William Blake: Poet, Artist & Visionary – a genius of early Romanticism in England
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William Blake: Poet, Artist & Visionary – a genius of early Romanticism in England

I suppose William Blake was probably the most original genius of early romanticism in England both as a poet and as an artist and from the relatively conventional beginnings he developed a kind of imagery in words and pictures that has really never been surpassed in imagination, in extravagance, in the vividness of this imagery and from these early beginnings…

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Restoring one of our largest paintings: Relining Van Dyck’s ‘Charles I’ | National Gallery
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Restoring one of our largest paintings: Relining Van Dyck’s ‘Charles I’ | National Gallery

This is Van Dyck’s ‘Equestrian Portrait of Charles I’, which we have finished cleaning, removing the old varnish and old restorations. And it’s now at a stage where we are going to start doing the relining, that is taking off the current lining canvas which was used to support the original. And, before we do that, we have to put…

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Why We Should Draw More (and Photograph Less)
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Why We Should Draw More (and Photograph Less)

Whenever something looks interesting, beautiful there’s a natural impulse to want to capture and preserve it, which means in this day and age that we will likely to reach for our phones and take picture. Though this might seem like an ideal solution, there is a big problem associated with it. We’re likely to be so busy taking the pictures…

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Art Installation Lets You See World Through Butterfly’s Eyes
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Art Installation Lets You See World Through Butterfly’s Eyes

We are in the ‘Butterfly Biosphere’ aka ‘The Pleasures of the Nectar Dome.’ It’s a butterfly house in the heart of London, in Grosvenor square. The installation is a Buckminster Fuller-style geodesic dome that’s filled with prisms, with dichromatic film, and of course, butterflies themselves. I’m Sam Bompas of Bompas & Parr and we call ourselves “Experience Designers.” We actually…

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Edward Bawden Exhibition Preview
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Edward Bawden Exhibition Preview

Edward Bawden is hardly a forgotten artist. More than 30 years after his death, people still smile at the witty illustrations he made for Fortnum & Mason and marvel at the monumental linocuts of Brighton Pier and other Victorian architecture but how well do we really know Edward Bawden? What about the watercolours he made in the 20s and 30s…

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Kingston University fine art students take part in No Working Title 2017 at Tate Exchange
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Kingston University fine art students take part in No Working Title 2017 at Tate Exchange

We’re here at Tate Exchange for the culmination of No Working Title. No Working Title is a project that is nine years old, it’s an annual project that involves 10 students from four different universities. Each student is paired with a student from another university they have never met before and who they are not allowed to meet for the…

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Why study MA Printmaking?
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Why study MA Printmaking?

– [Steve] MA Print here is both involved in traditional and digital ways of producing prints. We don’t preference one above the other. We often work as an intermixture between the two. The facilities for MA Print consist of stone lithography, etching, relief printing. We also have quite a big stock of types, of typographical possibilities, and we also work…

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How Luxury Paint Is Made | The Making Of
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How Luxury Paint Is Made | The Making Of

– [Narrator] You might have seen this paint before without realizing. It’s been used in the “Harry Potter,” “James Bond,” and “Star Wars” films, and this factory makes over 15,000 liters of it every month. This is Mylands. It’s the last remaining paint factory in London and one of the oldest family-owned paint manufacturers in the world. The paint-making process…

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