The diary: what's on in June

Art nouveau, war-time Surrealism and the Bloomsbury Set make up this month's pick of exhibitions and shows 

Portrait of America

Beginning with the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the economic turbulence and social struggle of the Great Depression is well-documented. America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s at the Royal Academy of Arts explores the social climate of this tumultuous era, taking you through thematic displays of the USA’s decline, including industrial, urban and country life. Look out for explorative works by Grant Wood (pictured left), Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe, Philip Guston and Jackson Pollock. 

* Until 4th June. Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD. 020 7300 8090;


No place like home

In Alice Pattullo: Of House and Home, her hand-drawn sketches take visitors on a journey through a Victorian household, peppered with folklore. 

* 17th June–17th Sept. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4JX. 01924 832631;

See the exhibition preview here:

The Art & Antiques Fair


The Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia is an annual highlight in the fairs calendar and this year celebrates its 45th anniversary. Expect around 160 high-calibre dealers from around the world at this major event, offering 1600s furniture, 20th-century design and everything in-between. New for 2017 is the Interior Design Talk Series with experts giving advice on how to display pieces in your home, as well as presentations from curators at The British Museum and Tate Britain.

* 26th June–2nd July. Olympia London, W14 8UX. Opening times vary. £20. 020 7384 8146;


Life in squares

Known for her colourful flamboyance and liberal promiscuity, Vanessa Bell was a pivotal member of the early 20th-century Bloomsbury Group. In the first major monographic exhibition of her work, explore Bell’s varied artistic experimentations with abstraction, colour and form.

* Until 4th June. Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Southwark, London, SE21 7AD. 020 8693 5254;

Natural beauty 


Lovers of art nouveau will almost certainly be drawn to Alphonse Mucha’s florid and abstract approach to the female form. Displaying around 100 works from Mucha’s collection of drawings and paintings, including La Trappistine (above), In Quest of Beauty explores perceptions of natural and female beauty.

* 16th June–29th October. Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL. 0151 478 4199; 


The western front 


Paul Nash was just 25 when war broke out in 1914. An official war artist in both First and Second World Wars, his personal interpretation of the brutal environment that surrounded him is second to none. Spanning a lifetime of work, from his early childhood sketches to austere representations of war-ravaged France, this new exhibition examines how Nash’s revolutionary surrealist techniques changed the face of modern British art. 

 * Until 20th August. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ. 01603



Up in smoke

Paying homage to the glamorous American feature matchbooks of the 1920s–60s, Aaron Kasmin’s Up in Smoke is at Sims Reed Gallery. Until 9th June. 020 7930 5111; 

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

The National Museum of Scotland is hosting the largest exhibition on the Jacobites to be held in over 70 years.
23rd June–12th November. 0300 123 6789;

A cut above


Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler present 20 new works by artist and textile designer, Pat Albeck. 22nd–27th May. 020 7493 2231;

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