The best exhibitions to see in April

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900, at the V & A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 from 2nd Apr to 17th Jul.   . See Country Life feature April 6th

Tim Hayward: New Works at Jonathan Cooper
, Park Walk Gallery, London SW10 from 7-23 Apr. 0207 351 0410

Shelia Fell: A Passion for Paint- the exhibition includes Fell’s landscape and coastal paintings at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria from 7 Apr to 25 June. See review in Country Life Apr 6. 01539 722 464.

Botanical art burst into bloom from 8 Apr to 17 Apr. The Society of Botanical Artists hold their Annual London Open Exhibition showcasing around 700 works embracing a wide variety of styles and techniques. Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, London.

Mervyn Peake: A Centenary Celebration at Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex from 9 Apr to 17 Jul.

Perception: Artists working with Rhueart, Ullapool: Helen Denerley, Katy Spong, James Hawkins, Mhairi Killin, James Lumsden, Peter White, Mary Bourne, Tobias Hodson at Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh from 5-16 Apr. 0131 550 3660

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Edinburgh Printmakers – an exhibition celebrating over 40 years of print publishing, with work by John Bellany, Peter Howson, William Johnstone, Barbara Rae, Calum Colvin and Moyna Flannigan at Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire from 8 to 25 Apr.

The Petrified Music of Architecture: Sir Herbert Oakeley’s Collection of Cathedral Models at Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2 8 Apr to 25 Jun.

In the Heat of the Day – new paintings including many Moroccan scenes by H R Bell at Francis Kyle Gallery, 9 Maddox Street, London W1 from 6 Apr to 5 May.

James Stirling: Notes from the Archive – an exhibition of selected material from the rich archive of the renowned architect and Pritzker Prize laureate. At Tate Britain, Millbank, London from 5 Apr to 21 Aug.

Immortality – new work by Ken Currie at Flowers, 82 Kingsland Road, London E2 from 8 Apr to 21 May. 020 7920 7777

Islamic Courtly Textiles and Trade Goods from the 14th to 19th century, at Francesca Galloway, 31 Dover Street, London W1 until 6 May.

Spring Exhibition – New English Art Club and Others at Geedon Gallery, Jaggers, Fingringhoe, Colchester from 9 to 25 Apr. 01206 729151

Heracles to Alexander the Great – treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy, at the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford from 7 Apr to 29 Aug.

Approaches to Landscape – an exhibition of works by David Crocker at the Medici Gallery, 5 Cork Street, London W1 until 5 May.

Paintings by Susan Bower ROI, RBA at Kentmere House Gallery, 53 Scarcroft Hill, York until 26 May. 01904 656507

Beyond Ourselves – works by Agata Agatowska, Geraldine Cox, Chris Dunseath, Sam Knowles, David Richard and Chooc Ly Tan at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1 from 1 Apr to 24 Jun. 020 7451 2597

John Brown- Collioure; Baskets by Joe Hogan – Bare Branches, Blue Black Sky; Drawings from the 1950s and 60s by Alasdair Gray; Paper Jewellery and Objects by Anne Finlay. At the Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh 6-30 Apr

British Sculpture – works by Anthony Caro, Phillip King, Denis Mitchell, Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Sandle and Brian Wall at Flowers, 21 Cork Street, London W1. Also at Flowers: Ghosts – paintings by John Kirby, both from 7-30 Apr.

Exhibition of 180 of the best pots by the acclaimed potter Nic Collins at Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham until 30 April. 01572 821 424

Treasure Under Your Feet
– three thousand years of treasure underfoot: ancient finds on display in new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge until 4 September.

Kurt Jackson at 50 at Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall from 9 April – 18 June 01326 313 863

VODUN: African Voodoo
– the first worldwide unveiling of the amazing private collection of Voodoo art created by African and Tribal art expert and collector Jacques Kerchache. At the Cartier Foundation, 16 Percy Street (First Floor), London W1 from 5 Apr 020 7436 6082

Works on Paper – a strong collection of 20th century and contemporary works on paper including such names as Dufy and Boudin, the British minimalist Ben Nicholson and a luscious nude by Polish born adopted Frenchman Moise Kisling. A gentle exhibition of land and cityscapes, birds and flowers, still life and desirable young women – romantic subjects eminently accessible and destined to give pleasure in any context. At Frost & Reed 2-4 King Street St James’s London SW1 from 7th March – 11th April. 020 7389 4645

Modern British Sculpture, including works by Armitage, Ayrton, Epstein, Frink and Hepworth, at Robert Bowman Modern, 34 Duke Street, St. James’s, London SW1 until 7 Apr.

Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts
, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1 until 7 April. (see preview in Country Life 19/1/11)

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

Ian Houston – Light and Shadow Across the World, at the Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London SW1 until 8 April.

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 Bristol Central Library, College Green, Bristol until 9 Apr

Peter Morgan – 2010 in Music and Art – at the Gallery, St Martin in the Fields,Trafalgar Square, London WC2 from 22nd March to April 9th   

Annual Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 until 10 Apr.