If you’re into painting, sculpture, photography or craft, some readers recommend lesser-known galleries and art spaces around the UK.. Here are a few highlights.
Sculpture, scrap and stories in Glasgow
Sharmanka Kinetic Theater is a wonderful stroll through beautiful madness just minutes from Buchanan Street in Glasgow, this storyland is filled with mechanical figures made from wood, metal and all manner of scraps.
The place is quiet and bustling, unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else in the world, and you’ll be amazed at the talent behind the creation and come away with an amused smile on your face.
Art Island in Wales
Anglesey is not all about long names and beautiful beaches, but it also has many hidden treasures, among them the Oriel Moon Art Center and Museum in Llangefni. Stunning works by Welsh artists and a mesmerizing statue of Kevin Williams are among the many highlights. Visitors to visit., It’s a great choice, with activities for kids and free entry.
See Indigenous Peoples of the Southwest
The Rainmaker Gallery in Bristol is a space dedicated to contemporary Native American art.
Owner Joe is committed to showcasing the best emerging and established talent, and the changing program of exhibitions is worth checking out, while the artwork, homewares and jewelery on sale always make great gifts.
If you have time, visit the Go Gallery in Bristol, which focuses on Australian Aboriginal art.
Waves of the River Thames
Trinity Boy Wharf, an outdoor arts center opposite the O2, includes vessels evoking memories of East London’s maritime trade, including a tugboat, white hammer and red lightship, a music recording studio.
A small shed houses objects dedicated to scientist Michael Faraday, while Andrew Baldwin’s whimsical iron sculptures range from tabletop items to large mechanical items. A flooded hearing center determines music by waves.
Feast at Fat Boy’s Diner or Orchard Cafe, a former shipping container with a black room and a tree on the roof.
Keep your eyes open in Liverpool
The Open Eye gallery has now moved behind a cafe on a Liverpooldian cobblestone street, where, like the rest of the city, things are springing up underfoot and spearheading elsewhere. A triangular shape takes a place on the Isle of Man, against the seabeds and waves of the River Mersey.
Quiet, photography resonates whispers and expands your sense of humanity, a place to bear witness to reality and decode the mood of the moment.
Crafts and Culture in the Ribble Valley
Long before the Ribble Valley was known for its gastropubs, Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, Lancashire, showcased cheerful, innovative and thoughtful arts and crafts.
Local artists and craftspeople drew on the region’s industries, agriculture, landscapes, history and culture and their work reflected those influences – lino cuts from wool, spools, wood, chimneys, mills and rolling hills.
It’s close to the railway line that takes you to Yorkshire, but now the end of the line, one small step from Manchester, but one giant leap into that sweet spot between urban and rural.
Masters in Birmingham
The Barber Institute of Fine Art Birmingham is located in an airy building on the University of Birmingham campus in Edgbaston, close to the city centre, and is easily accessible by local trains and buses.
It offers a curated collection of Western art spanning seven centuries, with paintings and sculptures by Rembrandt, Degas, Monet, Turner, Van Gogh and Magritte.
Described as the ‘National Miniature Gallery of the Midlands’, it is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm and entry is free.
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