Readers’ travel tips Small UK art galleries
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Winning tip Sculpture, scrap and stories, Glasgow Sharmanka Kinetic theatre, actually a gallery, is a stroll through beautiful madness. Minutes from Buchanan Street, this storyland is filled with mechanical figures in wood, metal and all sorts of scrap, arranged in two “performances”. The place is both peaceful and frenetic – and like nothing else. You’ll marvel at the skill behind the creations and come out with a big daft grin on your face. Anna Norwegian wood, Dorset Sladers Yard in West Bay is a lovely Georgian former rope warehouse now showing contemporary arts and crafts – including furniture produced by the owner, who sailed here from Norway decades ago in a boat he’d built. My budget doesn’t quite stretch to the art on display, but it’s worth splashing out on the cafe’s Fabulous Fish Pie (£20). Paul Jones Art and nature, Cornwall Kestle Barton, between Frenchman’s Creek and Helford, is a gallery showcasing talent from across Cornwall and beyond, in a most beautiful historic farm complex, parts of which date back to the Tudor era. The gardens are a great place to watch swallows dip and weave in the sky. Layla Astley Arty school, Northumberland The Old School gallery in Alnmouth on the north-east coast is in a cute former Victorian school. It serves great cake, has a fab shop and puts on atmospheric exhibitions showcasing local and female artists. Leah Island of art, Anglesey Anglesey is not all long names and great beaches. Among its many hidden treasures is the Oriel Môn arts centre and museum in Llangefni. Stunning works by Welsh artists and a mesmerising statute of Kyffin Williams are among the many great things to explore. It also has children’s activities and free admission. Enid Bibby To enter our readers’ tips competition and see the terms and conditions, visit theguardian.com/readers-travel-tips (you must be a UK resident enter). The week’s best tip, chosen by Tom Hall of Lonely Planet, wins a £200 voucher to stay at a Coolstays property. This is a selection of tips: see more on our website.