The best art exhibitions to visit this November

From the Queen's Gallery in London to the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, we list the best art exhibitions across the country to visit this November.

Poppy Tree by Richard Salter showing at the Army Arts Society 2014 Exhibition.


Anthony Eyton RA – Drawing on Hawksmoor
A series of paintings focusing on the London churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor. They include oils and pastels produced in 2012, as well as a selection of early sketches and paintings from the beginning of Eyton’s career.  The exhibition reflects the artist’s longstanding affiliation with the architect, who is most well-known for his work completed alongside Christopher Wren in the late 17th century.
Until 23 December 2014
Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, London E1 6QH
020 7247 1816

Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East
Photographs by Francis Bedford documenting the 4-month tour of the Middle East made in 1862 by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). These remarkable photographs depict the cultural and political significance Victorian Britain attached to the region, which was then as complex and contested as it remains today.  The tour took place at a time when the Ottoman Empire was disintegrating and Britain needed to secure the route to India.
Until 22 February 2015
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London
020 77667301

Fifty items from the Royal Collection that celebrate the beauty and symbolism of gold, from the Early Bronze Age to the 20th century, The exhibition explores the distinctive qualities that make this rare and precious metal an enduring expression of the highest status, both earthyly and divine.
Until 22 February 2015
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London
020 77667301

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Under Hill Over Coombe; recent paintings by Oliver Akers Douglas
Best known as a painter of dramatic English landscape, the artist’s latest exhibition is a tribute to the chalk downland of South Wiltshire.  Renowned as an area of outstanding beauty, the landscape where he lives and works is deistinctive for its unusually steep-sided hills.  The works are all painted en pleine aire, using a Land Rover as an outdoor studio. The results are ambitious, displaying all the boldness and urgency of being produced directly from life; bearing witness to the fleeting weather conditions and often including wonderful towering skies.
Until 28 November 2014
Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1A 1RP
020 7493 1888

Lesley Slight; Land and Sea
Paintings of real places made in the artist’s studio from a mixture of memory and invention, forming imagined constructs.  Central to the artist’s concerns is an exploration of light, and chiaroscuro, and there’s a sense in her painting both of nature’s benign magnificence and of foreboding.
Until 6 December 2014
The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB
01258 863866

A Symphony of Curves; Geoffrey Preston – A Tradition in Plaster
Showing recent sculpture and decorative plasterwork ranging from small stucco flower relief panels to a wildly exuberant Rococo ceiling, alongside drawings, photographs and objects. Among work on show are pieces from Geoffrey Preston Sculpture & Design’s award-winning work at Great Fulford.
Until 24 December 2014
The Harley Gallery, Wellbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LW
01909 501700

Collecting History: The Founders of the Wallace Collection
The history of the Wallace Collection and its founders through material from the Hertford House Historic Collection and Wallace Collection archives.  Includes prints, engravings, photographs, inventories, much of which has never before been shown publically.  The exhibition examines how from the mid 18th century, four generations of the Seymour-Conway family, Marquesses of Hertford, and Sir Richard Wallace, built up a spectacular collection, with objects on show illustrating their choices, and a gallery trail through the museum.
Until 15th February 2015
The Wallace Collection, Manchester Square, London
020 7563 9500

Somewhere There’s A Place Where We Belong
Works by prize-winning landscape painter Mary Grant.  Her focus is on capturing fleeting glimpses of everyday scenes and revealing the potential and beauty of little incidental sign posts or electricity pylons.  In the larger works she attempts to conjure up a frenzy of atmosphere and light. More recent paintings are nocturnal – she lives in a wood and explores the forest and fields after dark.
Until 25 November 2014
McAllister Thomas Fine Art, 117 High Street, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1AQ

Hannah Woodman; New Paintings from Cornwall 2014
8 November to 6 December 2014
Hilton Fine Art, 5 Margarets Buildings, Bath BA1 2LP
01225 311311

Golden Years: Robert Colquohoun and Robert MacBryde
Largest collection of paintings, drawings and prints for sale since 1977.
Tania Clarke Hall
Jewellery – innovative, sculptural and bold pieces.
Archie Forrest Ensemble
Still life and landscape paintings.
All showing from 3 to 26 November 2014
The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ
0131 558 1200

Allen Jones RA
The first major exhibition of Allen Jones’s work in the UK since 1995, this show is an appraisal of his contribution to British Pop art.  It spans the artist’s career from the 1960s to the present day, comprising over 80 works, including paintings, sculpture, iconic furniture of the late 1960s, and new pieces created especially for this exhibition.Rarely seen drawings will also be displayed to show Jones’s exceptional skills as a draughtsman, and the important influence of the medium of drawing on his practice as a whole.
13 November 2014 to 25 January 2015
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ES
020 7300 8000

Town and Country
This exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Emily Sutton features original and intricate paintings and screen-prints and a flock of beautifully embroidered birds. Sutton’s paintings take inspirations from the historic buildings and follies at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, along with her recent travels in Europe.
15 November 2014 to 22 February 2015
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG
01924 832515

Frank Stella; illustrations after El Lissitzky’s ‘Had Gadya’ The Unique Colour Variants
Nineteen of the American artist Frank Stella’s rarely-seen colour variants based on his 1982-4 print series illustrations after El Lissitzky’s Had Gadya. Stella was fascinated by the movement and vibrancy of the Russian avant-garde artist’s simplified, graphic forms, and on his return to New York, produced the print series illustrating, as Lissitzky had done, each line of the traditional Jewish Passover song Had Gadya (the Only Kid). Over two years, Stella used various printing methods, including lithography, linoleum block, silkscreen and rubber relief with collage elements and hand-colouring to create a series of 12 prints, which were published by Waddington Graphics, London, in 1984.
13 November to 13 December 2014
Waddington Custot Galleries, 11 Cork Street, London W1S 3LT
020 7851 2200

Army Arts Society 2014 Exhibition
Paintings and sculpture covering a wide range of subjects and styles, some with a military theme. The show includes works undertaken by wounded soldiers who have attended art therapy workshops at Tedworth House in Tidworth as part of their ongoing rehabilitation.
15 to 29 November 2014
Young Gallery, Salisbury Library, Market Place, Salisbury SP1 1LB
01722 343275

The Illustrators; The British Art of Illustration 1800-2014
An extravaganza of 800 original works by over 85 artists from across 3 centuries, for sale with prices ranging from £250 to £250,000.  Themes include: the 19th century; the Golden Age of the gift book; Edwardian caricature; 20th cenury cartoons; women illustrators; Tom Brown’s schooldays; Dylan Thomas; Ardizzone; Searle and Hoffnung; contemporaries.
15 November 2014 to 3 January 2015
Chris Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, London SW1Y 6QB
020 7839 7551

Samuel William Fores, Satirist: Caricatures from the Reform Club
An exhibition of works spanning 1786-1830 by the leading 18th century satirical printseller S W Forbes, whose prints encompassed the social and political attitudes of his day. He commissioned the great satirical artists such as James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson and George and Isaac Cruikshank, and his clients included Wellington, Nelson and the future King of France.
Until 15 February 2015
Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2EU
01787 372958

Ben Nicholson: Abstract Progressions
A small collection of works by one of Britain’s leading Modernist artists of the 20th century.  They span 40 years of Nicholson’s career, highlighting a lifelong exploration of abstraction that began after a visit to France in 1921.  The exhibition demonstrates his progression from loose abstractions and collage to abstract relief paintings, throughout which he maintains a balance link between abstraction, use of colour, and illusions of pictorial space.
Until 19th December 2014
Richard Green Gallery, 33 New Bond Street, London W1

Islands and Borders
An exhibition of Charles Simpson’s richly textured views of the Western Isles and the countryside around his Borders studio.
18 November to 5 December 214
Panter & Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU
020 7399 9999

Castiglione: Lost Genius
An exhibition of 98 drawings and prints that aims to reinstate Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-1664) in his rightful place as one of the greatest artists of the Baroque.  The Royal Collection owns the largest and finest group of the artist’s work and this is the first time an exhibition dedicated to Castiglione has been shown in Scotland. His large drawings in oil directly onto paper were exceptional for their time. He was also one of Italy’s most significant printmakers, inventing the technique of monotype, a strikingly modern hybrid of drawing, painting and printmaking that was reinvented by Degas, Gauguin and others 200 years later.  Catiglione’s nomadic life through Italy brought him into contact with artists from all over Europe and he absorbed a variety of influences. Towards the end of his life he became court artist to the Gozaga dukes of Mantua.
17 November 2014 to 8 February 2015
The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
0131 556 5100

Architects as Artists
Examines the relationship between architecture and art, how the ability to represent a building in 2d and communicate space has been fundamental to architects’ work since the Renaissance.  Exhibits include work by Raphael to a project by contemporary Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld, and including designs for an artist’s house by E W Godwin, a Raphael drawing of the Pantheon in Rome, and drawings by Burges, A W Pugin, Waterhouse and the Russian architect Iakov Chernikhov.
15 November 2014 to 15 March 2015
V & A + RIBA Architecture Gallery, V & A, South Kensington, London

Conscience and Conflict:  British Artists and the Spanish Civil War
This exhibition includes works by Henry Moore, Edward Burra, Wyndham Lewis, Fe McWilliam Merlyn Evans and John Armstrong , amongst other artists. The exhibition will examine British artists’ responses to the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), one of the most noteworthy and momentous European conflicts of the twentieth century.
8 November 2014 to 15 February 2015
Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ
01243 774 557

George Hooper: An Unlikely Fauve
Hooper brings together a vibrant group of paintings and collages from the last decades of his life.  Already his work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum. The paintings come from the last few decades of Hooper’s life, when his oeuvre blossomed into a riot of dynamic colour and activity seemingly influenced by Fauve movement, and they also mark the period of his growing friendship with Duncan Grant, the influence of Charleston and of artist Ceri Richards, who shared his passion for music. This exhibition of work from the 1960’s-1980’s opens in Petworth, West Sussex, and transfers to London.
15 November – 22 November 2014
Moncreiff-Bray Gallery, Egdean, Nr Petworth RH20 1JX
07867 978 414
The exhibition then travels to 42 Bruton Place, London W1, where it will be on show 25-28 November 2014.

Love is Enough: Oxford
This exhibiton brings together Warhol’s work from public and private collections in the UK and USA. Including his iconic pieces, a selection of silkscreens and a signed photograph of Shirley Temple. This exhibition works alongside the work of William Morris, revealing many points of connectivity within their work.
6 December 2014 to 8 March 2015
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP
01865 722 733

Transmitting Andy Warhol: Tate Liverpool
This is the first solo exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work in the north of England. This exhibition includes the famous Marilyn Diptych, Dance Diagram and Do-it-yourself paintings alongside the spectacular Exploding Plastic Inevitable, his famous “total art” environment.
7 November 2014 to 8 February 2015
Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, 
Liverpool Waterfront, 
L3 4BB
0151 702 7400

John Wonnacott and John Lessore: About Life
The acclaimed artists and former tutors return to Norwich University of the Arts with an exhibition of paintings and drawings from life. The work on display explores the practice of these two important artists, including drawings and paintings from the life model that span their careers. The exhibition originated with the theme of their strong connection to Norwich, but also explores themes of anatomy, portraiture and figure drawing and the political polemics in the artistic landscape of the 1970s and 80s.
4 November 2014 – 10 January 2015
The Gallery at NUA, St Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1BB
01603 886385

From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia
The work of Canadian artist Emily Carr exemplifies her life-long development as an artist and her grappling with a freedom in style in the face of challenging circumstances. The exhibition maps a dramatic journey from darkness into light with the Canadian aboriginal settlements at the center of her work.
1 November 2014 until 8 March 2015
Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 7AD
020 8299 8732

Tom Deakins: Quiet Places
Deakins captures the essence and experience of British landscape in this new collection of his small oil paintings. A testament to his inspired artistic vision, the Chappel Galleries showcase more than forty of his carefully rendered paintings.
1 until 30 November 2014
Chappel Galleries, Colchester Road, Chappel, Essex, CO6 2DE
01206 240326

Eric Rimmington: Still Life
Eric Rimmington’s distinctive still life exhibits at the Bohn Gallery. His paintings explore the dramatic possibilities of the ostensibly modest items around him, Missing Brick, Matchbox and Cuckoo amongst the featured paintings.    See review in Country Life 29 October 2014.
1 until 22 November 2014
Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Road, Henley-on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1AB
01491 576 228

The Natural Eye: Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition 2014
The 51st annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists captures the beauty of the natural world in the work of leading wildlife artists. The exhibition includes a full programme of events from talks to practical demonstrations. Country Life readers will be granted free admission on the door by mention of the publication.
1 until 11 November 2014
Mall Galleries, Federation of British Artists, 17 Carlton House Terrace, Westminster, London SW1Y 5BD
020 7930 6844

The Great War as recorded through the fine and popular arts
Over 500 First World War items for sale.
12-15 November 2014
The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP
020 7839 4942



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.
15 August – 12 November 2014
Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SP
01728 688393 / 688934

Simon Quadrat: The Unguarded Moment
Unique, surprising and desirable, Quadrat’s work appears in a rare solo exhibition. The paintings borrow from those of prominent 14th century artists whilst retaining their contemporary intrigue.
Until 14 November 2014
Panter & Hall, 11-12 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5LU
020 7399 9999

Peter Brown: London to Paris en Route
Peter Brown’s cross-channel adventures are depicted in charcoal, oil and pastel landscapes of the two European neighbours. The collection features around seventy new canvasses that represent the spirit of British and French tourist hubs as well as romantic coastal scenes of Britain’s best-loved beaches.
Until 15 November 2014.
Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LJ
020 7437 5545

Twentieth Century Modern British Art from Private Collections
Osborne’s Modern British catalogues showcase a number of important collections from collectors globally. Included in this unique exhibition are Lynn Chadwick’s sculpture work, Keith Vaughan’s oils and Tony Cragg’s surrealist three-dimensional portraits.
Until 15 November 2014
Osborne Samuel LTD, 23A Bruton Street, London W1J 6QG
020 7493 7939

Flora, Fauna and Found Objects: Renowned still life artists exhibiting in Cambridge
The Lynne Strover Gallery exhibits a selection of work from renowned still-life artists Judy Buxton, Arthur Neal, Emma Dunbar and Christine McArthur. The collection majors on colour from Dunbar’s vivid representations of India and Cornwall to McArthur’s reinterpretation of Scottish weather.
Until 15 November 2014
Lynne Strover Gallery, 23 High Street, Fen Ditton CB5 8ST
01223 295 264

A Dorset Woman at War: Mabel Stobart and the Retreat from Serbia 1915.
An exhibition commemorating a centenary since the start of World War I. On exhibit are unique photographs providing an exceptional account of Mary St Clair Stobart and her involvement in the retreat of the Serbian army in 1915. Stobart’s graphic photographs provide a unique and honest narrative of the war.
From 31 May to 15 November 2014
The Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA.

The world of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and Friends
A captivating display of Rupert’s amateur photography to celebrate 100 years since his death. Visitors may see for the first time photographs of Beatrix and Rupert on holiday, as well as close family friends. The collection provides an insight into the social life of Rupert and the influence on his daughter’s life and works.
Until 16 November 2014
National Portrait Gallery, London

Rozanne Hawksley: War and Memory
A chance to view the works of one of the most emotive artists in the UK. The pieces explore the nature and meaning of commemorating and remembering war and the impact on combatants, friends, family and the nation. The exhibition spans across 4 rooms, each hosting a different theme – loss, trauma, mourning and memory.
Until 16 November 2014
Queen’s House, Greenwich, London

Emily Ault: Shotover Edge
Resulting from a year painting in situ Shotover through the seasons, these paintings show the woodlands of Shotover near Oxford, an ancient hunting forest that dates back to the Doomsday book and is still a haven for old oaks, wild flowers and wildlife.
16 October to 16 November 2014
Art Jericho, 6 King Street, Oxford OX2 6DF

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