The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Art/Museums

Our new favourite London hang-out

6 Apr 2017

Last week saw an historic gathering of power players for a day of diplomatic discussions. EU leaders discussing the terms of Brexit? Nah, I’m talking Muddy Stiletto’s national conference, obviously! With your local superblog now boasting 18 (yes flippin eighteen!) regional editions, us editors convened en masse in the smoke to um, drink quite a lot of prosecco.

Our venue for the day was The Harcourt, a chic Grade 2-listed, five-storey Georgian townhouse which is a bar, restaurant, meeting and private dining space – and is now officially our new favourite London haunt.

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CULTURE: Can you guess the connection?

13 Mar 2017

Soooo, did you get it? Well, one is an illustration of one of the best known characters from the Mr. Men series. And the second is an oil on canvas piece called Magnolia – and the same local, Kent artist, Adam Hargreaves is behind them both… (but you knew that, right?)

The Fairfax Gallery, in The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, (and winner of the Muddy Award for Best Gallery in Kent, as it happens) is currently displaying the third solo exhibition, that includes 16 new paintings, by artist Adam Hargreaves following on from his last sell out show in 2013.

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Affordable art ALERT

20 Oct 2016

Mr Muddy Kent and I were given some art as a wedding present. At the time we barely owned a full set of cutlery, so it seemed mighty extravagant (if you’re nosey, like me, and would like to see what it looks like, click here, to see this post featuring my sitting room). It’s a beautiful canvas by a Vietnamese artist (I know nothing about art or Vietnam) but of all the things we own it has probably brought me the most enjoyment over the years.

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10 beautiful portrait photos that will melt your heart

18 Oct 2016

There are some posts that I just love putting together – and this is definitely one of them. When I asked top portrait photographer Emma Freeman (we are so lucky that she happens to live in the Weald of Kent) to select just a handful of the favourite family photos she has taken it was no easy request. She had to trawl through 40, 000 of them to make her selection for a start. 

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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 25 Feb – Weds 2 Mar

25 Feb 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, 11 Feb – 22 May

My fabulous, finger-on-the-pulse colleague Muddy Berks gave me the heads up on this one and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Having been at the forefront of fashion, beauty and portrait photography since its launch in 1916, British Vogue has an enviable and unrivalled archive of outstanding imagery.

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The Muddy Kent half-term survival guide, Feb 16

9 Feb 2016

It’s half term already.  I know, it’s hard to believe.  Five minutes ago, we were picking pine needles out of the carpet – now it’s time to figure out how to keep the little darlings amused for a whole week again.

Lucky for us, there’s loads of fun stuff going on across the county and beyond.  Indoors, outdoors, crafty, sporty, musical, you name it.  So, time to get planning. 

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