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Helen Dean at the exhibition on the life of Sir Herbert Read. Picture by Simon Hulme

Lost life of an incidental anarchist

He was an essential part of a Yorkshire triumvirate that included the sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and he is among the 16 Great War poets commemorated in Westminster Abbey – yet outside the Howardian Hills that he loved, the name of Sir Herbert Read is scarcely spoken.

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greets fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, wearing a t-shirt with a nuclear missile protest message, at 10 Downing Street, where she hosted a reception for British Fashion Week designers.

Protests they wanted to get off their chest

Her signature style was a wool suit by Aquascutum, with shoulder pads and matching handbag – so Margaret Thatcher would have been surprised to see herself as a centrepiece in an exhibition devoted to the history of the T-shirt.


Lockton – Tiny moors village where more than one in 20 is a professional artist

In the micro-economic climate of a moorland village, it is as important as wool was to Bradford, or steel to Sheffield.

Sachie and Osbert  Sitwell .

Picasso? It looks like something a tractor engine did

In the new world being forged from the cauldron of conflict, an eccentric and partly forgotten trio of Yorkshire art patrons brought Britain face to face with the modernist movement emerging from a weary Europe.


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Museums Sheffield's Alison Morton with Portfolio Case, by John Battan. Picture: Scott Merrylees

Social media of the troubled 60s revisited in Sheffield

He was perhaps the first artist to distribute his work via social media, although in 1968 it meant entrusting it to the post office.

Katt Nellist from Beningbrough Hall looks at a giant painting of Dame Judi Dench by  Alessandro Raho

Putting a modern face on a Georgian mansion

The decor is traditional 18th century but the faces on the walls at Beningbrough Hall are, for the moment, strikingly contemporary.

Dr Laura King with one of the items in the exhibition. (Simon Hulme).

An object lesson in mourning at this Leeds museum

It’s still something of a taboo subject, but a new exhibition in Leeds hopes to shed light on how we mourn loved ones and whether it’s changed over time. Chris Bond reports.

Kiss by Francis Morland, exhibited in Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme

Would Moore be the merrier at today’s sculpture?

Compiled in Henry Moore’s name and in his home city, it is the preeminent collection of sculpture anywhere outside London, and its curators paused yesterday to wonder what their patron might have made of it.

Ladybower Reservior, near Sheffield. Two villages are buried beneath the water. Picture by Chris Lawton

Derwent: 3D memorial to the village where 75 years ago parishioners left their church service – never to return

It was on Sunday morning, on a March weekend milder than this, that the villagers filed out of their parish church on the edge of the Peak District. They never went back.

Artist Clare Twomey with one of the backlit porcelain lithophanes

Now you see it... 200 years of estate life, saved in porcelain

An artist has harnessed the technology of the 19th century to shed new light on life through the ages at the rambling and historic Welbeck Estate, south of Sheffield.

Gallery artist Lee Karen Stow

Art flowers in a Cold War bunker

The war was over when they arrived to dig up the farmland below Withernsea, and no-one knew why.

Chatsworth's �32m restoration is its biggest in 200 years

Chatsworth’s secret history revealed by a hole in the wall

Many a householder has hacked away a bit of post-war “modernisation” to reveal a stunningly intact vintage fireplace beneath the plasterboard, but it’s a phenomenon usually associated with Victorian terraces – not one of England’s most magnificent stately homes.

The Kaiser Chiefs. Picture: Cuffe and Taylor

The show goes on as Geordie Shore mounts a celebration of the North

IT was George Osborne’s Big Idea to showcase the best of the North of England as part of his Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Lawrence Ross with the statue of Thomas Chippendale in Otley

Why Thomas Chippendale is part of the furniture in Otley

He was not yet 20 when he dragged his ball and claw feet out of Otley in search of the bright lights of York and then London, but the town of Thomas Chippendale’s birth is not letting the absence of any of his furniture there interfere with its plans to celebrate his 300th anniversary.

A man tests a new Go Ape night-time zipline experience that will form part of the Dark Skies Festival

Twinkle little stars

The nights are not only getting shorter in February but also harder to see – especially in urban areas where light pollution and the phenomenon of Urban Sky Glow makes the universe seem less dark than it really is.

Sarah Lucas's, Eating a Banana (1990), from Self-Portraits 1990-98. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London � the artist 2018.

Exhibition examines the art of the ‘selfie’

More than 25 self-portraits by UK-based artists, including Sarah Lucas’s Self Portrait With Banana (pictured above) will go on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park next month.

Under the dryers at a Nottingham salon in 1996. Picture by Honey Salvadori.

Hair special: Celebrating salon culture with Andrew Barton (and win a haircut with him)

As an exhibition celebrating modern hairdressing opens in Barnsley, Andrew Barton talks to Stephanie Smith about his career and the culture of the salon. Plus win a hair make-over with Andrew later this month.

Chloe Holt with her painting  'This Place was a Shelter'

A Cornish idyll and costume from scandalous ballet are art highlights

An oil painting of the volcanic rocks which form a natural reef near St Ives in Cornwall forms an unlikely juxtaposition at the Harrogate Antiques and Arts Fair, which runs through the weekend.

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