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A voyage to the You Beaut Country with John Olsen

Seafood Paella (2007) Where would you go if you only had one day in Melbourne?  That’s the question we had to ask ourselves before a whistle-stop tour of the city last month.  We were staying with friends about halfway between Melbourne’s central business district and the Yarra Valley region.  The reason for our fleeting visit? […]

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Vital : Not Vital at YSP

Moon (2015) The Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield is currently hosting the first major UK exhibition by world renowned sculptor Not Vital, reinforcing its already glowing reputation as a centre of both national and international importance in the world of modern and contemporary sculpture. This exciting exhibition features works in the Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and 500 […]

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Editions and Objects : St Jude’s at YSP

Autumn Table – Emily Sutton It’s impossible to be disappointed by a trip to the jewel that is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, Wakefield. There’s always something to enjoy and inspire whether it be in one of the many indoor galleries or in the 500 acre outdoor sculpture exhibition. In addition to the many sculptors that YSP has exhibited over the […]

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The memory of glass with Gemma Leamy

Ullswater There’s a quality to glass, pure and tantalisingly precious. Perhaps it’s the element of danger. If you’ve ever watched a glass artisan at the furnace, you’ll know it’s tense, blisteringly-hot work. One false move and the piece could be ruined, but succeed and you’ve created something both beautiful and fragile. Crook O Lune Perhaps it comes […]

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Doddington Hall’s Sculpture Exhibition

I’ve discovered a slice of heaven. If, like me, you enjoy contemporary sculpture and could happily wander around a sunny garden hour after hour, then you need to visit the sculpture exhibition in the gardens at Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire. It’s the third time this biennial sculpture exhibition has taken place, curated by David Waghorne the […]

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In constant flux with Greg Harris

Self Portrait (2015) For many years Greg Harris refused to define himself as a painter, choosing instead to modestly describe himself as “an average-skilled draughtsman who dabbles in any medium.” It wasn’t until 2012 when he joined an artist’s studio in Leicester that he began to experiment with oil paints and fell in love with the […]

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The elephant in the room: Cause and Effect at the NCCD

Meandering through the streets of Sleaford lined with quaint old shops and eateries I came across the National Centre for Craft & Design perched on the banks of the River Slea. There aren’t many museums or galleries I know of that you can opt to reach via a tiny bridge. Even fewer with a rooftop […]

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Building dreamscapes with David Umemoto

David Umemoto admits he was forced to burn many bridges with his past in order to build himself a career as a sculptor today. David worked as an architect for a firm in Montreal, Canada, before going freelance for the best part of 10 years working mostly on 3D computer graphics and architectural design for institutional projects such […]

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Spaces in the chapel : Rachel Whiteread at YSP

I love Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Every time I visit there is something new to explore, more treasures to discover. It’s impossible to see the Longside, Chapel and Underground galleries, park centre and 500 acre outdoor gallery nestled in the south of Wakefield in a single day. Even more impossible to write about it all in […]

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My date with Vincent

“Self portrait with grey felt hat” (1887)  In the spring of last year my friend, Sarah, and I embarked upon an impromptu trip to Amsterdam in search of culture, coffee and crêpes. We took the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam overnight; battled seasickness and an hour long coach commute before reaching civilization. We found the nearest crêperie and revelled in both […]