Berlin’s Hidden Gem – Museum Nikolaikirche

One of the delights of visiting a city is finding the hidden gems. They are the sort of places where locals outnumber tourists (or, better still, where you find yourself entirely alone), and where you are provided with an authentic sense of the history, culture and atmosphere without the need for a guide book or …

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Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects

Tony Cragg: A Rare Category of Objects - Yorkshire Sculpture Park It's the second day of September but it feels like the summer we've been waiting for. Vast monuments glitter in the brilliant sunlight; a muted gold statue of giant pebbles that have sunken into one another is set against a blue sky; a grey …

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A Hidden Gem – The Portico Library

It's late morning on a Saturday and the city centre of Manchester is brimming with activity. The streets are filled with people with things to do and places to be. The shop tills ring, the cappucino machines squeal, and delicious smells waft their way from street food vendors. It is unashamedly vibrant, outspoken and proud; …

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Three to See – Alternative Artworks

Making weekend plans? Need some inspiration? Or maybe you just want an excuse to leave the laundry til later? Grab a sketchbook, your camera or a travel buddy, and head to any or all of these three exhibitions each offering an alternative kind of artwork. Guaranteed to give you something to talk about in the …

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The Day That Comes – Galerie des Galeries, Paris

Paris is full of surprises. One of the most compelling is 'Africa Now', a three month celebration of creativity from the continent and its diasporas at the Galeries Lafayette, one of the city's grandest and most glamourous shopping centres. With a pop-up store, custom window displays and a dedicated contemporary art exhibition at the Galerie …

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An Evening with Edmund de Waal

"Bright earth, Fired earth": Travels with Porcelain. Perhaps not a riveting title for a talk unless you're a ceramics enthusiast, but for me it represented a chance to hear from a writer who I feel a creative kinship with. I finished reading The Hare with Amber Eyes last month; a rare book and an even …

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York Open Studios 2017 – Ceramics

Despite being one of the oldest art forms in existence, ceramics may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you visit a gallery. Yet despite new exhibitions and up-coming artists evading mainstream news, there is a thriving and diverse ceramics community of both makers and enthusiasts emerging. With a dedicated Centre of Ceramic …

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