See the best art at the end of October

Outside In: National – this exhibition showcases the work of artists who might have had little or no contact with the mainstream art world, inviting debate on the often controversial subject of Outsider Art. At Pallant House Gallery, 9 The Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex. 27 Oct – 3 February 2013.  

Pat Douthwaite: An Uncompromising Vision – first exhibition since her death of the Scottish artist Pat Douthwaite (1934-2002), whose subjects of choice were people and later animals, especially cats; seen at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester alongside a major show of the work of Jean Dubuffet, who influenced her work. Until 3 Feb.

Secret Splendour: The Hidden World of Baroque Cabinets at The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath from 27 Oct to 6 Jan.

Giving Our Past A Future: the work of the World Monuments Fund Britain, with seldom-displayed objects that showcase the work of the WMFB at some of Britain’s most significant historic places, including Coventry Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, St George’s Bloomsbury, Strawberry Hill and Stowe, at Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 from 26 Oct to 26 Jan.  

Leslie Hunter: A Life in Colour
– exhibition of works of the brilliant but still misunderstood Scottish Colourist at the Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London W1 until 9 Feb. 020 7409 5730

African Paintings by Paul Augustinus at Tryon Gallery, 7 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 9 Nov.

Gardens & Flowers; works by artists such as Rosalie Brill, Charles Mahoney, Marjorie Hayes, Harry Epworth, Frederick Austin and Bill Lovely at Liss Fine Art, London until 23 Nov.

Alex Rennie, Recent Work – ‘My recent work is an interpretation of the environment I pass through every day. I am interested in ideas of growth, change and transition in the city.’ At Waterhouse & Dodd, 26 Cork Street, London W1 until 16 Nov.

The National Open Art Competition – 95 works selected by the judging panel from over 2,100 works, now touring to the Prince’s Drawing School, London (until 1 Nov) and the winners to be displayed at Pallant House Gallery, 9 The Pallant, Chichester (6-18 Nov).

Annabel Gosling: New Paintings at Panter & Hall, 27 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 9 Nov.

Nuno – Japanese Textiles – showing how Nuno’s designs respond to the human form and how Nuno works with textile producers to create designs that reflect the importance of cloth for protecting and adorning the body. At Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh from 26 Oct to 24 Nov.

Barbara Hepworth: The Hospital Drawings at The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire from 27 Oct to 3 Feb.

Thursdays By The Sea; photographs by Marcus Doyle, at Margaret Street Gallery, 63 Margaret Streeet, London W1 until 2 Jan.

Rose Hilton – new work at Messums, 8 Cork Street, London W1 until 10 Nov.

Artist in Focus – Andy Wilkinson, whose screen prints, which he refers to as Fables, are a fusion of colour, silver and gold, often including hand-embellishments of gold. At New Ashgate Gallery Trust, Waggon Yard, Farnham until 29 Dec.

Pippa Blake and Georgina von Etzdorf
– oil, watercolour, cardboard, tin, brown paper and Perspex at Longford Farm House, Bodenham, Salisbury from 27 Oct to 4 Nov.

Paul S. Brown MMXII – works by the American artist inspired by the rituals of British rural sports and the artist’s love of the great outdoors, at W H Patterson, 19 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 16 Nov.


The London Eye – London is their Muse – London seen through the eyes of 8 selected artists including Eric Rimmington, Sharon Beavan, Nessie Ramm, Giles Winter, Frank Stanton and James Mackinnon – a selling exhibition at The Millinery Works Gallery, 85/7 Southgate Road, Islington, London N1 from 10 July to 26 Aug.

Cabinet of Rarities – prints and drawings by Erik Desmazieres on sale, along with his new book A Cabinet of Rarities; Antiquarian Obsessions and the Spell of Death (see review in Country Life on 17 October) at Colnaghi, 15 Old Bond Street, London W1 until 26 Oct.

John James Audubon: Fur and Feather, at American Museum, Claverton Manor, Claverton, Bath. Until 28 October.

Playing, Learning, Flirting: French 18th century board games at Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Until 28 October.

Unravelled – marks the inauguration of a three-year project, Unravelling the National Trust, and includes site-specific works that are designed to create interventions within the historic house setting or the gardens. At Nymans, Handcross, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17. Until 31 October.

The Ostrich & The Crown – the Coke family at Holkham exhibits items from its archives, library, personal records and photos to illustrate the family story over four centuries of royal connections. At Holkham Hall, North Norfolk. Until 31 October.

Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Until 28 October.

Mind the Map – inspiring art, design and cartography drawing on the museum’s outstanding map collection to explore themes of journeys, identity and publicity. The exhibition will be the largest of its kind and will include previously unseen historic material and exciting new artworks by leading artists including Simon Patterson, Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood, Claire Brewster, and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre. At London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2. Until 28 October.

Expanding Horizons: Giovanni Battista Lusieri and the Panoramic Landscape – a fascinating assemblage of works by the artist employed by Lord Elgin of the Elgin marbles, at Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh. Until 28 October.  

Dickens and his World – celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, the exhibition illustrates the relationship between the fictional worlds Charles Dickens created in his novels and the historical reality in which he lived. At the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford. Until 28 October.

Turner, Monet, Twombly
– a groundbreaking exhibition bringing together works by the three artists, exploring their shared fascination with light, landscape, the sublime and mythology as well as the painterly qualities of their work, whether as makers of figurative or abstract images. At Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool. Until 28 October.

Dickens and the Artists – this exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper and original archives for the first time to explore Charles Dickens’ significant connection with visual art. Presenting works from the eminent writer’s own collection alongside key paintings inspired by his writing, it will consider Dickens’ feelings towards art and his tremendous influence upon artists of his day. At Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey. Until 28 October.

Tino Sehgal 2012 – commission for the Turbine Hall. Sehgal has risen to prominence for his ground-breaking works which consist only of live encounters between people. At Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1. Until 28 October.

Sculptors’ Drawings – in collaboration with Kings Place Gallery, this exhibition will take place on all three floors of public space and will include over 200 sculptors’ drawings from the 20th century to the present day. At Pangolin, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1. Until 27 October.

A Lowry Summer – more than 200 paintings from Salford’s own Lowry collection as well as loans including a major private Lowry collection, on display in its entirety for the first time. At The Lowry, Salford Keys, Salford until Oct 28.

Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion – exploring the impact of music, art and celebrity on fashion from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Punk, from poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers through to the Punk era, the cool stylings of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of the 70s retro. Also includes a display from CAMAC’s 4th Annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition, with a specially created Pop! inspired design from 2011 entrant Emily Charman, now at the Royal College of Art. At The Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 until 27 October.

A Celebration of Nature Through the Seasons by Laura Blackwood – a month-by-month exploration of the countryside, which took  five years to complete. Through this beautifully detailed and comprehensive study Laura hopes to inspire a deeper appreciation of the beauty of nature and the significance of our essential place in it. Glasgow University,
St. Andrew’s Gallery, St. Andrew’s Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow
15th – 29th October Tel. 0141 330 3403

‘The Tanks Commission’, Sung Kwan Kim – Kim has transformed the Tate Modern’s former oil tanks into an exhibition of film by virtue of the highly experimental use of light, mirrors and reflected images uniquely designed to respond to the carefully constructed environment in which it is set. At The Tanks, Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG. Until the 28th October.

Sculptors’ Drawings and Works on Paper the UK’s largest show of sculptor’s drawings, including works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Edwardo Paolozzi, Lynn Chadwick, Elizabeth Frink, Anthony Caro, David Nash, Damien Hirst, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Sarah Lucas, Antony Gormley, David Bailey Mat Collishaw and Marcus Harvey. At Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 from 1 Sep to 27 Oct.

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 – the largest and longest running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK. From a submission of almost 3,000 entries, the selectors have brought together an exhibition of 77 works from 73 artists. The shortlist includes established artists as well as relative newcomers and students fresh from art college. On show at JVA at Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 from 12 Sep to 28 Oct and then on tour to venues across the UK, including the new Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and mac in Birmingham.

Works by John Mckenzie (1897-1972), including some of his finest designs. By day a charge-hand mess-man on HMS Condor (and later a railwayman), the reclusive McKenzie indulged his passion for carving by night and at weekends. Inspired by Antiquity and his own system of recurrent motifs, he found it entirely natural to add into his compositions figures in contemporary dress. At Liss Fine Art, London until 31 Oct.

A World Away: Contemporary Art at Dyrham Park – artists include Mark Wallinger, Cornelia Parker, Steve Johnson, Emma Kay, Mona Hatoum, Marc Quinn, Lucy Skaer, Sonia Boyce and Yinka Shonibare. At Dyrham Park, Dyrham, near Bath until 28 Oct.

Constance Stubbs; recent mixed media paintings, and Artone Contemporary – mixed media by invited gallery artists, at The John Russell Art Gallery, 4-6 Wherry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk until 27 Oct.

Compass – new works by Bethan Huws, Jem Finer, Jordan Baseman and Amanda Coogan – artists working in film, text, installation performance and sound – for specific historic houses across Lincolnshire. The houses are Woolsthorpe Manor, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Grimsthorpe Castle. From 6-28 Oct.

Modern British Masters
– bringing together several of Britain’s most celebrated artists, including works by Munnings, Lowry, Brangwyn, Frost, Wadsworth and Dame Laura Knight, at Trinity House Gallery, 50 Maddox Street, London W1 until 27 Oct.

Saving a Century – photographic exhibition curated by Gavin Stamp, celebrating the work of the Victorian Society’s most remarkable campaigns, among them battles to save Liverpool’s Albert Dock, St Pancras Station, the Foreign Office and the much-regretted Euston arch. At Liverpool John Moores University of Art & Design Academy, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool until 31 Oct.  

Art in Life – first solo show of artist/designer Mark Humphrey whose work ranges from sculpture and architecture to everyday objects. Hailed as ‘modern antiquities’ his works are crafted using a combination of age-old techniques and cutting edge technology. At Osborne Samuel Gallery, 23a Bruton Street, London W1 until 27 Oct.

Affinity – fine art photography by American artist Brad Wilson of animal portraiture, from wild cats such as lions, jaguars and cheetahs, and land mammals such as elephants and giraffes, to birds of prey. At Doinel Gallery, 18 Maddox Street, London W1 from 15-27 Oct.

Stilleven – a selling exhibition of photographs by Simon Upton at Jamb, 97 Pimlico Road, London SW1 from 18 to 27 Oct.

The Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 from 17 to 28 Oct.