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Ex­hi­bi­tion Jan­uary 5–April 22 ‘Thel­well: Laugh­ter and Land­scapes’ (above), Mot­t­is­font, near Rom­sey, Hamp­shire. The much-loved car­toon­ist’s fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters are joined by wa­ter­colours, satir­i­cal ob­ser­va­tions and early-wartime sketches (01794 340757; www. na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/mot­t­is­font)

Jan­uary 8–19 ‘FBA Fu­tures 2019’, Mall Gal­leries, The Mall, Lon­don SW1. An­nual ex­hi­bi­tion of con­tem­po­rary fig­u­ra­tive paint­ing, draw­ing, sculp­ture and print­mak­ing by out­stand­ing art grad­u­ates (020–7930 6844; www.mall­gal­leries.org.uk)

Fes­ti­val Jan­uary 9–Fe­bru­ary 3 Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Mime Fes­ti­val, var­i­ous venues. The best con­tem­po­rary vis­ual theatre, with cir­custhe­atre, jug­gling, pup­petry, live art, mime and phys­i­cal theatre (020– 7637 5661; www.mimel­on­don.com)

Talk Jan­uary 11 Scot­land: Wildlife of the High­lands, Brock­ing­ton Build­ing, Lough­bor­ough Uni­ver­sity, Le­ices­ter­shire. Sue Ablett dis­cusses her time on a wildlife sa­fari at Ai­gas Field Stud­ies Cen­tre in the Scot­tish High­lands. The talk will be in Lec­ture Theatre U020 from 7.45pm, from £3.50 on the door with free park­ing out­side the build­ing (www. rspb.org.uk)

Jan­uary 16 Choos­ing Com­pan­ions for Your Roses, Sculp­ture by the Lakes, Palling­ton, Dorset. Join Thomas Stone MCI Hort MPGA, for­mer head gar­dener at Mot­t­is­font in Hamp­shire, to learn how to cre­ate har­mo­nious bor­ders. At 2.30pm, £15 or £25 when com­bined with the morn­ing talk, Ev­ery­thing You Ever Wanted to Ask About Roses, at 11am (07720 637808; www. sculp­ture­bythe­lakes.co.uk)

Auc­tion Jan­uary 15 The Bar­bara Hol­l­i­day Col­lec­tion of Mod­ern Bri­tish Art, Jew­ellery and An­tique Fur­nish­ings, Sworders Fine Art Auc­tion­eers, Stansted Mount­fitchet, Es­sex. Lots in­clude a bronze bust of Count Basie by Ed­uardo Paolozzi, a bronze ea­gle by Elis­a­beth Frink and oils by Cedric Mor­ris and John Nash. From 10am, view­ings Jan­uary 11–15 (01279 817778; www.sworder.co.uk)

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