Show Stoppers; SUMMER EVENTS: From Archaeology to Antiques Fairs, London Is Buzzing, Says Barbara Chandler

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Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER

THIS month, London is artfair heaven. Buyers will jet in from all over the world to pick and treat. For those wanting peace in the city why not take a gentle stroll round someone else's garden, or mosey along to a Mozart festival? Out of town you can savour culture with Jane Austen at Basildon, or go on a salvage search at Knebworth.

Art fairs

Artisan Fine Art Gallery, 35 Royal Exchange, EC3; 020 7929 5656; www.theroyalexchange.co.uk Bronzes, signed etchings, engravings and lithographs by Salvador Dali will be on show until 17 July, with some of the artist's later works up for sale.

Prices start at [pounds sterling]1,950.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91-95 Brick Lane, E1; 020 7770 6100; www.truman brewery.com Open from now until the end of July, and changing every week, is Free Range, a packed exhibition programme of design, art and photography from art colleges all over the country. Check out the schedule at www.freerange.org.uk.

Thomas Goode, 19 South Audley Street, W1; 020 7499 2823; www.thomas goode.co.uk Just opened: a selling exhibition of 50 exquisite rare Daum pate de cristal, including work by Paloma Picasso, and Andre Dubreuil. Until 31 August.

Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Hammersmith Road, W14; 0870 126 1725; www.olympiaantiques.com More than 300 dealers bare their wares at this summer event.

From this Friday to 18 June; [pounds sterling]10 single ticket, [pounds sterling]16 double ([pounds sterling]8/[pounds sterling]14 if you book by tomorrow).

The 25th International Ceramics Fair and Seminar; The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, W1; 020 7734 5491; www.haughton.com Ceramics dealers showcase pottery, porcelain, glass and enamels, with experts discussing their finer points in a lecture series. From 15 to 18 June; entry is [pounds sterling]12, which includes a handbook.

London Sculpture Week; 020 7493 0688; www.londonsculptureweek.com From 15 to 23 June, seven Mayfair art dealers will present a short history of three-dimensional art.

Exhibition

Materials of Invention, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1; 020 7692 4000; www.thebuildingcentre.co.uk A fascinating insight into the past and future of home building - including photographs showing how elephants were used to demonstrate the strength of toughened glass - is offered in this show, which runs until 1 July.

James Swan, The Lennox Gallery, 77 Moore Park Road, SW6, 12 to 17 June (020 7736 3326; www.lennox gallery.co.uk) New-talent-on-the-block landscape photographer James Swan holds his debut exhibition, along with artist Alex Stead, at the Fulham gallery.

Exhibition Festival fun

Materials of Invention, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1; 020 7692 4000; www.thebuildingcentre.co.uk A fascinating insight into the past and future of home building - including photographs showing how elephants were used to demonstrate the strength of toughened glass - is offered in this show, which runs until 1 July.

James Swan, The Lennox Gallery, 77 Moore Park Road, SW6, 12 to 17 June (020 7736 3326; www.lennox gallery.co.uk) New-talent-on-the-block landscape photographer James Swan holds his debut exhibition, along with artist Alex Stead, at the Fulham gallery.

Chelsea Festival; 020 7351 1005; www.chelseafestival.org.uk Celebrate summer from 16 to 25 June in this posh part of town, with opera, jazz, dance and comedy. Local galleries have special displays, and a show by the Chelsea Arts Society at the Old Town Hall includes a painting demonstration on 22 June at 4.30pm.

Salvo Fair, Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire; 020 8761 2316; www.salvoweb.com Paradise is reclaimed, with this fair devoting acres to architectural salvage, garden antiques and rescued building materials on 1 and 2 July, with "something to buy from an old 18th century nail upwards".

Chat to reclamation experts, and watch craft demonstrations, including smithing, glazing, forging and bodging (mending hedges). …