What to see this week

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‘David Bomberg: A Sense of Place’ at Towner Art Gallery, East­bourne, East Sus­sex, un­til Septem­ber 11 ( above, 01323 434670; www.townereast­bourne.org. uk). Bomberg (1890–1957) was the son of Pol­ish-jewish im­mi­grants who moved to the East End of Lon­don in the 1890s and was taught by Sick­ert and at the Slade. Now re­garded as a pi­o­neer­ing early Mod­ernist, he painted many ex­pres­sion­is­tic land­scapes re­flect­ing his ex­pe­ri­ences of both World Wars and his trav­els in 1920s– 1950s Spain, Cyprus and Pales­tine. The 40 or so on show here span his ca­reer, which was largely over­looked un­til the ma­jor Tate ret­ro­spec­tive in 1988. The Pas­tel So­ci­ety at St Barbe Mu­seum & Art Gallery, Lyming­ton, Hamp­shire, un­til Septem­ber 10 (01590 676969; www.stbarbe-mu­seum.org.uk). A selling ex­hi­bi­tion of works by mem­bers of the Pas­tel So­ci­ety, which was cre­ated in 1898, with G. F. Watts, Ge­orge Clausen and Wil­liam Hol­man Hunt among its found­ing mem­bers. A rare op­por­tu­nity to view pic­tures by so­ci­ety mem­bers out­side Lon­don.

‘Gal­loway Pic­tures & 20th Cen­tury Scot­tish Art’ at the Har­bour Cot­tage Gallery, Cas­tle Bank, Kirkcud­bright, Dum­fries & Gal­loway (01557 330073; www.fased­in­burgh.com). The long­est-es­tab­lished art gallery in this ‘artists’ town’ hosts its first col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fine Art So­ci­ety in Ed­in­burgh —a selling show of works by lo­cal 19th- and 20th-cen­tury artists, such as Wil­liam Rob­son, E. A. Tay­lor and Ce­cile Wal­ton, and paint­ings by Glas­gow Boys, Scot­tish Colourists and Ed­in­burgh School artists, all with links to Gal­loway.

‘Ex­plor­ing Beauty—wa­ter­colour Diaries from the Wild’ at the Royal Corn­wall Mu­seum, Truro un­til Novem­ber 12 ( 01872 272205 www.roy­al­corn­wall­mu­seum.org.uk). The im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing un­spoilt wild land­scapes and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween art and Na­ture un­der­pin this ex­hi­bi­tion of some of the most beau­ti­ful wilder­nesses on Earth. Sir David At­ten­bor­ough and other lu­mi­nar­ies nom­i­nated the places and Corn­wall-based Tony Fos­ter then un­der­took ar­du­ous jour­neys to paint them en plein air. The col­lec­tion is owned by the Fos­ter Art and Wilder­ness Foundation in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia, which pro­motes the preser­va­tion of wild places.

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