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Visit... A rare exhibition which gives new meaning to minimalism by featuring only two paintings. "Travelling Companions" is a National Gallery touring exhibition showing Francois-Hubert Drouais's Madame de Pompadour and Lawrence's Queen Charlotte. Both painted in the 18th century, they represent women of power and influence: the former mistress of the French King, Louis XV, and the wife of "mad" King George III of England. There will also be a display of over 20 portraits of women from Tyne & Wear Museum's collections. Until 1 March, Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery, Borough Road, Sunderland (0191 565 0723). Admission Free.

Dance... To the Cajun beat. We may not have the sizzling heat, but with Cajun's close contact and plenty of movement, this is the ideal alternative winter warmer. In it's fifth year, the Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival combines an international line-up, eight different dance workshops and an open stage for impromptu jamming sessions. Until 18 January Guildhall Arts Centre, 23 Eastgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 (01452 505086).