1. RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition

Bankside Gallery, London, 6-18 March, annual competition open to non-members, aiming to encourage experimentation with water-based painting such as: watercolour, gouache, acrylic and watercolour mixed-media.

2. Painting Paradise: The art of the Garden

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 20 March – 11 October. The exhibition presents a selection of oil paintings, drawings, books and decorative art, exploring the ever-changing character of gardens, from 16th to the early 20th century.

3. Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

Royal Academy of Arts, London, 24 January – 10 April. The exhibition brings together artworks created by Rubens during his lifetime, as well as pieces by artists influenced by him, such as: Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Delacroix, Constable and Gainsborough.

4. Inventing Impressionism: How Paul Durand-Ruel Invented the Modern Art Market

The National Gallery, London, 4 March – 31 May. Paul Durand-Ruel was an art dealer from Paris who discovered the group of young artists comprising Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissaro and Sisley. He dedicated his life to building an audience for their work, thus creating the modern art market. The exhibition shows 85 masterpieces from the Impressionism movement, all but one having passed through Durand-Ruel’s hands.

5. Flock & Stock: 20 Oil Paintings by Gavin Watson

Jonathan Cooper – Park Walk Gallery, London, 26 February – 21 March.