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
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
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
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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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.