Culture

Pack your antipasti, we’re going on holiday!

This year, nine out of 10 Italians have decided to stay in Italy for their summer vacation. Southern Italy’s Forest of Mercadante is just one of the hotspots families are flocking to – and it‘s pure magic, as captured here by photographers Jean-Marc Caimi and Valentina Piccinni.

A post-lockdown guide to Lisbon

As countries open their borders for quarantine-free travel, including Portugal, we asked Portuguese DJ and naive record label owner Violet to curate a coronavirus-friendly itinerary for your next trip.

Scrap that, lets Begin Again

Guts Gallery’s founder, Ellie Pennick, is back with another exhibition following the success of When Shit Hits the Fan. Now, she’s rounded up the troops for an online art sale benefitting The Free Black University.

Plonk your ass on James Shaw’s hairy swivel seats

Eight years into his career as a furniture designer, James Shaw is finding his feet firmly planted somewhere in between architecture and fine art. His fixation? Normalising the weird and wonderful in ordinary environments, one plasticine toilet roll holder at a time.

Pilgrimage to Gecca

100 Gecs fans have been visiting the tree immortalised on the band’s album cover, 1000 Gecs. Security isn’t happy.

Fine art reviewed by a five-year-old

This year’s art school students have produced some pretty Fine Art, overcoming the Covid Iron Curtain that stood between them a proper send off – a grad show. But now they face their harshest critic: the boss’s daughter, Paloma Gonsalves.

Queer eye for the literary high

Shuggie Bain is a Glasgow-set tale of crumbling families, ruinous addiction and blossoming sexuality. It’s also the Booker-longlisted best book of the summer. Its author, New York-based Scotsman Douglas Stuart, explains his hard road to publication, both on and off-the-page.

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