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British sculptor Simon Gudgeon, born in 1958, specialises in large pieces for public display – his signature smooth, semi-abstract style is seen in Hyde Park, and in the collections of Prince Charles’ Highgrove House in Gloucestershire and at the United States’ National Museum of Wildlife Art. But his career could have been quite different, as Arts & Collections discovered when we caught up with Simon in his Dorset home, set in the 26-acre sculpture park...

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Images by female photographers have been released to publicise the CEWE Photo Award, claimed to be the world’s largest photo competition, as it launches its latest edition. The 28 photos were submitted to last year’s CEWE Photo Award, a competition which aims to celebrate the best in photography across the globe. This year’s competition, now in its fourth edition, launched for entries on the 18th May and is open to everyone – from keen amateur...

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In a historic agreement, Prince’s estate has accorded his personal photographer Jeff Katz exclusive rights to sell limited edition hand-selected photographs printed from his original film. The collection includes some of the most iconic, world-renowned images ever taken of Prince from the celebrated eras of Under The Cherry Moon, Parade, Sign O’ The Times, Lovesexy, Batman, Graffiti Bridge, Emancipation and more. After being seen by Prince and Katz, these photographs were hidden away in storage....

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Sworders’ Mid Century Design sale on June 23rd includes items from the family of Kurt Heide (1919-85), the German émigré who set up the influential London design store Oscar Woollens in the 1960s. The sale includes original Scandinavian furnishings bought for the North London flat he shared with his wife Nanna Ditzel (1923-2005), a Danish furniture and jewellery designer. The interiors of the property including Danish teak furniture France & Søn appeared in an Ideal...

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British sculptor Andrew Kay gives new insight into his creative process in a behind-the-scenes video showing the making of one of his striking steel wildlife sculptures. Described by Lord Shuttleworth of Barbon Manor as “..a moment in nature, frozen in time and steel”, Andrew Kay’s beautiful, ethereal work ranges from a herd of giraffe to stags and does and leaping horses. The award-winning sculpture business based in Cumbria was founded by sculptor Andrew Kay in...

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The World Photography Organisation has announced the overall winners in the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards 2020. The Photographer of the Year title and accompanying $25,000 prize is awarded to Pablo Albarenga (Uruguay) for his series Seeds of Resistance. Also announced are the ten category winners of the Professional competition alongside 2nd and 3rd place as well as overall winners of the Open, Student and Youth competitions. See also: Images by Female Photographers Spotlighted in...

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Rare bookseller Peter Harrington‘s latest literature catalogue is its first to specialise in fantasy and science fiction, with rarities spanning a broad selection of popular and specialist genres. A rare first edition of Mary Shelley’s The Last Man in original boards is a timely highlight of the selection, with the novel set among the last survivors of a global pandemic at the end of the 21st century. The last time another copy of this rarity...

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A rare Chinese imperial vase found in a Scottish country house topped the Asian Art sale held ‘behind closed doors’ by Lyon & Turnbull on May 13th. The Qianlong (1736-95) mark and period painted enamel lotus vase sold at £45,000 was one of 14 lots consigned by the Earls of Crawford and Balcarres of Balcarres House in Fife. The estate, commanding a view across the Firth of Forth, has been home to the Lindsay family...

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Exceptionally rare works by Khalil Gibran, T.E. Lawrence, Ulugh Beg and Ibn Sina headline rare bookseller Peter Harrington’s new catalogue of Islamic and Arabic books. Peter Harrington’s Abu Dhabi 2020 catalogue contains a selection of 85 books and manuscripts that offer an enticing selection of some of the most sought-after and desirable works by leading lights of the Islamic and Arabic-speaking world. According to Pom Harrington, owner of Peter Harrington, “Our Abu Dhabi 2020 catalogue...

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Established in 2008, The Stellar Foundation Collection comprises over 600 works dating from the late 19th Century to the present day. As a collection, Stellar gives insight into the cultural viewpoint of individuals with diverse understandings of the world. We spoke to founder Mrs Anita Choudhrie about the Collection, the Foundation and its work. What are the aims of the Stellar International Art Foundation? “As Stellar has evolved, with society traditionally dictated by male dominated...

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