I have to admit I’d never heard of Sophie Ryder before but I am on the mailing list for Lakeside Arts which covers Djanogly Gallery (based on the University of Nottingham campus) and I was intrigued by the photos of her work so I made a mental note to go visit and as is often the case with these things didn’t actually get around to it until it was in its last week (it closed on 12 March).
Ryder is known for her large scale sculptures of animals including her own invention called the Ladyhare and the classic minotaur future. This exhibition focused on some of her smaller pieces, which gives you an idea of just how large her bigger sculptures must be! They are stunning and one of the things I was most intrigued by was the inclusion of extra details in the sculptures like cassettes and smaller sculptures within bigger ones.
I didn’t take any photos of the drawings on display, mostly of her own dogs which were incredibly lifelike, but what I did photograph were her wire drawings – these were created by manipulating a mesh of twisted wires to create flattened images on the wall. They were brilliant and I was able to get very close up to them to admire the skill involved in creating such a large piece of art.
Some of my other favourites included this minotaur seeing itself in a mirror and this minotaur with the Ladyhare.
A bit odd yes, but lovely and I’m glad I made the time to visit. You can find some more photos here.
You can’t visit Conwy without taking a walk along the quayside and admiring the boats and the seemingly larger than life seagulls. There’s a pub and fish and chips shop, plus a stall selling ice creams and hot drinks etc. There are also boat trips available (I did one of these which will feature in a later post) and the quay leads on to part of the Wales Coast Path (various sections of which will also feature in later posts).
Covering 12 acres that was reclaimed from scrub woodland, the sculpture garden at Burghley House contains a vast array of contemporary sculptures, some of which are considerably stranger than others! Some of my favourites are highlighted below.
2020 has been a write off in a lot of ways, particularly for travelling, so on the weekend I should have been attending my third Open House London I headed out with my Dad to Colwick Country Park for some walking amongst nature which a lot of people have been appreciating more and more this year. I’m lucky to have a nice back garden to sit in and Nottingham has a lot of green spaces that are walkable from where I live, but a place like Colwick Country Park requires a car to get to for me as I’m still avoiding public transport right now.
Currently a Next store this used to be the Bourne and Hollingsworth Department Store which moved to Oxford Street in 1902 though it was built in 1894. The art deco remodelling happened in 1928. It closed in 1985 during which time the building was also known as the The Plaza Oxford Street.
I’ve been to the Natural History Museum lots of times before but on this trip I wanted to pay particular attention to the building’s architecture, and of course to see the whale skeleton that replaced Dippy the diplodocus.
Whenever I’m in London for a few days I try and schedule an afternoon of just wandering around an area and taking photos of places I’ve not managed to visit before or where I’ve visited only briefly. Despite the intermittent rain after visiting Temple Church I decided to take a wander around Somerset House. There was some sort of event going on inside so I only took photos of the courtyard and exterior.
There are more than 400 public artworks in the City of Westminster, and this post explores just a small fraction of those which I photographed on my last visit to London. The first is the Monument to the Women of World War II which effectively displays the different jobs women undertook during the war, represented by the different uniforms they would have worn. Designed by John W Mills and unveiled by the Queen in 2005, the writing on the side is the same font as that used on war-time ration books.