 1972-2010, including beautiful photographs of Venice, at Piers Feetham Gallery, 475 Fulham Road, London SW6 until 13 Nov. www.piersfeethamgallery.com