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Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Late Of North Carolina Symphony, Makes His Way Back From A Stroke

Last summer, back home in Wales after completing his 16-year term in Raleigh, he suffered what turned out to be a three-day stroke that severely impaired the use of his right arm and leg. After a month’s hospitalization and six months of physical therapy, though he can’t hold a baton, he is back working with the Orchestre national de Bretagne, his ensemble in Rennes, France. “The irony of my situation is that I can conduct Beethoven symphonies but I can’t get out of bed. I can’t tie my shoelace...
Tags: Art, Music, Wales, Beethoven, Raleigh, Rennes France, 06.11.21

Anthony Hopkins Sure Didn’t Expect To Win, Either

The actor didn’t appear on video for his Best Actor win, leaving the Oscars production with a big letdown of an ending. A Los Angeles Times article explained that “while at 83 years old Hopkins became the oldest winner of an acting Oscar in any category, it wasn’t worth the risk of being exposed to the coronavirus to travel to the British Film Institute in London to accept it.” He later posted a sweet video to his Instagram from his home in Wales. After praising Chadwick Boseman, he said, “I re...
Tags: Art, London, Wales, People, Los Angeles Times, Anthony Hopkins, Hopkins, Chadwick Boseman, British Film Institute, 04.26.21

Prince Philip was a champion of design | Letter

The late Duke of Edinburgh passionately supported invention and engineering, writes Roland HillYour obituary, editorial and other pages devoted to the Duke of Edinburgh (9 April) omitted his passionate support of design, invention and engineering.From working as a young engineer in London in the 1960s and seeing the Prince Philip designer’s prize (1959-2011) displayed at the Design Council’s showroom on Haymarket, to his impassioned BBC Radio 4 Today programme statement in 2016 that “everything ...
Tags: Design, Technology, London, Wales, UK News, Culture, Engineering, Art and design, Monarchy, Edinburgh, Duke, Philip, Haymarket, BBC Radio, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

A Search Engine for Finding Free, Public Domain Images from World-Class Museums

Even before the pandemic, museums were putting their art online. Here on Open Culture, we’ve covered such ambitious efforts of digitization and making-available on the part of the Rijksmuseum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other major institutions, some of whom have gone so far as to upload their holdings under Creative Commons licenses or in other free-to-use forms. And now you can call forth artworks from the open online collections and others all at once with the search engine Museo. “M...
Tags: Google, Art, New York, Technology, Wales, College, Mexico, Seoul, New England, Facebook Twitter, Hartford, Automobile Club, Art Institute of Chicago, Museo, Katsushika Hokusai, Colin Marshall

Dramatic Stone Henge Discovery In Wales Suggests Irish History

Its diameter of 110m is identical to the ditch that encloses Stonehenge, and it is aligned on the midsummer solstice sunrise, just like the Wiltshire monument. A series of buried stone holes that follow the circle’s outline has been unearthed, with shapes that can be linked to Stonehenge’s bluestone pillars. One of them bears an imprint in its base that matches the unusual cross section of a Stonehenge bluestone “like a key in a lock”, the archaeologists discovered. – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Wales, Wiltshire, Visual, 02.12.21

Record Amount Of Buried Treasure Found In UK (By Amateurs With Metal Detectors)

The vast majority, 96%, were discovered by metal detecting. Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Essex and Hampshire were identified as hotspots for treasure with more than 80 pieces found in each county during 2019. There are approximately 20,000 detectorists in England and Wales, and 348 of their discoveries were acquired by or donated to UK museums in 2019. Of the found treasure, 84% were “object cases”, meaning non-coin finds. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, England, Wales, Hampshire, Visual, 02.03.21, Norfolk Lincolnshire Essex

Sharon Kay Penman, Historical Novelist Of England And Wales, 75

Penman’s best-selling, lengthy books about medieval England and Wales were stuffed with research – and drama. But “such was her commitment to the factual record that she kept a running list on her website of historical errors in her novels, owning up to even the most minor offense, like describing a medieval greyhound as ‘brindled,’ long before the breed developed that particular coloration.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, Wales, People, Penman, Sharon Kay Penman, 01.29.21

Artists Are Turning London’s Residences Into Street Galleries

The newly developed (for Britain’s second lockdown) Artists’ Walk has more than 115 artists signed up so far – meant for London, yes, but including artists as far away as Wales. One artist: “It’s a great idea and affords people a different experience during their daily walks. … It does mean that those who would be reluctant to set foot in a gallery can still view contemporary art, and others can get their fix.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, London, Wales, Britain, Visual, 11.20.20

UK Culture Minister Questions The Value Of Public Broadcasting

The BBC is just one piece of a bigger puzzle. The world has changed, and every broadcaster needs to change with it. So I’m taking a close look at the future of our entire public service broadcasting system. That includes ITV and Channels 4 and 5 – and S4C in Wales and STV in Scotland, both of which are important to those nations. – The Telegraph (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Media, Wales, Scotland, Bbc, STV, 11.10.20, Value Of Public Broadcasting

Brussels Re-Closes Its Museums As COVID Cases Surge; Other European Museums To Follow

Museums and galleries around Europe are bracing for further restrictions as the infection rates rise to their highest levels yet. Institutions in Wales have been closed as the country implemented a two-week national “firebreak” lockdown that began October 24. Meanwhile, museums and galleries in Northern Ireland were asked to close on October 16 for four weeks. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Europe, Wales, Northern Ireland, Brussels, Visual, 10.27.20

Huntington Library acquires painting of 18th Century British actress

SAN MARINO >> The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, that it has acquired a newly discovered painting by American-born artist John Singleton Copley depicting Mary Robinson, one of Britain’s most famous actresses of the late 18th century. The Huntington also announced it has acquired works by British artists Alice Mary Chambers (1855-1920) and Madeline Green (1884-1947), and a set of screen prints by R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007), who, like Copley, was b...
Tags: Art, England, London, News, Wales, Boston, America, Sport, Things To Do, Atlantic, Britain, Soccer, San Marino, William Morris, Robinson, HUNTINGTON

Mirvish Productions to Dim Marquee Lights to Honor Lighting Designer Howell Binkley

Mirvish Productions mourns the death of Howell Binkley, one of the premier lighting designers in the world. He died August 14, 2020 in North Carolina, his wife, Joyce, told the Winston-Salem Journal. He was 64 and had lung cancer. In honour of Howell Binkley, the lights of the Royal Alexandra and Princess of Wales Theatre will be dimmed on 818. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Wales, Theatre, North Carolina, Alexandra, Joyce, Howell Binkley, BWW News Desk, Mirvish Productions

Five Months Into The Pandemic, How Are The National Theatres In England, Scotland, And Wales Holding Up?

Some better than others. The big, building-based, high-overhead companies in England, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Co., are “haemorrhaging money,” while their smaller counterparts in Wales and Scotland, without theatre buildings to maintain, are doing surprisingly well. Lyn Gardner reports. –
Tags: Art, England, Wales, Scotland, Theatre, National Theatre, Lyn Gardner, England Scotland, Royal Shakespeare Co, 08.12.20

Mirvish Productions To Dim Marquee Lights for Brent Carver

Mirvish Productions will mark the life of Brent Carver by dimming the marquee lights of two theatres on Friday August 7 at 8PM - the Royal Alexandra, in which he performed his solo show of stories and songs in 1995 and the Princess of Wales, in which he starred as Gandalf in the world premiere production of The Lord of the Rings in 2006. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Wales, Theatre, Alexandra, Gandalf, BWW News Desk, Brent Carver, Mirvish Productions

The great reopening – how Britain's galleries Covid-proofed themselves

From London to Llandudno to Dundee, museums are back in business. So is it now safe to view art – and how will they cope with the drastic drop in numbers?‘There was a moment,” says Andrew Nairne, “when I was thinking, of course, we are like Nottingham Contemporary and the Hepworth Wakefield, places like that.” The director of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is guiding me around a gallery that’s “in rehearsals” for a socially distanced opening in August. “Then I remembered that the others don’t have a...
Tags: Art, London, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Museums, Dundee, Local Government, Cambridge, National Gallery, Llandudno, Carlisle

Submit an Inspirational Slogan To Be Displayed on the Mirvish Theatres' Marquees

Mirvish Productions is using the digital marquees on the Princess of Wales and Ed Mirvish theatres to communicate inspirational and instructive slogans during these difficult times. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Wales, Theatre, BWW News Desk, Mirvish Theatres Marquees, Mirvish Productions, Ed Mirvish

Why should the Scottish woodlands be protected?

Although Scotland is more heavily forested than England or Wales, much of its woodlands have been lost to logging, urban sprawl and climate change. Initiatives to reverse deforestation have been underway to contribute more trees, protect woodlands and ensure the ecology, sustainability and longevity of Scotland’s forest resources. Why has reforestation become important in recent years? Last summer, a YouGov poll found that the environment is now viewed as the third most critical public issue, g...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Design, Wales, Climate Change, Scotland, Environment, Trees, Earth, Bbc, Features, Atlantic, Britain, Conservation, United Kingdom

Best NYC shows with LGBTQ characters

There’s no place like home — just ask Transparent star Alexandra Billings, who recently became the first openly transgender actress to play Madame Morrible in the Broadway production of Wicked. After her inaugural performance, Billings wrote on Instagram, “Last night I had the honor to be placed gently and with loving hands into the glorious Land of Oz…Where home is defined by truth and the power of chosen family.” Wicked, the girl-power prequel to The Wizard of Oz, has always had a home in ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Hollywood, Musicals, Wales, New York City, Theatre, Bette Davis, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Theater, Plays, Lily, Busch, Peppermint, All

Director Terry Hands, Longtime Head Of Royal Shakespeare Co., Dead At 79

Hands began his career as a co-founder of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, and, after his well-regarded 13 years as RSC artistic director, spent 18 years in Wales at the helm of Clywd Theatr Cymru, which he saved from collapse. (He was also director of one of the most notorious flops in Broadway music history, Carrie.) – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Wales, People, Liverpool, Broadway, Terry, 02.04.20, Hands Longtime Head Of Royal Shakespeare Co Dead

Due To Injury, Bryn Terfel Withdraws From Met Opera’s New ‘Flying Dutchman’

The 54-year-old bass-baritone fractured his ankle this week while in Bilbao to perform in a different production of Dutchman; he has returned home to Wales for surgery. The March 2 opening would have been his first Met appearance in eight years. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Wales, Bilbao, 01.29.20, Injury Bryn Terfel Withdraws From Met Opera

England’s Business Tax To Be Cut 50% For Small Music Venues

“230 small and medium-sized venues in England and Wales will see a 50% reduction in business rates, a fee which is charged to most non-domestic properties. It should save each venue an average of £7,500 a year, according to the Independent Venues Trust – a charity which aims to protect and improve UK grassroots music venues – and make it more likely that acts still have small, sweaty spaces to hone their craft.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, UK, England, Wales, 01.27.20, Independent Venues Trust

Company sells square tip knives to help reduce knife violence

In 2019, knife crime in England and Wales hit record highs with police counting 44,000 offenses over a year span, half of which were stabbings. In an effort to help (and also probably to, ahem, get some press), UK cutlery brand Viners is now selling a line of knives with squared-off tips. From Insider: Due to be released later this week, (a Viners press release states that the line) has been "repeatedly tested to ensure the tip does not pierce skin intentionally or otherwise." "With knife-re...
Tags: Post, UK, England, Design, Crime, News, Wales, Knives, Weapons, Kitchen Tools, Cutlery, Viners

Kelsey Grammer Will Lead THE BOY FRIEND In Toronto

THE BOY FRIEND by Sandy Wilson will come direct to Toronto from an acclaimed, sell-out season at the prolific Menier Chocolate Factory in London and prior to a West End transfer, will have a new star. Stage and screen actor Kelsey Grammer will make his Canadian stage debut in this new production. THE BOY FRIEND will be performed March 29 to May 3, 2020 at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre. Mr. Grammer will star as Lord Brockhurst. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: London, Wales, Theatre, Toronto, Kelsey Grammer, Menier Chocolate Factory, Grammer, BWW News Desk, Kelsey Grammer Will Lead, Sandy Wilson

Designing a Successful Tool: The Crucible Scraper

The most successful product we've produced at Crucible Tool is, hands down, our curved card scraper. In less than a year, we've sold thousands of these simple tools all over the world. And we've made a decent profit, too. The tool isn't a copy of anything that was commercially available before. It didn't require any new materials or cutting-edge technology to manufacture. And it is aimed at furniture makers, a craft where the basic hand tools haven't changed for thousands of years.Was the idea f...
Tags: Design, Wales, Kentucky, Britain, United States, Craig, Chris, Christopher Williams, Noam Chomsky, Chomsky, John Brown, Edward S Herman, Tools & Craft, Hand Tools, Charles Hayward, Woodworker Magazine

Welsh first minister defends locking away Banksy mural

Port Talbot artwork Season’s Greetings removed from public display after brief showingThe Welsh first minister has defended his government’s handling of the festive Banksy work Season’s Greetings, which is to be locked behind closed doors in a former police station after being briefly put on show to the public.Mark Drakeford said the Welsh government had preserved the Banksy, which appeared on a steelworker’s garage in Port Talbot just before last Christmas, and continued to work on the best way...
Tags: Art, Politics, Wales, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Banksy, Street Art, Welsh politics, Port Talbot, Mark Drakeford

The Symbolism and Styles of Dragon Tattoos

Dragons are mythological creatures that appear in legends, fairy tales and modern fantasy stories. They are often depicted as having a lizard's torso, head and limbs, with bat wings to allow them to fly. Some types of dragon have been described as being snake-like, wingless or having multiple heads. Dragons are a popular tattoo design because this versatile creature can be worn anywhere on the body and can be inked into the skin in a variety of sizes and styles. The Symbolism of Dragon Tatt...
Tags: Design, Wales, Pets, Fantasy, Earth, Ink, Power, Animal, Mythology, Celtic, Magic, Dragon, Legend, Ancient, Tattoo, Skin

Double your vacation fun on this gorgeous double decker bus hotel in Wales

Visitors to the incredibly idyllic area of the Teifi Valley in West Wales now have a quirky new accommodation to enjoy. The vintage 1964 Leyland Titan double decker bus has been renovated into a vibrant glamping location that sleeps up to six. Surrounded by 40 acres of organic farmland, the beautiful blue double decker is a great way for guests to reconnect with nature. The converted bus is located at Ceridwen Centre, an organic farm that offers a number of unique lodgings, such as converted ba...
Tags: Design, Wales, west Wales, Teifi Valley, Ceridwen Centre

Surreal Fabric Forms: Stunning Still Life Photography By Neal Grundy

Spectacular still life shots by Neal Grundy, a gifted photographer, and artist currently based in London, United Kingdom. Neal specializes in product and freeze motion photography. More: Neal Grundy, Instagram h/t: photogrist View this post on Instagram New transient Sculpture images. Shot in Wales. . . . . . . . #transientsculputres #nealgrundy #fabics #movement #color #colour #landscape #wales # Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Wales, Air, Fabric, Forms, Surreal, Neal Grundy, London United Kingdom Neal, Neal Grundy Instagram

Wonderful Pictures Of South Wales During The 1970s Captured By The Local Newspaper Photographer

Pill, Newport, South Wales, 1974 In the 1970s Robin Weaver was a newspaper photographer in South Wales. When he wasn’t covering hard news or local events for his paper, he liked to photograph the people and everyday scenes he came across. For years his photographs remained in his private collection but then, 40 years on, he revisited his old negative files, placing the images in photo libraries... Source
Tags: Daily, Photography, UK, Design, Wales, Life, South, 1970s

Now Even Established Opera And Ballet Companies In Europe Are Turning To Crowdfunding

The Dutch National Ballet tried it two years ago with a new piece for its junior company, and it worked. English National Opera and Music Theatre Wales have projects they hope to try the tactic with. The Teatro Real in Madrid started its own crowdfunding platform for special projects. Not only can this method of fundraising help to replace shrinking state support, say those involved, it can also reach a whole new public. – Financial Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Wales, Madrid, Issues, Audience, Dutch National Ballet, Teatro Real, 05.27.19

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