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Oxford rejection turned into art

Painted rejection letter Credit: Claudia Vulliamy

Classics student Claudia Vulliamy turned a rejection letter from Oxford University into a thing of beauty.

She told ITV Meridian that she was disappointed not to be accepted but had the urge to turn the important letter into something.

She said: 'It was quick and intuitive - I suppose it was a therapeutic way of handling important news. I was shocked to find that it went viral!

"People have been so nice about it. I think it’s because it cheers people up to see something positive made out of rejection, especially for those who have just received similar news."

Claudia, who's from London, has been offered a place at Durham University. Her letter appeared on her instagram account. (flamboyant_aesthete)

Landmark jail unlocks its doors for rare art project

The prison cell that housed Reading's most famous inmate is to open to the public for the first time in its history.

Oscar Wilde, the Victorian playwright and poet, spent two years at Reading jail and never recovered from the experience.

Now in a rare move, the prison doors have been opened to house an art installation celebrating his life and work.

Ralph Fiennes, Maxine Peake and Ben Whishaw are among those who'll be performing at the venue.

Earlier today Sangeeta Bhabra was given the first guided tour to find out more about the Reading landmark.

Here is the link for more details about Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison


Motorhome cinema, tape room and woolly fish star in Open Houses art festival

Throughout the month, art lovers - and snoopers alike - have been taking the chance to visit peoples' homes transformed into galleries.

But it's not just two-up-two-downs starring in Brighton's biggest ever Open Houses art trail.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Tasha McDonnell of the Dreamliner Arts Club, Judy Stevens of Artists Open Houses and Kate Jenkins from Kate's Pantry.

Turner to showcase 'Risk' art exhibition

'Risk' exhibition starts at the Turner gallery in Margate

An art exhibition opening in Kent today aims to challenge the way people think about the unpredictable.

'Risk' at the Turner Contemporary in Margate includes more than 40 works by artists from around the world. The exhibits include footage of a burning plane and images of survivors of the Fukushima earthquake in Japan. The exhibition runs until the 17th of January 2016.

Funding secured for Turner's Oxford

Turner's famous depiction of Oxford High Street Credit: Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum says it has raised enough money to acquire Turner's famous vision of Oxford High Street.

The museum says it has 'received an extraordinary response' following the launch in June of a public appeal - sending over £60,000 to help reach the fundraising target of £860,000 in just four weeks.

The painting, which has been on loan to the Museum from a private collection since 1997, has been offered to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax. The High Street, Oxford would settle £3.5 million of inheritance tax – which is more than the tax liable on the estate.

In addition to the £60,000, the Ashmolean received a grant of £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £220,000 from the Art Fund, and a further £30,000 from the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean.

Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: ‘The Museum has been overwhelmed by public support. With well over 800 people contributing to the appeal, it is clear that the local community, as well as visitors to the Museum from across the world, feel that this picture, the greatest painting of the city ever made, must remain on show in a public museum in Oxford.'


Artwork destroyed in Ashford revamp

It cost 16 million pounds to construct seven years ago - and it has a few fans and many enemies: pedestrians AND motorists. And now Ashford town centre's 'shared space' scheme is cracking up. Expensive repair work started today. But it will mean the destruction of a 100 thousand pound artwork. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to local traders and Ashford Borough Councillor Bernard Heyes.

Artists put on show to celebrate LGTB month

Artists are staging an exhibition in Chatham to raise awareness and challenge people's perceptions about Kent's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

They are hoping it will build a bridge between the LGBT community and the public.

The display is at the Nucleus Arts Centre in Chatham.

Digital photographer, Stewart McCoombe and Beth James from the Kent and Medway LGBT Community Action Group, say Kent doesn't have the best reputation for supporting LGBT equality, so they hope this exhibition will challenge discrimination:

Emperor's clothes on display at Windsor Castle

Items - seized at the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago - have gone on display at Windsor Castle.

Included is the cloak worn by Napoleon - looted from his carriage after he was defeated by the Duke of Wellington and the Allied army.

The exhibition - at the state apartments - tells the story of what happened in 1815, the people involved - and the Prince Regent, who was obsessed with Napoleon. Divya Kohli reports.

Portrait of Percy Shelley's adopted granddaughter for sale

A portrait of a girl adopted by the only surviving son of the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly is to go under the hammer in Knightsbridge.

The watercolour of Bessie Florence, known as 'Floss', is estimated to sell for between £3,000 and £4,000 at Bonhams sale of Fine Portrait Miniatures on November 19.

The artwork by Reginald Easton is likely to have been painted close to Boscombe Manor on the Dorset coast, where Floss was raised by Percy and his novelist second wife, Mary Shelley née Wollstonecraft Godwin.

In the portrait, she stands before a sandy beach, wearing a brown shearling hat set with a diamond brooch. Credit: Bonhams

Floss encountered considerable heartbreak during her adult life, outliving her husband and four of their six children. Their youngest, Leopold, was lost at sea aboard an Australian submarine in 1914, aged twenty-five, and Sir Percy Shelley died the following year.

Her final years were spent in slight isolation at Penenden House, in Boxley near Maidstone before she died in 1934. Some say her tragic life might have made a dark poem.

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