The best art exhibitions to see this September

The Music Party: Paintings and Drawing of Marcellus Laroon (1679-1772), the first exhibition of Laroon musical paintings for over 40 years, at Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1 until 27 Nov.

Immersion; Drawing with Purpose – works by Simon Read at Eleven Spitalfields, 11 Princelet Street, London E1 until 29 Sep.

The Scottish Gallery September Exhibition – Fergusson’s Women; first solo exhibition by Calum McClure; David Cass – Unearthed – prints; Diamonds in the Rough – a selection of jewellery graduates’ work; porcelain by Janice Tchalenko; all at the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 1 Oct.

Vanessa Gardiner – Aegean Coasts at the Hart Gallery, 113 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 until 28 Sep.

Charles Macqueen RSW, James Hawkins and Alan Macdonald at Kilmorack Gallery, by Beauly, Invernessshire until 15 Oct.

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George Blacklock – Flags,Flying Saucers & Altarpieces at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 until 8 Oct.

Brian Wall – New Works at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1 until 1 Oct.

John Tunnard – Dream Landscapes, at Agnews, 35 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 7 Oct.

Images of Power – 50 original cartoons spanning the history of cartooning over 3 centuries: Tenniel and David Low to Ronald Searle and Peter Brookes, from the Jeffrey Archer Political Cartoon Collection, at Monnow Valley Arts, Middle Hunt House, Walterstone, Herefordshire until 30 Oct.

Herts Open Studios – artists and craftsmen all over Hertfordshire open their studios from 10 sep to 2 oct; for details of who and where get a brochure from Herts Visual Arts –

Twentieth Century Watercolours and Drawings by a range of artists, at Abbott and Holder, 30 Museum Street, London WC1 from 10 Sep to 8 Oct. 020 7637 3981

Power of Making – conceived as a cabinet of curiosities, this exhibition celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects ranging across the widest possible outlets of creativity. A V & A and Crafts Council collaboration at the V & A, South Kensington, London until 2 Jan 2012.

A Brush with the East – 13 paintings by the Birmingham-based artist Richard McGowan in response to Sheng Mou’s Mountainous Landscape of c.1330-62, one of the Barber Institute’s relatively few non-Western works of art. At the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham until 30 Oct.

From Polar Bear to Penguin – new work by sculptor Mark Coreth and painter Andrew Stock at the Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset until 1 Oct. www.jerram

Hester Berry – solo exhibition, including simple landscapes of Sussex and Surrey. Her works are expressive representations of rural and urban landscapes with painting surfaces made of recycled materials often raw-edged and organic in appearance. At New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham until 6 Oct.

The Life and Works of F C B Cadell (1883-1937)
, including never before seen paintings, at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London until 30 Sep.

Showing Off – new paintings and works on paper by Eileen Cooper, the new Keeper of the Royal Academy and the first woman Officer of the RA since its inception in 1768. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London W1 until 8 Oct.

A Spanish Square. Atmospheric photographs taken in and around Plaza Reial off La Rambla in the centre of the Gothic quarter of the old city of Barcelona by Tricia de Courcy Ling. At Western Courtyard, Devonshire Square, London EC2 from 13-16 Sep.

Hapshash Takes a Trip – the sixties work of Nigel Waymouth, who, by 1967, had established himself with Michael English as one of the most progressive design collectives, calling themselves Hapshash & the Coloured Coat. Hapshash are best known for their psychedelic posters created for the biggest underground music venue of its time, the legendery UFO Club. The artwork on show, including huge silk-screened reproductions of iconic posters, shows the subversive mix of avant-garde and art nouveau which became the signature style that defined psychedelia. At Idea Generation Gallery, 11 Chance Street, London E2 until 2 Oct. 020 7749 6850

British Film Costumes – award winning costumes from films such as The King’s Speech; Sense and Sensibility; Hamlet; Shakespeare in Love and The Duchess, on show at the Rheged Centre, Penrith until 30 Oct.

From Sapperton to Campden: a display of the work of Norman Jewson at Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden until 25 Sep.

Katharine Holmes – Capturing the Weather – recent paintings which capture the Northern landscape, predominantly round the artist’s native Yorkshire Dales. At Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorks until 27 Oct. 01729 824497

Steve McCurry – first major London exhibition of the influential photographer, who has captured images of countries all over the world, including his famous ‘Afghan Girl’ and 35 other prints for sale. At Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London W1 until 24 Sep.

William Dobson (1611-1646) – a new display marking the 400th anniversary of the artist’s birth, considered the most important British painter of his generation. At the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2 until 18 March 2012.

The Wild South West – paintings of the coastlines and skies of the Isles of Scilly by Stephen Heward, at Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York until 20 Oct.

The Poster King: Edward McKnight Kauffer, one of the key figures of British Modernism whose oeuvre encompassed painting, applied art, interior design and scenography yet remains most famous for his posters created for clients such as London Underground and Shell during the inter-war years. At the Estorick Collection, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 from 14 Sep to 18 Dec.

Degas Dancers: Eye and Camera, exploring the intertwined themes of ballet and photography, at the RA, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 from 17 Sep to 11 Dec. See preview in Country Life Sep 14th       

Money and Beauty: Bankers, Botticelli and the Bonfire of the Vanities. Works of art by Botticelli, Beato Angelico, Piero del Pollaiolo, the Della Robbia family, Lorenzo di Credi and Memling show the development of the modern banking system in parallel with the most important artistic flowering in the history of the Western world. On show from 17 September 2011 to 22 January 2012 at Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, 50123 Firenze (Florence), Italy.

Jim Malone: new pots at Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland from 17 Sep to 15 Oct.

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011
– exhibition of selected works by the 60 artists short-listed for the prize, at JVA at Jerwood Space, Southwark, London SE1 from 14 Sep to 30 Oct.

Vintage Travel and Advertising Posters on exhibition and for sale through the antiquarian bookshop founded in York in 1761, Henry Sotheran Ltd, 2 Sackville Street, London W1 from 16 Sep to 1 Oct.

Northern Contemporary Furniture Makers – a diverse selection handmade by contemporary craftsmen using traditional techniques combined with the latest technology out of the finest quality hardwoods. At Tennants Auction Centre, Harmby Road, Leyburn, North Yorks from 12 to 24 Sep.

Autumn Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture,
with works by artists including sculptors Ben Barrell, Richard Bray, Leonie Gibbs, Rosie Musgrave, Mike Savage, Rosie Sturgis, Paul Vanstone and Dominic Welch, and artists Penny Anstice, Kate Boxer, Lottie Cole, Catherine Forshall, Deborah Gourlay, Tim Kent, Bridget Lansley, Andrew Roberts and Lucy Powell, at Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, Woodruffs Farm, Woodruffs Lane, Egdean, Petworth, West Sussex from 17 Sep to 15 Oct.

John Burningham: An Illustrated Journey
– retrospective of one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, at the Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street, London W1 from 13 Sep to 22 Dec. 020 7409 5730

Group exhibition showing latest work by artists Frank Bowling, Andrew Hollis, Jessica Lagunas, Nadine Feinson, Sarah Lederman, Helen Carmel Benigson, Angela Reilly and Stefanie Schneider, at Rollo Contemporary Art, 51 Cleveland Street, London W1 from 15 Sep to 4 Nov.

Alan Cotton – paintings of Devon, Cornwall, Skye, Piedmonte, Provence and New Zealand at Messums, 8 Cork Street, London W1 from 14 Sep to 1 Oct.

New Ceramic Sculptures by the Israeli, now Australia-based, ceramicist Avital Sheffer. At Beaux Arts Bath, 12-13 York Street, Bath from 12 Sep to 15 Oct.

Adam Dant: Unusual Cartography – works by the map-maker extraordinaire at Town House, 5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, London E1 fom 15 Sep to 2 Oct.

Splendour & Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge until 8 Jan. 01223 332900.

The 2011 Print Awards at the International Print Biennale 2011 – an exhibition of selected works at the Hatton Gallery, Laing Art Gallery and Northern Print in Newcastle upon Tyne from 17 Sep to 19 Nov.

Alexander McKenzie – The Lake Road – and Emma Alcock – New Paintings – at Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, 2A Conway Street, London W1 from 15 Sep to 1 Oct.

Louis Turpin – Borders; new paintings, at Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames from 13 Sep to 1 Oct.


The Queen: Art and Image – exhibition to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, which is being shown in Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London, bringing together remarkable images of The Queen, spanning 60 years of her reign, some on public display for the first time. At the National Gallery Complex, Princes Street, Edinburgh until 18 Sep.  

Devon Open Studios – works by the Devon Artist Network, hundreds of artists opening their doors tot the public from 3 to 18 Sep. For a copy of the free event guide, contact 01271 828 180.

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

Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection, at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London until 18 Sep. (see review in Country Life 29 Jul 2011)
Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgement. From 12 July to 17 September at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA.

BP Portrait Awards Exhibition. An exhibition of portraits by various artists at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE from 16 June to 18 September.

Von Ribbentrop in St Ives: Art and War in the Last Resort – an exhibition by painter, author and filmmaker Andrew Lanyon which explores the remarkable intersections of art, history and everyday life in St Ives in the years before the Second World War. It includes paintings by Andrew and Peter Lanyon, Alfred Wallis, Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood and Naum Gabo, archival material, interactive models and specially commissioned works by a number of artists. At Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge to 18 Sep.

Encounters: Journeys through Language and Landscape, with artists Jitish Kallat, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Paula Boulton, Rebecca Lee, Graeme Miller, Shane Waltener and Caroline Wright, at Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Montague House, Chancery Lane, Thrapston, Northants to 18 Sep.