The diary: what's on in August

This month, explore the effervescent world of perfume, paper sculptures and art inspired by the British seaside

Constable and Brighton

Known for his glorious sweeping landscapes and enchanting use of colour, John Constable is one of the most prolific Romantic painters of his era. Many associate him with the rolling hills of Suffolk rather than British seaside resorts, yet a new exhibition, Constable and Brighton, explores a body of work the artist produced while in the fashionable coastal town between 1824 and 1858. During this time he made over 150 sketches, drawings and paintings of the iconic seafront and pier. 

* Until 8th October. Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1EE. 03000 290900;


Firle vintage fair

Midsummer is all about lunch on the lawn, ice-cold drinks and, of course, a rootle for antiques. Firle Vintage Fair in East Sussex from 12th–13th August fits the bill perfectly. Visitors can expect original 1880 Victoriana fairground rides, flower crown workshops, beekeeping demos, classic cars and talks on the Bloomsbury Group by The Charleston Trust.

* Firle Park, nr Lewes, E Sussex, BN8 6LP. 10am–5.30pm. £10.


The world of Eric Gill

Famed for the Gill Sans typeface, vast sculptures and intimate sketches, the work of Eric Gill precariously treads the line between the highly sacred and the deeply profane. Featuring over 80 works on loan from private collections, Eric Gill: The Body also asks whether knowledge of Gill’s unorthodox and sometimes disturbing private life affects our appreciation and enjoyment of his work. 

* Until 3rd September. Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP.


A paper trail

Colourful, vibrant and playful, Paper City explores the wonder of papercraft. Including groundbreaking installations by front-runners of modern design, each piece has been crafted from sheets provided by heritage stationery brand, GF Smith. 

* 30th June–9th July. Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber St, Hull, HU1 1TU.


Explore contemporary scent

Smell is the strongest sense when it comes to revisiting old memories and there are few things more rewarding than discovering a fragrance that evokes a particular feeling or mood. Perfume takes visitors on a sensory journey through contemporary scent, exploring the revolutionary perfumers that have changed the way we value fragrance. Expect extraordinary insights into the way scent is crafted, alongside the opportunity to record your own response to surprising, unique and sometimes unsavoury aromas.  

* 21st June–17th September. Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA.
020 7845 4600;



Nelson and Norfolk 

Norwich Castle Museum focuses on an array of artefacts connected with Admiral Nelson. Until 1st October. 01603 493625;

Festival of quilts 2017 

Admire the art of quilting at Birmingham’s NEC. Book online quoting HOME17 for discounted entry. 10th–13th August.

Inspiring places

At a pop-up gallery in London’s Spitalfields view works inspired by iconic British landmarks. 29th June–4th July. 01628 825920;


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