Art exhibitions in May

How Britain Saved its Heritage – the 1913 Ancient Monuments Act introduced the first effective system for protecting heritage in Britain. This exhibition illustrates, with many rare original artifacts, how in dramatic circumstances a small number of determined people brought about a law that transformed the appearance of our country. At the Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London W1 from 1 May to 7 July.

Jonathan Delafield Cook – Specimens of Wonder – charcoal drawings – at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, London SE1 until 1 June.

Unseen Forces – kinetic sculpture and large organic forms by David Watkinson at award winning Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex until 30 Sep.

Edith Tudor-Hart: in the shadow of tyranny – first complete presentation of images by the important female photographer who documented some of the most significant political events of the 20th century. At Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh until 26 May.

Geoff Uglow – Quercus Robur – new works at Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 1 June.

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Simon Brown – ‘Standing in the Corner’ – an exhibition by leading interior and lifestyle photographer at Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, London until 29 Jun.

United Micro Kingdoms (UmK): A Design Fiction – multi-media perspectives on a fictional United Kingdom, as imagined by designers and educators Dunne and Raby, who use elements of industrial design, architecture, politics, science and sociology to provoke debate around the power and potential of design. At Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 until 26 Aug.

Gold: Status and Glory – masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Today; a collaboration between Adrian Sassoon and Moretti Fine Art, at Moretti Fine Art, 2a-6 Ryder Street, St James, London SW1 until 31 May.

Over the Rainbow – Drawings by Rachel Howard & Poems by Sue Hubbard
at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London E1 until 28 June.

Mesrop of Xizan: An Armenian Master of the Seventeenth Century. At Sam Fogg, 15D Clifford Street, London W1 until 10 May.

Shani Rhys James – The Rivalry of Flowers: Paintings at Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 until 14 June.

Marcelle Hanselaar – Walking the Line – paintings and etchings at Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 until 14 June.

Joan Eardley; Anne Redpath – at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 17 May.

Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century – at Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne until 23 June.

Ko-ax drawing- 12 Kent artists explore the art of drawing, at Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent until 1 June.

Sculpture 2013 and Nicola Lazzari – featuring work by Mark Coreth, Nick Bibby, Charlie Langton, Sophie Dickens, Anthony Turner, Rupert Merton, Domenica de Ferranti, Manuela Zervudachi, Eric Van Straaten, Lucy Gray, Nick Jeffrey, Alsion Knight, Richard Chenevix-Trench, Edouard Martinet and others, at Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, London W1 until 24 May.

David Eustace RBA and Michael Quirke  – paintings at Highgate Contemporary Art, 26 Highgate Street, London N6 until 1 June.

Intersection – major solo exhibition of works by Alexander James, a culmination of his long-standing fascination with the theme Vanitas, for which he has constructed ephemeral sculptural installations underwater in black tanks filled with highly purified water, the final stage of which is to photograph the scene. He utilizes the natural interaction between the object, light and lens when submerged in water to create a painterly effect. At the Studio Building, Notting Hill, London W11 until 25 May. 020 7836 2703

Peter McDonald – paintings that examine every intricate aspect of human behaviour – pole vaulters, doughnuts, the cosmos, moon boot factories, ninjas, funeral processions, submarines, snooker players and cave painters. At Kate MacGarry, 27 Old Nichol Street, London E2 until 1 June.

Jo Bemis and James Bemis – Tides and Times – paintings by the Isle of Wight based artists at The Minster Gallery, 3a Great Minster Street, Winchester, Hampshire until 25 May.

Roland Green – a tribute exhibition of watercolours and oils by the accomplished wildlife artist (1890-1972), at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire until 8 Jun.

Ian Jarman – mixed media pieces and oil paintings on board portraying the iconic urban landscape of Manchester and tranquil scenes of the Suffolk coast; and Ghislaine Howard – Poetry, Passion and Painting – paintings, prints and drawings inspired by the poets – at Wendy J Levy Gallery, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester until 24 May.

Eleventh annual art and sculpture show of Art@Delamore in the gardens of the Delamore Estate, Dartmoor, Devon until end of May.


Norman Parkinson, A Centenary Celebration
Acknowledged as one of the greatest British fashion photographers of all time, Parkinson’s work is famous for its elegance and poise. This exhibition will showcase some of his most loved prints and portraits, featuring the likes of Margot Fonteyn and Lawrence Olivier, as well as his Golden Age of Travel series and some of his lesser known World War II works. At Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London, W1B
From: 9th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 020 7434 4319, 

Adam de Boer, Jalan
African-Indonesian artist Adam de Boer explores his hybrid cultural identity through paintings produced through both traditional and contemporary techniques. It is described as a cross between religious procession and teenage bather caught off-guard. At Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London W1F. 
From: 5th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 020 7439 0000,

Gwilym Prichard RCA, A Lifetime’s Gazing
A celebration of the works of one of Wales’ best loved landscape artists. This exhibition will feature his famous landscape portraits, and coincides with the publication of a book about his life and work. His work documents in paintings his travels from Llyn Peninsula to France and abroad. At the Martin Tinney Gallery, 18 St. Andrew’s Crescent, Cardiff 
From 11th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 029 2064 1411,

Robin Warnes, Paintings & Drawings (& artone contemporary)
This show will feature the works of Robin Warnes from across the decades (since his first exhibition in 1985). His art is produced in various forms, from paint on canvas to pastels drawings, and features still life and landscapes. At 
The John Russell Contemporary Art Gallery, Ipswich, Suffolk
From: 8th April – 4th May 2013
Contact: 01473 212051,,

Peter Fraser. Fraser has been at the forefront of colour photography as a fine art medium since the early 1980s and this exhibition includes works spanning thirty years of his career. At Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall from 26th January- 6th May.

Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War – a major photographic exhibition exploring Beaton’s WW2 photographs. At Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1. Until 5 May 2013.

William Scott. The first major showing of the internationally acclaimed British artist William Scott in the UK for over 20 years. Scott is renowned for his powerful handling of paint in his exploration of still life, landscape and nude and the unstable boundaries between them. At Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall 26 Jan to 6 May.

Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare. An exhibition featuring nine full-length Jacobean portraits by William Larkin from around 1613-18 and lent by English Heritage. The portraits depict members of the extended family of Thomas Howard, the first Earl of Suffolk which may have been painted to mark the Cecil-Howard marriage. The exhibition incorporates rare survivals of Jacobean dress and live interpretation, exploring four hundred year-old art and fashion combined. At The Holbourne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath from 26th January- 6th May 2013.

Light Show – sculptures across a spectrum of neon boxes, fluorescent tubing and LEDs by artists such as Dan Flavin, David Batchelor, Anthony McCall, Francois Morellet and Ceal Floyer, which chart the use of industrial lighting in art from the 1960s to the present. At Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London SE1 until 6 May.  

Whistler on the Thames – an exhibition of etchings and lithotints at the Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 until 9 May.

Paintings by David Inshaw to celebrate the 70th birthday of this important figurative painter. At The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 until 9 May.

Roland Collins – an exhibition of works by British artist Roland Collins documenting the architecture and landscapes of his extensive travels – London, Sussex, Kent and Dieppe being particular favourites, many scenes of which are no longer in existence. From 23rd April until 10th May at Browse & Darby, 19 Cork Street, London W1.

At The Edge – Kate Nessler exhibits twenty-one of her watercolour and graphite paintings featuring a unique approach to painting on vellum; Kate sees the edges themselves as new forms that become an important part of each paining. From 24th April until 11th May at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London, SW10.

Derek Holland: A Painter Rediscovered – an exhibition featuring paintings by Derek Holland to view and for sale from 24th April until 11th May at Cricket Fine Art, 2 Park Walk, Chelsea, London SW10.

40 Interiors – Liss Fine Art’s new online exhibition with works of art for sale on a theme of interiors from 22nd April until 12th May. Items are available to view and purchase at