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CENTRE 181 GALLERY Yinka Shonibare. An installation formed from 50 of the artist's 'batik' paintings. 181 King St, W6 (081- 576 5814). 2-25 Feb. Mon-Fri 10.00-6.00; free.

DOCKLANDS, VARIOUS VENUES New public sculpture trail of work by nine contemporary artists. The works are situated on roundabouts. Between Canary Wharf and Royal Docks. (071-512 3000). 1 Feb-5 Apr.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE Drawings from the Grote collection. Copies made in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries from 17th-century and earlier originals. Strang Print Room, Gower St, WC1 (071-387 7050). 1 Feb-26 Mar. Mon-Fri 1.00-2.30; free.


EDINBURGH Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art The work of printmaker and stained-glass artist of the inter-war years William Wilson. Belford Rd (031-556 8921). 2 Feb-17 Apr. Mon-Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 2.00- 5.00; free.

EDINBURGH Scottish National Portrait Gallery Photographer and lecturer David Williams makes his choice from the Scottish Photography Archive. Queen St (031- 556 8921). 5 Feb-15 May. Mon-Sat 10.00-5.00, Sun 2.00-5.00; free.

HALIFAX Dean Clough A new installation by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa entitled 'The Personal Miraculous Fountain'. Two huge steel mesh nets, containing iron balls on which are written the names of people and diseases. Next door an earth-covered floor with a path to a fountain dispensing 'cure- all' waters. Believe it if you will. Henry Moore Studio, Gate 1 (0532 343158). 1 Feb-24 Apr. Tue-Sun 12.00-5.00; free.

PRESTON Harris Museum and Art Gallery Boyd Webb. Enormous cibachrome photographs commenting on sex, advertising and modern myth. Market Sq (0772 258248). 5 Feb-19 Mar. Mon-Sat 10.00-5.00; free.

SOUTHPORT Atkinson Art Gallery Francis Bacon's 'Study for Portrait of Van Gogh' comes under scrutiny. Lord St (0704 533133). 5 Feb-19 Mar. Mon-Wed & Fri 10.00-5.00, Thur & Sat 10.00-1.00; free.


THE CARTOON GALLERY Valentine's Day show of cartoons. 44 Museum St, WC1. (071-242 5335). 2-14 Feb. Mon-Fri 11.00-5.30, Sat 11.00-4.00.

LISSON GALLERY Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler. Work inspired by weeds found outside the Euro-Disney complex. And Tony Oursler. Video sculptures which examine the American dream. 67 Lisson St, NW1 (071- 724 2739). 4 Feb-26 Mar. Mon-Fri 10.00-6.00, Sat 10.00-5.00.

SALLY HUNTER FINE ART Sydney Sheppard. Tribute to the figurative artist and teacher. 11 Halkin Arcade, Motcomb St, SW1 (071-235 0934). 2-25 Feb. Mon-Fri 10.00-6.00.


EDINBURGH 369 Gallery Installation by John Ayscough, entitled 'Smoking Room'. The first of five works by young Edinburgh artists under the title 'Aerial'. 233 Cowgate. (031-225 3013). 1-19 Feb. Tue-Sat 12.00-6.00.

MANCHESTER Portico Gallery Lee Adams. Quirky American figuration. 57 Mosley St (061-236 6785). 3-25 Feb. Mon-Fri 9.30- 4.30.