Thursday, June 23, 2011

Adventures in London

Between work and touring London, I have hardly had time to record what I have been up to. Last Friday, my classmate Erin Anderson and I took the advice of one of my colleagues at Tate and visited Cockpit Arts’ open studios day. It was a long walk from the tube station and teeming rain, but definitely worth the trek. We were met at the door with a glass of champagne. Briefly, Cockpit Arts is a studio space that supports artists. Here is a link to their website to read more: Erin and I were on the hunt for fun, small souvenirs for our family and friends, but we came across fantastic woven blankets by Eleanor Pritchard. Here is a link to her website: The question wasn’t IF we were going to get blankets, but WHICH blankets we were going to choose. We highly recommend them for Christmas gifts this year.

On Saturday, I went to Hampstead Heath. There is a 791-acre park there with breathtaking views of London’s skyline. Also, Kentwood House, a 17th century manor, is in the middle of the park. I was quite surprised to see works by Rembrandt, Turner, Gainsborough, and even Vermeer hanging on the walls.

Erin and I met up with Bruno, our professor, on Sunday. We headed to the Courtauld. It was like walking through an art history text book, as so many of their paintings have become icons of the Western canon.

On Tuesday, Bruno came to the Tate to give a talk on the Winterthur/ University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and take a tour of the conservation facilities. It was difficult to keep on schedule, as everyone wanted to speak with Bruno. We got together again on Wednesday to tour the Tate Modern.

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