The diary: what’s on in July

Riotous colour, romantic brushwork and scientific discovery dominate this month's calendar of shows


Colour outside of the lines


Drawing upon years of research within the world of colour, industrial designer Hella Jongerius presents Breathing Colour, an installation-based exhibition that explores the unique way in which colour behaves. Combining cutting-edge technology with old-age craftsmanship, expect to see Jongerius’ distinctive approach to shape, form, shadow and reflection.


* 28th June–24th September. The Design Museum, 224–238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG. 020 3862 5900;

Rosemoor Vintage Fair


The antiques fair at RHS Rosemoor in Devon, from 22nd–23rd July, not only coincides with the garden’s Vintage Weekend but also its Rose Festival. So, as well as shopping for antiques and enjoying the display of classic cars, model railways, vintage horticultural and farm machinery, you can immerse yourself in the sweet scents of these beautiful flowers.

* RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH. 10am–5pm. £8.95 (RHS members free). 01363 776600;;

One small step


Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction takes visitors on a voyage through the lens of human curiosity. From 19th-century literature to modern science-fiction blockbusters, view over 800 unique works, many of which have not been seen before, inspired by a galaxy far away.

* 3rd June–1st Sept. Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS. 020 7638 4141;

A personal approach


Marking the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, where private homosexual acts between men were decriminalised in England, Tate Britain is presenting its first exhibition dedicated to work relating to the LGBTQ community. Spanning works from 1861–1967, Queer British Art explores how artists chose to express themselves in a time where opinions on relationships and sexuality were being questioned and explored. See paintings, drawings and photographs from pioneers such as David Hockney, Duncan Grant and John Singer Sargent.

* Until 1st October. Tate Britain, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG. 020 7887 8888;

Romantic brushstrokes


Although many know John Singer Sargent for his striking portraiture, he also painted an extensive repertoire of watercolours. Sargent: The Watercolours is the first exhibition in nearly 100 years devoted to his brilliant watercolour palette, inspired by his friends, family and adventures throughout Europe.

* 21st June–8th October. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Southwark, London, SE21 7AD. 020 8693 5254;


Victorian Harewood

The main filming location for ITV’s Victoria, Harewood House opens its doors to display an array of costumes worn by the cast. Victoria runs until 29th October. 0113 218 1010;

Mayfair art weekend

Join art galleries and auction houses to celebrate Mayfair as a centre for London’s artistic community.
30th June–2nd July.

London map fair


London Map Fair brings together the world’s finest antiquarian map dealers, collectors, curators and enthusiasts. 17th–18th June.