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Augustus John

John was a prodigious draughtsman and this welcome show demonstrates the breadth of his talent. Organised by Rebecca John, his granddaughter, it revolves around several key themes in the artist's work - portraits of Dorelia, gypsies, fisherfolk, commissioned portraits and portraits of his son Romilly. The show coincides with an updated republishing of Michael Holroyd's biography of John, and travels in September to Spink's in London.

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff (01222 397951). To 1 Sept

Whitechapel Open

In a revealing celebration of the wealth of contemporary art being produced in London's East End, over 100 artists show at the gallery and a further 500 open their studios to the public - the gallery has a printed of guide where to visit.

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London E1 (0171-522 7888). To 15 Sept

BP Portrait Award 1996

Are there any new young portraitists out there in 1996 worthy of inclusion in our national collection by virtue of their originality? This competition always raises the question, but rarely comes up with any results. Maybe this year...

National Portrait Gallery, London WC2 (0171-306 0055). 26 July to 20 Oct