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Whether we like it or not, says Bob and Roberta Smith, we’ve been enrolled in the world, and the world is an art school. In this interview, we chat to the artist and activist about his book 'You Are an Artist', exploring curiosity, creativity, arts education and the antidote to Donald Trump.

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Author Interviews

Colin Renfrew on the power of archaeology

06 Aug, 2020

Professor Colin Renfrew talks about careers, the latest discoveries, and the future of archaeology, to celebrate the new eighth edition of Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice.

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From the humblest forest paths to the most awe-inspiring vistas, the British landscape has both shaped and been shaped by its inhabitants and visitors for millennia. In this illuminating extract from ‘Spirit of Place’, author Susan Owens reflects on a landscape that is at once intimately familiar and infinitely mysterious.

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Fancy an escape to the British seaside? We spoke to writer Christopher Stocks and printmaker Angie Lewin – creators of ‘The Book of Pebbles’ – who allowed us to peek inside their inspiring homes and socially-distant seaside retreats. They’re experts at taking pleasure in the simple things, like pebble collecting, and at bringing the great outdoors in.

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Videos

Video: Craftland Japan

09 Jul, 2020

'Craftland Japan' is a photographic voyage to the remote studios of Japan’s most fascinating and ingenious contemporary craftspeople. Written by designers Uwe Röttgen and Katharina Zettl, the book profiles twenty-five artisans who work with natural materials to produce objects that are intended for everyday life but are worthy of museum display.

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These artisan makers represent the very best in contemporary Japanese craft, as they carry on centuries-old traditions with skill and ingenuity. Here are five craft studios working in the arts of Japanese papermaking, lacquerware, iron casting, indigo dyeing and wood-turning.

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Mountain fog, indigo farms and a friendly Shiba Inu. From first idea to final design flourish, head behind the scenes of 'Craftland Japan' and discover how a six-month campervan road trip became a printed celebration of Japanese craft.

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Videos

Video: Grayson Perry

06 Jul, 2020

Made in close collaboration with the Turner Prize-winning artist, this complete career monograph is brimming with insight and inspiration and gives unique access to Grayson Perry’s imaginative world and creative processes.

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Videos

Video: New Map France

16 Jul, 2020

In his new guide to France – the most visited country on the planet – Herbert Ypma surprises and delights with his unequalled eye for detail and his unerring ability to judge what makes the difference between a good experience and a truly memorable one.

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The tortured artist trope typifies Vincent van Gogh’s place in art history. But a closer look at his art and writing reveals a man of bountiful enthusiasm, wonder and love.

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