The best art exhibitions to visit this February

Royal Watercolour Society 2011 Open Competition Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 from 18 Feb to 10 Mar.

French Drawings: Poussin to Seurat, presenting paper works by renowned French artists such as J A D Ingres and Francois Boucher from the gallery’s collection of master drawings, at the National Gallery of Scotland, Princes Street, Edinburgh until 1 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 from 17 Feb to 15 May.

Stanley Donwood – Work on Paper at The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, London W1 from 17 Feb to 12 Mar.

Works by Lynn Chadwick at Osborne Samuel, 23a Bruton Street, London W1 until Mar 5.

365 Days at 276
– photographs by Stuart Baile, Sayaka Maruyama, Wendy Bevan, Noemie Goudal and others at Edel Assanti Gallery, London SW1 until Mar 12.

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The 73rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers, a touring exhibition, at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery from 12 Feb to 6 Apr.

Basketry: Making Human Nature
, featuring basketry from the ancient world to the present day from Western Amazonia, North America, Oceania, Africa, Japan, South East Asia and Europe, at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich until 22 May. 01603 593199

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: Colour as Celebration – a rare opportunity to see the later works of this key member of the St Ives School in a special solo exhibition, at Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames until 26 Feb.

Paintings by Norman Long and John Hamilton
at Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art, 17 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester until 26 Feb.

Egon Schiele: Women – more than 45 extraordinary works by the Austrian artist previously unseen in the UK, at Richard Nagy Ltd, 22 Old Bond Street, London W1 until 4 Mar. 020 7262 6400

Place in Mind – new photographs by Harry Cory Wright at Eleven, 11 Eccleston Street, London SW1 until 26 Mar.

Roger Hilton – a centenary celebration
at Newly Art Gallery, New road, Newlyn, Cornwall until 2 May.

Passmore Edwards Centennial
– a display highlighting the many changes to the Newlyn Art Gallery, which was built in 1895 by the Cornish born philanthropist John Passmore Edwards (1823-1911), that have been made over the past 116 years, and its pivotal role in the artistic community. At Newly Art Gallery, New road, Newlyn, Cornwall until 2 May.

Watercolour – a fresh assessment of the history of watercolour painting in Britain from its emergence in the Middle Ages to the present day, showing around 200 works including pieces by William Blake, Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner, through to modern and contemporary artists including Patrick Heron, Peter Doig and Tracey Emin, at Tate Britain, Linbury Galleries, Millbank, London from 16 Feb to 21 Aug.

Romi Behrens
– Toucan and Friends, at illustration cupboard, 22 Bury Street, London SW1 from 16 Feb to 2 Mar.

Conjuring Colour from the Dark of Winter – an exhibition in a 15th century manor house of paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewellery and prints by Wessex artists, at Blackmore Farm, Blackmore Lane, Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset from 19-27 Feb. 01278 653442

Christiane Baumgartner
– Reel Time; the German artist combines old techniques of woodcut with contemporary technology of video to reflect on subjects we often take for granted, at Alan Cristea Gallery, 31 & 34 Cork Street, London W1 from 17 Feb to 19 Mar.

The British Art Show 7, widely recognized as one of the most ambitious and influential exhibitions of contemporary British art, returns to the Hayward Gallery, Southbank, London where it is on show from 16 Feb to 17 Apr.  

Lost Found, Growth Decay; the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Sculpture Preview Exhibition – in a year-long sculpture residency, the Lost Gardens of Heligan have invited Cornish artist James Eddy to interpret the essence of Heligan as part of the celebrations marking the 21st anniversary of the garden’s rediscovery. At the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Petewan, St Austell, Cornwallfrom Feb 19-27.

London Street Photography, showing the work of 70 photographers from the first instantaneous black and white shots of the 1860s to images taken in 2010, at the Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2 from 18 Feb to 4 Sep.


Pure Gold: Federation of British Artists’ anniversary exhibition, including works by Edgar Degas, Walter Sickert, John Singer Sargent and Augustus John and with artifacts on display from the studio of Sir William Orpen, at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 from 9 to 19 Feb. 020 7930 6844

Shadow Catchers: Camera-Less photography
– images by 5 leading artists who have been creating new photography without the use of a camera – Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Adam Fuss, Garry Fabian Miller, Floris Neususs at the V & A from 13 Oct to 20 Feb.

The Urethra Postcard Art of Gilbert & George, including Union Flag Picture Postcard Pictures, London Telephone Box Pictures and Flyer Pictures, at White Cube, 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London SW1 until 19 Feb.