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COUNTYDURHAM, ENGLAND Miner masterpiece

Paintings of the Northeast might bring to mind craggy seaside castles, blustery moors and wide-open spaces. None of the above feature at the brand-new Mining Art Gallery, set in a former bank in the one-time mining town of Bishop Auckland. Here, a rich seam of artwork focuses on the landscapes below the surface of County Durham – featuring heroic miners, bottomless mine shafts and claustrophobic tunnels. It’s part of a project to revitalise the town – look out for the reopening of next-door Auckland Castle in spring 2018.

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In the December issue… Discover which countries, cities and regions topped our Best in Travel 2018 list - beginning with a Great Escape to Chile, from the peaks of Torres del Paine to the Atacama Desert; also, delve into many-faceted Hong Kong, a city of Chinese painting, horse-racing, skyscrapers, fishing villages and an all-hours appetite; explore the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard by boat, snowmobile and dog-sled; and much more