The best art exhibitions to see in May

Gennadii Gogoliuk – Shooting Peacocks is Easy, at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 from 6-28 May.

Collect 2011 – the international art fair for contemporary objects at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 on 6, 7, 8 and 9 May. 0844 873 7348

London and the Seaside – a selling exhibition with the work of Bawden, Ravilious and friends at Ben Pentreath Ltd, 17 Rugby Street, London WC1 from 9 to 21 May.

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

John Maltby and Breon O’Casey – an exhibition celebrating the work of one of the country’s finest ceramic artists and the admired painter, sculptor, jeweller, weaver and printmaker; at Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon from 7 May to 19 June.

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Exhibition of textile work by Bobby Britnell and artists mentored by her, at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow until 19 Jun. 01584 878141

Kettle’s Yard: Found – A Garage Sale – one-off artworks, found objects, textiles, rugs, furniture and crafts will be sold in a pop-up store event to raise funds for the new wing at Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery in Cambridge. Including works by Christopher Wood, prints by Eric Gill and Langlands & Bell, ceramics by Edmund de Waal, Elspeth Owen and Natasha Daintry, rugs by Larusi and Molly Hogg’s textiles from Kurdistan. One-off pieces by Tom Dixon, John Pawson, Greetje van Tiem, Gary Breeze and Rupert Spira will also be on sale. Sale runs from 17-22 May at Brompton Garage, 1 North Terrace, London SW3.

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

Mixed Marriages- Ceramics by Philip Eglin. This solo show of work by leading ceramic artist Philip Elgin seeks to achieve ‘a balance between the high and the lowbrow, the reverent and the irreverent, the raw and the subtle, the sophisticated and the crude.’ Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere from 12 May- 10 July.

Saving a Century – celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Society, an exhibition of photos from around the country curated by architectural historian Gavin Stamp, showing the best Victorian and Edwardian buildings that the Society has campaigned to save. At Eastbourne Heritage Centre, 2 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne from 12 May to 4 July

Frank Bowling RA – From New Amsterdam, Berbice to New Amsterdam, New York via Holland and London, 17 new works alongside works from the 1990s and 2000s, coinciding with Bowling’s solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts (from 27 May), at Rollo Contemporary Art, 51 Cleveland Street, London W1 until 1 Jul.

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 6 May to 1 Jun.

The Audrey Collection – iconic photographs by Bob Willoughby to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Road, London SW1 from 12 May to 10 Jul.

Peter Blake: A Museum for Myself, including works from throughout his career alongside extraordinary objects from his personal collection to be shown for the first time. At the Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath from 14 May to 4 Sep.

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.

More Clouds and Myths – monotypes by Lino Mannocci at Larkhall Fine Art, 10 Margaret’s Buildings, Bath from 14 May to 11 Jun.

Annual Folk Art Exhibition featuring a collection of engagingly individual and curious pieces at Robert Young Antiques, 68 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 from 12 to 21 May.

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

Davina Gibbs; new paintings – Landscape, Interior and Still Life at Piers Feetham Gallery, 475 Fulham Road, London SW6 until 21 May.

Ornulf Opdahl at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Bankside, London SE1 from 7 May to 4 Jun.

Bruce Yardley – works in oil inspired by the tradition of English Impressionism at Llewellyn Alexander, 124-6 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 until 24 May.

Gillian Jones – watercolours and original prints at Castle Gallery, 43 Castle Street, Inverness until 21 May.

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

The Animal Art Fair Featuring Edward Waites Sculpture. Waites will be showcasing some of his latest bronze work from the animal world, including recent studies of big cats, at Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, London SW6 until 8 May.

Protomodel – Five Interventions by Science Museum Artist in Residence Conrad Shawcross, in the Mathematics Gallery, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 from 12 May to 13 Nov.  

Natural Beauty: Flora and Fauna in Japanese Prints, at Henry Sotheran Ltd, 2 Sackville Street, London W1 from 12 May to 4 Jun. 020 7439 6151

Paintings by Oona Campbell at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 from 12 May to 3 Jun. 020 7493 1888

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 from 11 to 28 May.

Robert Collins – Wildwood and Wodwose – focusing in particular on the beech-dominated woodlands of west Gloucestershire that cloth much of the Cotswold escarpment and run down to the Severn vale – the region where the artist was born. At Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 from 11 May to 9 June.

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 from 15 to 29 May.

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

Garden Benches. A Contemporary Exploration – 20 artist craftsmen have been asked to design and create benches for gardens in wood, stone and metal or combining one or more elements in innovative ways. At Monnow Valley Arts, Middle Hunt House, Walterstone, Hereford from 7 May to 30 Oct. 01873 860529

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.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres – the first comprehensive study of these remarkable buildings designed by some of the world’s most high profile architects, such as Frank Gehry, Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid, at the V & A and RIBA Architecture Gallery, The V & A, South Kensington, London, until 8 May.

Artists for Kettle’s Yard – an exhibition of donated works to be sold in aid of the Kettle’s Yard Development Appeal. Donations include works by Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, David Nash, Phyllida Barlow, Edmund de Waal, Maggi Hambling and Lisa Milroy. At Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge until 8 May.

Recent prints by Jake & Dinos Chapman, Paul Coldwell, Mat Collishaw, Jane Dixon, Paul Morrison, Hughie O’Donoghue and Marc Quinn in the Shiba Gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge until 8 May.

Watercolour; A Celebration of Three Centuries of the English Art, at Chris Beetles, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St James’s, London SW1 until 7 May.

Saving a Century – celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Society, an exhibition of photos from around the country curated by architectural historian Gavin Stamp, showing the best Victorian and Edwardian buildings that the Society has campaigned to save. At Bournemouth Library, The Triangle, Bournemouth to 11 May

John Hoyland – Mysteries at Beaux Arts, 22 Cork Street, London W1 from 30 Mar to 7 May.

Edward Burra and his contemporaries at Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh until 7 May.

Retrace – Five recently graduated Scottish artists present both collaborative and individual works including stop motion animation, installation, painting, printmaking and illustration. At an talla solais Ullapool Visual Arts and other venues throughout the village until 8th May 2011.
Dulwich Picture Gallery Bicentenary Friends’ Exhibition, featuring over 100 works by the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Launched in 2004, this will be the fourth in what has become an increasingly popular competition. Paintings, photographs, drawings and prints will be on sale in the main Gallery exhibition spaces. This is an opportunity for those in the local community who are Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery to have their work judged by a panel and then, if selected, to have it hung on the walls of Britain’s first purpose-built art gallery. All the art is for sale with 30% going to the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery with prices varying from tens of pounds to thousands. At Dulwich Picture Gallery, London until 8 May. For enquiries relating to entries or the exhibition please contact: Barbara Richardson: 020 8693 8711,
Neapolitan and Spanish Drawings of the Baroque, at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford until 15 May. 01865 276172

The Poetry of Drawing: Pre-Raphaelite Designs, Studies and Watercolours at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 15 May.

Susan Hiller – a major survey on her work, including many of the pioneering mixed-media installations and video projections for which she is best known,at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1 until 15 May.

Life, Legend, Landscape, Victorian Drawings and Watercolours, uniting previously unseen preparatory drawings with their related, accomplished watercolours, at the Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London until 15 May.

The 73rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers, a touring exhibition, at Winds of Change Gallery, Winchcombe, Gloucs from 16 Apr to 14 May.

Nicky Thompson: Unearthed & Exposed. An exhibition of experimental photography taken in and around the grounds of grade II listed Elmfield House in Summer 2010. At The Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton, Devon 19th Mar – 14th May. 0140445006

Ivor Abrahams: Mystery and Imagination; bringing together for the first time two pivotal print series by RA Ivor Abrahams (b.1935) – Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales and Poems (1976) and To Edmund Burke, conjuring up from his own imagination a series of visual equivalents for the influential ideas propounded in Burke’s A Philisophical Inquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. In the Tennant Gallery at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 from 30 Mar to 22 May.

Immortality – new work by Ken Currie at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 to 21 May. 020 7920 7777

Vera Lutter’s Egypt Series – photographs of ancient architecture in Egypt. At the Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, London W1K from 12 April – 21 May 2011.

Soul – Inside & Out – recent works by 30 British artists in the garden, gallery and home at Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Lower Balldown, Northwood Park, Sparsholt, Winchester from 11 to 21 May. 01962 776677