Britain

Art in Yorkshire: Hepworth Wakefield

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Toothpicker

The stunning concrete architecture is designed by David Chipperfield architects
 
Two years ago, there was a major retrospective exhibition of Barbara Hepworth's work at Tate Britain, which I found fairly disappointing and felt it did not do justice to the great sculptor. Luckily, there are two museum/art gallery in the U.K. dedicated to [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Art, Britain, Contemporary, British art, Sculptures and was tagged with British art, sculptures, Hepworth Wakefield, Barbara Hepworth, Howard Hodgkin, comtemporary architecture, David Chipperfield, West Yorkshire


Art in Yorkshire: Jiro Takamatsu at the Henry Moore Institute

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
 
In July, I attended a talk on Japanese conceptual artist Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98), and the talk triggered my interest in the artist's works. The talk was an introduction to the artist's first solo exhibition outside of his home country of Japan, and it given by Takamatsu's Estate representative Yumiko [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Britain, Japanese art, Sculptures and was tagged with Japanese art, Jiro Takamatsu, Leeds, Henry Moore Institute, conceptual art


Day out in Southend-On-Sea

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Given the proximity of Essex to London, it is surprising how the county is often overlooked by Londoners. Is it because of our biases and stereotypical images of the area and its residents? Londoners would rather visit Kent, Hampshire, Sussex, or Suffolk if they need a short getaway... Essex is quite low [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with walks, seaside, Southend on sea


Street art and graffiti in Brighton

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Toothpicker

Odisy and Aroe MSK's Run DMC mural in Kensington Street, created in 2008

 
Brighton is known for its arts and culture scene, and so it is not surprising to see a thriving street art scene here. The city is full of original street art pieces including a Banksy – the two kissing policemen [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Britain and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Brighton


Brighton Festival 2016

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Toothpicker

Top: Brighton railway station, built in 1840; Bottom: Brighton from the train
 
It has been a while since I have visited Brighton, and the annual Brighton Festival (6th - 28th May) gave me a perfect excuse to revisit this popular coastal city.
The trick to train travel in the UK is to book as [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Britain, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with art deco architecture, theatre, Art festival, modernist architecture, Brighton


Maze Hill Pottery's open studio

Posted on December 12, 2015 by Toothpicker

 
Top left: The disused ticket office-turned pottery studio; Top right: Lisa Hammond's beautiful Soda & Shino glaze pottery
 
London is full of hidden gems, not only they are off tourists' radar, but many are also unknown to Londoners. Since I live north of the river, I am quite oblivious to events that [...]

This post was posted in Uncategorized, London, Coffee, Shopping, British designs, Korean stationery, Trade fairs, Calligraphy, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Design, Portuguese art, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with London, British design, ceramics & potteries


Stoke on Trent's vanishing kilns, craft and economy

Posted on November 5, 2015 by Toothpicker

Top: The grade II* listed Gladstone Pottery Museum where visitors can learn about city's pottery history and manufacturing processes; Bottom 2 rows: The city is full of abandoned pottery factories, kilns and chimneys
 
Last year, I visited The Asia Triennial in Manchester, and I was pleasantly surprised by the how the city [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Social issues, Britain, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, heritage, street life, Stoke on Trent, inequality


Middleport – The last working Victorian pottery factory

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Toothpicker

  
Trent & Mersey canal
 
I had pre-booked a guided factory tour at the last working Victorian pottery factory – Middleport pottery factory the morning after my visit to the British Ceramics Biennial. I decided to take a scenic route (also recommended by the B & B owner) along the Trent [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, British designs, Travel, Traditional arts & crafts, Britain, Architectural conservation, Design, ceramics & potteries, British heritage and was tagged with British design, heritage, traditional crafts, Stoke on Trent, ceramics & potteries, Middleport pottery factory, England's canals


British Ceramics Biennial 2015

Posted on October 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

The former Spode pottery factory was used as the main hub of the event
 
I found out about the British Ceramics Biennial (26th September to 8th November) on the news, and it got me intrigued as I have never visited Stoke on Trent, the pottery home of England before this trip [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, British designs, Travel, Design festivals & shows, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary crafts, Britain, Design, ceramics & potteries and was tagged with British design, contemporary crafts, Stoke on Trent, British ceramics biennal, ceramics & potteries


Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Toothpicker

Blenheim Palace
 
For years, I have wanted to visit the 18th century Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and home of the Dukes of Marlborough; and finally last weekend, my friend and I joined a group to visit this splendid Baroque palace in Oxfordshire. We also managed to see Chinese artist [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Art, Britain, Chinese art, British heritage and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, Chinese art, heritage, Ai Weiwei, Blenheim Palace


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