There's more to London's art scene than just its world-famous galleries. Join Joe as he finds out about a new kind of gallery...

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to the Tasks and do the activities. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Task 1

Answer the comprehension question.


Task 2

Answer the true/false questions about pop-up galleries.


Task 3

Choose the best adjective to complete each sentence. Check the Transcript if you are not sure.



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


Hello littlemoon86,

Yes, that's correct: "times are tough" refers to a difficult economic situation, more specifically when galleries aren't selling as much as usual.

In "there's still a bit left to do", left is the past participle of the verb leave, here used with the meaning of remain (see the dictionary). When Ryan says this, we can see that there are many paintings that have not yet been hung on the wall. What he means is that there is still work that must be done before the gallery is ready to open.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

The LearnEnglish Team

If you don't mind please explain to me ,what does "Pop up "exactly means?

Hello jannetta,

A pop-up book is one in which the pictures stand up from the page when you open the book.  Pop-up galleries are the same idea, as you can see in the video.

You can use the Cambridge Dictionaries Online search tool (on the right) to look up items such as this.  Just type the word into the search window and you will get a definition, examples, pronunciation information and more - it's a very useful tool.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

"It’s better to have the paintings in a shop than to have them at home still." Am I wrong if y say: …in a shop than have them at home still - or - in a shop rather than have them ….. Then, could you please explain what the word "TO REKON" mean to me? Thank you

Hi apc,

Yes, all of the alternatives you suggest are correct. I couldn't find the word 'rekon' in the transcript or in the dictionary. Might it be 'reckon' or 'recon'? I expect it might be the first one, and you can find a definition and examples in the dictionary - see the search box on the right.

By the way, we're not generally able to answer more than one question per user each day. We are a small team with lots of work and millions of users who ask dozens of questions every day. As much as we'd like to be able to answer everyone's questions all the time, to be fair to the other users and to be able to maintain and add to the site, we just can't answer multiple questions from one user every day.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

in the sentence (It's been a great way to bring.....)
's is a brief of what

Hello monaia,

it's is an abbreviated form of it is. You can see more about this on the lower part of our Capital letters and apostrophes page.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello! monaia
I suppose ' It has been a great way.....'.

Hello Mr. Kirk ,
I am very grateful for your comment again .
Thank you :)

Best wishes ,

In video, the woman said :'It doesn’t look like it’s just been put up. It looks like it could have been here for quite a while.'
What was her mean?