The best art to see at the end of January

Chris Appleby: Towards a Wooden O. This exhibition demonstrates Appleby’s interest in stories, plays and theatre, and over the decades he has developed a personal mythology relating to ‘life in the city’. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London until 18 Feb.
Tel: 020 7734 0386 or visit

Edward Wilson: Artist of the Antarctic. Wilson was a physician, naturalist, explorer and artist who accompanied Captain Scott to Antarctica on both expeditions. This exhibition celebrates the centenary of Captain Scott’s South Pole Expedition at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal,
Cumbria from 12 January to 21 April. Tel: 01539 722464 or visit

Simon Fujiwara: first major exhibition in the UK of his work. Fujiwara is a young British/Japanese artist who has been building a strong reputation over the last few years with a string of acclaimed projects around the world. Since 1982 includes six new works, created especially for the exhibition. At Tate St Ives, Porthmore Beach, Cornwall from 18 Jan to 7 May.
Tel: 01736 796226 or visit

University Library’s greatest treasures
: An unpublished Rupert Brooke poem will sit alongside some of Cambridge University Library’s greatest treasures when a free exhibition of highlights from its priceless collections opens to the public on January 18. At Cambridge University Library, West Road, CB3 9DR. Tel: 01223 333000

Renee So: The work in this exhibition recalls the history of anthropomorphic ceramic ware with their gradual stylization and abstraction over time and their multi-purpose function. At 27 Old Nichol Street, London from 18 Jan to 25 Feb.
Tel: 020 7613 0515 or visit

Arnold Newman: 50 prints by one of the most important and distinctive photographers of the 20th century. At Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London from 18 Jan to 11 Feb.
Tel: 020 7434 4319 or visit

Formed thoughts
: explores the fundamental collaboration between maker and material in the forming of concepts and works. Curator Clare Twomey brings together work by artists Pheobe Cummings, Glithero and Tracey Rowledge. At JVA in Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London from 18 Jan to 26 Feb.

Homage to the Hambledon Gallery
: an exhibition celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the gallery with work from some of the artists who showed there, a tribute to an ongoing, vibrant artistic life in Dorset. At The Art Stable, Child Okeford Blandford, Dorset from 21 Jan to 11 Feb.
Tel: 01258 863866 or visit

30th Anniversary Exhibition
: the annual New Year exhibition is more exciting than ever before, a fusion of new and established artists, made even more special as it shall be marking the Cadogan Contemporary’s 30 Year Anniversary. At Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London until March 17.
Tel: 0207 581 5451 or visit

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David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture – an exhibition of Hockney’s landscape work. On at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, from Jan 21 to April 9.
Tel: 0844 209 0051 or visit

Anna Barriball: a display of the last ten years of her work in which the concepts of drawing and sculpture are closely intertwined. The exhibition contains drawing, sculpture and video and a major new commission at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, from Jan 21 to April 9. Tel: 01312 252383 or visit

Back to the Future: features the work of seven emerging artists whose interests lie in investigating temporally distant aesthetics, objects and images. Unlikely imagery and forms are drawn together in complementary arrangements, creating new languages and examining old ones. At Breese Little 30d Great Sutton Street, London from 26 Jan to 25 Feb. Visit:

In Profile: An Exhibition of New Prints by Derek Boshier. Six etchings pictorialising political and social issues and events. The exhibition will also include drawings from the artist’s 2009 suite Urban Vex. At Huguenot Editions, 8 Huguenot Place London from 26 Jan to 25 Feb.
Tel: 0208 8749138 or visit
Under the Sea: brings together a unique collection of contemporary and historical art, design and craft, inspired by the mysterious inhabitants of the deep. At the Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffeild, Leader House, Surrey Street, Sheffield from 25 Jan to 10 June.
Tel: 0114 278 2664 or visit

Study, Deisgn & Create: The 98 Lace Group. Stunning works of art by some of the UK’s greatest makers of contemporary lace are to go on display at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham from 28 Jan to 15 April.
Tel: 01833 690606 or visit

Golden Spider Silk: an exhibition of the only large textiles in the world to have been created from spider silk at the V&A, London, from Jan 25 to June 5. Visit

Christopher Oldfield Paintings: at the Brick Lane Gallery, The Annexe 93-5 Sclater Street, London from Jan 24-30
Tel: 207 729 972 Visit:

Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam
– The final exhibition in the British Museum’s series focused on spiritual journeys. At the British Museum, London, in the Reading Room from Jan 26 to April 13. Visit

David Dawson: Working with Lucian Freud. The exhibition brings the work done by the model and his painter together with extraordinary insight. On at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex, from Jan 28 to May 20.
Tel: 01243 774557 or visit

David Spiller: an exhibition of 25 new works demonstrating a move away from his bold unabashed colour towards a more reflective and elusive style of painting. On at Beaux Arts London, Cork Street, from Jan 25 to Feb 18.
Tel: 02074375799 or visit


Keith Pattison: No Redemption – moving photographic images of the 1984 Easington Colliery Miners’ Strike at University Gallery, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne until 27 Jan.  

Radical Drawing: The drawing in this exhibition is a barometer to the rapid change that is happening around all 5 continents, the selection of artists examine the systems that have failed to successfully govern our lives, yet persist in looking for new structures and way in between them.
At Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Bankside, London, SE1 from 23rd Nov to 28th Jan.

Henry Hudson: A Rake Revisited, at Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 until 28 Jan.  

Art Erotica: a diverse exhibition focussing on the work of the erotic genre at Cork Street, London, until 27 Jan.
Tel: 075900 47083 or visit  

Angela Hughes: Transitions. At University Gallery, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne until 27 Jan.  

Yves Dana: Robert Bowman Modern
will be hosting its second solo show of the work of Yves Dana. The exhibition includes bronzes and limestone sculptures, and is composed of entirely new work. 27 Oct to 31 Jan. Robert Bowman Modern, 34 Duke Street St James’s, London, SW1Y.

William Morris: Story Memory Myth. Two Temple Place opens to the public for the first time and presents an exhibition inspired by the architecture of the building itself. It will explore how the concepts of storytelling and decoration came together in the work of William Morris. Two Temple Place, London, WC2 until 29 Jan.

The Hepworth Wakefield: Clare Woods New Works
. In response to the architectural scale of the galleries spaces, Clare Woods explores he close affinity to the work of 20th century British artists with and interest in landscapes and natural forms. Until 29 Jan. Gallery Walk, West Yorkshire.  

Ford Madox Brown: Pre-Raphaelite Pioneer. The first major exhibition of the artist’s work since 1964, at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester until 29 Jan. See review in Country Life Dec 14 2011.

Recreating Tatlin’s Tower – exploring the conception, vision and symbolism of Vladimir Tatlin’s unrealised Monument to the Third International, with a special scaled recreation of the tower by Jeremy Dixon Architects on display in the Annenberg Courtyard as part of the ‘Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 exhibition in the Sackler Wing of Galleries. At the Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London until 29 Jan 2012.

Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin, the largest ever UK exhibition about the life and work of one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers, is at the Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 from 6 Oct to 30 Jan 2012.

Alice in Wonderland
– the first exhibition to provide a comprehensive historical exploration of how Lewis Carroll’s timeless novels have influenced the visual arts, at Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool from 4 Nov to 29 Jan.

Massimo Vitali: New Landscapes. A striking new collection of his photographs. Vitali will present new images taken on his extensive travels around Italy, Spain and Greece this summer at Brancolini Grimaldi, 43-44 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JJ until 28 Jan., 020 74935721.