The best art exhibitions to visit in July

House of Beasts. Set around the stables, mansion and parkland of Attingham Park near Shrewsbury, and inspired by Attingham’s history and rich collections, this exhibition explores the relationship between human beings and domesticated and wild animals.
July 2011 – July 2012.

Birds & Beasts- sculpture & drawings by Clare Trenchard; prints by Kate Boxer; paintings by James Meiklejohn; furniture by Petter Southall; clothes, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery and leather by leading British designer makers, at Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset from 9 July to 4 Sep.

Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500, at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2 from 6 Jul to 2 Oct.  See preview in Country Life July 6th

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 Buxton Dome, Devonshire Road, Buxton from 6 -27 July

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex from 9 Jul to 9 Oct.

Fleet: an exhibition of Small Ships. Also, The Westland By Joanne B Kaar and Lynn Taylor, and a series of etchings by Jason Hicklin. At an talla solaris (Ullapool Visual Arts), Market Street (next to the village Hall), Ullapool IV26 2XE. Open daily 2-5pm from 9 July to 31 July.

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Daniela Gullotta – Views of Rome: a personal tribute to Piranesi. Paintings inspired by the famous engravings of Rome by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778). At Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BY from 7 July – 31 July.

Donald Brook, Alan Lowndes and Donald McIntyre Exhibition. From 7 July – 29 July, Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm. At the Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1A 1RP.

An exhibition of paintings and limited edition prints by Mary Anne Rogers at Leam Studio, West Woodburn, Hexham, Northumberland NE48 2SE from 4 July to 24 July.

Jason Hicklin: Etching 1995 – 2009
. An exhibition showing his etchings from the last 14 years. At an talla solais Ullapool Visual Arts, Market Street, Ullapool, Wester Ross, Scotland IV26 2XE from 8 – 31 July.

RB Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections
. Abbot hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL from 9 July – 8 October. 01539 722464

Naïve Thoughts. A new exhibition from a varied group of contemporary artists, conveying the message hidden beneath what meets the eye. At the Red Rag Modern Art Gallery, 24 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LN from 10 – 31 July. 01225 332223

From The Wild To The Wonderful: Annual Exhibition Of Scottish Art. At the Red Rag Modern Art Gallery, 24 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LN from 10 July – 28 August. 01451 832563

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.

Ntepti Humanism by Faggionato Fine Arts. A Comprehensive exhibition of modern and contemporary Greek artwork, by a group of twenty artists. 16 Percy Street (First Floor) London W1T 1DT from the 9 June – 12 August. 0044 (0)20 7436 6086


Graham Murrell: 10 Year Celebratory Show, Part 1 – two part photographic exhibition by the distinguished photographer. At Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria from 29 Apr to 10 July. 01539 446139

An exhibition of Old Master Drawings: a week of exhibitions in Mayfair and St James’s. 1 July – 8 July. Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7439 2822.

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 until 10 Jul.

Fresh Air 2011 Contemporary sculpture in the 5-acre riverside garden of David and Lucy Abel-Smith’s Cotswold home, Quenington Old Rectory. It’s their 10th Biennale Quenington Sculpture Exhibition, featuring 103 artists, of which 45 are new to the event. Includes works in a range of media, installations combining sound, textile banners, lettering and garden furniture.  
19 June to 10 July.

Yohji Yamamoto – UK’s first solo exhibition of life and work of one of the world’s most influential and enigmatic fashion designers. At the V & A, Cromwell Road, London until 10 July.

Barbara Hepworth and Landscape
: Upper Space. An Exhibition to celebrate the launch of The Hepworth Wakefield, revealing her thoughts about landscape and the influence on her work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire until 10 July. tel: 01924 832 631

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 until 10 July.

150th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Women Artists at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London until 9 July.

Bridget McCrum sculptures and work on canvass and paper. At Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1S from 25 May to 11 June

Alex Lowery – ‘Channel View’ – a new exhibition comprising over 40 works featuring West Bay and Portland in Dorset and Jersey. At Campden Gallery, High Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire until 10 Jul.

The Camden Town Group Centenary Exhibition at the Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 to 16 Jul.

Stephen Brown – ‘Summertime’ – a collection of new work depicting the shimmering waters of South Devon, West Sussex and Hampshire – at the Minster Gallery, Minster Chambers, 3A Great Minster Street, Winchester to 9th Jul.

Artist of the Day – Two Weeks, Ten Artists, One Objective!
– an annual event whereby ten selectors choose an artist to each hold a one day solo exhibition over the course of two weeks. This year the selectors include: Julian Opie, Tim Head, Alison Wilding and Chantal Joffe. At Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1 from 27 Jun to 9 Jul.

Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood portraits, photographs from the John Kobal Foundation. Vintage photographs covering 40 years of Hollywood history. Including portraits of Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Vivien Leigh, Loretta Young and Joan Collins by many different photographers. At the Porter Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, London from 7 July to the 23 October. 0844 248 5033