Ancient Phallic Graffiti Wasn’t For Laughs

A very familiar symbol has been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall (aka Hadrian’s Wall) in Cumbria, England—only this one dates back to 207 AD. The penis-shaped drawing isn’t just juvenile scribbling, however. According to archeologists from Newcastle University, these images are common and used to adorn doorways, walls and jewelry during the Roman Era (753 BC to 476 AD) and symbolized good fortune—and power. “Phallus graffiti, …

The Atlantic Project Brings Art (and Reflection) to Plymouth

This 14-piece art festival explores and comments on the 400 years since the Mayflower left England

In 2020, it will have been 400 years since the Pilgrims left England on the Mayflower, and in one English city this is cause for both celebration and introspection. Plymouth, on the southwest coast of England, is where the Mayflower departed in 1620, and is now a city with beautiful Victorian naval buildings by the waterfront juxtaposed by a city centre overrun with Brutalist buildings that …

Tate St Ives Named Museum of the Year

Opened in 1993, Tate St Ives underwent an immense underground extension last year—which took some 18 months and cost £20 million. The Cornish museum (located right on a picturesque beach) has just been awarded the Museum of the Year award, beating Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Glasgow Women’s Library and the Postal Museum. Stephen Deuchar—who is on the judging panel and director of the Art Fund—says, of …