Everyday Life: Week 11

The beautiful tile work in Leeds Art Gallery’s tiled hall cafe – a people’s palace no less. Although I did feel mugged at £8 or there abouts for a coffee and a sandwich.

Stop right there Mr or Ms lighting designer. What the hell were you thinking? Amazing vaulted ceilings, spectacular Moorish inspired decorative tiles – what is clearly not needed here is institutional lighting tracks popularised by hospitals and council offices. (Leeds again)

Tiny plant in dark dank railway tunnel. It always finds a way.

Hosting the first writing workshop for a new critical writing initiative for the North West, at Manchester School of Art. A very impressive gathering of writers.

Visiting the Harris in Preston to talk about their Summer show, which has a rural theme. Such an impressive building. Had a really great day rooting through their collections with curator Lindsey McCormick. There are a lot of paintings of cows in this world.

Beanenergyshopper.com This advert has been plaguing me all week. I do not want to be an “Energy Shopper” I want to live in a world where energy is fairly priced for all with an eye to sustainability not profit. Finding the best “deal” should not need to be on anyone’s to do list.

Palm trees – North West – Sad story

King James, the wonky eyed King. From a lovely selection of early ceramics at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Ceramic tile showing a peasant having his tooth extracted. What a jolly pastoral scene.

Can someone let me into the Knowledge Floor please? The re-branding of libraries is nuts. Libraries are some of the best places on earth. Their treasures do not need to be hidden behind meaningless nonsense. This is from the new Birmingham Library. An amazing new building, that the council no longer has the resources to staff adequately.

Exterior of said amazing new building, designed by Francine Houben, of Mecanoo Architects.

I went to Format a city wide photography festival in Derby. One of the venues was a re-purposed church. As is often the case with these structures, mezzanine levels had been added meaning that you found yourself in places and at heights that the original builders never anticipated people would occupy. The result was a close encounter with stained glass saint.

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