Wednesday Wishes is all about getting out and about this week. We have a bear who left darkest Peru, a perceptive political artist and the largest outdoor collection of art in the country.
Seaside of the Week
Things I never thought I would say … the Cultural Wednesday family visited Folkestone during our holidays and we loved it. Folkestone has the largest collection of outdoor art in the county and you can see it all for free by just meandering about the town. Yesterday I was back in Folkestone for the start of the Folkestone Triennial which see’s another forty works of art joining the others. There are three Plots to follow which you can do with a tour with with guide or with a map or an app on your own. I still haven’t seen everything and will definitely be return to Folkestone over the summer. If you haven’t been to Folkestone recently I urge to visit, it is less than an hour from St Pancras.
Bear of the Week
My brother absolutely adored Paddington Bear, he had all the books. Who couldn’t love a small furry chap who keeps marmalade sandwiches under his hat. Paddington: The Story of a Bear at the British Library shows us all things Paddington from the notes that Michael Bond made as he was creating to books, through the books themselves and how Paddington has changed his look through the years. Something for fans both old and new. In the meantime … here is Hugh Grant.
Political Artist of the Week
My background is in news and the machinations of politics continues to fascinate me. Chriss Fiddes chronicles social and political history in his paintings with his style taking inspiration from Breugel (who I also love) you can see an exhibition of his work at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. Whilst you are are there take a look at the shoe gallery which celebrates Northampton’s long association with shoe manufacturing. There is also a tempting cafe.
Book of the Week
Greek myths are great stories, that’s why they have survived so long. In the versions I read growing up women were beautiful and virtuous or mad and bad, to be fought over or ridiculed. I love modern focus on the mythical women making them seem like people not cut outs. The Daughters of Sparta by Claire Heywood tells the story of Helen and Klytemnestra. I confess that a day of my holiday was devoted to them and little else got done, a day well spent.
For more reading inspiration take a look at my Best Summer Books 2021
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Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?