May art exhibitions to visit

Mindful of Silver – summer exhibition focusing on 13 leading British silversmiths and exploring the process of the development of their initial thoughts through to the creation of the final object, at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2 26 May to 16 Jul.

Out of Australia: prints and drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas, part of the Australia Season, at the British Museum, London from 26 May to 11 Sep.

Ian Teh, Traces – photographic works
exploring the industrial hinterlands of China’s provinces. At Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DP 27 May – 2 July

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 from 26 May to 29 Aug.

Festival of visual art in south and west Wiltshire – Wylye Valley Art Trail 2011, featuring 82 venues and over 280 artists in exhibitions, open studios, galleries and work shops. In and around Wylye Valley, South Wiltshire from 28 May until 5 June

Society of Floral Painters
exhibiting a collection of at least 200 paintings and other items at The Vyne at Sherborne St John, near Basingstoke from 28 May to 16 June

Bridget McCrum sculptures and work on canvass and paper. At Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1S from 25 May to 11 June

Karle de Vroomen: This Is The First Thing, paintings exploring the threatened natural world, Opus Fine Art at The Gallery in Cork Street, 28 Cork Street London W1S 23 to 28 May 0191 232 7389

Frank Avray Wilson, The Vital Years
. At Paisnel Gallery 9 Bury Street, St James’s, London SWIY from 25 May to 10 June

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I know a place – Jane Edden, Tessa Farmer, Martin Greenland, Rachel Heller, David Hepher, Simon Liddiment, Andrew Ranville, Jamie Routley, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, George Shaw, Renny Tait, Vithya Truong and Lucy Winterson’s work at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DP 27 May – 2 July

Instruments and Inventions: A duet of exhibitions celebrating British comic genius. William Heath Robinson and Gerard Hoffnung. At Chris Beetles Gallery, St James’s, London, SW1, from 25 May to 22 June (see exhibition review in Country Life May 25)

Journeyings: Recent Works on Paper by Frank Bowling RA, in the Tennant Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 27 May to 23 October

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 from 28 May to 4 Sep.

Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at University of Birmingham, Edgbaston B15 2TS from 27 May until 18 September

The Art of Simon Palmer – paintings at JHW Fine Art, London from 23 to 30 May.

Melita Denaro – The Tenderness of Attention – largest survey of Denaro’s work, presented in association with Taylor Galleries, Dublin (10 Jun-1 July), at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 3-25 June.

James Gillick: Still Lifes 2011 at Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, London SW10 from 2-18 June. 0207 351 0410

‘Out of the Original Sacred Tongues’ – The Bible and Translation – another opportunity to see some of Lambeth Palace Library’s remarkable collections, displayed in the Great Hall at Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 from 25 May to 29 Jul.

John Chamberlain – New Sculptures, concurrently with his show at the 24th Street Gagosian Gallery in New York, at Gagosian Gallery, 6-24 Britannia Street, London WC1 until 18 Jun.

Countryside Matters – work by West Country artist Virginia Pope at Outer Down, Chagford on 28 and 29 May.

Francesca Lowe – Headland: Woman in a Landscape – a modern interpretaion of the Ancient Three Graces Myth – five large-scale heads, five symbol-laden tree paintings and a group of ‘tree-cuts’, at Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, London W1 until 30 July.


Ice Souls – ceramic sculptures of animals by Tanya Brett at Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 from 12-28 May. 0207 351 0410

Anthony Eyton RA
– Spitalfields Paintings 1968-1984. Revisited 2011 – at Eleven Spitalfields, 11 Princelet Street, London E1 until 28 May.

Richmond Art Society Spring Exhibition
at The Vestry House, Richmond, TW9 1SA from 21 May to 30 May

RSA Annual Exhibition, convened this year by artist Victoria Crowe RSA – selected submissions from leading and emerging artists across Scotland, as well as a number of specially invited artists and architects. At the Royal Scottish Academy, Princes Street, Edinburgh until 8 Jun

Kurt Jackson- ‘The Forth’ – charting the progress of one of the country’s major rivers from its source to the sea. At Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh to 28 May.

Gennadii Gogoliuk – Shooting Peacocks is Easy, at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 28 May.

An American Experiment; George Bellows and the Ashcan Painters, at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London until 30 May.

Watteau: The Drawings is at the RA, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 and Esprit et Vérité: Watteau and His Circle is at the Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1 Both run until 5 June. See preview in Country Life Mar 9th

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers Annual Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 until 5 Jun.

Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer – over 100 photographs of the Royal Family at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh until 5 Jun.

Anish Kapoor: Flashback at Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester until 5 June. The exhibition features important works from the Arts Council Collection alongside works from major UK collections and from the artist’s studio.

Wool Work: a sailor’s art.  Also, Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson, at Compton Verney, near Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire from 26 Mar to 5 Jun. 01926 645500

Richard Allen in the sixties and seventies – At the Victoria Art Gallery, By Pulteney Bridge, Bath from Sat 9 April until June 5th 2011.

Norman Adams: The Way of the Cross and Umbria, Provence and Skye
– At University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST from 15 April – 3 June 2011.

Harry Ousey and the St Ives School, including: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Mary Fedden, Fred Yates, Sandra Blow, Bryan Ingham, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, at the Wendy J Levy Gallery, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester from until 1 Jun.

Solo show by Shazia Mahmood, with new works of the west coast of Scotland, Ireland and the west coast of America, at Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge, until 29 May.

Michael Sandle – works including recent drawings and sculpture, at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London, until 28 May.

Nicholas Jones (abstract paintings) and Tom Stogdon (sculptures) at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3 until 4 Jun.

British Landscape, including evocative seascapes and landscapes by David Beer, Michael Kidd, Jo March, Annie Ovenden, Rex Preston, Norman Smith and Alan Tyers, at Red Rag Gallery, Brock Street, Bath to 29 May.

Philip Hicks at Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1 from 11 to 28 May. 020 7437 5545

Exhibitions at the Scottish Gallery – New paintings by Perpetua Pope; Alison McConachie and Sara Keith – A Shared Palette; A Private Collection – property of Hilary and the late Keith McCallum, all at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh from 4 May to 1 Jun.

West Coast Open 7 –
a selling exhibition from local and national artists at an talla soalis Ullapool Visual Arts, Market Street, Ullapool until 5 June