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In this essay from his book ‘On Photographs’, David Campany examines the seemingly ordinary act of looking at a photograph. Unpredictable and inscrutable, images, he argues, are anything but mundane.

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This moving extract from ‘John Nash: The Landscape of Love and Solace’ details the enduring and unconventional love shared by painter John Nash and Christine Kühlenthal. The fifty-eight-year relationship, which permitted ‘outside loves’, withstood time, distance and the horrors of war.

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This essay by Professor Robert Kudielka, extracted from ‘Bridget Riley: The Complete Prints’, explores the artist’s dynamic ventures in printmaking throughout her career.

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A Swedish forest retreat, a light-filled former London school and a dreamy yellow kitchen hidden in Paris’ Left Bank. From minimalist masterpieces to Art Deco accents, these signature spaces from ‘Wild Kitchen’ are an endless source of kitchen design inspiration.

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From the Neolithic age to contemporary Glasgow, ‘The Story of Scottish Art’ charts an epic 5,000 years of bold creative tradition. In this evocative extract, author Lachlan Goudie visits the tidal island of Oronsay, exploring a powerful and surprising link to his artistic heritage.

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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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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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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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