Today we love: Nick's Bespoke Maps

Is there a corner of the country, or indeed the world, that's special to you? Or one that fascinates you, historically or geographically? Nick's Bespoke Maps offers a service of drawing ink maps of places specified by you. So far he's drawn Yorkshire, areas of France and recent commissions incude mapping Northumberland. 

V&A Museum limited edition print collection

If you want to give someone a work of art they'll love for life, a limited edition print from the V&A Select collection will more than fit the bill. Each of six paintings hase been turned into 75 prints, with prices from £220 to £500.

ART GIVES A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS, Bob and Roberta Smith, £500. Paper size 40 x 41cm; Image size 33 x 33cm

AntikBar original vintage poster auction

Always a great opportunity to buy an fascinating piece of art, AntikBar is holding their next Original Vintage Poster Auction on Saturday 7 November. This online auction has over 450 lots featuring travel and advertising posters as well as a wide variety of cinema, sport, war and propaganda posters from around the world. 

View their auction catalogue and register to bid:

The art of eco: environmentally-friendly art and artists

There's an assumption that art is beyond reproach because it's culture and culture is good for the mind and the soul. But the business of painting has long been up to its neck in toxic pigments, solvents and formaldehyde, and artists haven't always scored highly when it comes to minimising waste.

Denimu: the art of jeans

Denim artist Ian Berry is having a major exhibition of his work at the Catto Gallery in London's Hampstead. Berry uses eco-friendly old denim jeans to make his art.

Mad about the earth: the exuberant art of Joëlle Kem Lika

Joelle Kem Lika is an artist whose work is life affirming, and that's in no small part down to her love of vibrant colour. And what drives her, she says, is her wish to encourage people to prize the natural world.

'I draw my inspiration entirely from nature,' she says, 'and I want to defend our planet by means of my paintings. I try to capture the strength of life -  the force of the sea, the vibrancy of life in the ocean, the delight to be had from flowers, skies, sunsets.'

Mall Galleries: The Natural Eye 2020

Flora and fauna can cheer even most taciturn among us, so if you're stuck in a concrete hell, try to get along to Mall Galleries for The Natural Eye exhibition. Or failing that see all the works of art online.

This being the year of covid, you will need to book a slot to visit and social distancing, face coverings, hand know the drill.

Contemporary Moroccan art and artists

Eugene Delacroix is one of the most famous painters to have exalted in the light of Morocco. He wrote that 'the rare and precious sun gives intense life to everything', and many an artist has followed in his footsteps to try to capture that light in their work. But the country's own artists have grown up in that intense sunlight and its influence can be felt in the warmth of their works.