The Italian Villa: from ancient Rome to the modern era

Oct 11th, 2019 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Over the last ten years I’ve met more and more people making a ‘tree change’, swapping the stress of the concrete jungle for the tranquillity of the country. They plan a garden to please the eye and stock the table, and a comfortable house with space for pursuits they’ve neglected...

The Met Gala – What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?

Aug 8th, 2019 | Dr Anna Lebovic

A few months ago, you may have stumbled across photographs of a number of celebrities wearing truly outrageous outfits. You probably saw images of superstars like singer Katy Perry wearing not one, but two fully functioning chandeliers around her head and her waist. On the same night, English model Cara...

On the Trail of the Shakers in New England

May 15th, 2019 | Dr Matthew Laing

Down the lonely country roads of rural New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Maine are the quaint remnants of a simpler past immortalised in American imagery for generations. Gambrel roofed red barns, simple white-steepled churches, white picket fences, and classically unornamented colonial houses. Though few realise it today, much of this iconic...

Hong Kong & Shanghai – a new landscape for contemporary art

Jan 4th, 2019 | Dr Mikala Tai

Although known today as vibrant centres of contemporary art, the entrepots of Hong Kong and Shanghai have very deep, traditional artistic roots, stretching back to the Song Dynasty and earlier. Curator, academic and gallery director Dr Mikala Tai gives us a snapshot of the contemporary art scene in each city,...

Prague – beyond the Charles Bridge

Oct 19th, 2018 | Christopher Menz

Prague is such an interesting city with abundant architectural, art and historical riches that it warrants several days or multiple visits to do it justice. It is a wonderful place to explore on foot as well as by tram and that is when you find it really rewarding. Although this...

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