About Harriet Copeman

I am a freelance journalist and I have written stories for, among others, The Guardian, The Independent, Paste Magazine, News International, A Hedonist’s Guide Magazine and Beach Tomato. During this period I have split my time between London, Barcelona and New York City. I currently live in London where I freelance for various publications writing about travel and culture. If you would like to get in contact to discuss my work or any future opportunities please do so via email or Twitter @harrietmcopeman.

Els Encants Vells, Barcelona’s flea market

Published in The Travel Blog

Els Encants Vells is Barcelona’s biggest and most popular flea market selling everything from denim Levi jackets to power tools. The Catalan name of the market Mercat dels Encants Vells literally translates as Market of Old Charms, which is very appropriate as Encants is awash with hidden wonders. The market has a jumble sale vibe about it due to its chaotic nature and eclectic mixture of goods being sold right next to each other. Antiques, cosmetics, clothing, furniture, hardware, records, sculptures, toys and technical knickknacks are amongst the commodities. If you’re a magpie in terms of spotting shiny gems, then setting aside a morning on your city break to Barcelona to stroll around comes highly recommended. Continue reading

Must see art in Barcelona

Published in About My Generation

A guide to this culturally unique Spanish city

Barcelona has produced some of the most prominent artists to have ever existed including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. It’s therefore no surprise that art is a big thing in Barcelona, which can be seen in the never-ending list of museums and galleries. If you’re visiting on a weekend break or are staying for a longer holiday to Barcelona then work through this round up of the must see art in the Catalan Capital. Continue reading

Preview: The Raveonettes

Published in Barcelona Metropolitan.

Nostalgic dark-hearted indie Danes The Raveonettes have been riding mediocre pop success for a while now. Since emerging onto the music scene with their eight-track EP Whip It On back in 2002, they’ve had a loyal following that has perhaps now dwindled slightly but never deserted the duo: Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo.Their most recent and fifth album: Raven in the Grave takes them back to their roots, with a dazed out-of-focus sound laden with subtle messages disguised by confusing twists. Continue reading

Preview: Black Lips

Published in Barcelona Metropolitan.
Atlantan, psych-rock garage dudes Black Lips are the ultimate boy band gone bad. Their gigs are infamous for being a raucous spew of noise in squalid, low-ceilinged sweatboxes. The crazy, energetic shows have frequently included vomiting, urination, nudity, fireworks, flaming guitars and, incredibly, a chicken. The band were even chased out of India after exposing their penises on stage; frontman Cole Alexander likes to play his guitar solos hands free, if you know what I mean. Continue reading

Artist profile: Fran Copeman

Published in Arts London News.

CSM alumna Fran Copeman, 25, is a London-based conceptual artist who has exhibited locally and internationally. She is now preparing for Nord Art, the international annual exhibition of visual arts that takes place from June-October, in Hamburg, Germany. Continue reading

Brixton Market

Published at Suite101.com

Brixton Market has a wonderful choice of world produce at reasonable prices. The market sells a wide range of foods and goods but is best known for its African and Caribbean produce, which reflect the diverse community of Brixton and surrounding areas of Lambeth. Continue reading

Brixton Village Market’s New Lease of Life

Brixton Village was slowly becoming an empty, disintegrated part of Brixton Market until 20 unused units were given to local businesses and artists in the UK’s largest empty shop project.

One year on from the project’s initiation every unit in the market is now occupied for the first time since 1979 and the Space Makers Agency’s overhaul is responsible for this. Continue reading

So I am Just Supposed to Accept it Am I?

Published at Suite101.com

Fran Copeman is the latest bright, young, talented thing to arrive on the London art scene and her exhibition open to the public begins December 14, 2010

London’s newest emerging artist Fran Copeman, 24, is getting ready for her upcoming solo exhibition So I am Just Supposed to Accept it Am I? at The Bunker in Hackney, east London, which will be showing from December 14, 2010 until December 21, 2010. Continue reading

The Next Generation of YBA’s

Published at Suite101.com

2010’s British Art Show Showcases UK’s Contemporary Talent. The British Art Show 7 will open at Nottingham Contemporary on October 23, 2010, before moving to the Hayward Gallery, in London, on February 14, 2011. It will be at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art between May and August 2011, and at Plymouth Arts Centre from September until December. The show is expected to have more than 300,000 visitors attending. British Art Show 7 will tour Glasgow, Nottingham, London and Plymouth. Continue reading

Young British Artists: Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst and Others


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British art entered a new era in the late 1980s which was quickly recognised as new and excitingly distinctive and became known as the Young British Artists.

Most of the YBAs studied at Goldsmiths College, in London, under the influence of Michael Craig Martin, who is one of the college’s most significant teachers, who had been for some years fostering new forms of creativity through its courses, including ideas such as eliminating the traditional separation of the media of art. Continue reading

Where’s Banksy?

Some might call his works graffiti but others consider his vandalism rare collectibles, which are now worth an enormous amount of money.

The secretive and highly-sought-after British graffiti artist Banksy recently left his mark on some buildings in Los Angeles, which has nearly doubled their value. The elusive artist left his mark on two downtown Los Angeles buildings over the weekend. Continue reading

Joan Miró: The Internationally Acclaimed Catalan Artist

Published at Suite101.com

Miró’s work is a demonstration of Catalan pride and an amalgamation of Surrealist and experimental art

Joan Miró i Ferrà (April 20, 1893 – Dec. 25, 1983) was a Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramist, from Barcelona. He was the son of a goldsmith and a jewellery maker. Continue reading

George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’

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Orwell’s War Against Franco and Sympathy For a Better Society

Orwell arrived in Barcelona in 1936 and joined the war against Franco with an ensemble of individuals compelled by the rise of fascism in Europe. Continue reading

Sagrada Familia


Published at Suite101.com

Sagrada Familia is one of Barcelona’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions. Construction on this church will continue at least until 2026, but it has already become Barcelona’s most important landmark. Continue reading

Barcelona City

Catalunya’s Capital and Spain’s Second Largest City is a Must See

Barcelona is exuding with life, boasting some of the world’s best art galleries and architecture. With a prosperous port and affluent commercial centre populating three million people Barcelona is impossible to tire out.

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Park Güell: Antonio Gaudi’s Fantasy Park in Barcelona

Published at Suite101.com

The undulating Park Güell is a must see for anyone visiting or living in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi’s public park is a wondrous combination of art, architecture and nature. Continue reading

Ray Johnson. Please Add to & Return

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“New York’s Most Famous Unknown Artist” Ray Johnson’s exhibition Please Add to & Return is now at the Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona from the 06/11/2009 – 10/01/2010, following the London exhibition at Raven Row. Continue reading

Pop Life Exhibition at the Tate Modern

Published at Suite101.com

Artists Include Warhol, Hirst, Koons, Emin, Murakami and more

Some 320 exhibits will be on display, including paintings, drawings, photographs, magazines, sculptures, videos, merchandising products, spatial installations and a shop. Continue reading

Ecuador Travel Guide

Published at Suite101.com

There’s so Much Natural Diversity in this South American Country

Do you want to learn Spanish, work as a volunteer with children or in nature conservation and travel around one of South America’s most diverse countries? If so then visit Ecuador. Continue reading