Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted on 12th February, 2014

Dec ‘12/Jan’14

Christmas is a great time for practising skills with the annual making of Christmas cards and decorations.

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My highlight this December was my visit to Manchester Christmas Market looking at some traditional Christmas crafts. This trip also gave me the opportunity to view the Grayson Perry tapestries which were on show at Manchester Gallery. The six tapestries called ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ depict his exploration of class and refer to William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’ (1733) which brought back memories of studying Hogarth’s work during my college years. Also inspiring were the Community Programmes that Manchester Art Gallery provide. In the Clore gallery space, children can make their own artworks using a pallet of everyday domestic objects. This project gives children the opportunity to open up their eyes and minds to art. In Plymouth, the Arts Centre provides a monthly ‘Creative Play’ which is an Early Years family activity for children under six.

Here in Plymouth, I very much enjoyed the adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Le Navet Bête Theatre Company at the Barbican Theatre and very much look forward to their next production ‘Extravaganza’ in May 2014.

Worth seeing in the Plymouth City Gallery is the exhibition ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’. A highlight is the painting by Patrick Heron and the short video showing him working in his studio.

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