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BATH Victoria Art Gallery William Strang. A touring exhibition from Glasgow Art Gallery showing the work of the celebrated Scottish-born painter and etcher. Described by Sickert as 'a modern painter setting to work on imaginative subjects in the grand, self-respecting classic manner', Strang created some of the most enduring images of the early 20th century. This show demonstrates his entire range, from realist visons of the urban poor to society portraiture and disquieting symbolist allegories. And Bath Society of Artists. Professional and amateur work in a variety of media - oil, watercolour, print and sculpture - by local artists. It includes a centenary exhibition for society member, professional painter Reg Gammon. Pulteney Bridge (01225 461111). 20 Aug-1 Oct. Mon-Fri 10.00-5.30, Sat 10.00- 5.00; free.

DUDLEY Museum and Art Gallery Amateur art show open to all. St James's Rd (0384 453571). 16 Aug-10 Sept. Mon-Sat 10.00-5.00; free.

EDINBURGH Scottish National Portrait Gallery Visions of the Ottoman Empire. Nineteenth-century Western artists were fascinated with the mystery of life beyond the harem wall and in the bazaars of the Middle East. David Roberts, David Wilkie, Holman Hunt, Delacroix and others, alongside French Orientalist photographers. 1 Queen St (031- 556 8921). 16 Aug-6 Nov. Mon-Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 2.00-5.00; pounds 3, conc pounds 1.50.

LEEDS Harewood House Craigie Aitchison. Retrospective exhibition for the septuagenarian painter taught at the Slade by Lowry and John Piper. With inimitable palette and instinctive form he imbues everything he paints - landscapes, portraits and religious themes - with a sense of the mystical. The Terrace Gallery (0532 886331). 20 Aug-30 Oct. Daily 11.00-5.00; pounds 2.75, conc pounds 1.

LLANDUDNO Oriel Mostyn Antony Gormley. Field. The gigantic installation made from 35,000 clay figures goes on its tour of the UK. Gormley intends to tour the world with variations on his masterpiece, recreated with local earth by local volunteers. Not to be missed. 12 Vaughan St (0492 879201). 16 Aug-10 Sept. Mon-Sat 10.30-5.00; free.

LONDON

South London Gallery Rose Garrard. An installation entitled 'Arena for Conversation'. Drawings and paintings by the artist are interspersed with 'found' objects presented to her by local people to form a juxtaposition intended to address such contemporary issues as crime, drug abuse and pollution. 65 Peckham Rd, SE5 (071-703 6120). 17 Aug-18 Sept. Tue-Wed & Fri 11.00-6.00, Thur 11.00-7.00, Sat-Sun 2.00-6.00; free.

COMMERCIAL GALLERIES

EDINBURGH Flying Colours Gallery John Cunningham. Bold, colourist paintings by the well- known Glasgow artist in his first one-man show in Edinburgh. Views of Ireland and the South of France together with bold still lifes. 35 William St (031-225 6776). 16 Aug-2 Sept. Tue-Fri 11.00-6.00, Sat 10.00-4.00.

LONDON

Alternative Art Gallery Richard Nott and Philip Smith. Interesting, recent abstract paintings. 103 Marylebone High St, W1. 17 Aug-10 Sept. Tue-Sat 11.00-5.00. Thur to 7.00.

Artichoke Print Workshop Graphic works by members of the workshop. Colin Gale, Melvyn Petterson, Mark Harris, Hannah Horsfall, Corinna Durie, Anna Park, Catherine Le Deunff, Laurence Hedges, David B Smith, Hiroko Imada, Susan Daltry, Fiona Robinson, Martha Theis, David Sims, Birna Mathiasdottir, Brendan Hansboro, Jason Hicklin, Sybil Jones, Nick Romeril, Chrys Allen, Simone Hunt and Tom Hammick. Unit 18 Shad Thames, SE1. 18-29 Aug. Daily 10.00-5.00.

Grosvenor House Charlie Taylor. Paintings, drawings and sculpture by an 80-year-old London artist who only began to work creatively in his sixties. Nudes and creatures of uncertain species. The Gallery Bar, W1 (071-636 7588). 16-28 Aug. Daily 10.00- 5.00.

Quaker Gallery Graham Ward. New graphic work by an artist who marries the mystical figuration of Cecil Collins to the sort of up-front realism increasingly prevalent in the Nineties. 52 St Martin's Lane, WC2 (071-836 7204). 22 Aug-11 Sept. Daily 11.00-7.00.

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