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ACCADEMIA ITALIANA Orangerie Italiana. 40 dealers offer Italian art from Renaissance masters to the 19th century. 9-18 Dec. Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm. pounds 5. And Emanuele Pantella. Italian wood sculpture. To 20 Dec. Mon-Sat 10am-5.30, Sun 2- 5.30; free. 24 Rutland Gate, SW7 (071- 225 3474).

BRITISH LIBRARY Winners of the 1992 designer bookbinding competition. The King's Library, Great Russell, WC1. 9 Dec-24 Jan.

WHITECHAPEL Tim Head. Paintings and photographs made since 1984 and two installations. Whitechapel High St, E1 (071-377 0107) 11 Dec-28 Feb. Tue-Sun 11am-5pm, Wed 11am-8pm; free.


CARLISLE Tullie House 'Access'. Not the Chancellor's credit card, but an installation by Jim Buckley. Castle St (0228-34781) To 6 Jan. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.

EDINBURGH Scottish National Portrait Gallery A decade of collecting. Nasmyth, Wilkie, McTaggart and others. Queen St (031-556 8921) 10 Dec-28 Feb.

MANCHESTER Cornerhouse 'Bruise'. Six British artists show 'painting for the Nineties'. 70 Oxford St (061-228 2463) To 10 Jan. Tue-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 2-6pm; free.



AUSTIN DESMOND AND PHIPPS Michael Ayrton in Greece. The one- time Neo-Romantic shows his interest in Greek mythology. Pied Bull Yd, 68-69 Great Russell St, WC1 (071- 242 4443) 9 Dec-14 Jan.

DELFINA STUDIOS Work by 18 new artists. Maryland Works, 22 Grove Crescent Road, E15 (081-519 8841). 11- 13 Dec. 12-8pm.

ESKENAZI Chinese lacquer from the collection of Jean-Pierre Dubosc. Foxglove House, 166 Piccadilly, W1 (071-493 5464) 8-22 Dec. Mon-Fri 10am-5.30, Sat 10am-1pm.

FINE ART SOCIETY Norman Blamey. Polished figurative realism. And Recent paintings by Eileen Hogan. Images of the Chelsea Arts Club and Tooting Common. 148 New Bond St, W1 (071-629 5116) To 8 Jan. Mon- Fri 9.30-5.30, Sat 10am-1pm.

FLOWERS EAST Artists paint portraits of their mothers from memory. Maggi Hambling, Peter Howson, Tai- Shan Schierenberg and others. 282 Richmond Rd, E8 (081-985 3333) Tue- Sun 10am-6pm.

SMITH'S GALLERY 3 Modern British art. Smaller works by Duncan Grant, James Cowie, Graham Sutherland and others. 33 Shelton St, WC2 (071-607 4158) To 12 Dec. 11am-8pm, Sun 3-7pm.

XO SHOWROOMS Mosaics. A rare chance to see 15 contemporary practitioners of this unjustly neglected art form. 101 Hammersmith Rd, W12. 10- 20 Dec.