The best art exhibitions to see at the end of October

Simon Stafford Solo Show from 30th October to 19th November. Seascape Gallery. 117 High Street, Godalming. Surrey GU7 1AQ. Tel – 01483860591.

A Rage for the Lakes – Lake District Views from Abbot Hall Art Gallery at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham until 9 Jan.  0121 414 7333.

Sarah Quill: Photographs 1972-2010, including beautiful photographs of Venice, at Piers Feetham Gallery, 475 Fulham Road, London SW6 until 13 Nov.

For the Love of Trees – an exhibition of paintings, watercolours, sculpture, collage, photography and prints by artists including Oliver Akers-Douglas, Fay Ballard, Marcia Colonna, Michael Dillon, Tim Scott Bolton and William Vaughan at the Summerleaze Gallery, East Knoyle, Salisbury until 7 Nov.

Pioneering Painters; The Glasgow Boys 1889-1900 at the Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London from 30 Oct to 23 Jan 2011. See review in Country Life Nov 10 2010

Paintings by Kitty North at the Devonshire Arms Country house Hotel, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Yorks from 28 Oct.

Simon Andrew Solo Exhibition, Seascape Gallery. Landscapes- A visual Conversation’ . 9th to 29th of October. Seascape Gallery, 117 High Street, Godalming, Surrey. GU7 1AQ. Tel- 01483860591.
The Loneliness of Lowry. Known for his northern industrial landscapes, the exhibition will examine a different side of L.S. Lowry, depicting his mysterious bleak landscapes, desolate seascapes and derelict buildings. The artist cites his inherent loneliness as one of the main influences of his work. Until 30th October. At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL. 01539 722464
Autumn show, including work by Sam Cartman, Henry Fraser, James Hawkins, Robert Mcaulay, Kirstie Cohen, Peter White, Helen Glassford and others at the Kilmorack Gallery, near Beauly, Invernessshire until 30th Oct.

Toy Boats. The exhibition explores the range of toy boats made by European manufacturers from 1850-1950, and looks at the way toy boats were marketed through advertising, packaging and catalogues. Until 31st October. At The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. 020 8858 4422.  
Classic American Quilts at the American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath until 31 Oct. 01225 460503
Jon Edgar: Sculpture in the Wilderness – an exhibition of works in the grounds of Chawton House, the Elizabethan manor house that belonged to Jane Austen’s brother at Chawton, Alton, Hampshire until 31 Oct.
Cabinet of Curiosities: Ben Pentreath’s collection of natural wonders from all over the world. From 13th – 30th October. At 17 Rugby Street, London WC1N 3QT. 020 7430 2526
Volcano – Turner to Warhol – celebrating the extraordinary artistic outpourings that volcanic eruptions have triggered over the past 5 centuries, including works by Joseph Wright, J M W Turner and Andy Warhol, with important loans from public and private collections around the world. At Compton Verney, Warwickshire from 24 Jul-31 Oct. 01296 645500
Father Figures: Responses to Mid-century Modernism at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds until 31 Oct.
Calligraphy exhibition of works for sale by Andy Moore to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gavin Maxwell’s “Ring of Bright Water”, at the Bright Water Centre, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye until Oct 31.
The Essence of Wales art exhibition, featuring HRH The Prince of Wales and contemporary artists such as Fred Cuming, Jane Corsellis, David Tress, Ceri Auckland Davies and Gareth Thomas, at Denise yapp Gallery of Contemporary Art, Mill House, Whitebrook, Monmouth until 30 Oct. 01633 410488

Twentieth Century Portraits: Photographs by Dmitri Kasterine at Room 33, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2 until 3 April 2011.

Exhibition of paintings by William Neill and photographs by Steve Duffield from the Outer Hebrides at the Apothecary Gallery, 33 Greyhound Road, London W6 until 29 Oct.

Inlaid-Patchwork in Europe from 1500 to the Present from Thursday 26th August until 31st October at Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds.  

In Conversation – an exhibition of works in print by Ivor Abrahams, Derek Boshier, Eileen Cooper, Tracey Emin, June Redfern, Danny Rolph and Bob and Roberta Smith, at Huguenot Editions, 8 Huguenot Place, Wandsworth, London SW18 from 29 Sep to 31 Oct. 020 8874 9138

Jerwood Contemporary Makers 2010, at Dovecot, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 until 30 Oct.

Coda – a selection of new paintings by Geoff Uglow made in response to the constantly shifting Scottish shoreline during a year long exploration of the coast, tracing the path of 19th century artist William Daniell. At Connaught Brown, 2 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 30 Oct. 020 7408 0362

Exhibitions at the Scottish Gallery: Shifting Ground – tapestry, paintings and drawings by Sara Brennan and Gordon Brennan; Judy McCaig Through Night and Day; Henry Kondracki Paintings; Ivar Mackay In View of the Pyrenees – hand thrown porcelain pieces; all at the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 until 30 October.

MMX – new show by Paul S. Brown at W H Patterson , 19 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 29 Oct.  
Sheila Fell: a loan exhibition at Offer Waterman & Co, 11 Langton Street, London SW10 from 8-29 Oct. 020 7351 0068

Contrasting Landscapes – new paintings by Richard Clare at Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester from 8 to 30 Oct.

Rhythmic Tales – vibrant new collection of paintings by Alice Boyle, inspired by her fascination with myths and fairy tales, at Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London W6 from 11 to 31 Oct. 020 8237 1000

First major collection of emerging British artist Nick Jeffrey, who makes artworks working with butterflies, insects, flowers and fish, combined with raw and modern materials such as Perspex, resin and mirror glass. At The Sladmore Contemporary Gallery, London from 14 to 29 Oct.  

Pat Semple – New Works at Browns Gallery, Castle Brae, Tain until 1 Nov. 01862 893884

Autumn Exhibition – a collection of period and modern fine art from the 1850s to 1970s at Barry Keene Gallery, 12 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames until 30 Oct.

Place – paintings by Makiko Nakamura at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 30 Oct. 020 7499 1314.

The Art of Real Life: Contemporary Figure Painting at the Red Rag Modern Art Gallery, Brock Street, Bath until 31 Oct.