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Talent, tech and visual art
Jamie Hale finds a combination of talent and technology are crucial when it comes to creating great visual art, but how do you keep working when your circumstances are in constant flux?
Part of Art, activism and access
- Photo story
Portraits, from a distance
Join photographer Michelle Sank on her daily walk around Exeter. Strength, frustration, resilience and eccentricity all show in these candid images portraying life under the constraints of coronavirus lockdown.
Shame is one of our most overwhelming emotions. It’s also something we rarely discuss. In this series, Lucia Osborne-Crowley explores where shame comes from, what it’s for and how it works.
Get stuck into one of our books, and explore the complexities of the human condition.
The Rules of Contagion
Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop
The new science of contagion and the surprising ways it shapes our lives and behaviour.
Michael Rosen’s Book of Play
Why play really matters, and 101 ways to get more of it in your life
Why play really matters, and 101 ways to get more of it in your life.
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- In pictures
Mass murder and marvellous medicine
Find out how arsenic has been used for good and ill, to cure and kill, for centuries.
Part of Inside Our Collections
Why “crazy cat ladies” are healthier than you may think
Writer Erica Crompton ponders the reasons behind the misogynist “crazy cat lady” trope, and reclaims cat ownership as a positive way to help restore mental equilibrium.
Louis Wain’s cryptic cats
Once famous for his quirky cat illustrations, today Louis Wain is often portrayed as a ‘psychotic’ artist whose illness can be mapped out through his drawings. Here Bryony Benge-Abbott takes a more rounded view.
Find joy in all the yawning, stretching, arching, flirting flowers around you.
Part of Body Squabbles