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If you’re looking to add some creativity to your summer schedule, look no further! From plein air painting to award winning illustrations, here are four exhibitions that are sure to keep you busy this July.

V&A Illustration Awards 2019

Nora Krug, Belonging, A German Reckons with History and Home 

Discover the best of contemporary book, editorial and student illustration through the work of the V&A Illustration Awards 2019 winners. This display highlights the winning work and student shortlist from the annual illustration competition.

The awards were established in 1972 and have since championed the UK creative industries, bringing recognition to the remarkable accomplishments of both published and student illustrators.

This year’s Book Illustration and Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the year is German-American author Nora Krug. Her work, Belonging, is an illustrated and hand-lettered visual memoir of a German family’s memory of WWII. It tackles the author’s loss of cultural belonging whilst confronting previously unanswered questions, piecing together the family’s troubling story.

Showing until: 25th August 2019
Opening Times: (Mon – Fri) 10am – 5.45pm

Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

The Buxton Spa Prize 2019

Moonlight Sunlight and Shadows, Pavilion Gardens, Acrylic on canvas, Andrew Horrod First Prize 2018

The Buxton Spa Prize 2019 is an art competition celebrating the town’s culture, natural beauty and heritage. The Prize, now in its sixth year, is a semi-en plein air competition. All submitted work is initiated at a specified location in and around the town.

The final exhibition will be taking place Friday 28th June – Wednesday 31st July, so stay tuned to see the winners!

Location: The Green Man Gallery Hardwick Hall, SK17 6PY

Beecroft Art Gallery: Colour

Beecroft Art Gallery 

This exhibition explores the theme of colour and its use in art. It is an investigation of the emotional response to colours and the ways in which artists have utilised them.

This subject is explored through a selection of paintings from the Beecroft Art Gallery collection and loans from other institutions, displayed alongside a contemporary sculpture piece and a sound installation.

Showing until: 11th April 2020
Opening times: (Tues – Sat) 10am – 5pm

Location: Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019

RA Summer Exhibition 2019

The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submissions art show and brings together art in all mediums – prints, paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more. The display is representative of what is happening in the art world right now, providing a brilliant overview of art created by emerging artists alongside some of the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

This year, British painter Jock McFayden RA has co-ordinated the 251st Summer Exhibition. Over 1,500 works are on display, most of them for the very first time.

Showing until – 12th August 2019
Opening Times: 10am – 6pm (10pm Friday)

Location: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD

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