"Go fishing, without getting wet. Cunningly hidden around Hull's old town centre and along the river are 41 life-size fishy sculptures"

 

Northallerton

Joe Cornish Galleries

One of Britain's leading landscape photographers, Joe Cornish is drawn to the coasts, mountains and wilder reaches of Britain, always with an eye to light and patterns. The galleries in Zetland Street showcase his own work, as well as changing exhibitions of other landscape photographers.

Info:  joecornish.com, 0160 977 7404

Middlesbrough

Temenos

Is it a windsock or a giant basketball net? Does it really matter, if it grabs your attention? This summer, get on down to Middlehaven Dock in Middlesbrough and decide for yourself. This amazing sculpture - 110m long by 45m high - is by world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond and has only just opened. Two steel rings joined by a mesh of steel wires, it's a breathtaking combination of art and engineering. Afterwards, pop into mima in Centre Square, the town's landmark modern art gallery, and enjoy one of the UK's best collections of contemporary art.

Info: visitmiddlesbrough.com, visitmima.com, 0164 272 6720

Manchester

The Lowry, Salford Quays

The building alone is worth the visit: a flamboyant mix of glass and steel rising out of Salford's revamped docks. As well as theatres and studios, there are exhibitions of art, photography and design, alongside a permanent collection by LS Lowry. This summer also sees Stanley Tunick's Everyday People - film and photography of his groups of naked volunteers, captured in Greater Manchester locations until the end of September. Take a Metrolink tram to Harbour City, Salford.

Info: thelowry.com,0843 208 6000

Glasgow

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

From woolly mammoths to Dali, this monumental Victorian gallery is weird - in a good way. Check out the Charles Rennie Mackintosh gallery, the Scottish colourists, Italian Renaissance art and glass, and the fun 'Every Picture Tells A Story' section. There's loads more, plus daily organ recitals - with requests! Walk from Central Station to Kelvin Park, or hop on the subway to Kelvinhall or Kelvinbridge underground stations.

Info: glasgowmuseums.com, 0141 276 9599

Hull

Seven Seas Fish Trail

Go fishing, without getting wet. Cunningly hidden around Hull's old town centre and along the river are 41 life-size fishy sculptures, from a blink-and-you'll-miss-it anchovy to a 10ft ray. The clue is often in the location. If there's a shark outside a bank, guess what might be in the marketplace? Fish on your own or pick up a leaflet from Hull's Tourist Information Centre.

Info: realyorkshire.co.uk, Hull TIC - 0844 811 2070

Edinburgh

National Gallery Complex

This is the place to celeb-spot. From Titian, El Greco, Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt up to Van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne and Gaugin, all the greats jostle under one roof.  Don't forget to seek out that much-loved Scottish charmer, Sir Henry Raeburn's the Skating Minister. You'll find the National Gallery on The Mound, near Edinburgh Waverley station.

Info: nationalgalleries.org, 0131 624 6200

GOING LOCAL

Three artists who live or work on the network

Jolomo

The signature of John Lowrie Morrison, 'Jolomo' is one of Scotland's most prolific landscape painters, known for his intense use of colour. Born and brought up in Glasgow, and studying at the Glasgow School of Art, he now lives and works in Argyll, close to the west coast, whose spectacular light inspires his work.

Info: jolomo.com

Julian Cooper

Born in Grasmere, near Windermere, Julian Cooper is part of the Heaton Cooper artistic dynasty, the Lake District's best-loved painters. Julian himself is inspired by landscapes and rocks, and the power, grace and mysticism of mountains.

Info: heatoncooper.co.uk

Jane Charles

For an array of vividly coloured, sensuously shaped glassware, check out Jane Charles' glass studio in Newcastle. Inspired by nature and the sea, Jane produces one-off pieces that are free-blown before being hand- finished when cold. Each one is a unique piece of art.

Info: janecharlesstudioglass.co.uk

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