Alex Lowery at Sladers Yard in West Bay

Sladers Yard in West Bay Dorset is a real gem of a seaside gallery. The expected collection would be full of bright blue seascapes, yachts and gulls but Sladers always has a really serious collection of contemporary art. We discovered it last year with The exhibition of Phillip Suttons work. Alex Lowery is the current…

The Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Vézelay

Bucket lists aren’t necessarily my thing but ever since I started studying art history I have yearned for the opportunity to visit Vézelay and yesterday I managed it. To understand the art, history and politics of the Early Middle Ages in Europe this is the place to visit Vézelay, a small hill top town, surrounded…

My Visit to Bayeux and the Tapestry

Seeing the Bayeux Tapestry has fulfilled a dream. On of the great works of romanesque secular art, the Tapestry (or more correctly embroidery), tells the story of the events leading up to the Conquest of England in 1066. We visited Bayeux for the first time a few days ago, which is a really wonderful Normandy…

A trip to Bayeux in France to see the Tapestry

My new header image is detail from a frieze at the entrance to the Tapestry Museum in Bayeux in Normandy. The scene depicts Duke William leading his cavalry into the Battle of Hastings, where he defeated Harold Godwinson and claimed the crown of England in 1066. …more to follow!

Château D’Oiron and some Contemporary Art 

Château D’Oiron is one of our latest in a long line of sumptuous discoveries in France. The joy of driving around rural France is that a treasure is always just around the corner. Driving from Poitiers to one of our favourite towns, Chinon, yesterday we followed the by-ways, thus discovering this gorgeous building.  D’Oiron was…