The best art to see in December

Seas of Grass – textiles and paintings by Michala Gyetvai at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry from 3 Dec to 24 Jan.

Christmas Landscapes and Still Life Painting – a lively selection of paintings by Gallery and New Artists, including Barr, Davis, Forshall, and Harrigan. At Flying Colours Gallery, the Courtyard, 6 Burnsall Street, Kings Road, London SW3 until 23 Dec. 020 7351 5558

Chris Moore – Catwalking – celebrating the fashion photographer’s remarkable career with a collection of his iconic images. At Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 until 10 Feb.

Michael Bennallack Hart Landscapes at Medici Gallery, 5 Cork Street, London W1 until 23 Dec.

Contemporary Prints from RA Editions
– presenting a selection from the RA Editions’ portfolio of contemporary, limited edition prints by Royal Academicians, graduates of the RA Schools and associates. Includes prints by Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Eileen Cooper and Phillip King. In the Sir Hugh Casson Room at the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 until 9 Mar.

Anita Austwick – Cityscape 2011 – at Modern Artists’ Gallery, High Street, Whitchurch on Thames, Berks until 24 Dec.

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Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition – works by over 100 photographers at the Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich, Suffolk until Jan 7.

Katie Pratt – Doglegs, Chicanes & Beelines – large-scale and smaller recent abstract works from 2009 to the present. Pratt won the Jerwood Painting Prize in 2001. At The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1 until 7 Jan.

United Enemies: The Problem of Sculpture in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, at Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds until 11 Mar.

Shelagh Cluett: Drawing in Space. Cluett was one of the few female sculptors active in the 1970s and early 1980s whose work was exhibited and achieved critical recognition. At Leeds Art Gallery until 11 Mar.

Visions of Italy – a selection of drawings and paintings by mostly French and Italian artists from the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Jan Frans van Bloemen, called Orizzonte; Charles-Louis Clerisseau; Hubert Robert, Jean-Jacques de Boissieu and Salomon Corrodi. It includes both imaginary and topographical views of landscapes and Classical architecture. At Didier Aaron Ltd, Clifford House, 15 Clifford Street, London W1 until 16 Dec.

25 – a selling exhibition celebrating 25 years of one of Britain’s leading charitable trusts, the Weston Park Foundation. It comprises 25 works by 3 diverse artists – Rob Pointon; Chris Clements; and Ivan Taylor – focussing on Weston Park, its people and its grounds. At the Granary Art Gallery, Weston-under-Lizard, Near Shifnal, Shropshire until Dec 31.  

A Celebration of the Big Top
– Contemporary Paintings of the Circus at James Harvey British Art, 15 Langton Street, London SW10 until 16 Dec.

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

Limestone, Sandstone, Millstone: Landscape Art of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria (Part Two) at Gavagan Art, Linton Court Gallery, Duke Street, Settle, North Yorks until 17 Dec. 01729 824497

Emily Sutton: People and Places
– taking an up-close look at the high street in Italy and Portugal. Christmas Exhibition – selected gallery artists. Katharine Coleman – new work on colour overlaid lead crystal. Koji Hatakeyama – bronze cast pieces. All at the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh until 24 Dec.

John Caple – The Light, The Dusk, The Dark – the latest of the artist’s moonlit paintings are about journeys, real, metaphorical or spiritual, and the experience of landscape on those journeys. At John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 22 Dec.

Frances Macdonald – paintings, mostly of her favourite subject – coastal views of the West Highlands and Islands, at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 23 Dec. 020 7493 1888

Nature Reserve – paintings by Donald Teskey, the result of spending six weeks among the trees and grasses and hillsides of the Gearagh nature reserve in Co Cork, Ireland, with its remains of alluvial oak forest. At Art First, 21 Eastcastle Street, London W1 until 20 Dec.

Women and Art – works by Vaness Bell, Sandra Blow, Sonia Delaunay, Jenny Franklin, Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Yayoi Kusama, Gwen John, Jacqueline Marval, Louise Nevelson, Mary Newcomb, Tessa Newcomb, Winifred Nicholson, Mary Potter, Dariel Raven, Bridget Riley, Jenny Saville and Jennifer Wood in support of Ovarian Cancer Action. At Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3 until 14 Jan.

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

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.  

Small Paintings, Small Ceramics at Bohun Gallery, 15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames until 22 Dec.

Brian Dewbury: An Exhibition of New Ceramics
A selection of bottles and bowls and an array of glazes, inspired by Dewbury’s passion for colour and glaze research. Until 17 December at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1.

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition
Featuring a wide variety of contemporary landscape, figurative and still-life paintings. From 7 to 18 December at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1.

‘Folded’ – an exhibition of site-specific work by Minimalist artist in residence Clare Burnett, at Leighton House Museum, Holland Park Road, London W1 until 5 Jan.  

Inaugural exhibition of new Halcyon Gallery, with glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly, at 144-6 New Bond Street, London W1 until 28 Feb.

Drawings by British and European Artists 1600-1900 at Agnew’s Gallery, 35 Albemarle Street, London W1 until 22 Dec. 020 7290 9250

Jonathan Yeo: You’re Only Young Twice – new oil paintings by the leading portrait painter based around the theme of cosmetic surgery. At Lazarides Gallery, 11 Rathbone Place, London from 9 Dec to 21 Jan.

Lygia Pape (1927-2004)- Magnetized Space – sculpture, performance, paintings, films, poems, engravings and collages by the Brazilian atist, whose work brought together daring experimentation and formal rigour. At Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 from 7 Dec to 19 Feb.

Three exhibitions at the Fine Art Society: A W N Pugin 1812-1852 – with Haslam & Whiteway. Graham Rich – Crossing Lyme Bay. J D Fergusson – Sketchbooks and Studies. All at 148 New Bond Street, London W1 until 23 Dec.

Feathers and Foliage – an exhibition of recent paintings by Elizabeth Calthorpe S.E.A inspired by her love of the countryside, and in particular of hens, geese and ducks. From 8 Dec to Christmas. At Le Mur Vivant Fine Art, 30 Churton Street, London SW1. 020 7821 5555

Perceptions – 40 photographs by Patrick Lichfield, including both classics and unseen work, as well as a selection of newly discovered vintage prints. To coincide with the launch of the book Perceptions (Quadrille), at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, 3-5 Swallow Street, London from 7 Dec to 7 Jan.

European and British Abstract Art, including works by artists JosephLacasse, Caziel, Adolf Fleischmann, Ernst Klinger, Terry Frost and Maurice Cockrill, at Whitford Fine Art, 6 Duke St London SW1 until 23 Dec. 020 7930 9332

Isabel Bannerman: Plantlife – new paintings at Jonathan Cooper, Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London SW10 from 9-24 Dec.


Claire Jarvis: Last House on the left. Through this exhibition, the artist takes the viewer on a guided tour of her own house. Her vision of domesticity is all the more ‘real’ for its lack of sentimentality, although there is a great deal of wit and humour as well in her paintings. At Waterhouse and Dodd, 26 Cork Street, London, W1S 3ND from 23rd Nov to 16th Dec.

The Titanic Honour and Glory Exhibition: Ludlow Assembly Rooms. The exhibition features rare and previously unseen artefacts from the Titanic’s passengers and crew. 28 Oct to 11 Dec. 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire.   

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

Quentin Blake – As large as life – over 60 works by the best loved illustrator and first Children’s Laureate, commissioned by hospitals in the UK and abroad to have a theraputic effect on their residents, including pictures on a circus theme for Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow; drawings of everyday life for Vincent Square Eating Disorder Clinic; and illustrations for the Maternity hospital in Angers, France. At Compton Verney from 15 Oct to 11 Dec.

101 Self Portraits – the Borchard Collection
. Spending only 21 guineas per painting Ruth Borchard created a collection of self portraits mostly in the 1940-1950s, including works by Michael Ayrton, Cecil Collins, Euan Uglow, Keith Vaughan and Carel Weight. On show with a selling exhibition of Edgar Holloway prints, at Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood, Kent until 10 Dec.

Real Venice – an exhibition mounted by the Venice in Peril Fund of photographic works of Venice by 14 internationally renowned artists to raise funds to help save Venice and to create a lasting legacy of the city, at Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2 until 11 Dec.

Remember, remember: A history of fireworks in Britain, at Compton Verney from 15 Oct to 11 Dec.

Nicola Bealing’s Exhibition – at Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, London SW1 from 9 Nov to 11 Dec.

Copse: Alasdair Mackie. Designed specifically for the space, this will be the artist’s grandest installation yet. It will be bringing the outdoors in, with his full scale artificial woodland consisting of 27 pine trees balanced on factory made table legs. At All Visual Arts, 2 Omega Place, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DR from 18th Nov to 16th Dec.

The Right Touch: Exploring the perception of texture in furniture and design at Themes and Variations 231 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SE from 16th Nov to 10th Dec.

Jobbers To The Stars: seeks to challenge the conventions of hierarchy and power systems. The act of performance is used as an apparatus to explore relations, in turn reinventing truths or questioning rules. At Café Gallery, Southwark Park, London, SE16 2UA from 16th Nov to 11th Dec.