The diary: what’s on this Summer

From studio pottery to the genius of Matisse, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to art this month

Mrs Acton in Delhi, 1967 - 1971
Oil on canvas
48 x 58 1/4 inches 
122 x 148 cm

Milton Avery

Entitled Wader, this 1963 oil on canvas shows a woman striding into a lake or swimming pool. Often described as the American Matisse, Milton Avery was born in New York to a working-class family. His radical, abstract paintings focus on bold colours and unusual explorations of shape, which set him apart from his contemporaries. In Milton Avery, an exhibition running until the end of this month, London’s Victoria Miro gallery celebrates the artist’s life and legacy, while exploring his creatively colourful landscapes, figures and still lifes.


* Until 29th July. Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW. 020 7336 8109;

An oil canvas entitled 'Wader'


Fascinated by the languid luxury of the Roman Empire, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema made remarkable studies of domestic antiquity. An exhibition at Leighton House Museum, Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, has been organised by the Fries Museum in the Netherlands (Alma-Tadema’s home country). Visitors can expect to see a range of beautiful works by the artist himself, his wife Laura and daughter Anna.

* Until 29th October. Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road, London, W14 8LZ. 020 7602 3316;

2 . Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Coign of Vantage 1895


Since his first trip to India in 1964, Howard Hodgkin visited the country almost annually for over 50 years. Celebrating the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, Howard Hodgkin: Painting India explores Hodgkin’s unique and sensory relationship with this vibrant place, plus how it influenced his artworks. Visitors can expect to see everything from broad landscapes depicting burning sunsets and monsoon rains, to intimate portraits and collections of the artist’s journals and photographs.

* Until 8th October. The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW. 01924 247360;

The oil painting, 'Mrs Action in Delhi'

Explore 100 years of ceramics

Displaying over 140 pieces, That Continuous Thing looks at how the style of ceramics has changed over the course of the 20th century. Also explore the works of highly influential studio potters, such as Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, and discover how their craft has inspired a new generation of potters.

* Until 3rd September. Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG. 01736 796226;

A spherical vase


Imagine stepping inside the studio of Henri Matisse… Well you can make that a reality this summer. Ranging from colourful North African textiles to antique Buddhist statuary, the Royal Academy of Arts has paired together some of Matisse’s most influential artworks with the extraordinary possessions that inspired them.

* 5th August–12th November. Royal Academy of Arts, The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London,
W1J 0BD. 020 7300 8000;



Wedgwood at Leith Hill Place

Combine a trip to Leith Hill Place in Dorking with a viewing of this temporary exhibition of remarkable ceramics, brought together by the Wedgwood family. Until 29th Oct. 01306 711685;

Be magnificent

From Celia Birtwell to Peter Blake, in the 1950s and 60s Walthamstow School of Art nurtured some of our most influential talents. Until 10th Sept. 020 8496 4390;

Jane Austen in 41 objects


Two hundred years after her death, celebrate the life of Jane Austen with this collection of intriguing objects. Until 15th Dec. 01420 83262;