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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Printmaking for Beginners

Over a series of Saturdays, myself and fellow attendees at the Leeds College of Art learnt the processes involved in printmaking. From scratching patterns into plastic and using rollers to apply inks of every colour, to wheeling ancient-looking printing presses with the eager anticipation of the outcome, this five-week course provided an introduction to some …

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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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Montmartre (Paris) for Beginners

There are many reasons to visit Paris, but most travellers come here looking for romance - this is a city to fall in love with. Beautiful buildings, picturesque parklands, and a wealth of glorious art, history, fashion and food, make the 'city of light' a place of true escapism. For first-timers, there's no better place …

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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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