Posts by Hermione Wace

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    Battersea Power Station
    Battersea Power Station

    We are a nation with a healthy appetite for heritage. Last year 71 million people visited museums in the UK, and 95% of adults in the UK agree that it is important to look after our heritage. UK citizens have the 4th highest participation rate for visiting cultural heritage, 25% higher than the European average. And visits to historic properties (58.6m) outnumber visits to all premier and league football matches by some 15 million.

     

    Perhaps this is unsurprising given that England is renowned the world over for its museums and heritage sites, from Gothic cathedrals to historic ships, and Regency mansions to Norman castles. These iconic locations are not only symbols of our national and identity, but continue to make the UK an appealing destination for tourists from around the world. 

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    Restored fresco of three women from Knossos
    Restored fresco of three women from Knossos

    In 1900 the eccentric but celebrated English antiquarian Arthur Evans began a career-defining archaeological dig near Heraklion in Crete. There he would uncover the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, the largest and most splendid Minoan settlement on the island. 

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    Photo: Masterpiece London 2015
    Photo: Masterpiece London 2015

    June has arrived, and with it London will see an influx of international collectors, art professionals and aficionados flocking to this month’s veritable feast of art fairs, auctions and exhibitions. The first of the art fairs is Art Antiques London (12-18 June) returning for its fifth edition in Kensington Gardens. It is followed by Olympia International Art & Antiques that will move its dates to 19-28 June, in order to coincide with major Impressionist and Modern art auctions as well as Masterpiece London. The latter will open its door on 25 June, and after only four years is firmly established on the global art calendar. For those on the preview circuit, the excitement continues throughout London Art Week (3-10 July) in which 44 galleries and 3 auction houses will participate.

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    Photo: Rory Lindsay
    Photo: Rory Lindsay

    Golden Square is fast-becoming a hot spot for the London art scene. Since 2007 it has housed the Frith Street Gallery, with its exhibition programme of leading contemporary artists and emerging talent. But is was the opening of the palatial Marian Goodman Gallery in October 2014, with an inaugural exhibition of Gerhard Richter that really put this corner of Soho on the map. This is not to mention Sadie Coles’ nearby premises on Kingly Street, Pace Gallery on Lexington Street and pop-up gallery Herald St on the Square itself. The newest addition to this impressive line-up is not a gallery, but multi-faceted arts business Golden² Consulting.