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Hay Festival 2015: Steve McCurry talks to Tim Marlow (Part 1.)

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Front row at the talk, with a wonderful slideshow of McCurry’s work swishing in the background this was an undeniably good talk. I learned a lot more, some tips will be posted when I return from annual leave in July 2015 so keep watch. For any of you that like Tim Marlow’s art shows then I can share that he has a new television show out early 2016 on Sky Arts titled “Artist Failure’s” and having asked Marlow he said it was literally about the failure’s of artists. Alas I cannot remember more than that because I was so excited to get a chance to briefly chat to him my mind in it’s excitement didn’t catch on to the rest of his words. You heard it 1st on artsyjoliegirl.com so look out for his new show 😀 x

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Hey Hay! On my way….

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Tomorrow I shall be seeing Tim Marlow Art Historian extraordinaire interviewing Steve McCurry the award-winning Magnum photographer.

Tim Marlow is a wonderful broadcaster and journalist every once in a while I’ll catch an old episode of his Great Artists series on Sky Arts. I could hear him speak for hours. 🙂

And we all know Steve McCurry’s magnificent, iconic photographs. For more see @steve mccurryofficial

Another event I am attending is “Memory and mental time travel” which sounds incredibly fascinating and is a talk by a scientist and artist! 🙂 Jpeg

Hay Festival 2014: What it Looks like/What to Do/Where to Go? (Part 2)

JpegThere is an island spot where you can sit on the free deck chairs but it was a drizzly day and it was not worth getting mud on my shoes to sit there. With better weather it’s an opportune time to read and wait in between events. 🙂

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The venues are clearly sign posted and there are lot’s of stalls and random things to look at. All good fun for any age and if you have children 🙂JpegJpegJpegThere was a charming blackboard of quotes and wishes people wanted to accomplish before they die. Again my phobia of mud paralysed me from walking over and jotting down my very modest bucketlist: a luxury holiday in the Maldives, publish lot’s and lot’s of books, fall in love, eat Beluga Caviar with Lord Disick and go shopping with Mark Francis Vandelli and Ooooo meet Louis Theroux! 😛Jpeg

The onsite Bookshop:

This is where you can purchase new and some backlist titles of the writers and authors in attendance. Also the book-signings take place here too!

Check out my video from my Youtube Channel: Catherine Vaughan for behind the scenes views!

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Hay Festival 2014: Travel Tips (Part 1)

Hay-On-Wye is a magical and whimsical little market town on the English/Welsh borders-near my hometown. Plenty of charming bookshops, cafés and gift shops. And once a year there is an inflow of literary and artistic minds gathered to educate, entertain and inspire.

Ironically for the past 5 years I had not attended an event because I was too busy working in a bookshop or always seemed to book my annual vacation in Malta on the exact same week!

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I was fortunate to get a Monday afternoon off and scoured the pages for events to attend. Of course nobody around me gives a damn about reading, the arts so I knew I would be riding solo yet again.

I was very nearly going to attend Mr Hook of Sotheby’s talk on the Art World and his book but then there was a picture book panel with three illustrators/creative extraordinaire’s so being as ridiculously frugal as I am I figured it’d be a three for one which would be a more efficient use of my time.

JpegJpegAs you can see the festival like many other literary ones are a series of connected maze-like tents. The entrance to the festival can get very muddy and you would not be out of place to wear wellies particularly as our British Summer may decide to drizzle on us or worse! My Clarke ballet flats fortunately got over the very unbearable though brief exposure to wet mud.  JpegIt does understandably get very busy and jam-packed as you walk around the tent but it is not that gigantic, you will not get lost and the loos are onsite and easy to get to though the queues for them can be enormousJpegFor some reason I did not eat a thing that whole afternoon so have no idea what the onsite cafés and food stalls are like. There is plenty of seating area in some open café areas.

A note on travel:

Because I live nearby I simply hopped onto my local 39 Hereford to Hay-on-Wye bus. It is an hour ride possibly £9 return ticket if my memory serves. I did notice that the special Festival Bus link last year were late. From what I heard from other festival goers the Festival bus was an hour late and it’s route were delayed (on the Monday I went.) So a lot of people that previously purchased festival bus tickets paid again to use the local 39 Yeomans bus. This Yeomans bus is not in service during the late evening. Anyhoo the drive/ride from Hereford to Hay is beautiful, scenic and quintessentially British. Once you arrive at Hay there are buses going back and forth regularly to the festival site and it’s £1 return to and from Hay and the site. It’s a very quick journey 10 mins max. I hope that helps!

Next time I’m at National Museum Cardiff:

I am rather fond of this museum because it’s FREE and it’s a one hour train ride for me to see a Van Gogh painting!

This was where I first saw with my own eyes a Van Gogh in the Fall of 2010!

Twice I have been on a guided Tour. In 2010 there was one on Post-Impressionists and January 2014 it was about Historic art of the 16th-18th century. With the latter guide I did not actually choose it but it was the only one on that day. It turned out to be so interesting and that’s where I first saw the Katheryn of Berain painting and instantly felt drawn to it…Turns out she was a lady with immense wealth and power-all the things I aspire to!

In the past I always just went to see the pretty impressionist paintings there’s a Van Gogh and Monet! *Swoon* But next time I’ll just broaden my horizons and check out a category I know little about.

Can’t wait to visit again!

For details on the guided tours click below:

https://www.museumwales.ac.uk/whatson/?event_id=4412

To see which artists are on show click:

https://www.museumwales.ac.uk/cardiff/art/


Katheryn of Berain with Catherine The Great (Me)!

Popped into National Museum Cardiff yesterday. It was near closing time so didn’t get much of a chance to look around.

Sneaked in a selfie shot of one of my favourite paintings there: Katheryn of Berain. She was a wealthy heiress of Royal Descent and went on to get married four times to men very established men!

Me and Katheryn of Berain

You’ll notice many portraits of Royals and Aristocrats wearing black in the 16th century. Combined with their often solemn faces on the portraits one may assume the painting displayed bereavement or tragedy. In reality black was the dye hardest to create for garments and most expensive dye to use and smiling was regarded as a foolish expression! Consequently black clothes were worn to display wealth and luxury…Some things never change. This painting is a modern day equivalent of an instagram pic of a Jet Set Babe donning her crocodile Hermès in Monte Carlo.

This oil painting was produced in 1568 by Dutch painter: Adriaen van Cronenburgh. Back then a painting would take a whole year to dry!!!