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ACCADEMIA ITALIANA Ruskin and Tuscany. The pictorial record of John Ruskin's project to portray Tuscan monuments in anticipation of the establishment of a museum in Sheffield. 24 Rutland Gate, SW7 (071-225 3474) To 7 Feb. Tue-Sat 10am-5.30, Wed to 8pm, Sun 2pm-5.30.

ROYAL ACADEMY The Golden Age of British Watercolours. Between 1750 and 1880 British artists made watercolour their own. The evidence is on view here in an impressive gathering of fine works by Constable, Turner, Cox, Cotman, Palmer, Blake and others. Piccadilly, W1 (071-439 7438) 15 Jan-12 Apr. Daily 10am-6pm; pounds 5, pounds 3.40 conc.

RIBA Sculpture and architecture. The relationship between the two art forms is examined in the work of sculptor Hamo Thornycroft and architect John Belcher for the Institute of Chartered Accountants' building in the 1890s. 66 Portland Place, W1 (071- 580 5533) 14 Jan-20 Feb. Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-1pm; free.

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BIRMINGHAM Ikon Gallery Bridget Riley. Paintings by the artist from 1982 to 1992. Where once all was black and white, now we have colour. 58-72 John Bright St. (021-643 0708) 16 Jan-20 Feb. Tue-Sat 11am- 6pm, Thur to 8pm.

BRISTOL Arnolfini Pamela Golden. First major solo show for the multi-media artist who takes photographs from auction house catalogues and 'recontextualizes' them. 16 Narrow Quay. (0272- 299191) 16 Jan-28 Feb. Mon-Sat 10am-7.30, Sun 12- 6.30.

CHICHESTER West Dean College Calligraphy and lettering. Work by fellows and lay members of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators. West Dean. (0243- 63301) To 5 Feb. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

HUDDERSFIELD Art Gallery Stephen Court. Abstracts in a variety of media and sizes which contain a suggestion of the landscape. Princess Alexandra Walk. (0484-512808) 16 Jan-20 Feb. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat10am-4pm.

MAIDSTONE Kent Institute of Art and Design Installation by German artist Kris Scholz entitled The Dancing Cactus. Succulents and statues. Oakwood Park. (0622-757286) 13 Jan-3 Feb. Mon-Fri 10am- 5pm.

OXFORD Christ Church Picture Gallery Old Master drawings on the themes of miracles and martyrdoms. Includes works by Rubens, the Zuccari, Jusepe de Ribera and others. 13 Jan-4 Mar. Mon-Sat 10.30- 1pm, 2pm-4.30, Sun 2pm-4.30.

RYE Stormont Studio Work by four graduates. Ockman Lane. (0797-223218) 16 Jan-7 Feb. Mon-Sat 10.30-1pm, 2-5pm, Sun 2.30-5pm.

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CADOGAN GALLERY Alexander de Cadenet. Stylish abstraction reminiscent of art informel. 163 Draycott Ave, SW3 (071-581 8732) 12-23 Jan. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm.

FLOWERS EAST Boyd and Evans. Monumental canvases concerned with the power of nature. 282 Richmond Rd, E8 (081-985 3333) 14 Jan-7 Feb. Tue- Sun 10am-6pm.

FRITH STREET GALLERY Tim Head. Complimentary exhibition to the artist's current Whitechapel showing. Works on paper. 15 Jan-27 Feb. Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-4pm.

KARSTEN SCHUBERT Meg Cranston. Sculpture and drawings. And 'Suprematist' paintings by Keith Coventry. 85 Charlotte St, W1 (071-631 0031) 12 Jan-6 Mar. Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm.

REDFERN GALLERY Gertrude Hermes. Engravings, drawings and sculpture by the contemporary of Henry Moore and Eileen Agar who studied under Leon Underwood. 20 Cork St, W1 (071- 734 1732) 12 Jan-11 Feb. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-12.30.

SALLY HUNTER Group show with many works at half price. Includes Edward Ardizzone, Ithell Colquhoun, Sylvia Gosse, Therese Lessore, Dod Proctor and others. 11 Halkin Arcade, Motcomb St, SW1 (071-235 0934) 14-29 Jan. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.

SUE WILLIAMS New paintings by Richard Winkworth. Naive, colourful still lifes. 320 Portobello Rd, W10 (081-960 6123) 14 Jan-13 Feb. Tue-Sat 10.30-5.30.

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CARDIFF Martin Tinney Gallery Michael Flynn. Accomplished yet expressive ceramic figure sculpture which recalls the less finished side of Rodin's oeuvre. 6 Windsor Place. (0222-641411) To 4 Feb. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

Reiner Ruthenbeck's Aschehaufen VI is one of the works that will be discussed in a symposium at the Hayward Gallery, London, on Friday 22 Jan, to coincide with a new exhibition of post- war sculpture, Gravity and Grace. Speakers include Tony Cragg, Luciano Fabro and Neal Ascherson. Tickets, priced pounds 20/ pounds 10, are available from 071-928 8800

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