Category Archives: Art & Design

5 of the Best Contemporary British Artists

Whether they’re preserving sharks in formaldehyde, painting with elephant dung or extolling the virtues of smoking, Britain’s contemporary artists are rarely strangers to controversy. Here’s five whose work will challenge and inspire you. David Hockney Since his arrival on the contemporary art … Continue reading

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Illuminating York: festival of digital arts and lighting

York’s annual festival of digital arts and light will set this beautiful city ablaze from 26-29 October. Rediscover some of York’s most famous buildings as large-scale lighting displays are projected in hypnotic patterns around the city. There’ll also be smaller … Continue reading

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Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement

The Royal Academy in London finishes the year with the exhibition, Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement. The exhibition showcases the work of Edgar Degas from 1870 onwards, when the artist focused on the world of ballet and ballerinas and … Continue reading

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London International Animation Festival

Director / Animator: Daniela Negrin Celebrating an impressive range of work from all over the world, the London International Animation Festival is back for its 8th year in a brand new home at the Barbican. This is the largest UK … Continue reading

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Lighting up the Edinburgh Fringe

One of the most striking sights at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the blow-up light installation called Mirazozo, by the Architects of Air, a giant inflatable maze in which natural light is filtered to create jewel-like patterns and colours. … Continue reading

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Sharks again? Yes! Over 100 miles from the sea…

This famous fish out of water is simply known as ‘Untitled’ or the Headington Shark. It appeared overnight in a quiet suburb of Oxford on 9 August 1986 much to the bewilderment of local residents. The local council was not … Continue reading

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Wimbledon Art Studios – Open Studios

Down behind the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium in London, you’ll find a vibrant community of contemporty artists at Wimbledon Art Studios, Britain’s largest art studio complex. This weekend, over 130 emerging and established artists open their studios for 4 days, allowing … Continue reading

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Ancient graffiti at the Tower of London

Graffiti isn’t all about ne’er do wells with spray cans defacing bus stops. The urge to leave one’s mark was as strong in our itchy-fingered ancestors as it is in the marker-wielding tykes of today. And some of the most … Continue reading

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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

Celebrating its 15th year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize rewards a living photographer who has made the most significant contribution to photography over the past year. Initiated in 1996 by The Photographers’ Gallery in London, the Prize promotes the best … Continue reading

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Knit your own Royal Wedding, with Corgis!

Kate and William’s wedding draws ever closer, leaving you only a matter of weeks to knit your own Royal Wedding. Once the day has passed, you’ll be able to recreate this momentus event again and again , with Harry, Prince … Continue reading

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