Art exhibitions to visit at Christmas

Jon Wealleans: Take a look at the Household Shrines exhibition. Francis Kyle Gallery 9 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QE. A private viewing will be held on Tuesday 13th Dec 2011 from 6:00pm-8:30pm. The exhibition continues until 15th Feb 2012. /

Titanic Art exhibition: Your artistic response to the Titanic exhibition will be in display in the café Gallery.
1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1AZ.
Fri 16th Dec- Fri 30th Dec.

Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Tate Modern. Considered to be the grand old man of European painting, Richter transcends national barriers. Come and appreciate his fragmentary pieces of work, evoking the sense of modernist instability and post-modern ruin. London SE1. Continues until 8th Jan 2012.

“The Radev Collection: Bloomsbury and Beyond”: This exhibition charts the friendships and interests of the Bloomsbury acolyte. It includes works by both British and international artists. Pallant house Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ. 1 Oct 2011- 22 Jan 2012.  

Murder in the Library: Crime fiction display in the British Library until the end of December. 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

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Mary Furness: 40 works on paper. At the Julian Hartnoll Gallery, 37 Duke Street, St.James, London, SW1Y 6DF. 12th Dec- 23rd Dec.

Ivan Green: “The London Series”. This collection of mixed media printmaking takes a closer look at our capital.
Goldmark Gallery, 14 Orange St.,Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9SQ
15th Dec 2011- 14th Jan 2012.  

Aìda Rubio Gonzàlez: La Vida es Un Sueño (Life is a Dream). This daring new artist uses layers of images, symbols and memories in order to create narratives that draw on the world of American cinema and Spanish culture.
Rosenfeld Porcini, 37 Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1NZ
15th Dec 2011- 18th Feb 2012  

China: Journey to the East
. This winter Weston Park invites visitors to discover the unique history of one of the world’s most ancient civilisations. Visitors will see a host of remarkable objects from the British to explore 3,000 years of Chinese culture and innovation.
Museums Sheffield: Weston Park, Western Bank, Sheffield from 17th Dec 2011- 9th April 2012.  

Into the Light: French and British painting from Impressionism to the early 1920s. Into the Light illustrates some of the major trends in the practice of painting over this 50year period. It comprises 54 paintings and drawings from major galleries throughout the UK and includes works by Vanessa Bell, Eugene Boudin, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Walter Sickert, Alfred Sisley, Alexander Stanhope Forbes and Philip Wilson Steer.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter from 15th Dec 2011- 11th March 2012


Hughie O’Donoghue: Best known for his exploration of the human figure under extreme circumstances, this exhibition explores the themes of war and history and emphasises the importance of landscape to his figuration. Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL. 28th September- 22nd December

Emily Myers: Fine Lines. An exhibition of ceramics from Emily Myers at The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford Dorset, DT11 8HB from 28th Nov to 17th Dec.

Visions of Italy – a selection of drawings and paintings by mostly French and Italian artists from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Jan Frans van Bloemen, called Orizzonte; Charles-Louis Clerisseau; Hubert Robert, Jean-Jacques de Boissieu and Salomon Corrodi. It includes both imaginary and topographical views of landscapes and Classical architecture. At Didier Aaron Ltd, Clifford House, 15 Clifford Street, London W1 until 16 Dec.

Day Bowman: The Urban Wastelands Project, in collaboration with Ian Knox and Transglobal Underground. The paintings, a mix of collage, charcoal and gestural brush strokes in oil invites you to enter an Edgeland’s vista of gasometers, abandoned water pipes and barbed wire. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8HB from 28th Nov to 17th Dec.
01258 863866

A Celebration of the Big Top
– Contemporary Paintings of the Circus at James Harvey British Art, 15 Langton Street, London SW10 until 16 Dec.

Limestone, Sandstone, Millstone
: Landscape Art of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria (Part Two) at Gavagan Art, Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorks until 17 Dec. 01729 824497

Artist Rooms: Richard Long. Abbot Hall Art Gallery exhibits a new collection of modern and contemporary art held by Tate and National Galleries. 20 Oct to 17 Dec. Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria.

The Poster King: Edward McKnight Kauffer
, one of the key figures of British Modernism whose oeuvre encompassed painting, applied art, interior design and scenography yet remains most famous for his posters created for clients such as London Underground and Shell during the inter-war years. At the Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 from 14 Sep to 18 Dec.

Brian Dewbury: An Exhibition of New Ceramics
A selection of bottles and bowls and an array of glazes, inspired by Dewbury’s passion for colour and glaze research. From 6 to 17 December at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1.

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition

Featuring a wide variety of contemporary landscape, figurative and still-life paintings. From 7 to 18 December at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1.

Irrational Marks: Bacon Rembrandt – showing some rarely seen Francis Bacon self-portraits to illustrate the concept, as well as the Rembrandt from Aix that so fascinated Bacon. At Ordovas, 25 Savile Row, London W1 until 16 Dec.

Sylvia Plath; her drawings, at The Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London W1 to 17 Dec.

The Human Clay: Jon Edgar Sculpture. 30 Sculptures and busts around the buildings and grounds. Direct carvings in wood and stone and terracotta portraits by Frink School-artist. At University Surrey, Lewis Elton Gallery, Guildford, GU2 7XH from 15th Nov to 22nd Dec. 01483686641.

Eardley Knollys: An exhibition featuring Knollys’s signature still life’s and landscapes, his startling Fauvist palette and bold use of pattern transforming the cozy and the picturesque into something chic and surprising. At Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London, W1S from 16th Nov to 23rd Dec.

Mary Furness: 40 works on paper. Opens today!
 The Julian Hartnoll Gallery, 37 Duke Street, St.James, London, SW1Y 6DF. 12th Dec- 23rd Dec.

Jonathan Lasker: The 80’s. An exhibition of paintings from the 1980’s by the American artist Jonathan Lasker. At Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2EX from 19th Nov to 23rd Dec.

Nature Reserve – paintings by Donald Teskey
, the result of spending six weeks among the trees and grasses and hillsides of the Gearagh nature reserve in Co Cork, Ireland, with its remains of alluvial oak forest. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London W1 until 20 Dec.

Drawings by British and European Artists 1600-1900 at Agnew’s Gallery, 35 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 22 Dec. 020 7290 9250

Three exhibitions at the Fine Art Society: A W N Pugin 1812-1852 – with Haslam & Whiteway. Graham Rich – Crossing Lyme Bay. J D Fergusson – Sketchbooks and Studies. All at 148 New Bond Street, London W1 until 23 Dec.

Mike Dodd: New Pots. Dodd’s range of what he terms ‘ general purpose’ domestic ware includes baking dishes and casseroles, large bowls and smaller bowls. For him his pots’ function is ‘ firstly to enrich, to keep alive a sense of beauty, to touch feeling as a counter or balance to reason.’ At Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland from 26th Nov to 24th Dec.

John Caple – The Light, The Dusk, The Dark – the latest of the artist’s moonlit paintings are about journeys, real, metaphorical or spiritual, and the experience of landscape on those journeys. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 22 Dec.

European and British Abstract Art, including works by artists Joseph Lacasse, Caziel, Adolf Fleischmann, Ernst Klinger, Terry Frost and Maurice Cockrill, at Whitford Fine Art, 6 Duke St London SW1 until 23 Dec. 020 7930 9332

Isabel Bannerman: Plantlife – new paintings at Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 from 9-24 Dec.

‘Funny Bone’ is the title of a new exhibition taking place in the run up to Christmas. Centre stage in the exhibition is a range of life-sized ‘ropey dogs’, so called because they’re made from up cycled rope. Alongside the ropeys are a couple of very clever ‘sofa dogs’ ( made from old sofas!) as well as paintings, photographs, etchings and sculptures. At Stockbridge Gallery, Old Post Office, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20, 6EU from 19th Nov to 24th Dec.
01264 810142

Christmas Landscapes and Still Life Painting – a lively selection of paintings by Gallery and New Artists, including Barr, Davis, Forshall, and Harrigan. At Flying Colours Gallery, the Courtyard, 6 Burnsall Street, Kings Road, London SW3 until 23 Dec. 020 7351 5558

Michael Bennallack Hart Landscapes at Medici Gallery, 5 Cork Street, London W1 until 23 Dec.

En Brunaille – Painted Drawings – showing a group of painted sketches from Christ Church’s collection painted in a hue of brown tones, by painters such as Anthony van Dyck and Frans Floris. At At Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford until 23 Dec.

John Burningham: An Illustrated Journey – retrospective of one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, at the Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London W1 from 13 Sep to 22 Dec. 020 7409 5730

Small Paintings, Small Ceramics
at Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames from 6-22 Dec.

Frances Macdonald – paintings, mostly of her favourite subject – coastal views of the West Highlands and Islands, at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 23 Dec. 020 7493 1888

Feathers and Foliage – an exhibition of recent paintings by Elizabeth Calthorpe S.E.A inspired by her love of the countryside, and in particular of hens, geese and ducks. From 8 Dec to Christmas. At Le Mur Vivant Fine Art, 30 Churton Street, London SW1. 020 7821 5555

Clouet to Claude
– French Master Drawings at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford until 23 Dec.

From Mountains to Sea: Peter Spens. An exhibition of new works from Peter Spens at Cranley Gallery, 3 Cranley Gardens, London, N10 3AA by appointment from 16th Nov to 24th Dec. For an appointment contact 020 8883 3557 or email

Ken Butler recent works. Ken Butler will be showcasing a pictorial splendour of recent pastel works at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6BA from 8th Dec to 24th Dec.

Rebecca Jewell: Birds becoming artefacts
. This exhibiion explores how birds have bee used by cultures from all over the world to enhance the beauty and wisdom of humans. At Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6BA from 24th Nov to 24th Dec.

Anita Austwick – Cityscape 2011 – at Modern Artists’ Gallery, High Street, Whitchurch on Thames, Berks until 24 Dec.

Emily Sutton: People and Places
– taking an up-close look at the high street in Italy and Portugal. Christmas Exhibition – selected gallery artists. Katharine Coleman – new work on colour overlaid lead crystal. Koji Hatakeyama – bronze cast pieces. All at the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 24 Dec.

Bridget Riley: colour, stripes, planes and curves

As Riley celebrates her 80th birthday this year, this exhibition takes paintings and studies from the last 30 years to trace her progress through four chapters of stripes, planes, curves and stripes again. From 24 September until 31 Dec November at Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge.

25 – a selling exhibition celebrating 25 years of one of Britain’s leading charitable trusts, the Weston Park Foundation. It comprises 25 works by 3 diverse artists – Rob Pointon; Chris Clements; and Ivan Taylor – focussing on Weston Park, its people and its grounds. At the Granary Art Gallery, Weston-under-Lizard, Near Shifnal, Shropshire until Dec 31.