The best exhibitions to visit in mid-April

Joan Miro; The Ladder of Escape, at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 from 14 Apr to 30 Sep.   See preview in Country Life Apr 13

Radical Bloomsbury: the art of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell 1905-25, at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton from 16 Apr to 9 Oct. 03000 290900. See review in Country Life May 11th

Painting Flowers: Fantin-Latour and the Impressionists at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Durham from 16 Apr to 9 Oct.

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked, at Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway from 15 Apr to 12 Sep.

The 73rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers, a touring exhibition, at Winds of Change Gallery, Winchcombe, Gloucs from 16 Apr to 14 May.

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Dutch Landscapes – 42 landscapes including works by van Ruisdael, Cuyp, and Hobbema at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London from 15 Apr to 9 Oct. 020 7766 7301

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 Bournemouth Library, The Triangle, Bournemouth from 11 Apr to 11 May

Spring into Summer – Celebrating the end of Winter, an exhibition inspired by the British landscape featuring a variety of contemporary artists including John Piper and Tom Wanless. At the Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold from Sunday 10 April until Sunday 01 May 2011.

Retrace – Five recently graduated Scottish artists present both collaborative and individual works including stop motion animation, installation, painting, printmaking and illustration. At an talla solais Ullapool Visual Arts and other venues throughout the village from 16th April – 8th May 2011.

Richard Allen in the sixties and seventies – At the Victoria Art Gallery, By Pulteney Bridge, Bath from Sat 9 April until June 5th 2011.

Oxfordshire Originals – Over 20 members of the Oxford Craft Guild showing their works, includes ceramics, jewellery, textile, wood and more. At Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire from 9 April – 17th April.

Double Portrait: Zoran Music and Ida Barbarigo – At the Estorick collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square London N1 from 13 April – 12 June 2011.  

Nick Botting: Observations – At the Portland Gallery, 8 Bennet Street, London, SW1A from 14 April – 6 May. 020 7493 1888

Vera Lutter’s Egypt Series – photographs of ancient architecture in Egypt. At the Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street, London W1K from 12 April – 21 May 2011.

Norman Adams: “The Way of the Cross” and Umbria, Provence and Skye – At University Gallery, Northumbria University, Sandyford Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST from 15 April – 3 June 2011.

British New School sculpture – Robert Bowman presents a selling exhibition of British New School sculpture to coincide with Victoria and Albert exhibition The Cult of Beauty. At Robert Bowman Gallery, 12 Duke Street St. James’s, London SW1Y from 14 April 2011. 020 7439 2822

Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography – At V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 from 12 April – 17 July.

Revealed: Turner Contemporary Opens – opening show of Margate’s new Turner Contemporary gallery, which explores the themes of imagination, discovery, wonder and the creative spirit, centred around JMW Turner’s extraordinary but little-known painting The Eruption of the Souffrier Mountains. At Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent from 16 Apr to 4 Sep.


Royal Watercolour Society Spring Exhibition at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 from 18 Mar to 15

John Makepeace – Enriching the Language of Furniture, an exhibition of outstanding furniture on national tour, at Somerset House, the Strand, London from 16 Mar to 15 Apr.

The British Art Show 7, widely recognized as one of the most ambitious and influential exhibitions of contemporary British art, at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank, London until 17 Apr.  

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.

Peter White at the Kilmorack Gallery until 16th April at the old Kilmorack church, by Beauly, Inverness-shire. His works have been described as ‘empyreal’ meaning relating to the highest heaven, believed to contain pure light or fire. 01463 783 230

Ra’Anan Levy at Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, London SW3 from 17 Mar to 16 Apr.

Beast – an exhibition exploring contemporary views of our age-old relationship between man and beast in sculpture from established and emerging artists, through a wide range of representation, at Pangolin, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 until 16 April.

Dora Holzhandler: Exhibition of Vibrant New Oil Paintings and Watercolours at the Goldmark Gallery, 14 Orange Street, Uppingham, Rutland to 22 Apr. 01572 821424

Rose Hilton – new oil paintings at Messums, 8 Cork Street, London W8 to 16 Apr. 020 7437 5545

Perception: RhueArts Exhibition at Dovecot Studio – Range of paintings, film, textiles and sculpture influenced by the landscape and culture of Scotland’s far north. At North and South Galleries at Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT from 5-16th April.

Only Connect – Exhibition of portraits connecting sitters across three centuries, using musical connections to explore new ways of looking at the collection. In room 33 of National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place WC2H OHE from 16 – 27 April.

Private Rural Splendour: Masterpieces from the Ford Collection on Display at the Granary Art Gallery at Weston Park in Shropshire. Until 3rd July 2011.

Oxfordshire Originals – Over 20 members of the Oxford Craft Guild showing their works, includes ceramic, jewellery, textile, wood and more. At Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire from 9 April – 17th April.