For almost ten years, the worldwide cultural phenomenon that is HBO Game of Thrones has called Northern Ireland and its spectacular landscapes its home. The dramatic coastlines, foreboding mountains and ageless forests have formed the perfect backdrop for the fantasy world of the show. Why not become part of the fantasy and follow me in finding the filming locations used in the series?
One of the reasons I wanted to visit Belfast was to see the political murals and the street art which are on every available free wall. From Falls Road to Shankill Road to Bank Street to Talbert Street; walls filled with colourful political and non-political messages. These large-format paintings tell us of the impact of Troubles in local communities, are a call for peace and make our dreams of a future in harmony.
The murals, street art, frescoes of Belfast are a sight to see even if you can’t decide on what to call them. These public artworks go far beyond Catholic and Protestant areas. With a convulsive history like few others, the centre of Belfast is decorated profusely with creative and imaginative street art. Some would call it graffiti; for me, this is street art at its best. Read more
Upon a recent visit to the National Gallery in London, I was in awe of the paintings on the walls and with the horde of people passing through, one could understand why it is one of the most visited galleries in London and an absolute must for visitors to the English capital.
Thomas J Price practice takes a variety of forms, from sculpted heads and figures to stop motion animation. His sculptures are amalgamation of a wide range of influences, including ideas taken from classical sculpture, observations of people, and images from magazines. “Network” is one such sculpture. Read more
Taking inspiration from the shapes and elements found in nature, Italian artist Marialuisa Tadei creates sculptures that explore spiritual and symbolic representation. She is interested in opposing states such as light and heavy, life and death, organic and technological and the metaphorical implications they imbue. Read more
Andy Goldsworthy is a leading dry stone wall artist of his generation, creating stunning pieces such as Outclosure. He first worked at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 1983 during an international sculpture symposium.
Barbara Hepworth at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1903 and became one of the most significant artist of the 20th century.
During our recent visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, I photographed some of my favourite sculptures. Bob and Roberta Smith aka Patrick Brill caught my eye “All Schools Should be Art Schools.”