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Worry Lines
Our Instagram Account of the Month - January

Worry Lines

We love following Worry Lines - a wonderful collection of simple line drawings, described as "mildly uplifting" and "oddly comforting". They always seem to appear in our feed when we are in need of a smile and we just had to share it with you!

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Three princesses by Gainsborough. Image: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019
George IV at the Queen's Gallery

George IV had a deep passion for collecting art and is responsible for procuring many of the priceless works still owned by the Royal Collection today. This beautiful exhibition showcases the best of his taste, with works by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Lawrence, plus an exquisite collection of porcelain, books and drawings. Well worth a trip to Buckingham Palace. Open now until May 2020.

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Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.

— Pablo Picasso
Read of the Month

Infinity Net.

A fascinating insight into the colourful world of Yayoi Kusama. Learn how she went from living on the bread line in a New York loft to becoming one of Contemporary Art's most iconic figures. She says, "No matter how I may suffer for my art, I will have no regrets. This is the way I have lived my life, and it is the way I shall go on living."

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Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing.

— Marc Chagall
Pre-Raphaelite Sisters NPG
Exhibition of the Month - January

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters at the National Portrait Gallery (until January 26th)

A truly beautiful exhibition exploring the often-overlooked contribution of women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. The women who were depicted in these paintings, often as ethereal beings, did a lot of the behind the scenes work and were mostly talented artists in their own right. This exhibition rightly celebrates these women and their contribution to art history. Definitely one to catch before it closes at the end of the month.

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Turner Prize Winners 2019
2019 Turner Prize Shock

For the first time ever, the four artists nominated for the Turner Prize, (Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani) got together and requested that they all share it. The four artists wanted to make a "collective statement of unity" and stand together at a time when there are gaping divisions in the world, socially and politically. Vogue Editor, Edward Enninful announced that the judges had agreed to this extraordinary request. It has split opinion in the art world but we think it is a wonderful gesture.

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I set my sights upon becoming the kind of artist who would make a contribution to art history.

— Judy Chicago
Tate Modern Egg Cups
Breakfast with Frida and Dalí

What better way to brighten up your breakfast table than with these delightful egg cups from the Tate shop? Featuring Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo, surely an inspiring start to any day?

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Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.

— Claude Monet
Discover Winnie the Pooh

This adorable bear has always had a place in our hearts and the V&A celebrated the well-loved A.A Milne character and his friends with a gorgeous exhibition in 2018. This book explores the magic behind the exhibition and how the characters we all know and love developed. A lovely gift.

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