This is a new art gallery I found by chance on a recent trip to North West Devon. It has a totally unique piece of street art and some excellent work by Devon-based artists including Ann Fawssett Atkin, beautiful acrylic paintings of birds and Neil Jeffers' eye-popping pop art oils. Fantastic furniture all made from sustainable timber, and some remarkable photography and sculpture.
The Little Gallery on the Farm,
Shebbear, EX21 5RF.
2 miles south of Stibb Cross on the Shebbear Road. 11 miles south of Bideford
Located in a renovated department store in Centre City Charlotte, this museum is one of the few in the country to focus on contemporary craft.
From glass, to ceramics, fibre, wood and metal, all the stars (and those up and comers) in the craft world are exhibited here.
The museum traces the history of craft from the 19th Century to today's modern industrial design.
Don't forget that the entry ticket can be used for free entry to the Mint Museum of Art.
Admission is free on Tuesday from 10am-2pm and the third Thursday of the month from 5-8pm.
Mint Museum of Craft and Design
220 North Tryon Street
(2 blocks North of the Square)
Charlotte, NC 28202
Tel: 1-704 337 2000
It's 100 giant outdoor photos of wildlife from all over the world. you can see it at even at night.
The photos are huge, incredible, and moving, and the whole exhibition is easy to find, and free!
Raoul Wallenbergs Torg. Really central.
The National Archaeological museum is the largest museum in Greece. It has collections from all the eras of the Greek civilization from the 6th millennium BC until the late Antiquity. Large collections of sculpture and ceramics from the Geometric Period. The most famous items are the bronze statue of Poseidon, the Mycenaean death Mask of Agamenon, the small marble statue of The Harp player from Keros from the prehistoric Cycladic period, the bronze statue of the Young man from Antikythera, the bronze statue - Boy and Horse from Artemision and many others.
Patission Street 44 Athens
A 40 minute boat trip across the bay from Cadiz is the pretty town of El Puerto de Santa Maria. Tucked away in a side street amongst imposing old mansions and sherry bodegas is the typical Andalucian town house where Rafael Alberti was born. It is now a bright, modern museum dedicated to the life and works of this poet, playwright, painter and statesman.
In the light, attractive galleries you can see much of his colourful work, including his vividly illustrated poetry, look at interesting old newspaper cuttings and photos and read much of his correspondence, a great deal of which concerns his long exile from Sapin under Franco, his triumphant return in 1977 and the many prizes and honours he gained thereafter. This permanent exposition is a fabulous record of the life of one of the most important and fascinating figures in modern Spanish history.
Fundacion Rafael Alberti, calle Santa Domingo 25, El Puerto de Santa María
tel. 956 85 07 11
The Priory is a former hospital dating from the end of the 17th century. It was later used as a religious retreat. In 1913 the painter, Maurice Denis, who was deeply religious, as well as being a leading theorist of Post Impressionism, acquired the building and its grounds.
The Priory now houses a small but good collection of French art from the period 1880 to 1940, including Symbolism and Post Impressionism, especially the work of the Pont Aven artists and the Nabis.
The gardens are very beautiful and show sculpture by Bourdelle and Maillol. It's a quiet and contemplative sort of place except when the primary schools are in for an afternoon of art.
2 Rue Maurice Denis, 78100 St Germaine-en-Laye, west of Paris. Metro/RER from Chatelet to St Germaine-en-Laye. Then 10 minute walk through the town. There is said to be a bus but I never saw it.
This is a small public gallery showing paintings and some sculpture in a former private house (often the best way to show art collections) and concentrates largely on Danish work of the 18th and 19th centuries.
If you like landscape, interiors and small genre painting, this is a good place to visit. The house is around the back of the main national gallery and across a small park.
Stockholmsgade 20. Metro stop Norreport. Buses 6A, 14, 40 and many others (check bus stop signs). www.hirschsprung.de
Brilliant place. Small and manageable, amazing collection, friendly guides, good special exhibitions. Make sure you see Alexander Calder's Circus. Beat the crowds at MoMA!
Museum Mile, Upper East Side
Tel: (212) 570 3676
A visit to the lovely sandy beaches and old fishing villages of what King James called 'The Golden Fringe' of Fife is always well worth the trip, especially on the weekends of 2nd and 9th June, when over 30 professional artists open their studios to all.
Half hour's drive from St Andrews (station, Leuchars) or an hour from Edinburgh. Details of open studios: www.eastneukopenstudios.org, or telephone for illustrated brochure, 01333730249
An often more interesting alternative to the big institutional galleries of Canberra, representing local contemporary artists across 4 locations.
"CCAS is one of a national network of contemporary arts organisations (CAOs) dedicated to the generation, presentation and promotion of innovative contemporary visual arts practice in Australia. Its program of exhibitions, performances, artists’ talks and publications aims provide opportunities for artists in the ACT to exhibit their work within a context of current national and international practice."
CCAS Gorman House & Cube2
Gorman House Arts Centre,
Ainslie Ave, Braddon A.C.T, Australia
1am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday
10am to 4pm Saturday
Ph: +612 6247 0188
Google map: tinyurl.com/mq9dd4
19 Furneaux St,
Forrest, A.C.T Australia
Gallery Hours: 11am to 5pm,
Wednesday to Sunday during advertised
Ph: +612 6295 3112
Google map: tinyurl.com/l4usco
A stunning shop-cum-gallery selling original etchings and frames made by the artist-owners and their friends. No "art snobbery" here - the owners are English-speaking and happily spend time with you, explaining how they make the etchings and frames. With our purchase, we got a cup of tea and a fab local restaurant recommendation. Whether you want a unique memento of Florence or an original gift, Il Tamarino is well worth a visit.
Il Tamarino Stampe d'Arte
via del Moro 46R
Tel. 055 282457
The artist lived on the island from 1956 until his death in 1983, and his old studios have been converted into a museum with a permanent collection of hundreds of his later works as well as temporary exhibitions, workshops and a shop selling Miró souvenirs, prints etc.
29 Carrer de Joan de Saridakis, Cala Mayor (miro.palmademallorca.es)
Building the enormous gothic Seo cathedral began in 1230 and has been going on, more or less, ever since.
Gaudí contributed some typically modernista interiors in the early 20th century but even that has been upstaged by the vast ceramic tableau of cracked mud, fish and skulls in St Peter’s chapel. The work of Mallorca’s foremost contemporary artist Miquel Barceló, it is loosely based on the miracle of the loaves and fishes and was officially opened in February this year.
"El Ministerio de Educacion Publica" houses an incredible collection of Diego Rivera murals.
These are his early murals (the 20s) and are on three floors surrounding an open courtyard with jacaranda trees.
Calle Argentina No. 28, Centro Historico, near Donceles. Free admission.
A superb collection of art all based on Don Quixote ranging from modern sculptures to classic paintings. In my nine month gap year it was one of my top five highlights, it really is that good.
Artists with work on display include Picasso and Dali.
Manuel Doblado 1
Phone: +52 (473) 732 6721 and 732 3376
Fax: +52 (473) 732 6117
Discreetly hidden away in a quiet backstreet is this cultural centre and lounge club built into an old warehouse.
They publish an online magazine, screen films and run a funk, soul, hip-hop and rare groove session at Apolo. During summer 2006 it proved the ideal venue for Spain vs France in the World Cup. Don't lose heart as you head up Calle Fontrodona, it is there and the cava is at knock down prices.
Calle Fontrodona 33; Metro: Parallel L3; www.maumaunderground.com
Art Museum in a building which incorporates a nicely styled modern bit grafted onto the sumptuous town house of a merchant baron. Impressive collection and also - since the good gentleman liked to see his ships coming and going - with excellent views of the sea.
A great bar, friendly staff, good fresh seafood and fantastic atmosphere at night. There's often live music. Work by local artists cover the walls, and the wine list is surprisingly good and cheap.
Main Street, near the zebra crossing.
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