It is a very exciting thing for the locals to have a thriving art gallery in their midst and it is the buzz of the town, and beyond. The car park at the new gallery complex is crowded as we drive in and you immediately get the sense and scale of visiting a publicly-funded gallery or house.
Stress in our modern culture is deemed to be negative; something that only the weak have and the reason for mass depressive illnesses - but what isn't understood or factored is that stress if controlled and managed correctly can improve the quality of your life.
They share a name, they share a similar population size coupled with a strong industrial past but now they share a similar vision albeit 4200 miles apart.
The event had something interesting to say about obedience. If we all went in, no one taking part or listening to direction from Marina or the gallery assistants, nothing would happen. It relied on participation or obedience.
Moving abroad is a scary prospect. The fear of the unknown is, in some way, present for everyone - even those whose intrepid spirits drive them around the globe. However, it is also exhilarating and, often, intoxicatingly addictive.
Being cultured isn't easy. You have to go to things, absorb those things, tell people about the things you absorbed and pretend they have enriched your life in some way and then answer questions when people start asking you stuff.
If you have some collateral, that doesn't mean you shouldn't invest. And I may have a solution for you - dealing in modern art and vintage late twentieth-century furniture. You may think this is the reserve of the posh and rich. But, as a one-time working-class lad from East London, I can tell you it absolutely is not.
Included in the display are a number of iconic images from the protests, including the funeral cortege for Emily Davison, the suffragette who died in a protest at Epsom Derby. Her funeral was an extraordinary occasion. Thousands of suffragettes accompanied the coffin, most of whom in the WSPU uniform of white, purple and green.
I spoke to festival director Sorcha Carey about what can be expected at the Edinburgh Art Festival this year.
Amazon's dispute with Hachette could have consequences none of us ever dreamed of. As a society, we must be careful we do not sleepwalk into a situation we later come to regret - a world where publishers are marginalised and authors simply self-publish on Amazon.
The poet in question is 25 year old Jess Green, a native of Leicester and graduate of Liverpool. She's part of a new wave of young UK poets (including the likes of Kate tempest, Hollie Mcnish and Dizraeli) who are carrying on in the traditions of Betjeman and Cooper Clarke by creating thought provoking and accessible poetry about peoples everyday joys and struggles.
Since 2010 the Contemporary art market has skyrocketed - seeing Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips de Pury achieving top prices and world records for numerous contemporary artists. The market remains bullish for high-quality contemporary works.
I have read quite a few well-known, critically acclaimed plays yet none of them were quite as entertaining - or indeed shocking - as 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Ford explores an extremely provocative subject matter - essentially, the morality of incest - in a sort of lively, almost playful, fashion.
We have created a culture that, on mass, rejects spiritual belief yet deifies the famous. Our new, modern day religion is the focal point of many people's lives. A whopping 11.7 million people trawl through the celebrity gossip pages of the Mail Online every day!
In this modern day, society has been cultivated towards the productivity of the Internet and its many social media platforms. From Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with millions of people across the world accessing them on a daily basis it is no wonder that many are turning to the Internet to make new discoveries.
The sculpture is part of an EU Commission-funded project called Changing Tracks involving Catalonia, County Mayo in Ireland and Northamptonshire County Council. All three partners are seeking to engage with new audiences for contemporary art by placing it in unexpected places.