The very best art to see in April

Found Landscapes– Roland Collins, Mascalls Gallery, Paddock Wood Kent TN12 6LT 20th April- 30th June 2012

Haunch of Venison- Jamie Shovlin, Young British Artist presents a sires of new large scale paintings, 18th April- 26th May, 103 Bond Street London W1S 1ST

Haunch of Venison- Nancy Holt, American artist working in the fields of Conceptual and Land Art, 6th June- 25th August, 103 Bond Street London W1S 1ST

John Piper and the Church, An exhibition of paintings, stained glass and tapestry designs, drawings and ecclesiastical vestments, Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire 21st April- 10th June (see review in Country Life Apr 18 2012)

Giuseppe Cavalli: Master of Light, 18th April- 17th June, Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN,

Play as Cast- Annie Tempest, O’Shea Gallery, 17th-28th April, No 4 St James’ Street, SW1,

John Bellany, Epic Journey– Works Spanning 5 decades including two paintings which have never been on display in the public, 18th April- 19th May 2012, Cork St London W1S 3NA,

The End of Innocence- Matt Collishaw
, The work presents Collishaw on a monumental scale, 20th April- 27th May 2012, Dilstone Grove, London SE16

Works on Paper, Janette Kerr, 17 April – 12 May 2012, Where Black Meets Grey And Inbetween, charcoal on paper, Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, Old Brompton Road  London, Greater London SW7 3LD

Exposed: A Sculptural Installation by Laura Ellen Bacon, On display until 30 September 2012, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 5AL

Dust, Dots and A Day at the Maze, Martin Finnin, 20th April- 12th May, John Martin Gallery London, W1S 4JG

Disturbance, Willie Doherty 21 April – 24 June 2012
Towner, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ

Ben Rivers, 21 April – 26 May 2012, 27 Old Nichol Street London, E2 7HR

Drowned Dust , Sudden Word- Tony Swain, 19th April- 8th July, The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street Edinburgh,

Jill Barthorpe, 16th – 22nd April, 9-5pm, The George Hotel Stamford,

Jane McAdam Freud, Family Matters at Gazelli Art House from 24 April – 29 May 2012, at 9 Dover Street, London

Kurt Jackson – ‘The Catacol Series’, 18 – 28 April 2012, Dovecot Studios Gallery 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT

British Impressionism 18th April – 26th May 2012, Messum’s, 8 Cork Street, London W1S 3LJ

Sam MacDonald: Bars Of Silver And Gold
, 28 Cork Street London, W1S 3NG 16th – 21st April,

Scotland’s Best Contemporary Artists and Craftsmen at the Fleming Collection, 17 April to 2 June, 13 Berkeley Street, London W1

Gary Stinton’s ‘Eye to Eye’ from 20 April – 5 May 2012, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk London, Greater London SW10 0AQ,

Laura Pawela – Sweet Heart Now Grown So Cold, 20th April to the 20th May 2012, IMT Gallery, 210 Cambridge Heath Road London E2 9NQ UK,

Edmund de Waal to exhibit at Waddesdon Manor, 20th April – 28th October 2012, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH

New Reliefs and Standing Sculpture- Sir Anthony Caro, 21 April- 24 June, Roche Court, Salisbury, Wilshire SP5 1BG,

Views of York – featuring over 100 stunning views of York, including paintings, watercolours, ceramics and photographs, at Fairfax House, York until 31 Aug.

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Breon O’Casey – a major show of paintings, prints, sculptures, weavings and jewellery by the artist who died last year. The work has been selected from his Cornish studio by his daughter Duibhne Gough and covers his output from the 1950s to 2011, including notebooks, photos and other artifacts. Prints and works on paper will be available for sale. At Newlyn Art Gallery, The Exchange, Princes Street, Penzance from 14 Jan to 28 Apr. 01736 363715

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

Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin at the Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford from 2 February – 22 April 2012. (see preview in Country Life 15 Feb 2012)

Gavin & Turk at Ben Brown Fine Arts, 12 Brook’s Mews, London W1 from 10 Feb to 20 Apr.

The Metaphysics of Stone – six colossal heads carved from naturally weathered blocks of stone by Britain’s leading female stone sculptor Emily Young. On display in Berkeley Square, London W1 from 7 Feb to 25 Apr.

Royal Watercolour Society Spring Exhibition from 23 Mar to 21 Apr at Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH.

Robin Ironside: Neo-Romantic Visionary – celebrating the centenary of Ironside, a self-taught painter of Surrealist fantasies, a designer of theatre and writer on art who became Assistant Keeper of the Tate Gallery. At Pallant House, Chichester until 22 Apr.

Patricia Cain: Drawing (on) Riverside – paintings of the Riverside Transport Museum. Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London E1. From 9 March – 29 April 2012

George Wyllie: A Life Less Ordinary, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. From 10 March – 21 April 2012;

Bernard Cohen: Place Games at Flowers
, 21 Cork Street, London W1S until 21 April.

Gordon Mitchell Exhibition – paintings available for sale – at Portland Gallery, Bennet Street, London, SW1A until 20 April.

Abstract critical Newcomer Awards
– including the work of Zara Idelson, Katy Kirbach, Dan Roach, Jack Sutherland and Gwennan Thomas – at Kings Place Gallery, Kings Place, York Way, London, N1 until 20 April.

100 Prints– Seleced Artists, 20th April- 19th May 2012, Flowers Gallery 82 Kingsland Road London E2 8DP

Eye to Eye- Garry Stinton– A collection of tiger prints, 20th April- 5th May 2012 Park Walk Gallery London SW10 0AQ

Roland Collins: Found Landscapes, Mascalls Gallery 20 April – 30 June 2012. Mascalls Gallery Maidstone Road Paddock Wood Kent TN12 6LT

Abstract critical Awards– The five selected artists from the 2011 degree show will exhibit alongside the five established artists who selected them, 30th March- 20th April 2012, Kings Place Gallery, London N1 9AG

DLA Piper Series: Innocence and Experience, Curated by Marianne Faithful 21st April- 2nd September, Tate Liverpool Albert Dock Liverpool, L3 4BB
Pochoir from Décor et Couleurs, 1929, Georges Valmier, 22nd April – 12th May, The Art Stable Dorset DT11 8HB

Jill Barthorpe, 16th – 22nd April, 9-5pm, The George Hotel Stamford,