In the 1930s, London city apartments were decorated with protruding cages that stuck out like air conditioning units. Babies were placed in these baskets as parents enjoyed the idea of actively “airing” their toddlers out to promote health, a fad that emerged in many popular parenting books at the time.
For anyone who thinks one person cannot make a difference, just look at the example of Antonio La Cava. The retired Italian schoolteacher has decided to spend his golden years bringing the joy of reading to his local region in southern Italy.
“The Favourite,” a strangely touching and outrageous period dramedy filmed at Hertfordshire, England, starring Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz, is the latest project of Greek artist Yorgos Lanthimos that will serve as the opening night film during the New York Film Festival (NYFF) on September 28, 2018.
Surviving twenty-first century beauty-spots in the English countryside don’t have to be hidden away, or difficult to reach, to be genuinely appealing and intriguing. There are surprising gems to be enjoyed not far off the beaten track… The Staffordshire Moorlands is just such a jewel; a prime example of a rolling English rural landscape, bursting with charm and history, yet minutes from the city of Stoke and a major highway.
Pottery and ceramics are enjoying a revival in England. It’s early days, and it’s patchy, but there are some gloriously green shoots of renewal, investment, and public support. A visit to the Staffordshire Potteries opens up the history of this important industry and demonstrates why it thoroughly deserves a resurgence. And this year is the ideal time to visit, as they are marking 40 years since the last giant bottle oven was fired…
Eminent British portrait photographer Donald MacLellan gives a repeat performance of his first highly acclaimed retrospective exhibition “Faces From the Past” this September. And, typically for him, it is to be staged at a regional gallery, chosen to bring art out of the city and closer to gallery-goers in the English provinces and countryside.
Big Ben, Downing Street, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, Nelson’s Column, St James’s Park, The Houses of Parliament, The Royal Albert Hall, and The Westminster Abbey, are some of London’s iconic sights you can gaze outside your window when joining the approximately 90-minute Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour.
When Cally Trench came across a pair of pencil portraits she and brother Nick drew of each other, over 45 years ago, the chance discovery became the catalyst for an imaginative and intriguing exhibition by these two contrasting artists, opening at North Oxfordshire’s popular Heseltine Gallery in September 2018.
Physically unusual humans, such as those who were extremely short or tall, those with both male and female secondary sexual characteristics or those suffering from extraordinary conditions and diseases, were among the oddities that made “Freak Shows” a major attraction for more than a century.
Frida Kahlo’s red-leather-booted prosthetic leg, along with some of her portraits, photographs, clothing, jewelry, and cosmetics, will travel for the first time outside her native country, Mexico, for “Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up” exhibition opening on June 16, 2018, at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.