Works of art by the Dutch artist Jan van Huysum are travelling the country to some unusual venues as part of an innovative approach to promote ways in which art and culture can support well-being. A second aim is to reach audiences who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid pandemic. Each display, which explores one of six “Ways to Well-being”, namely Be Active, Care (for the planet), Connect, Give, Keep Learning and Take Notice, has already visited Cornwall and Norfolk. Next week, Huysum’s “Flowers in a Terracotta Vase” (1736-37) will be on display in Barnsley Market between 15 and 20 June.
If you missed the series of seminars about the history of gardens and landscape, supported by the History of Gardens and Landscapes Seminar Supporters Group, Birkbeck Garden History Group and the Gardens Trust this semester, the recordings are available as podcasts on the institute of Historical Research website (where you will also find many other fascinating podcasts) - https://www.history.ac.uk/search-podcasts Issues relating to the history, use of meaning of gardens the designed landscape and their importance today form the focus of the History of Gardens and Landscapes seminars, which are designed to create discussion across disciplines with speakers who are historians, gardeners, photographers, artists and more.
Last night I listened to a fascinating talk by Jane Masters of the New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site about this planned village created by Robert Owen and the importance of the landscape around it, as well as the external pressures affecting the site today and the need to balance preservation with economic development.
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