Art to see this week: September 16

Australia. The Royal Academy off Arts presents the most significant survey of Australian art ever mounted in the UK. Spanning 200 years from 1800 this exhibition focuses on the influence of landscape and includes over 200 works of including watercolours, photography and drawings from Aboriginal artists and European émigrés across a broad geographiacal and chronological sweep. HRH The Prince of Wales is the patron of the exhibition. 21 September – 8 December at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1 (see preview in Country Life Sep 18 2013)

Out of the Shadows: MacDonald Gill.
A displey of the work of the influential designer, presenting a glorious abundance of pictorial maps and rarely-seen original artwork, including posters, personal papers and artifacts unearthed at Gill’s remote Sussex cottage. PM Gallery & Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ. from 20TH September. 020 8567 1227

The Ark of Suburbia: an exhibition of Susan Horth’s sculptural work, inspired by her suburban garden. The intricate pieces are inspired by the many birds, animals and insects that visit the artist’s garden, all made by hand with fine knitted wire and beads. Bejewelled and beautiful, these creatures are astonishingly lifelike and some are designed to be worn. At iapetus gallery, 34 Belle Vue Terrace, Great Malvern, Worcestershire until 28 September

Shahrzad Ghaffari: Darkness to Bliss.
The first solo exhibition in London of Ghaffari’s work, who is descended from renowned Iranian painters Sani-ol-MolkGhaffari and Kamal-ol-MolkGhaffari. His work maps abstract journeys through the complexities of love, emotion and spiritual conflict. Grosvenor Gallery, 21 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6PX. From 18TH September. + 44 20 7484 7979.

A Family Collection From Boxted House.
An exhibition featuring modern British Art from the collection of Bobby and Natalie Bevan. Boxted House was a major social centre for artists after the Second World War and is a stylish house and the Bevans were generous patrons of the arts. The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT. From 18th September. + 44 20 7929 5116. 020 7828 0660.

Dartmoor: Patricia Heal.
A multi-media photographic celebration of wild ponies of the Dartmoor national park by the New York artist Patricia Heal, in her first UK exhibition. Returning to her Devon roots, Patricia celebrates the scenes of her childhood and is well-known for her figurative and still-life work. Stone Theatre, Newnham Terrace, Hercules Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7DR. From September 19th. 020 7021 0020.

Alex Hoda: D-Construction. An exhibition of the latest work by Alex Hoda, applying cutting-edge technology to sculpture and materials to create sublime forms inspired by various art historical movements. The exhibition features Hoda’s two recent works in Carrara marble and painted iron. Edel Assanti, 272-274 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1bb. From Wednesday 18th September.

2Q13 Women Collectors, Women Artists.
Inspired by the idea of a parallel universe in Haruki Murakami’s trilogy 1Q84, this collection of 85 artworks by 58 female artists represents a parallel universe run by women. The artists represent the collections of seven prominent women collectors based in Europe. Lloyds Club, 42 Crutched Friars, London, EC3N 2AP. From September 19th. +44 7971 580 572.

The Derwent Art Prize. The Cumberland Pencil Company is hosting an exhibition of drawing chosen by Yvonne Crossley, Stephen Farthing RA and Fisun Güner. The winner of the Inaugral Derwent Art Prize will be announced on Wednesday 18th September. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1 5BD. From 16th to 21st September.

The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon. An exhibition that celebrates what was Britain’s greatest couture label from the 1960s onwards. The team of Belinda Bellville, David Sassoon and Lorcan Mullaney dressed some of the world’s most famous faces, including Diana Princess of Wales. The exhibition explores the transition of labels from couture houses to their celebrity ambassadors and looks at ready-to- wear and vogue patterns. Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF. From 20th September. 020 74078664.

Julian Bailey: Recent Work.
An exhibition of the latest creations from Julian Bailey. Browse and Darby, 19 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LP. From18th September. +44 20 7734 7984

Johannes von Stumm. Having launched their 2000ft gallery space at 6 Duke Street St James’s in July, Bowman Sculpture announces an exhibition of Bavarian sculptor Johannes von Stumm. The special focus of the artist’s work lies in overcoming the difficulty of creating a mixed media work by amalgamating several conflicting materials: glass, steel, granite, wood. To do so, Von Stumm has mastered the techniques of glass blowing, stone carving and blacksmithing. 6 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN. From 19th September. +44 20 7439 2822.

Stanley Donwood: Far Away Is Close At Hand
in Images of Elsewhere. The exhibition displays the ambitious ink and pencil work which focuses on hidden country footpaths called Holloways. Each of these featured in a book by Robert MacFarlane. As well as this, the exhibition will showcase large canvases of the official artwork for Radiohead’s latest album, The King of Limbs. The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DG. From September 20th. 020 3214 0055/66.

Jennifer McRae. An exhibition of recent work from the artist Jennifer McRae. The focus of her art lies in still-life and portrait drawings in pencil, oil and watercolour, in which she is meticulous with detail and accuracy. Her work is becoming well recognized, and she was commissioned to paint a picture of Sir Chris Hoy at the London Olympics, as well as other famous faces over the years, such as Dame Judi Dench. Bourne Fine Art, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6hz. From September 20th. 0131 557 4050.

Warhol/Laing. In conjunction with the Scottish Parliament’s show of Andy Warhol, Bourne Fine Art will present a sculpture of the artist by fellow pop artist Gerald Laing. The sculpture will be accompanied with screenprints of ‘Baby,Baby, wild thing’ as well as ‘Lincoln Convertible’. Bourne Fine Art, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6hz. From September 20th. 0131 667 4050.

David Tremlett: Artists’ House Drawings. A specially commissioned collection of a series of wall drawings by David Tremlett, for the Artists’ House at Roche Court. The brightly pigmented drawings interact with their space to give rhythm to the walls with various different geometric shapes. They may be painted on the walls’ surface but they look three-dimensional, and are functional as much as decorative. NewArtCentre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 1BG. From September 21st. 01980 862244.

Merlyn Evans: The Life of Forms. This is an exhibition of paintings from the 1960s by Merlyn Evans, displayed in the Gallery at Roche Court. There is also a display of his prints in the Artists’ House. An artist who moved with great ease between printmaking and painting, this exhibition explores the ways that his work unites the two disciplines. NewArtCentre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 1BG. From 21st-27th September. 01980 862244.

A Family Collection from Boxted House:
Works by Robert Brevan and other Modern British Art from the collection of Bobby and Natalie Bevan. The exhibition presents work from the personal collection of Bobby and Natalie Bevan which hung on the walls of their home, Boxted House in Essex. At the centre of the how is a group of paintings by Bobby’s father the Camden Town Group artist Robert Bevan (1865-1925). The Fine Art Society will be offering these to the market for the first time as well as other drawings and rare prints by Bevan. The collection also includes work by Harold Gilman, Augustus John, Edward McKnight Kauffer and C.R.W Nevinson. The Fine Art Society, 148 Bond Street, London from the 18 Sept – 3 Oct. +44 (0) 20 7629 5116

Pearls. A pearl-drop earring worn by Charles I at his execution and a necklace given to Marilyn Monroe by Joe DiMaggio are among the superb array of over 200 jewels and art works on display at the V&A. The exhibition provides an insight in to the natural history of pearls across the world, the dangerous methods of pearl divers and the representation of pearls in jewellery throughout history. 21 September – 19 January at the V&A, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL

Scholars and Angels; an exhibition of sculpture by Peter Eugene Ball, at Fromond’s Chantry, Winchester College, College Street, Winchester from 15 Sep to 3 Oct. For more info contact Rachel Wragg at

“Modern Makers”:
A Ground-Breaking Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Applied Art at Chatsworth. Sotheby’s presents a selling exhibition inspired by Chatsworth and its Devonshire collection created by 16 leading international artists from a variety of materials including furniture, textiles, ceramics and metalwork. It intends to challenge the perceptions of conventional crafts practice. Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. From 18th September.
+44 20 7293 6000

Moncrieff-Bray Gallery: September Exhibition. The focus of this exhibition is on landscapes through the seasons. Painters featured include Stephen Palmer, the debut for marine artist Catherine Forshall, Tuema Pattie, Lucy Powell, Sandra Whitmore, Victoria Threlfall, Annie Field. Ceramics and sculpture are also displayed from award winning Adam Binder, Diana Tonnison, Diana Barraclough, Hannah McAndrew and Ostinelli and Priest. Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Farm, Woodruffs Lane, Egdean near Petworth, West Sussex, RH20 1JX. From 21ST September. 07867 978 414

Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective. An exhibition of the Scottish artist’s work, bringing together over 100 of his works from across the globe in the most comprehensive display yet. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Argyle Street, G3 8AG. From September 21st . 0141 276 9599.


We Are Stone’s Children –
Emily Young’s work continues to attract critical acclaim and her international reputation is growing, as is the list of collectors for her sculpture worldwide. Hersculptures owe their individuality to her informed understanding for different types of stone. The rapport between art and nature is a cornerstone of her vision. The exhibition closes 26 Sept. The Fine Art Society, 148 Bond Street, London. +44 (0) 20 7629 5116

Another Light: Prairie Journey – In the 1980s John McLean was invited as guest artist to the University of Saskatchewan’s legendary Emma Lake workshop where previous visitants included John Cage, Barnett Newman and Antony Caro. Inspired by the extraordinary, bright light of the Canadian province, McLean painted arresting, bold and beautiful abstracts, which have never been shown together or seen in the UK until now. The exhibition closes 26 Sept. The Fine Art Society, 148 Bond Street, London. +44 (0) 20 7629 5116

David West: gilded carvings – David West draws inspiration from Japanese art and his travels through Japan, along ancient pathways and into sacred buildings. He has shown across Britain as well as in Tokyo, and has been carving in wood for 40 years. Tickets available for a special talk by the artist and/or a Japanese dinner only on Friday 6th September. 3 August – 22 September in Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL 01308 459 511

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

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.

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.

Dulwich Picture Gallery
presents Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg: A Crisis of Brilliance 1908 – 1922. The exhibition will examine the evolution of this influential group who became among the most well-known and distinctive British artists of the early twentieth century. It will culminate with a selection of their paintings made during and immediately after the Great War, some of which are the most celebrated visual records of the epochal event. From 12th June – 22nd September. At Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE21 Contact number: 020 7493 1888 Website:

Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality – presents the varied career of the renowned Scottish artist and musician Rory McEwen (1932-1982), focusing on his remarkable paintings of plants. This is the first time these works have been presented to the public since a 1988 Serpentine Gallery exhibition. At The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew from 11 May to 22 Sep. (see review in Country Life May 15 2013)

Les Lalanne – major retrospective of the output of Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, their famous bronze sculptures, together with specially commissioned new works by Claude. Drawing inspiration from flora and fauna, the Lalannes’ sculptures embody an eclectic style that references Classical antiquity, Surrealism and the Baroque. At Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1 until 21 Sep.

Make Believe: Re-imagining History & Landscape.
Works by Wayne Burrows, Susan Collis, Mark Dixon, Alan Kane, Debbie Lawson, Jason Singh, Shane Waltener at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 20 Jul to 22 Sep.

Ken Currie: New Work at Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh from 20 Jul to 22 Sep.

John Blackburn: A Decade of Evolution.
Now in his ninth decade John Blackburn is at last receiving the critical and commercial recognition he deserves as an abstract painter of originality and vision: an artist who has taken the modernist project of St Ives into the 21st century. Long before Tracy Emin’s unmade bed or Chris Offili’s dung paintings, Blackburn has been collaging dirty sheets, rough tent material, hair and bandages in a palpable act of touching real life experience, using materials which have already had a life of their own, his works are about layers of experience and are rooted in empathetic humanism. Osborne Samuel Ltd., 23a Bruton Street, London. +44 (0) 20 7493 7939

Marking the Line: Ceramics and Architecture – modern works of art by ceramicists Nicholas Rena, Carina Ciscato, Clare Twomey and Christie Brown juxtaposed against the historical backdrop of Sir John Soane’s country house. Having opened at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, and then toured to Port Eliot in Cornwall, the country house of the St Germans family which Soane remodeled, the exhibition is now at Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Ealing from 25 Jul-22 Sep. There will be educational workshops throughout the exhibition’s tour.

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