Art to see by the end of August

BITE: Artists Making Prints – the UK’s leading contemporary printmaking exhibition, showing exciting new prints by artists working in a range of different methods. Exhibiting artists include Damien Hirst, Peter Blake RA and Barbara Rae RA. At Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 24 Aug to 3 Sep.

Revolutionary Fashion 1790-1820 – Exploring the revolutionary changes in fashion developing at the end of the 18th Century and the influence of the French Revolution. At Fairfax House, Castlegate, York from 26 Aug to 31 Dec.

This is Design – A celebration of the Design Museums collection, which examines the impact of design on the modern world. At DESIGN MUSEUM, Shad Thames, London SE1 from 24 Aug to 22 Jan.

Saving a Century – celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Society, an exhibition of photos from around the country curated by architectural historian Gavin Stamp, showing the best Victorian and Edwardian buildings that the Society has campaigned to save. At Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton from 1-30 Sep

Beyond the Garden Gate
Four West Country artists known as the scraptors (they specialise in making sculptures from pieces of scrap sourced from skips, roadsides and recycling yards) have installed a sculpture trail by the Six Wells in the woods bordering Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire. Anthony Wilson, Fiona Campbell, Paul Boswell and Rachel Macleay have also collaborated on some pieces together.
1-30 September.

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September Sculpture Exhibition
Showing at Mount Pleasant Gardens, Kelsall, Cheshire are works by British based artists such Katie Green (mosaic glass), David Howarth (metalwork) and resident artist Andrew Worthington (sandstone carving).
1-30 September

Fine Art illustrations by Paul Cummings – a selection of portraits which originated from photographs taken using a mobile phone, capturing the moment of sincerity and candidness as re-interpreted in charcoal on paper. At Exposure Gallery, 22-23 Little Portland Street, London W1 from 1-30 Sep.

Out of the Ordinary: Jane Cruickshank solo exhibition, focusing on her still life work and including delicately defined paintings of vessels of different materials, household items, fruit and books – at Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold from 28 Aug to 6 Sep.

Devon Open Studios – works by the Devon Artist Network, hundreds of artists opening their doors tot the public from 3 to 18 Sep. For a copy of the free event guide, contact 01271 828 180.

The Word – a Reflection on the King James Bible – opening exhibition of new Sarum Collect Art Programme. The college will be filled with works in sculpture and lettering on stone, glass and fabric by artists including Peter Eugene Ball, Frederic Chevarin, Zoe Cull and Alex Evans, Tracey Sheppard and Roger Stephens. At Sarum Colleege, 19 The Close, Salisbury from 2 Sep. 01722 424806

Power of Making – a V & A and Crafts Council exhibition celebrating the role of making in our lives with an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects – a cabinet of curiosities with works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world. At the V & A Museum, South Kensington, London from 6 Sep to 2 Jan 2012.

Brian Wall – New Works to mark the artist’s 80th year. During the 1950s and 1960s, Wall was at the centre of changes of direction within British sculpture, living in St Ives, where he turned from abstract painting to sculpture, and used the technology of welding, introducing dramatic cantilevering, and then moving to London in 1960. In 1972 he moved permanently to California. At Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1 from 7 Sep to 1 Oct.

Michael Porter – paintings at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Bankside, London SE1 from 9 Sep to 3 Oct.

The Life and Works of F C B Cadell (1883-1937) – some never before see paintings by one of Scotland’s most popular artists, at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 from 8-30 Sep.

George Blacklock – Flags, Flying Saucers and Altar Pieces at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 from 8 Sep to 8 Oct.

Italian Etchings; The Draughtsman’s Print, in the Charrington Print Room at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge until 29 Aug.

Songlines XXIII – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander prints and paintings at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2A Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London W1 from until 27 Aug.

Owen Yalandja – Yawk Yawk – water-spirit carvings from Maningrida. Yawk Yawks are the mermaids of aboriginal lore – each community across Australia has its own version. There are several parallels in other cultures, such as the Seduna (the mermaid of Inuit lore), the kelpie (the female water spirit that inhabits Scottish waters) and Sirenes (embroidered onto Voodoo flags from Haiti). This show encapsulates the finest aboriginal carver depicting the mermaid’s secret and sacred lore. At Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway Street, London until 27 Aug. .

Heracles to Alexander the Great – treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy, at the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford to 29 Aug.

Cornel Lucas – exhibition of modern and vintage prints by the photographer, who, during his 60-year career, has photographed some of our greatest film stars. At Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 to 27 Aug.

Sculpture at Glyndebourne 2011
David Worthington, Vice President of the British Society of Sculptors, has curated an exhibition of works by six young British sculptors for the grounds of Glyndebourne during the Festival. Seen against the glorious backdrop of the Sussex Downs are sculptures by Ekkehard Altenburger, Owen Bullett, James Capper, John DePauley, William Peers and David Worthington covering a broad sweep of subjects and media, from the tradition of stone carving to the celebration of the tools of the stone carver. To 28 August

Baskets and belonging: Indigenous Australian histories – showing an important collection of historic baskets using materials from the landscape and reflecting the diversity of indigenous Australians with elegant and sculptural forms and painted decoration. At the British Museum, London until 29 Aug.

Saving a Century – celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Society, an exhibition of photos from around the country curated by architectural historian Gavin Stamp, showing the best Victorian and Edwardian buildings that the Society has campaigned to save. At Radnorshire Museum, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys until 31 Aug

Dirt: the Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, a major exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 to 31 Aug.

Sculpture at The Grove
Sixty works, both figurative and abstract, by a range of established sculptors, such as Royal Academicians Philip King and Ann Christopher, as well as talented emerging artists from leading colleges such as Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths, will be on show in the grounds and gardens of the five-star resort, The Grove, Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire.
Until 31 August.

Store of Heavenly Learning – A celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible with an exhibition of early English Bibles and prayer books, including two 15th century manuscripts, from the magnificent library of Elton Hall. At Elton Hall, near Petersborough until end of Aug.

Nic Fiddian Green – recent sculpture on show at 57 Jermyn Street, St James, London and at 32 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1 until end Aug.

Amazing Egyptians – exploring the customs and traditions surrounding life and death in the land of the Pharaohs through the use of key objects showing the processes involved in preparing a body for the afterlife. At The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle to 31 Aug.

Picasso. At Work and Play – limited edition etchings, aquatints and linocuts spanning Picasso’s whole career, for sale at James Hyman Fine Art, 5 Savile Row, London W1 until 26 Aug.

Artists of Fame and Promise – new work by emerging and established gallery artists including: Jackie Anderson, Ellen Bell, Sasha Bowles, Andrew Crocker, Matthew Draper, Stewart Edmondson, Chuck Elliott, Fenella Elms, Caroline Frood, Gareth McCorry, Angeli Sowani, Jason Walker; also new porcelain ceramics by Carina Ciscato, at Beaux Arts, 12-13 York Street, Bath until 3 Sep.

Emma Haworth; in the Gardens of Good and Evil at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London W1 to 27 Aug.

John Piper – Creative Partnerships, an exhibition of Piper’s collaborative work with craftsmen, designers and friends, at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford until 31 Aug. 01432 260692

Yawk Yawk: Sculpture from Maningrida with guest artist Owen Yalandja and Borroloola: Prints & Paintings from the Gulf of Carpentaria with guest artists Nancy McDinny, Stewart Hoosan & Madeline Dirdi. Running until August 27 at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6BA

From The Wild To The Wonderful: Annual Exhibition Of Scottish Art. At the Red Rag Modern Art Gallery, 24 Brock Street, Bath, until 28 August. 01451 832563

Summer Mixed Exhibition at the Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art Gallery, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester until 27 Aug.

Summer Exhibition at the Medici Gallery, including pieces by Michael Alford, Noel Bensted, Richard W. Boardman, Sue Campion, Judith Green, Dmitry Lisichenko, Dean Patman, Daniel Preece, Paul Slater, Maria Stcherbinina & Tatiana Struchkova, at 5 Cork Street, London W1 to 1 Sep.

Wild Thing – contemporary British artworks which place the animal centre stage, including works by Georgia Hayes, Stephen West, David Farrer, Nichola Theakston, Emrys Williams, Sian Zeng, Sophie Woodrow and Charlotte Cory, at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales to 27 Aug.

Geoffrey Clarke RA – North by South -East – Sculpture, Drawings, Paintings, Original Prints by this versatile artists, who has worked in stained glass, silver and aluminum. On display will be enamels, drawings, small scale sculpture, paintings, mono prints and etchings. At Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorks until 30 Aug.

Revivals: The English Arts and Crafts Movement and Transylvania – an exhibition of paintings by Marianne and Adrian Stokes and photographs highlighting the work of the Mihai Eminescu Trust at Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden, Gloucs until 29 Aug.  

James Lumsden – paintings; a new exhibition at An Talla Solais (Ullapool Visual Arts), Market Street, Ullapool to 29th Aug.

The Garden of Eichstatt 1613 by Basil Besler (1561-1629) – 100 botanical Besler copper plate engravings (later coloured) from the first edition of Hortus Eystettensis (pub 1613), one of the largest collections to be hung together for over a decade. These incredible botanical studies represent a very important part of social history. They show a pictorial record of the flowers growing in the finest and most extravagant European garden of its time, the Garden of Eichstatt. The garden soon became the most famous and celebrated in Europe. Besler was commissioned to commence an engraved recording of all the plants and the grandest, most expensive illustrated catalogue of its kind – a florilegium – was first published in 1613. The plates are available to purchase singly or as sets. Prices starting at £1,000. At Alexander Meddowes, 39 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh until 30 Aug.

Patrick Hughes; 50 Years in Show Business – a major retrospective by the best selling artist credited as being the godfather of the UK surrealists. At Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 to 3 Sep.

London Street Photography, showing the work of 70 photographers from the first instantaneous black and white shots of the 1860s to images taken in 2010, at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2 until 4 Sep.

From the Tiger who came to Tea to Mog and the Pink Rabbit – a retrospective of work by Judith Kerr at the V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 until 4 Sep.

Museum of 1951 – art works and memorabilia relating to the 1951 Festival of Britain at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 to 4 Sep.

BITE: Artists Making Prints – the UK’s leading contemporary printmaking exhibition, showing exciting new prints by artists working in a range of different methods. Exhibiting artists include Damien Hirst, Peter Blake RA and Barbara Rae RA. At Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 to 3 Sep.

Following on from the Summer Collection, which runs throughout August, the newly launched Permanent Collection includes work by RA Academician’s Sir Peter Blake, Tom Phillips and Chris Orr, as well as Eileen Cooper, Norman Ackroyd, Bill Jacklin and Brad Faine. At the Brook Gallery, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon to 2 Sep. 01395 443003

John Martin: Apocalypse – from apocalyptic visions to epic panoramas, over 50 works celebrating the legacy of one of the greatest artists of the Victorian age. At Graves Gallery and the Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield to 4 Sep.

Treasure Under Your Feet – three thousand years of treasure underfoot: ancient finds on display in new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge until 4 September.

Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens – opening show of Margate’s new Turner Contemporary gallery, which explores the themes of imagination, discovery, wonder and the creative spirit, centred around JMW Turner’s extraordinary but little-known painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains. At Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent to 4 Sep

Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the King James Bible – celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Bible, this exhibition tells its story. At the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford until 4 Sep. 01865 277162

Peter Blake: A Museum for Myself, including works from throughout his career alongside extraordinary objects from his personal collection to be shown for the first time. At the Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath to 4 Sep.  

Scottish Summer Exhibition – contemporary art on sale at the Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London W1 to 3 Sep. 020 7409 5730

At Work – paintings, Sculptures and works in other media from the Government Art Collection usually residing in embassies and other public buildings around the world. At Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 until 4 Sep (0)20 7522 7888 

United Artists of Italy – portraits of major artists by important Italian photographers, at Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 until 4 Sep.

Robin & Lucienne Day: Design and the Modern Interior. The best work from the most celebrated British design couple of the post-war era. Until 4 September at PM Gallery & House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London W5

Birds & Beasts- sculpture & drawings by Clare Trenchard; prints by Kate Boxer; paintings by James Meiklejohn; furniture by Petter Southall; clothes, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery and leather by leading British designer makers, at Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset to 4 Sep.

The Victorian View, showing all the Victorian oil paintings from the Museum’s collection hung in the way their original audience would have seen them, complete with costumes of the period and Victorian décor. At Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Mount Pleasant, Royal Tunbridge Wells until 3 Sep.

The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World, at Tate Britain, London until 4 Sep. (see review in Country Life July 13 2011)

Heirlooms – celebrating the rich heritage of Indian and Javanese textile traditions and their continuing influence on innovative contemporary craft practice. At Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh to 4 Sep.

Elizabeth Blackadder – new paintings; Jacqueline Mina – jewellery; Colin Reid – glass; work by the Scottish Colourists through to the Edinburgh School; ceramic pieces in the garden by Merete Rasmussen, all at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh to 3 Sep.

Annual summer show of paintings and sculpture by Beaux Arts London’s established stable of artists – new, young talent as well as recent additions to its carefully selected inventory of Modern British work. At 22 Cork Street, London W1 until 3 Sep.

Women and War – photographs by Jenny Matthews, who has spent over 20 years photographing conflict and social issues for British newspapers, magazines and development organizations. Also on show, a collection of new works by young Spanish painter/sculptor Samuel Paradela, whose bold work is often constructed from a variety of found objects and is rooted in the Spanish ‘arte povera’ tradition. At Farleys Barn Gallery, Farley Farmhouse, Chiddingly, Near Lewes, East Sussex until 8 Sep.