Forget tennis at Wimbledon, and glamping at Glastonbury, summer is all about art. The traditional midsummer shows bring works by different artists together allowing you to compare and contrast – and hone your critical skills.

Here’s some dates for your diary as recommended by MyArtBroker.


When: until 22 November
What: The original and best – highly recommended to any serious art lover, read our tips on who to look out for here.
Where: Venice – mainly the former dock areas, the Arsenale and Giardini, but with many pavilions all over the city.
Is the work for sale? No, not officially.


When: 8 June-16 August
What: One of the world’s oldest art shows; anyone can apply to show work and the best is picked for display. This year it’s curated by the painter Michael Craig-Martin. On Friday evenings, you can sip Pimms as you wander round.
Where: London – Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Tickets are £13.50.
Is the work for sale? Not all of it, but you might be able to contact the artists after the show.


When: 18-21 June
What: Some 300 leading galleries from around the world selling Modern and contemporary art
Where: Basel – the very cultured Swiss city on the border with France and Germany…an international art hub.
Is the work for sale? Yes; some of the world’s biggest dealers and collectors will be in town.


When: 25 June-8 October
What: An architectural extravaganza hosted by the Serpentine Gallery. Every year, a radical experimental temporary building opens up. This year, Spanish duo José Selgas and Lucía Cano promise a space-age multi-coloured stained glass structure with a ‘secret corridor’
Where: London – the Serpentine is in Kensington Gardens, not far from the Albert Hall.
Is the work for sale? No (certainly not officially)
Book: It’s free – just turn up and have wander around. Be sure to pop into the main gallery too to see the eye-bogglingly lifelike Duane Hanson exhibits.

Image: © James Barker