The Garman Ryan Collection at The New Art Gallery in Walsall

The New Art Gallery, Walsall. One of the things I am missing most during this pandemic lockdown is days out at provincial galleries. The big museums and galleries in the capital can be great trips out but I much prefer visiting the smaller provincial and town galleries. Less hustle and bustle but equally good art…

More about the Bayeux Tapestry loan to the U.K.

The Bayeux Tapestry comes to the U.K. next year. In my last post, that you all enjoyed, judging by the feedback, I said the loan would be this year. It is actually planned for 2022. So sorry about that. I am not guilty of peddling Fake News, just happen to have made a mistake.  Anyway…

The Bayeux Tapestry and the demise of King Harold in 1066

The Bayeux Tapestry is represented in my new header image. This wonderful example of Norman Romanesque art portrays the story of William of Normandy (The Conqueror) and the English Kings, Edward the Confessor and Harold Godwin. The scenes portray the intrigue of eleventh century politics culminating in Harolds demise at the Battle of Hastings in…

Vision & Reality: 100 Years of Contemporary Art in Wakefield

Virtual exhibitions and tours again. I was browsing earlier and found what should have been a great exhibition to visit. I will have to just enjoy the advertising and curators notes, until the galley opens again. Vision and Reality celebrates the vitality which exemplifies the Wakefield Art Collection. Started in 1923, and now containing some…

January Painting of the Month

Joseph Wright of Derby’s 1768 painting “An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump” Covid 19. We now appear to be doing the hard yards with the pandemic, rolling out the new vaccine. Science can be so exciting and yet so concerning. My January Painting of the Month emphasises this most brilliantly. Joseph Wright…