When we were researching our tactile and audio book about contemporary art we came across some useful websites and publications. Here’s a short guide to what’s out there if you want to know what’s on show or if you are after an arty gift for someone special (or yourself).
Before you head to a show, maybe phone ahead to check out their access facilities, tours, workshops and audio description.
Artylyst proclaims itself as the ‘independent voice of contemporary art’. The vibrant website is dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions, blogs and reviews. There is even an online shop where you can buy prints and a members area too.
To read about latest news on the art front, reviews of exhibitions, interviews and much more then read online publication, The Art Newspaper.
As well as articles, interviews and reviews Art Monthly magazine and websites provides listings for art galleries UK wide, from established museums and galleries to small independent spaces.
Culture 24 is sponsored by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the website provides information, news and links for over 2500 museums, galleries and heritage sites in the UK. Click the Art tab for listings an reviews of exhibitions. Follow them on Twitter for live updates.
This last suggestion is a bit off-piste – we got sidetracked when researching and stumbled across the brilliant CultureLabel – a go-to online shopping destination for the culturally minded among us. At least 90% of every penny you spend goes to supporting the arts and Lauren Laverne (BBC Radio 6 Music DJ and friend of Living Paintings) is an avid fan of their curated collections of art and design-led products including art, homeware, clothing and accessories.
Above is the Short Lip Necklace £32.50, that is inspired by a British Vogue cover from 1961. This necklace is handmade by designer Patricia Nicolas. Gold-plated and acrylic. National Portrait Gallery’s major exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style (11 February – 23 May 2016) celebrates the greatest moments in fashion, beauty and portrait photography.
Above is the hand drawn illustration of The Doughnut Destroyer (an otter loving doughnut eater) on a china plate, £25.00. Like all of Jimbobart’s designs, this cheeky chap was originally drawn by hand. Jimbobart uses china sourced from Stoke-on-Trent, the china capital of the UK.