10 of the best contemporary art spaces in south-east Asia

Artists in Myanmar, Cambodia and across south-east Asia produce work in a climate of authoritarianism – and often in open defiance of it. Here are 10 spaces that promote their artistic freedom and independence

Street art adds gloss to Cape Town’s boho Woodstock area

This youthful and bohemian neighbourhood and foodie hotspot has become an open air gallery for giant, colourful murals

From salami to art: how migrants helped turn Rome factory into a gallery

Rome’s Maam gallery exhibits artists from all over the world, who often incorporate the site’s previous use as a slaughterhouse into their work, or are inspired by the lives of its residents

Yerevan – first impressions

My first impressions are that I haven’t been to a city with so much public art as Yerevan. I hope the city is able to complete The Cascade soon as that would be an incredible feature to have especially with all the statues at the bottom in the Tamanian sculpture park. I am pleased Vernissage is at least partially open during the week as having read the guidebooks I was expecting the place to be closed. I like how drivers stop, most of the time, to allow people across the road at the pedestrian crossings.

I like the Katoghike church, Republic Square and the Cathedral. Katoghike was only revealed when the Soviet authorities demolished an existing church in 1936 and then the old church, almost hidden inside, appeared in all its glory.

There are statues and sculpture everywhere. As big as the Alexander Miasnikian statue on Beirut Street and as small as The Water Carrier on nearby Italy Street. There’s an international feel to the Tamanian sculpture park at the bottom of The Cascade where a Fat Cat by Columbian Fernando Botero, a hare leaping over a bell by Britain Barry Flanagan, and a human torso made of letters by Spaniard Jaume Plensa can all be found along with a teapot, a fat woman smoking, and a gladiator with a small penis. The art is even better halfway up the cascade; I especially like 3 Glassinators by Andrew Carson and an untitled piece of a laughing boy by Yue Minjun. The glassinators of different colours move in many directions with the breeze. Keep going to the very top, past the unfinished building site and up the steps to the Soviet monument.

Here there are more sculptures of a pirate, a boat on a table, a little house, and some performing elephants. The energetic can then head off to Mother Armenia in the distance. If the weather is clear, however, make sure to admire the view of Mount Ararat.

Take the kids to … The Helix, Falkirk, Scotland

The Kelpies horse-head sculptures grabbed the headlines but a fantastic adventure park lies in their shadow, offering cycling paths, climbing frames, water activities and more, within easy reach of Glasgow and Edinburgh

Paris street art: Gare du Nord goes graffiti with Quai 36 project

One of the Paris station’s main platforms becomes a huge gallery – part of the Quai 36 project – for street art until 8 July. These images give a glimpse of what to expect from the artists showcasing their work in front of 700,000 daily commuters