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What's On at the Victoria and Albert Museum | Art Calendars

Posted by Matt Knight

With the tagline 'the world's greatest museum of art and design', the Victoria and Albert Museum (better known as the V&A) certainly creates high expectations and promises a lot, and it sure does deliver. Currently, there are over two thousand years of art in almost every medium in the museum's collections, from a multitude of places all over the globe. The contrast between walking through the grand archway that is the main entrance into the museum and the humongous, abstract Dale Chihuly chandelier hanging over the information desk in the lobby wonderfully illustrates just how much the V&A holds. While their special temporary exhibitions are very much worth seeing, it's a must-do to go and see the vast array of art the V&A has on permanent display. Here are just a selection of the movements and artists that the museum covers…

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Topics: V&A Museum, art deco, art calendars, William Morris

Artists in the Tate Britain and Modern | Art Calendars

Posted by Catherine Taylor

The Tate Britain has been an unmissable display of British art since its inception in 1897. When Henry Tate tried to release his collection of masterpieces of art into the world to be enjoyed by all, the National Gallery didn’t have the space for it, and so he built his own gallery in which to showcase all of the artworks he had collected. Since then, four Tate galleries have opened (Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives), between them holding an outstandingly impressive collection of British and international art. 

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Topics: Tate, J. M. W. Turner, William Blake, art calendars, Kasimir Malevich

We're Going On A Bear Hunt turns 25 | Art Calendars

Posted by Matt Knight

We're Going On a Bear Hunt is the well loved children's read-aloud that's celebrating its 25th birthday this year. A favourite among families and young children, the fun, energetic book is brought to life through the charming illustrations of Helen Oxenbury.

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Topics: art calendars

Astronomy Photographer of the Year - Our Favourite Photographs

Posted by Matt Knight
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Topics: photography, art calendars

Art Calendars, Books And The Big Screen: A Moomin Adventure

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

With the long-anticipated Moomin movie, Moomins on the Riviera, coming to cinemas in October 2014 and our beautiful 2015 Moomin Calendar now available in our Art of Fine Gifts range, it's not hard to rediscover a childish love for Moomintroll, his family and friends. The loveable trolls are only gaining in popularity since their beginnings as a comic strip in 1945.

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Topics: Moomins, Tove Tansson, art calendars

Art of Fine Gifts: The Imperial War Museum's London Refurbishment

Posted by Matt Knight

We have been working with The Imperial War Museum for the last few years, creating great art calendars and books. So when we heard that there were to be refurbishments at the London museum, well we were more excited than anyone else. As a longstanding institution, IWM stands alone in its portrayal of conflicts across time, especially those that feature Britain and her allies. As proud partners of IWM, let's take a look at the recent refurbishments of the London facility and why its exhibitions are still relevant today. 

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Topics: Imperial War Museum, art calendars

Masterpieces of Art: The Great Wave

Posted by Nick Wells

The Great Wave is one of the great masterpieces of art. It has occupied a unique place in the affection of both Western and Eastern Cultures, since its creation in the early 1830s as the first of 36 Views of Mount Fuji, by the master of the Ukiyo-e style, Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). Probably the most famous of all Japanese artworks, The Great Wave is a woodblock print, not a painting, and unlike many of its contemporaries it brought strong European influences into a cultural landscape dominated by eternal, East Asian sensibilities.

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Topics: Hokusai, Japanese woodblock prints, art calendars

Art of Fine Gifts: Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

Posted by Laura Bulbeck

Image via wikipedia

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare – the most renowned playwright the world has ever known. The Royal Shakespeare Company are marking the celebrations by hosting a question and answer session with artistic director Gregory Doran live on Twitter, as well as a weekend full of pageantry and performances.

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Topics: Royal Shakespeare Company, art calendars

The Art of Fine Gifts: Tove Jansson & The Moomins

Posted by Matt Knight

In the centenary year of the superbly talented Tove Jansson, we celebrate her glorious artwork and look in detail at what the Moomins were and what they meant. With art taken from our calendar series, The Art of Fine Gifts, keep reading to learn more about Jansson and what the Moomins meant to her. 

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Topics: Moomins, Tove Jansson, art calendars

Art Calendars: A Brief History of Stonehenge

Posted by Chris Herbert

Stonehenge is a beautiful and culturally important landmark for British Tourism. Standing at the centre of a field in Wiltshire, it draws thousands of visitors a year from all around the world. It is an icon of intrigue, early architecture and historical ceremony.

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Topics: English Heritage, art calendars

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