The Best Art Exhibitions To Visit This August

Real and Reflected: Victoria Crowe is an exhibition of new work for this year’s Edinburgh Festival. With works in a variety of media, she weaves references to the arcane with nature and art history. Also on at the same venue are Modern British Heroines, featuring work by many different female artists, Bob Crooks: Alchemy, which brings together a collection of the artist’s new work since his previous exhibition there in 2008, an exhibition of Michael Becker’s jewellery, an exhibition featuring Japanese artist Koji Hatakeyama’s bronze boxes, and Scottish artist Helen Denerley’s sculptures of natural subjects.1 – 30 August 2014

The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ
0131 558 1200

Have we met before:-Five new painters features works by Jonathan Kelly, Michael O’Reilly, Jamie Taylor, Stephen Polatch, and Kyle Noble. Until 13 September

John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JG.

Eight sculptors and their drawings features drawings and sculpture by some of Scotland’s most acclaimed sculptors: Mary Bourne, Helen Denerley (pictured), Steve Dilworth, Leonie Gibbs, Lotte Glob, Gerald Laing, Will Maclean, and  George Wyllie. Until 13th September

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Kilmorack Gallery by Beauly, Inverness-shire  IV4 7AL
(01463 783 230

Maps to Memorials – Discovering the Work of MacDonald Gill explores the career of an extraordinary artist, designer and architect who produced a captivating and innovative range of graphic design in many forms, across four decades. Until 12 November

Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SP 01728 688393 / 688934

Keith McCarter: Art in Architecture is an exhibition of the Scottish artist’s casts. Trained as a glass designer and having worked on many international architectural and landscape projects, McCarter here has displayed his work such as Carian Form, Oracle, and The Secret. Also on is Leon Morrocco: Recollection, a retrospective of Morrocco’s life travelling around the world, featuring triptych panel paintings to jottings in his sketchpad. Until 6 September

Open Eye Gallery 34 Abercromby Place Edinburgh EH3 6QE

Scottish Figuration: figurative paintings by nine prominent Scottish artists – John Bellany, Steven Campbell, Stephen Conroy, Ken Currie, Peter Howson, Jock McFadyen, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alison Watt and Adrian Wiszniewski. Until 30 August.

Flowers Gallery , 21 Cork Street, London W1

Fine prints and maps at Henry Sotheran Ltd showcases the best of its collection of antique and contemporary prints, with work from artists such as Henry Moore, engraver Basilius Besler, and cartographers Thomas Moule and John Speed. Until 8  September
Henry Sotheran Print Gallery, 2 Sackville Street, Piccadilly, London, W1S 3DP; Email

Mixed Summer Exhibition
The Summer Exhibition at the Portland Gallery will feature works from Nick Botting, Archie Forrest, Gordon Mitchell, Paul Rafferty, Edward Seago, David Spiller & Kirsty Wither.
Until 12 September
The Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street (off Arlington Street) London SW1A 1RP
020 7493 1888

Prints of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art features some of the most iconic linocuts, such as those by Ethel Spowers, Claude Flight, and Sybil Andrews. The linocuts capture the spirit of the period during the 1920s and 30s, and are highly sought after.
Until 20 September 2014
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BH

Remembering the Great War will mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 with a rich variety of art including portraits, in varying media. Important figures will be featured, such as Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. At the end of the exhibit will be a display of Peter Cattrell’s photographs of the Somme battlefield as it looks today.
4 August 2014 – 5 July 2015
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD
0131 624 6200

Poetry for the Palace celebrates the work of Carol Ann Duffy, at the half-way point in her tenure of the post of Poet Laureate. It explores the role of Poet Laureate, and its interaction with royalty. On display will be manuscripts, annotated volumes, and images of the poets who have held the position throughout the ages.
7 August to 2 November 2014
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse,

Chris Rigby: Expeditionist is a solo exhibition of Rigby’s work. The artist here displays more than 40 works showing landscapes such as the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Exmoor, and the coast of Shetland.
Until 30 August 2014
Gagavan Art, Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9DW

Rose-Marie Caldecott: The Radiance of Being is a new exhibition of paintings and prints by the artist with a First Class Degree from Falmouth College of Art, and who is a recent Saatchi Sensation Nominee. She contemplates the metaphysics of reality and the process of letting go, alongside fractals in nature.
1 – 31 August 2014
Art Jericho, 6 King Street, Oxford OX2 6DF

Ian McKeever – Against Photography: Early Works, 1975-1990
Until 27 September 2014
HackelBury Fine Art, 4 Launceston Place, London, W8

Gujarati Textiles: Continuing Traditions
A display of 19th and 20th century Gujarati textiles, alongside intricate beadwork, auspicious jewellery and associated objects found in Gujarati homes. The state of Gujarat in western India is famous for its vibrant and sophisticated textiles. Complex techniques such as ikat weaving, delicate tie-and-dye, painted designs, embroidery and applique combine to produce some of the most highly decorated textiles in the world.  At South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust, The Old Skating Rink, 34-36 Bethel Street, Norwich, where there is also a large and fabulous shop selling artefacts of kinds from India.
Until 29 November 2014

An exhibition for established and emerging artists.
18 July – 30 August 2014
Beaux Arts, 48 Maddox Street, London, W1S 1AY
020 7493 1155

Unwelcome Visitors, An Installation by Tessa Farmer
Tessa Farmer’s remarkable 1cm tall fairy sculptures are carefully crafted from desiccated insect remains and dried plant roots. Rather than the pretty fairies that one might imagine, they are sinister, skeletal creatures. Their meticulously intricate detail is only visible through a magnifying glass and they are placed on and around various objects throughout the exhibition.
14 June – 7 September 2014
The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DB
01225 388569

Selected Prints from the Permanent Collection
This exhibition coincides with the Northern Print Biennale and displays recent acquisitions by Elizabeth Blackadder, Jeremy Gardiner and Ornulf Opdahl along with other lithographs, screenprints, etchings, woodcuts, monoprints and carborundum prints drawn from the Permanent Collection by artists such as Lucien Freud, Alan Davie and John Bellany.
18 July – 12 September 2014
University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
0191 227 4424

Keith Vaughan: Figure and Ground Drawings, Prints and Photographs
This exhibition celebrates one of the most famous British artists of his generation. It compromises 50 prints, drawings and photographs selected from the nearly 500 Vaughan items held in the School of Art collection at Aberystwyth University. There is a wide range of work from a variety of media on display.
18 July – 12 September 2014
University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
0191 227 4424

Under Milk Wood: Sir Peter Blake and Dylan Thomas
This exhibition commemorates the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth with a series of limited edition etchings based on Thomas’s 1954 seminal ‘play for voices’
18 July – 12 September 2014
University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
0191 227 4424

Brita Granstrom: the Night Swimmer
Granstrom blurs the boundary between observation and imagination, reality and dream. Her paintings allow for interpretation and imagination.
19 September-31 October
University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
0191 227 4424

Tom McGuinness (1926 – 2006): An Artist of his Time
This exhibition reveals McGuinness’ early drawings, prints, sketches and oil paintings from his time working in the coal industry and working on railways.
7 November – 23 January 2015
University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
0191 227 4424

Norman Cornish: The Many Faces of Cornish 
Cornish recalls the many trips he made to local pubs and clubs to find and draw ‘interesting’ heads and this exhibition displays his sketches and drawings from over 65 years.
7 November – 23 January 2015
University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST
0191 227 4424

Fiona Banner
This exhibition extends Banner’s enquiry into machines of war. With a related installation and film, the project enables a timely consideration of this important artists career.
19 July – 2 November  2014
Longside Gallery and Chapel, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF4 4LG
01924 832631

The Art of Golf: The Story of Scotland’s National Sport
The greatest golfing painting in the world will be the centre piece of a fascinating new exhibition which opens at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh this summer, The exhibition will explore golf as a subject of fascination for artists from the 17th century until the present day.
12 July – 26 October 2014
Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
0131 624 6200

Gerardo Dottori: the Futurist View
Dottori was a pivotal figure in Italian Futurism during the inter-war years.  The exhibition draws on key works from a number of public and private collections and is curated by Massimo Duranti, the leading expert on the artist.
9 July – 7 September 2014
Estorick Collection, 39 Canonbury Square, London, N12AN
020 7704 9522

Louis Kahn, The Power of Architecture
The American architect Louis Kahan is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. He created buildings of monumental beauty with universal symbolism. The exhibition demonstrates a diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, travel sketches, photographs and films.
9 July – 12 October 2014
Design Museum, Shad Thames, London, SE1 2YD
020 7940 8790

Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude
The race to determine longitude at sea gripped Europe during the 18th century and 19th century, becoming a focus for serious debate, popular ridicule and single-minded scientific endeavour. The exhibition takes visitors from the coffee houses of London to the tropical climes of Cook’s Pacific voyages, exploring the industry, imagination, relationships and rivalries that shaped one of the largest scientific and technical accomplishments in history and showing that this world-changing tale does not begin and end with Harrison’s famous timekeepers.
11 July 2014 – 4 January 2015
National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
020 8858 4422

Open Air Sculpture at Knebworth; An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture
This exciting new sculpture exhibition takes place in an idyllic setting. The show will feature the work of 19 contemporary sculptors each displaying two or three pieces using materials such as bronze, wood, marble, stone, sopper and stainless steel in a wide range of subject and styles to suit all budgets.
9 July – 31 August 2014
Knebworth House, 
Hertfordshire, SG3 6PY
01438 812 661

Radical Geometry; Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
5 July – 28 September 2014
The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
020 7300 5615

New Display: Bernard Leach
An opportunity to see the work of the ‘Father of British studio ceramics’.
5 July – 28 September 2014
Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL

Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape
This exhibition focuses on one of the greatest artists from the 20th century. It is the first exhibition of her work in the North West for over 60 years.
5 July – 28 September 2014
Abbot Hall, Kendel, Cumbria, LA9 5AL
01539 722 464

Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts from 1890-1930
This show focuses on the so-called ‘Glasgow style’ of the later-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries; associated with the Arts and Crafts movement it blended imagery of the Celtic Revival with Art Nouveau.
25 July – 31 December 2014
Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT
015394 46139

Disobedient Objects
This exhibition displays objects of art and design from around the world created by grassroots movements agitating for social or political change, from the 1970s till the present.
26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015
Victorian & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000

Royal Childhood
This exhibition brings together a fascinating collection objects and pieces of art from the last 250 years that are associated with or document the experience growing up in the royal family.
26 July – 28 September 2014
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
020 7766 7300

Discovering Tutankhamun
This summer’s exhibition at the Ashmolean museum aims to tell the story of Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb. It brings together artifacts from ancient Egypt’s Amarna Period (1350-1330 BC), and documents and images from Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon’s famous expeditions.
24 July – 2 November 2014
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH
01865 278 315

Virginia Woolf: Art, life and vision
Using letters, drawings, photographs, and paintings, this exhibition explores the life and work of the troubled yet visionary novelist Virginia Woolf.
10 July – 26 October 2014
National Portrait Gallery, 2 St. Martin’s Place, London, WC2H OHA
020 7306 0055

The Measure Of All Things: Hughie O’Donoghue
The Measure of All Things is a group of Hughie O’Donoghue paintings that reflect on both the First and Second World Wars.
15 July – 30 November 2014
Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, Deans Yard, London, SW1P 3PA
020 7222 5152

Quentin Blake and Friends
A collection of drawings by Quentin Blake and other famous illustrators of children’s books, including 21 new drawings completed by Blake for the West End production Charlie and the chocolate factory.
19 July – 14 September 2014
Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP
01794 340757

American Impressionism: A New Vision
This exhibition explores the impact of French impressionism on the American art world in the later-nineteenth century, bringing together nearly 80 paintings by the likes of James McNeill Whistler, and John Singer Sargent.
19 July – 19 October 2014
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
0131 624 6200

A retrospective on the work of the radical Russian abstract painter Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), whose working life spanned one of the most turbulent periods in Russian history.
16 July – 26 October 2014
The Eyal Ofer Galleries, Tate Modern, 53 Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888

Forgotten fighters: The First World War at sea
This exhibition focuses on the sometimes-forgotten First World War at sea, and tells the personal stories, through artifacts, letters, ship models etc., of some of those who were engaged in it.
2 August 2014 – November 2018
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
020 8312 6678

Giulio Paolini: To be or not to be
This is the first major UK exhibition since 1980 of the work of Italian artist Giulio Paolini. A leading figure in Conceptual Art, his work is deeply rooted in art history and past traditions.
9 July – 14 September 2014
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX
020 7522 7888

The visual revolution: Russian Avant-Garde photography, Alexander Rodchenko & Vkhutemas Workshop
An exhibition of more than 1,500 works from some of the leading figures of Russian avant-garde photography, including Alexander Rodchenko, covering the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.
9 July – 29 August 2014
Richard Saltoun, 111 Great Titchfield St., London, W1W 6RY
020 7637 1225

Peggy Angus: Designer, teacher, painter
A retrospective on an often-overlooked designer, painter and artist Peggy Angus, this exhibition documents her work from its figurative beginnings to its later Modern industrial style, including examples of her many wallpaper designs.
12 July – 22 September 2014
Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ
01323 434670

Toby Ziegler: New Sculpture
This is an exhibition of new work by sculptor Toby Ziegler. The works on display are made from thin aluminum sheets and modeled on aspects of the human form.
12 July – 7 September 2014
New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 1BG
01980 862244

Dan Llywelyn Hall: Where The Roads Meet
This is a show of more than 50 paintings from young artist Dan Llywelyn Hall. Hall has recently been commissioned to paint the Queen, was The Sunday Times young artist of the year when he was 23, and his portrait of First World War veteran Harry Patch was the promotional image for the BP Portrait Award in 2009. Also includes works by ceramist Svend Bayer and furniture maker Petter Southall.
5 July – 14 September 2014
Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4EL
01308 459 511

Robert Welch: Inspiration & Innovation
A retrospective on the work of Chipping Campden designer Robert Welch, which aims to explore the influences behind many of his most famous works.
19 July – 28 September 2014
Court Barn Museum, Church St., Chipping Campden, GL55 6JE
01386 841 951

Mackintosh Architecture: Context Making & Meaning
An exhibition devoted to the architectural work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the first of its kind, and includes drawings, rarely-seen archival material, commissioned film, and models.
18 July 2014 – 4 January 2015
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, 82 Hillhead St., University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
0141 330 5431

The Space Where I Am
This exhibition focuses on ideas of the void and emptiness in art from the 1960s till the present day, and features work by the likes of Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Lucio Fontana, and Rosy Keyser.
17 July – 27 September 2014
Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BP
020 7493 4492

Creative Coverage Group Exhibition
A show with work from a number of artists including Alan Perriman, Frances Bildner, Claire Gill, Susan Thomson, and Peter Thwaites.
2 August – 1 September 2014
Sulgrave Manor, School St., Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, OX17 2SD
01295 760205

We Will Remember Them: London’s Great War Memorials
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, English Heritage is putting on an exhibition of drawings, marquettes and photographs of some of London’s most famous and important First World War memorials.
16 July – 30 November 2014
Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London, W1J 7JZ
020 7930 2726

Bridget Riley: A new painting for the orangery
The New Art Centre is displaying a large new painting by Op art exponent and notable artist Bridget Riley, which utilises a distinctive stripe motif.
12 July – 7 September 2014
New Art Centre, Roche Court, East Winterslow, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 1BG
01980 862244


Discovering Palmer’s Kent: Samuel Palmer, Graham Sutherland and Paul Drury
An extensive selection of the pastoral etchings of three highly talented artists in the vicinity of the village that was their inspiration. Drawing from both private and public collections nationwide. Until 23 August
Mascalls Gallery, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6LT.

Meisterschuler; The Painting Class of Ralph Fleck at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg 2003 – 14  celebrates Fleck’s painting from his 12 years as Professor at the Akademie der Bildenenden Kunste in Nuremberg, where 14 students were honoured with the title Meisterschuler (Master – pupil). Until 23 August
Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9GZ
020 7401 9229

Still Alive: the Contemporary Still Life By members of the Federation of British Artists is a collection of over 50 new works by 21 artists. With a plethora of different subjects and styles, this exhibition demonstrates that the world of still life is still vibrant. 5-23rd of August.
Mall Galleries, The Mall  London, SW1.
020 7930 6844

John Virtue – The Sea – over 100 pictures, all executed in the past three years, on the subject of the sea. The paintings are vast and have a powerful presence, the black and white paint freely applied to the raw canvas surface with brushes, hands and rags.  The sketches testify to Virtue’s time on Blakeney Point, walking and drawing this stretch of coast each week, immersed in the sky and sea whatever the weather.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich from 26 Apr to 24 August.

Dazzle is an exhibition displaying over 2,000 pieces of contemporary jewelry from numerous makers, featuring the likes of Kelly Munro and Mark Nuell. Until 25 August.
Dovecot Studios  10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
0131 550 3660

The visual revolution: Russian Avant-Garde photography, Alexander Rodchenko & Vkhutemas Workshop. An exhibition of more than 1,500 works from some of the leading figures of Russian avant-garde photography, including Alexander Rodchenko, covering the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.  Until 29 August
Richard Saltoun, 111 Great Titchfield St., London, W1W 6RY
020 7637 1225

War Toys
A solo exhibition of works, including sculptures, collages and assemblages, by Steve Hurst, a former artist-in-residence at the Flanders Fields Museum. These works were inspired by war and conflict, and influenced by his parents experiences in Cairo, and his in Malaya during the Second World War. Until 23 August
Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
020 7520 1480

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