The diary: what's on in March

Regency architecture, Flemish paintings and five centuries of fashion are the pick of this month's shows  

By the seaside

There is no other building in the UK like Brighton’s Royal Pavilion. The wedding cake of minarets was dreamed up as a pleasure palace for King George IV. A new exhibition takes you through rarely seen architectural sketches, depictions of frivolous Georgian society and later photographs that show how the Pavilion became such a famed seaside landmark.   

* 14th March-3rd Sept. Brighton, BN1 1EE. 03000 290900; 


Family ties

When a work is identified as a ‘Bruegel’ that could refer to any one of four generations of artists. Visit the Holburne this month for a show dedicated to the works of Antwerp’s most famous artistic dynasty. 

* Until 4th June. Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney St, Bath, BA2 4DB. 01225 388569; 


The 25th anniversary BADA fair 

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) holds its 25th fair from 15th to 21st March, welcoming over 90 dealers. BADA was established in 1918 and is the country’s trade association for dealers in fine art, design and antiques. Exhibitors include Mallett, Anthony Outred and Peter Petrou, with an emphasis on combining antiques with modern pieces. Peter Petrou, for example, will mix the work of artists Joseph Walsh and Jamie Salmon with west African tribal sculpture, natural history specimens and contemporary furniture in what they are describing as a ‘21st century Wunderkammer’. 

* Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY. Opening times vary. £20. 020 7589 6108;


In house style  

The connections of the Cavendish family almost read like a who’s who of history, and House Style, the largest exhibition to date at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, their family seat, will show the fashions that have adorned these shoulders. Clothes belonging to the likes of Bess of Hardwick, Adele Astaire (the sister and also dance partner of Fred), Georgiana, the late Duchess of Devonshire and the Mitford sisters (Debo and her granddaughter, the model Stella Tennant, pictured left), will be shown throughout the house’s most extravagant rooms, including the Painted Hall and the Chapel. 

* 25th March-22nd October. Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PN. 01246 565300;


All mapped out 

It’s amazing just how much maps traverse our daily lives: Google Maps; The Underground map; sketched directions…The British Library’s exhibition of globes, maps and charts from 1900 until today covers a mind-expanding history of how much our knowledge of the world has changed and how mapping technology itself has tiptoed into our lives.

* Until 1st March. PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. 01937 546546; 


Robert Rauschenberg

The first retrospective of work by one of the key drivers of the Pop Art movement since his death in 2008 is at Tate Modern until 2nd April.

Michelangelo & Sebastiano

The relationship between these artistic giants is explored at The National Gallery. 15th March–25th June. 0800 912 6958;

Bath Fair 

One of the oldest and finest decorative antiques fairs is back with everything from folk art to contemporary design. 3rd-5th March. 

The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism

The latest release in the Exhibition on Screen series explores how a generation of American painters adapted Impressionism in order to capture their country's own unique landscapes. From 21st March.

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