See the best art this September

Bridget Macdonald, Arcadia – drawings in charcoal and graphite inspired by journeys to Greece, Provence and the English landscape. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London W1 until 6 Oct.

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. 7 September – 27 October.

Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War – a major photographic exhibition exploring Beaton’s WW2 photographs. At Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1. 6 September – 5 May 2013.

David Risk Kennard 2012 – woodcuts and engraved wood panels. David’s work fits into that English visionary tradition that stretches back to Samuel Palmer and William Blake. This exhibition is at 54 Shepherd Market, Piccadilly, London W1 until 29 Sep.

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz; Hieronymus Bosch at All Visual Arts, 2 Omega Place, London N1 until 4 Oct.

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Hugo Grenville & Christopher Baker – works by two painters who have a long history of working together at Medici Gallery, 5 Cork Street, London W1 until 28 Sep.

Portfolio by Shelly Perkins
– Shelly’s collections come together to give us an insight into the magic of a child’s imagination, the secrets of elusive British wildlife and the artist’s charming interpretations of local towns and villages. At Iapetus Gallery, Belle Vue Terrace, Great Malvern from 8th to 29th September.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge. Until 23 September.

In the Moment; the sports photography of Tom Jenkins at the University Gallery and Baring Wing, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle until 12 Oct.

Alison McGill – Shifting Seasons – in this new body of work the artist continues to develop her oil and encaustic technique walking the coastlines of East Lothian and the Kyles of Bute for new inspiration. Also in the show is a superb series of pastels on paper en plein air depicting the changing seasons. At the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 3 Oct.

Angie Lewin and Lizzie Farey – Revealed: A Familiar Landscape. Drawing inspiration from the indigenous flora of our countryside, Lizzie works with raw materials such as willow, birch and heather and Angie depicts intricate views of skeletal plant forms. At the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 3 Oct.

Ken Currie: The Gigot Bone at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1 until 6 Oct.

Andrzej Jackowski: The Voyage – set of drawings initiated by coming across a photo of a man sitting in the hold of a small boat reading. At Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, London SE1 until 2 Oct. 020 7401 9229

Beyond the Limits – monumental contemporary sculpture exhibition which will present a selection of late works by Barry Flanagan RA, who is considered one of the most versatile, imaginative and radical sculptors of his generation. The works will be spread out across the 105-acre garden at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire until 28 Oct.  

Twentieth Century Watercolours and Drawings by artists including Ardizzone, Banks, Bellany, Clausen, Fry, Hambling, Hubbard, McEvoy, McFadyen, Morris, Paolozzi, Piper, Rosenthal, Sickert, Spencer, Whistler and Wood. At Abbott and Holder, 30 Museum Street, London WC1 until 6 Oct. 020 7637 3981

Love and Death: Victorian Paintings from Tate
at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham until 13 Jan.

Paintings by Alan Joyce & David Porter – rural and urban landscapes and some seascapes and portraiture – at Wendy J Levy Contemporary Arts, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester until 28 Sep.

Helen Chadwick: ‘Wreaths of Pleasure’
– charts the creative and practical processes of ‘Wreaths of Pleasure’ (1992-3), a series of 13 circular photographs mounted in coloured enamel frames. At Sculpture Study Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds until 17 Feb 2013.

Tobit Roche – new paintings, both working directly en plein air and imaginary or recalled landscapes done in the studio. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Blandford, Dorset until 6 Oct.

Francis West – Voyages – an opportunity to explore West’s voyages through several different dynamic series. Each voyage reflects his experience of real locations, yet he frequently employs metaphors of voyaging to explore his practice as an artist. Although grounded in reality, West’s concepts remain tantalizingly elusive, blurring the boundaries of myth, dream, memory and experience, bringing together the flotsam and jetsam of symbolic forms with fragments from poetry and historic painting. At the Piper Gallery, 18 Newman Street, London W1 until 5 Oct.

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.

Alex Katz at Timothy Taylor Gallery, 15 Carlos Place, London W1 until 5 Oct.

Art of Change: New Directions from China some of the most interesting art to come out of mainland China over the past 3 decades, the first major UK exhibition to focus on contemporary installation and performance art from China, it brings together works by 9 of the country’s most innovative artists and artist groupd from the 1980s to today. At Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 from 7 Sep to 9 Dec.

Artists Anonymous: Alice’s Apocalypse – a new exhibition by the London-Berlin-based collective at Lazarides, 11 Rathbone Place, London W1 from 7 Sep to 13 oct.

Works by the British painter Glenn Brown displayed among Old Masters at Upton House, Nr Banbury, Oxfordshire until 6 Jan 2013. Curated by Meadow Arts

Artists Making Prints, Encompassing all that is best about printmaking in Britain today. The best work selected from open submission is exhibitied alongside a selection of work by established artists invited by a panel of selectors. At Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 until 15 Sep.

Turi Simeti; Pianissimo – Abstract works by the Sicily born artist who lives and works in Milan at The Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork Street, London W1 until 24 Oct.

Deborah Tarr – Abstract paintings at Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 until 13 Oct. 020 7581 5451

Worlds Within: new works by Catherine Goodman, including paintings of Manali, India and drawings from the National Gallery, London. At Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 12 Sep to 6 Oct.

Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum. Swarovski’s passionate commitment to cutting-edge contemporary design and innovation is driven by its work with 14 designers who push the boundaries of how crystal can be used as a creative ingredient. They include: Fredrikson Stallard, Troika, Anton Alvarez, Arik Levy, Ron Arad, Marcus Tremonto, Maarten Baas. At the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 until 13 Jan.

Crying Lightly – Patrick Palmer’s first solo show; the artist specializes in painting semi-nudes and portraits. At Muralto UK, 6 Seymour Place, Portman Village, London W1 from 14 Sep to 5 Oct.

Richard Cook – ‘With Closed Eyes’ – a selection of watercolour and ink sketches and a few oil paintings that offer an insight into Cook’s absorption with the natural world. At Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Helston, Cornwall until 30 Sep.

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde – bringing together over 150 works which combine famous and lesser-known Pre-Raphaelite paintings with sculpture, photography and the applied arts, this exhibition will highlight the ambition and broad scope of their revolutionary ideas about art, design and society. At Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P. 12 September – 13 January 2013. See preview in Country Life Sep 12 2012.

The Ocean in a Tree – paintings, prints and drawings by Roger Wagner and Mark Cazalet at Snape Maltings Concert Hall Gallery, Nr Aldeburgh, Suffolk from 12 Sep to 23 Dec.

Michael Kidner: Dreams of the World Order: Early Paintings at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 from 12 Sep to 20 Oct.

Victoria Crowe: New Work at Browse & Darby, 19 Cork Street, London W1 from 12 Sep to 5 Oct.

British Art Fair
– 56 exhibitors showing/selling the best modern and contemporary British art at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 from 12-16 Sep.

Brian Grimwood: The Man who Changed the Look of British Illustration – his free and fluid style first characterized the visual culture of the 1960s in iconic images such as those created for the influential magazine Nova. Comprehensive retrospective at Work, 10A Acton Street, London WC1 from 14 Sep to 3 Nov.

Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s
– a major survey tells the history of photography from an international perspective, including renowned photographers from across the globe, all working during two of the most memorable decades of the 20th century. At Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2 from 13 Sep to 13 Jan.

Bronze – landmark exhibition celebrating the extraordinary historical, geographical and stylistic range of this enduring medium with outstanding works from antiquity to the present from across the globe. At the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 from 15 Sep to 9 Dec. (see preview in Country Life 19 Sep, 2012)

City & Guilds of London Art School – MA Fine Art Show 2012 at City & Guilds of London Art School, Kennington Park Road, London SE11 from 13-16 Sep.

Somerset ArtWeeks; The East Mendip Collection
, including works by Sally Jacob, Fiona Campbell, Jane Brayne, Thea Dupays and Christine-Ann Richards, from 15-30 Sep. For information as to details of venues, see www.somersetartworks

Nick Bibby – Recent Sculpture
. Now living and sculpting in Devon, Nick is inspired by the countryside he loves, began working in bronze in 1991. His sculptures of animals are made with remarkable accuracy and devotion. Each portrait shows a deep appreciation and understanding of anatomy and individual character, whether monumental or miniature. At Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place London W1 from 13th Sep to 5th Oct. / 020 7499 0365
Jane Pinkney’s Mice – original drawings from the book on display and for sale, alongside exquisite drawings of her mischievous mice running wild in the rooms of Nunnington Hall and other recognizable Yorkshire locations. Showing with Chris Beetles at Nunnington Hall, Nr Helmsley, North Yorks until 3 Nov.

Heaton Cooper: A Family of Artists 1863-2012 – paintings, sculpture and prints from a family widely regarded as among the best artists that Cumbria has produced. There are works in the show by 10 of the family, including many of the much-loved Lakeland scenes painted by Alfred and William Heaton Cooper, and current work by Julian Cooper. At rheged centre, Penrith until 4 Nov. 01768 868000

Paul Housley – ‘England Sleeps’
– paintings at Poppy Sebire, All Hallows Hall, 6 Copperfield Street, London SE1 from 14 Sep to 20 Oct.

Helen Petts – ‘Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing’ – an artist’s film response to the life and work of Kurt Schwitters that explores landscape, rhythm, texture, sound, improvisation and walking. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria from 15 Sep to 19 Nov.

Modern Romantics – modern paintings from the pre-World War 1 pointilism of Frederick Spencer Gore to Albert Irvin’s exuberantly pure abstraction. But, above all, most of the works included illustrate the neo-romantic spirit that permeated so much of British creativity throughout the 20th century. Unlike the surrealist and abstract expressionist movements that propelled most of European art, British neo-romantics mined their own native traditions, mythology, crafts, and even topography to revisit and reinvent what they believed to be the artistic soul of Britain. At Messums, 8 Cork Street, London W1 from 12 Sep to 6 Oct.

The Other E H Shepard; Much more than Winnie-the-Pooh: A Long Life in Drawings From an Essential Illustrator of the 20th century. At Chris Bettles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London SW1 from 12 to 29 Sep.

Contemporary Wallpaper Designs: exhibition of award winning designs from the 4th annual Student Wallpaper Design Competition celebrating Pugin’s bicentenary. Also some specially commissioned pieces from a range of established and emerging designers. At Imago Gallery, 4 Clifford Street, London W1 from 14-20 Sep.

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival – Norfolk hosts two international performances as part of the London 2012 Festival. Tickets now on sale for Robert Wilson’s Walking and Circa and I Fagiolini’s How Like An Angel. A stretch of North Norfolk’s wild and stunning coastline is to be transformed in Walking – a project led by the world renowned visual artist and theatre directors, Robert Wilson. Norwich Cathedral’s medieval nave will provide the backdrop for the UK premiere of How Like An Angel – where Circa’s contemporary circus skills will be performed to the exquisite sounds of Renaissance choral music from I Fagiolini. This 12 week nationwide celebration running from 21st June until 9th September will bring together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.

Damien Hirst – the first major survey of Hirst’s work in a British institution, at Tate Modern, Millbank, London SE1. Until 9 September.

Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames, at National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10. Until 9 September.

In the Open Air: Dame Laura Knight RA
– an exhibition of paintings executed in the landscape, including her iconic views of women on the Cornish coast through to the wide and beautiful panoramas of English farmland spread out below the Malvern Hills from her golden years as a painter. At Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance, Cornwall. Until 8 September.

The Triumph of Pleasure; Vauxhall Gardens 1729-1786 – the biggest UK exhibition on the gardens in over 40 years. At the Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square, London WC1. Until 9 September.  

Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery – a magnificent selection of some 60 of the Courtauld’s finest works, in collaboration with the Frick Collection in New York. A rare opportunity to consider the art of drawing in the hands of its greatest masters, including Durer, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Cezanne and Matisse. At the Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R. Until 9 September.

Yoko Ono: To The Light – an exhibition featuring work from the artist’s prolific career, including Smiles Film, a large-scale participatory project that encourages us all to contribute to her global anthology of portraits. At Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2. Until 9 September.

In Astratto: Abstraction in Italy 1930-1980 – a survey of the myriad approaches to abstraction in Italian art, comprising some 65 works drawn from Liguria’s three principal museums dedicated to contemporary art. At the Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1. Until 9 September.

Mira Calix: Nothing is Set in Stone – an immersive art and music installation for London 2012. A musical composition is housed within a stone sculpture. The award-winning composer and artist has created the sculpture from a striped rock known as Angel Stone (or Gneiss). Working with mineralogists from the Natural History Museum, she has pushed sound through the rock which creates a surprisingly physical experience of music. At Fairlop Waters, Forest Road, Barkingside IG6. Until 9 September. /

Curious Visitors – bringing together important works of contemporary painting, photography, sculpture, video and sound installation with key works by British artists such as Peter Doig, Toby Ziegler and Laura Ford brought together in the Jacobean mansion of Aston Hall, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham until 9 Sep.

The Ability to Cling – paintings by Jock McFadyen RA at Bourne Fine Art, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh from 1 Aug to 15 Sep.

Louis Wain and the Summer Cat Show; an exhibition of the best of cat art in oil paint and watercolour with over 200 pictures, including new works from Lesley Fotherby, Geraldine Girvan, Susan Herbert and Lesley Anne Ivory. At Christ Beetles Gallery, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, London SW1 from 18 Aug to 8 Sep.

The Annual Summer Exhibition, including works by Briony Anderson, Elise Ansel, Nicola Bealing, Sargy Mann, Emma McClure and Maiju Tirri, at Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 from 14 Aug to 8 Sep.

Lesley Holmes – A Cornish Sketchbook; The South Coast. Exhibition of watercolours and sketches at the Old Lifeboat Station, Porthleven from 2-9 Sep.

Bandoma – New Work from Kinshasa at Jack Bell Gallery, 13 Mason’s Yard, St James’s, London SW1 from 14 Aug to 8 Sep.

East Anglian Printmakers: Original Prints by Gallery Printmakers – This comprehensive and handmade selection of etchings, lithographs, screenprints, linocuts and woodcuts come from respected artists such as Charles Bartlett, Richard Bawden, John Brunsdon, Michael Carlo, Bernard Cheese, Constance Stubbs, Glynn Thomas, Elizabeth Morris, Joan Hodes, Claire Lambert and Judith Lockie. At 4-6 Wherry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, until 15th September.

Royal Treasures: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration, at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Until 16 September.

Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson, at the National Portrait Gallery, Saint Martin’s Place, London WC2H. Until 16 September.

The Noble Art of the Sword
: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe, at the Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1. Until 16 September.

A Sense of Place: New Jewellery from Northern Lands
– specially commissioned jewellery by jewellers from Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Scotland relating to a place that is special to them. At the Grand Gallery, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Until 16 September.

Dead Standing Things: Still Life 1660-1740 at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P. Until 16 September.

Francis Bacon to Paula Rego: Great Artists
– celebrating and exploring the work of some of the most significant British painters from the last 50 years including Michael Andrews, Euan Uglow, Francis Bacon, Paula Rego, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Christopher Le Brun. As well as celebrating the last 50 years, the exhibition looks forward to the next 50 and features a gallery of contemporary artists who are working today including Carol Rhodes, Simon Carter and Turner Prize nominees, Gillian Carnegie and George Shaw. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL. Until 16 September.

Philip Haas: The Four Seasons – first ever public display of a set of four monumental fiberglass sculptures by the American artists and film-maker, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Renaissance paintings of the four seasons. At Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21. Until 19 September.

The Weird, the Wacky and the Wonderful – an exhibition bringing together an array of refreshing, entertaining, playful and in some cases intentionally provocative, examples of ‘quirkitecture’, which challenge architectural norms and stimulate the imagination. At the Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J. Until 16 September.

Andy Warhol: Life and Legends – The Portfolios, an exhibition spanning more than 40 years of work by Warhol in photographic silkscreen printmaking. At Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21. Until 16 September.

Jenny Saville at Modern Art Oxford – the first solo exhibition of work by the British artist in a UK public gallery. In her new works, she takes inspiration from Renaissance Virgin and Child paintings to create highly gestural, multi-layered works on paper. Combining dynamic poses and sensitive detail, these drawings offer a unique reflection on motherhood. At Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1. Until 16 September.

Avenue of Champions – an exhibition of sculpture by Ben Dearnley, focusing on the ‘power zones’ of up to 15 of some of the UK’s past and current Olympic and Paralympic champions and sculpted in the timeless materials of bronze and marble. At Salisbury Cathedral, 33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1. Until 16 September.

Another London: International Photographers and City Life 1930-1980 – bringing together some of the most celebrated names in international photography, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Eve Arnold, with less familiar photographs to explore the distinctive ways in which they saw and represented this unique location. At Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P. Until 16 September.

Superhuman at Wellcome Collection – takes a wide ranging look at our obsession with being more than ourselves; follows the trail of body adaption form Icarus to the i-limb, with over 100 artefacts including artworks, video, photography and medical paraphernalia. Contributions from scientists, ethicists and commentators working at the cutting edge of this most exciting and feared area of modern science. At Wellcome Collection, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 from 19 Jul to 16 Oct.

We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today. A season of West African art and music taking place across three galleries in Manchester as part of the London 2012 Festival. It will feature painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, video and sound work from a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists, including Georges Adéagbo, El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoumè and George Osodi. The exhibition will also be the first major display in the UK of work by emerging artists such as Lucy Azubuike, Emeka Ogboh, Charles Okereke, Nyani Quarmyne and Victoria Udondian. At Manchester Art Gallery: Mosley Street, Manchester, Whitworth Art gallery: Oxford Road, Manchester and the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Rusholme, Manchester until 16 Sep.

‘Islands’, Paul Webb – an exhibition of art inspired by the colorful individuality of Crete, Mallorca, Sicily and Madeira wherein Webb portrays the inherent eccentricity and vibrancy that so epitomizes these four different Mediterranean nations. At the Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street London, W1S 2QE. Until 20th September.

Summer Exhibition at the Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 including paintings by the John Piper, Sandra Blow and Mary Fedden as well as works by David Spiller who is having his first solo show here next year. Until 14 Sep.

The Animation Month – annual animation artwork exhibition, revisiting the two iconic series Mr Benn and Danger Mouse, and showing new film cels by David McKee and Brian Cosgrove. In anticipation of the forthcoming The Snowman II rare artwork from the original Snowman film, first aired in 1982, will be shown. Also artwork by Oscar winner Shaun Tan and a superb character study of Wallace and Gromit from the Aardman Animations. A range of other related work will include illustration artwork by Kevin O’Neill and new signed silk-screen editions of Charlie and Lola by Lauren Child. At The Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1 from 15 Aug to 15 Sep.

Antony Gormley: Still Standing – at White Cube, Hoxton, London until 15 September.

C-Art Open Studios – Cumbria’s biggest visual arts event, celebrating the breadth of contemporary and traditional visual art, craft and design to be found across the Lake District and Cumbria, with 134 studios and galleries opening their doors to the public from 1-16 Sep alongside an exciting programme of specially selected events, exhibitions and workshops.

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