Summer is a strange time for art. As the universities close for the holidays, the Art School degree shows present us with a whole load of new, undiscovered work to sift through. At the same time many galleries dispense with the lesser known, more experimental artists they have been showing over the winter and bring out the big guns, with their blockbuster shows. Both offer a very different but equally interesting and rewarding experience for the viewer. Degree shows are a fantastic place to try and spot the next big thing. Though obviously a future star can emerge from anywhere, the safest bets for talent spotting are the MA shows by the most prestigious colleges; The Royal College, The Royal Academy, The Slade. Most of the big colleges will have shows by both under-graduate and post-graduate students. In some of the larger establishments, such as Central St Martins or Chelsea, the amount of work on show can seem a little overwhelming. If you can, find out when the private view is, as going to the opening is always the most fun. There's a bit of a party atmosphere, the wine is normally free flowing and the artists are often hanging around so you can personally ask questions about the work that interests you. As for those blockbuster shows, the first on the 'must see' this season has to be the new work at the White Cube (Mason's Yard) by Anthony Gormly. Like his last major London show, 'Blind Light', it will become one of those shows that everyone is talking about as it has all the ingredients to become one of biggest exhibitions of the summer; the countries favourite artist? Check. Interactive work you get to play around in? Check. The White Cube have completely changed their downstairs gallery space, having had new walls put in especially for this show. I bet that when it comes to the end of the year this show will be in all the critics best of 2010 lists. So, go see it now and see what all the fuss is about. The Barbican have also just opened a big show, 'The Surreal House' (pictured above), in which all the elements of surrealism come together, with art, film and architecture all in the same exhibition. A labyrinthine chamber has been designed by young architect Carmody Groarke, for the viewers to explore. Work by all the surrealists greats is included with pieces by Dali, Duchamp, Giocometti, Magritte and Man Ray. The exhibition looks at the idea of the house as something strange and mysterious, with winding corridors, and cupboards to discover. Work by more contemporary artists, such as Rebecca Horn and the now sadly departed Louise Bourgeois, who fit in with the surreal aesthetic are also featured and if all that wasn't enough, there is a fantastic range of events including performance art and talks running along side the show. In particular, do check out the film programme. Surrealists art films will be shown, including silent movies with live musical accompaniment and classics by directors Luis Bunuel and Terry Gilliam. The cinema at the Barbican is really lovely. It's really inexpensive (by London standards) and has properly tieredseats with loads of leg room , so everyone can see and and in comfort too. So if you've never been before, treat yourself. If for a moment you feel like all this art stuff is getting a bit serious, then the Tate Britain's big summer show might just be the perfect antidote. Rude Britannia is a celebration of the naughty side of our unique British humor, from cheeky seaside postcards to satirical, political cartoons. Even that Spitting Image puppet of Margaret Thatcher is on show. Expect comic book illustrations along side work by contemporary artists who use humor in their work, such as YBA Angus Fairhurst. There's a room on the absurd curated by comedian Harry Hill sofor anyone who's normally left feeling a little intimidated by the 'stuffy' nature of galleries, this may just be the exhibition for you. Finally, combining nascent new talent withthe big blockbuster show, is the latest exhibition from Charles Saatchi. 'Newspeak' at the Saatchi Gallery is a group exhibitions showcasing the best of new British art. The work is all fresh and very exciting. All the artists are young and whilst you may not have heard of many of them yet, these are the names that are tipped for the top. One highlight is the work of Steve Bishop (a recent graduate from Royal College of Art) who has been mentioned in this column before, He's one of the most interesting and exciting artists emerging into the moment and I predict big things for him. So, go along and pick out the ones who you think will be the next Damien Hirst or Tracy Emin. Time will tell if you've spotted a winner. For information on Degree and MA shows contact the specific universities. Antony Gormley Test Sites at the White Cube: Mason's Yard until 10th July 2010. Free. www.whitecube.com Surreal House at the Barbican until 10th September 2010. £7-£10. www.barbican.org.uk Rude Britannia: British Comic Art at the Tate Britiain until 5th September 2010. £8.50/£10. www.tate.org.uk Newspeak: British Art Now – Part 1 at the Saatchi Gallery until October 17th 2010. Free. www.saatchigallery.com Header Image: Private Collection © Salavador Dalí, Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS, 2010