Best exhibitions to see in early August

Impressionist Gardens at the National Galleries of Scotland, the Mound, Edinburgh until 17 Oct. (See feature in Country Life Aug 4 2010)

Joan Mitchell – first solo UK museum exhibition of the abstract painter at Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Place/Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR until 3 Oct.  0131 248 2971

Another World: Dali, Magritte, Miro and the Surrealists – a survey which looks at the art of the irrational and the bizarre, with important loans to supplement the permanent collection.  At the Dean Gallery, Edinburgh until Jan 9 (0131 624 6200)

Full Sail; Celebrating The Pendennis Cup – paintings by Alexander Creswell at Falmouth Art Gallery, Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth until 28 Aug.

Exquisite Trove – a travelling collection of mysterious objects from more than 100 artists, merged with extraordinary artefacts on loan from West Cornwall museums, organised by the House of Fairy Tales and Newlyn Art Gallery.  At Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn until 2 Oct.

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Escape to Wonderland: A History of Children’s Book Illustration at the Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking from 7 Aug to 2 Jan.

Psychopomps – four suspended taxidermy sculptures by Polly Morgan at Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1 until 25 Sep.

I Will Survive – sculptures and assemblages by the pre-eminent Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos at Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1 until 25 Sep.

Eilean nan Siantan – Miann a’ Chridhe o Chionn Da Fhichead Bliadhna – Elemental Skye; A Forty Year Obsession – paintings by William J Swann FRSA at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye from 4 Aug to 24 Sep.

Selling exhibition of paintings by Michael B White, artist in residence at Great Dixter House and Garden, in the ancient cowshed adjacent to the Exotic Garden at Great Dixter, Sussex from Aug 1-15.  

Reflection – New Work by Victoria Crowe at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh from 6 Aug to 4 Sep.

Julian Stair Ceramics.  Also Silver by William Lee, Glass by Colin Reid and Jewellery by Grace Girvan at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh from 6 Aug to 4 Sep.

Edward Weston: Life Work – vintage prints by the quintessential 20th century American photographer at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh until Oct 24.  

Sean Scully- Works from the 1980’s. From 26th May – 8th August. Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds.

Face to Face: British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century. Selected works from The Ruth Borchard Collection, all of which she amassed during her lifetime as an extension of her love of autobiographies and dairies. Until 6th August. At University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 8ST. 0191 227 4424.  

Summer 2010 exhibition, including works by Laurence Broderick, Kirstie Cohen, Helen Denerley, Michael Forbes, Leonie Gibbs, Lotte Glob, Allan MacDonald, Alexander Stoddart, Eugenia Vronskaya and James Hawkins at Kilmorack Gallery, by Beauly 8 May-7 Aug.

Watercolours by Norman Adams: The Yorkshire Dales and Hebrides and ceramics by Delan Cookson, Jonathan Chiswell Jones, Nigel Lambert and Peter Swanson at the newly re-opened Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorks until 7 Aug.  01729 824497

Salthouse 10 ‘Landmark’: This exhibition offers an innovative and diverse range of new work including ceramics, drawing, installation, painting, printmaking, sculpture, text and textiles. Artists include Roger Ackling, Bob Catchpole, Susan Gunn, Vanessa Pooley, Gordon Senior and Dom Theobald. From 8th July – 8th August 2010. Salthouse Church, Cross Street, Salthouse, NR25 7AX.

High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec Prints at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool until 8 Aug.