York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery recently had a complete overhaul, which resulted in it being closed for a long time. When it reopened, it came with a price tag. A historically free museum, it now costs £7.50 to get in. There is a museums deal however, if you’re a regular visitor to this and other museums in … Continue reading

Creative Workspaces

I asked some writers and artists to tell me a bit about their desks and studios…   Caroline Allen Ceramic Artist Giggleswick, UK “My studio is a classroom which I have access to as part of a one year residency programme in a school. I teach ceramics for twelve hours each week, and the rest … Continue reading

Castle Museum, York

I went to the Castle Museum just before Christmas, for the first time since childhood. My memories of it mainly featured Kirkgate, the replica Victorian street, and the pungent sweet shop. Kirkgate lived up to expectations, especially at Christmastime when there was a wishing tree and a man reading A Christmas Carol to a group … Continue reading

2012 in pictures

Well, this is my 100th blog post and it’s the end of the year so I thought I should do some kind of retrospective. It’s been a very different year from 2011, when I lived in Shanghai. Here are some aspects of 2012 that I managed to document in between moments of actually living my … Continue reading