We took a trip up north to visit my parents who live near Manchester as well as visiting a few art and craft places near there. We started out visiting the Antony Gormley installation 'Another Place' at Crosby beach. A series of his famous bronze sculptures based on his own body are situated across the beach stretching out to where the tide turns. Some of the sculptures are completely submerged by the tide and hence covered in barnacles and such. The foreboding weather coupled with Gormley's sculptures made for a good time.
The next day we made the trip across the border into north Wales to visit Ruthin Craft Centre where they are currently hosting a Japanese season. With exhibits ranging from textiles to ceramics to architecture there was loads of interesting stuff. The textiles by Reiko Sudo in the first gallery and a series of prints by Matthew Jones and Rhian Thomas really caught my eye. Simple, clean and beautiful. Will definitely be making the trip back for some of their upcoming exhibitions.
We drove the short distance to Prestatyn, a seaside resort which has definitely seen better times but still has a nice beach to walk on.