The best art to see this October

En Brunaille – Painted Drawings – showing a group of painted sketches from Christ Church’s collection painted in a hue of brown tones, by painters such as Anthony van Dyck and Frans Floris. Also showing: Clouet to Claude – French Masterdrawings – overview on French draughtsmanship showing Christ Church’s collection of French drawings. Both on at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford until 23 Dec.

Goldsmiths’ Fair ’11 – A unique opportunity to buy contemporary silver and jewellery direct from the best jewellery and silversmithing talent in the UK. Second week – October 4 – October 9 at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2.

“Recent Work” by Nicholas Granger-Taylor at Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk, London, SW10 until 13 October.

Barry Flanagan Early Works 1965-1982. This exhibition focuses on Flanagan’s early studio practice, ending with the first international presentations of his stone, ceramic and bronze works at the Venice Biennale and Documenta 7. Until 2 January 2012 at Tate Britain, Level 2 Galleries, Millbank, London SW1.

Dazzling Arms and Armour from the East. An exhibition of the varied forms of surface decoration found on Eastern arms and armour. Until 26 March 2012 at The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1.

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20 artists for 20 years – 20th anniversary exhibition at Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York until 17 Nov.

Mary Webb: Journeys in Colour – the largest exhibition ever of the bold, abstract works of the artist’s work, done from 1965 to the present day and including 60 paintings, together with screen prints, drawings and collages. At the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia until 4 Dec.

The Radev Collection: Bloomsbury and Beyond
– the first public showing of the collection, which charts the friendships and interests of the Bloomsbury acolyte Mattei Radev, the venerated music critic and 5th Lord Sackville, Eddy Sackville-West and the artist-dealer Eardley Knollys. Includes works by Keith Vaughan, Duncan Grant, Graham Sutherland, Alfred Wallis, Ivon Hitchens, Maruice Denis, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Jean Metzinger, Jean Millet, Amedeo Modigliani and Lucien Pissarro. At Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester until 22 Jan.

Opening exhibition of a new gallery in Bath, showing the work of six well-established artists, including Rose Hilton, Hannah Woodman and Simon Casson. Hilton Fine Art, 5 Margaret’s Buildings until 17 October. Tel: 01225 311311

Gerhard Richter: Panorama – a major retrospective coinciding with the artist’s 80th birthday, at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 from 6 Oct 2011 to 8 Jan 2012. 

Martin Mooney – paintings at Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 from 6 to 28 Oct. 020 7493 1888

Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, an eclectic selection of objects in the Museum from right across world cultures, from Polynesian fetishes to Buddhist votive offerings chosen by the British artist, at the British Museum, London from 6 Oct to 8 Jan.

Ashmolean Museum’s Autumn Exhibition – Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape. 13 paintings with related drawings and etchings. Ashmolean Special Exhibition Galleries, Beaumont Street, Oxford from 6 October 2011 – 8 January 2012. (See review in Country Life Oct 5 2011)

The Four Brushes – four sisters: Daphne Stephenson, Nadia Waterfield, Zarina Stewart-Clark and Natalie Stewart-Clark combine to show their paintings at The Gallery, 28 Cork Street, London W1 from 3 to 8 Oct. 0131 331 1114

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.

Stephen Walter – The Island: London Series. For their first exhibition of contemporary art at the 17th century Fenton House, and to mark the Affordable Art Fair’s launch in Hampstead, the National Trust, in association with TAG Fine Arts, is installing a series of maps by renowned artist Stephen Walter. His maps of London combine personal insights, local knowledge and research, bringing together stories, legends, histories and stereotypes in a celebration of place. Each of Walter’s drawings is another world, full of fine detail, created through the self-enforced processes of re-representation and repetition. At Fenton House, Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 until 30th October 2011.

The Living Tree of Jesse – exhibition of paintings by Richard Pomeroy to coincide with the restoration of Wells Cathedral’s famous 14th century stained glass window- half of all sales will go towards the restoration fund. At The Chapter House, Wells Cathedral, Somerset from 9-17 Oct. 07850 238239

The Indiscipline of Painting; international abstraction from the 1960s to now – works by an international group of 49 artists from the 1960s to now selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis. The show features major new commissions and loans and includes important works by Warhol, Stella, Richter and Bridget Riley, alongside other perhaps more unfamiliar artists, such as Tomma Abts,Martin Barre, Mary Heilmann and Jeremy Moon. At Tate St. Ives, Cornwall from 8 Oct to 3 Jan 2011.  

James Dodds – ‘Tide Lines’ – at Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1 until 22 Oct.

Elaine Pamphilon Paintings and Christopher Marvell Sculpture at Medici Gallery, 5 Cork Street, London W1 until 8 Nov.

Fred Yates – Crossing the Tamar – at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albemarle Street, London until 8 Oct.

Jenny Franklin at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3 until 15 Oct.

Draw 11; the 90th Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, at the Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 until 15 October.

Oil paintings by David Fowles depicting the Shropshire countryside and the River Severn – a selling exhibition at the Weston Park Granary Art Gallery, Weston-under-Lizard, near Shifnal, Shropshire until 31 Oct.

Miracles and Charms– near death experiences, secret charms and miraculous events – exploring the extraordinary in the everyday with two shows: Infinitas Gracias: Mexican miracle paintings, and an exhibition of unseen London amulets from Henry Wellcome’s collection, selected by the artist Felicity Powell and displayed alongside her work. At the Wellcome Collection, The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 from 6 Oct to 26 Feb 2012.

Magic Worlds – exploring the imaginary and antastical realms of witches, wizards, fairies, elves, dragons, magicians and illusionists, at the V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 from 8 Oct to 4 May.

Tim Nicholson – new and early paintings; Andrew George – new paintings; Svend Bayer – new ceramics; Petter Southall – furniture, all at Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset until 6 Nov.

RAW – works in concrete, glass, metal, wood by Peter Bailey, Jaap De Vries, Erik Sommer, Michael Petry and Eric Butcher at Pertwee Anderson & Gold, 15 Bateman Street, London W1 from 7 to 27 Oct.

Frink – exhibition of some of Elizabeth Frink’s lesser known sculptures at Beaux Arts London, 22 Cork Street, London W1 from 5 Oct to 5 Nov.

Collection of works of art from the ancient civilizations of Egypt, the near East, the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, highlighting accessibility of antiquities to the would-be collector. At Rupert Wace Ancient Art, 14 Old Bond Street, London W1 until 14 Oct.

Degas – Bronzes and Drawings, a selection available for sale, at Browse & Darby, Cork Street, London W1 until Oct 15.

A Feeling of Lightness – Naomi Press retrospective, at Bermondsey Project Space, 46 Willow Walk, London SE1 from 7 to 30 Oct. 020 7323 6963

Vermeer’s Women – Secrets & Silence
– at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge from 5 Oct to 13 Jan 2012. (see preview in Country Life Oct 5 2012)

F C B Cadell, a small exhibition to accompany the one at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh from 5 Oct to 2 Nov.

Paintings by Kate Downie and Pat Douthwaite, silver mist works by Takahiro Kondo and jewellery by Kamilla Ruberg, all at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh from 5 Oct to 2 Nov.

Autumn Exhibition of the Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 from 6 Oct to 5 Nov.

A Selling Exhibition including pottery from Isfahan and Jaipur, kilims from India, hand painted tins, decorated boxes, rugs, furniture, artefacts and jewellery at Lordington House, Lordington, Chichester, West Sussex from 8 to 16 Oct.

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

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.

RB Kitaj: Portraits and Reflections. Abbot hall, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL until 8 October. 01539 722464

George Blacklock – Flags, Flying Saucers and Altar Pieces at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 to 8 Oct.

The Narrow World of Norman Cornish
at University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne to 7 Oct.

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

Radical Bloomsbury: the art of Duncan Grant
and Vanessa Bell 1905-25, at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton to 9 Oct. 03000 290900. (See review in Country Life May 11th)

Durer’s Fame – a selection of Albrecht Durer’s prints from the Galleries’ collection, together with contemporary and later copies of his work, shown along with a selection of illicit imitations and surprising tributes, including a 21st century tattoo. At Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh until 11 Oct.

Eva Rothschild: Hot Touch as part of The Hepworth Wakefield opening at Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire until 9 October

Autumn exhibition from The Society of Floral Painters at Stourton Memorial Hall on the National Trust Stourhead Estate to 9 October

Painting Flowers
: Fantin-Latour and the Impressionists at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Durham until 9 Oct.

Treasures of Heaven
: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe at the British Museum, London until 9 Oct.

Dutch Landscapes – 42 landscapes including works by van Ruisdael, Cuyp, and Hobbema at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London until 9 Oct. 020 7766 7301

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

New collection show, featuring works by Ravilious, Bawden, Christopher Wood, Victor Pasmore, Paul Nash, George Clausen, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, as well as a rarely seen 16th century triptych and works by Albrecht Durer and a wie range of modern British art, revealing the stories and people behind the gifts, and how such works came to end up in a regional public collection. At Towner, Eastbourne until 9 Oct.

Goldsmiths’ Fair ’11 – A unique opportunity to buy contemporary silver and jewellery direct from the best jewellery and silversmithing talent in the UK. At Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2 until Oct 9.

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

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.

The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture
This prize is the leading showcase for paintings and sculptures that promote the practice of representational art, whilst challenging its language and assumptions. From 22 September until 8 October at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1.

Exhibition of Twentieth Century Watercolours and Drawings – 80 works collected during the past year that Abbott and Holder think are particulaly beautiful and/or interesting. At Abbott and Holder Ltd. 30 Museum Street. Bloomsbury. London WC1 until 8th October.