Exhibition Review: Memory-Images

This week saw the beginning of the NTU Festival, an artistic collaboration between Surface Gallery and Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The festival runs over two weeks (21st - 31st March) and comprises of four distinct exhibitions hosted at Surface Gallery. Each exhibition is linked to the festival's unifying theme, this year the theme is 'The …

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Exhibition Review: The Real DMZ

After last week's dramatic storms and snow the weather this week seems to imply that spring is at last on its way. Although still pretty crisp, the sun did emerge yesterday and I decided to take advance of the less wintry weather and cycled over to the New Art Exchange in Hyson Green, Nottingham. I …

Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi

With International Women's Day (IWD) just around the corner on Thursday 8th March, I thought I would take some time to reflect on a more localised celebration of women's contributions to society: Vietnamese Women's Day. As well as taking part in IWD, people across Vietnam also celebrate Vietnamese Women's Day on 20th October each year. Vietnamese Women's …

Archives, audio tapes, and antibiotic resistance

This week I was based at Arkivcentrum Syd, a huge archive centre in the south of Lund. The centre is one of the largest archives in Scandinavia and houses multiple institutions. For my first day at the centre I was placed in the Folklivsarkivet, an archive of folk life in Skåne, a region of southern Sweden. From …

Two exhibition openings

Last week I attended two exhibition openings. The first was on Wednesday evening and was at the King's House, one of Lund University's oldest buildings. The King's House has served many purposes over the years and on separate occasions has housed the university library, an observatory, and even an anatomical theatre. The building is currently being …

Swedish tacos

I am always fascinated by visiting supermarkets in foreign countries and discovering what sorts of products they stock. It is always interesting to compare what they offer to the supermarkets staples I am used to back in the UK. Other than being considerably more expensive, most of the food on offer in the Swedish supermarkets is …