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Vienna Academy of Fine Art

On a rare day off in Vienna I went to the Open Studio day at the Vienna Academy of Fine Art. This is the top art school in Austria, and also the same institution that famously rejected Hitler twice for his lack of creativity. The studios are in this impressive building, the Semperdepot, which was originally built to store theatre scenery and props.... Read More...

This Means Nothing To Me?

I've been back in Vienna since Saturday, but I was busy at the annual work conference. Last year was the first in a decade that I didn't spend any time in Vienna, and that was strange. Vienna is a very big and grand capital city for a small country of six million sparsely spread mountain people, a remnant of the days when it was the capital of the whole Austro-Hungarian empire, covering Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and parts of Romania and Poland.... Read More...

Slovak National Gallery

The Slovak National Gallery was also open late- it was free that day too because they were changing the exhibitions and only two rooms were open. From the website it seems like there's a lot of interesting stuff in the museum, and it's a pity I didn't get to see it, but I enjoyed the small section I did get to see.... Read More...

Overnight in Bratislava

I'm working in Austria for the next few weeks. I've been visiting for the last ten years to run school workshops. You spend a week in a local school running drama, creative writing, and sometimes art or cookery classes as an English immersion programme. Every week you're at a different school. I normally take my DSLR, and sort out the photos afterwards, but I couldn't find what I'd done with the charger. My phone has a very decent camera though, so I'm going to use that and post them as I go. I've become increasingly frustrated with the way the FB and Instagram algorithms decide what people see and in what order. Everything's jumbled up and got no context or order, and it makes seeing travel photos particularly frustrating. So they're just going here, where they stay in chronological order and in context.... Read More...