In the Long Evenings . . . Colour and Light

Last week I headed home to drop off some work to the Junor Gallery in St Andrews, Scotland. Tomorrow evening is the Private View for ‘In the Long Evenings . . . Colour and Light’.  This is the second show for the owner Beth Junor, who studied at the University, and has longed to return to…

Artefact: Adornment

Prism is returning to the Hoxton Arches (just round the corner from the Geffrye Museum) for Part 2 of ‘Another View’. This follows Part 1 which was exhibited at the RBSA in May, to great acclaim and visitor numbers. The exhibition promises a great variety of approaches, reflecting the breadth of contemporary textile practice, from…

The Exhibitionists present Photosoirée No. 4

Tonight we have a clash of Private Views, and we need to be in two places at once – the Garden Museum for the Curiosity Project and also the Shortwave Cafe at the Biscuit factory in Bermondsey, where I am exhibiting some of my photographs and cyanotypes (a moderneccentrics collaboration). We will be starting off at…

The Curiosity Project at the Garden Museum

‘Elias Ashmole acquired his collection from two gardeners: John Tradescant, father and son. The Tradescants were no ordinary gardeners; they were employed by the wealthy Earl of Salisbury. The Tradescants voyaged overseas, travelling the known world and shipping back new and exotic plant specimens for the Earl’s gardens. In the course of their travels they…

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

    ‘This exhibition will take you on an olfactory journey through a series of rooms designed to reflect the inspirations of the scents, from the Moroccan desert a Catholic confessional, a water theme park to a lover’s boudoir.’ Somerset House This exhibition at Somerset House must have been a challenge for the curators Claire Catterall and…

The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Can an artist examine the culture of self promotion in today’s society with a self promoting show called ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’? ‘When I came up with this title, I liked it because it chimed with one of my ongoing ambitions – to widen the audience for art without dumbing it down. Mainly I…

Twine at Twilight

Last night’s Twine at Twilight at the Chelsea Physic Garden was an ‘evening to celebrate the world of plant-based fabrics’  and formed part of the CPG’s programme of events to celebrate ‘Weaves & Leaves’, which continues through 2017. With live music, from harpist Felix von Spreckelsen, Layla Tutt and Bromide, roaming interactive theatre by Studio Cultivate and…

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

I didn’t know a great deal about Cristóbal Balenciaga and his work before I visited the Victoria and Albert’s acclaimed exhibition. Of course I knew the name but I was unaware of the vast influence his exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs have had on fashion. Whilst not on the scale of the Alexander McQueen blockbuster, ‘Savage Beauty’ the…

Roots, Shoots & Leaves

The busy summer for us continues, with Ross exhibiting in ‘Roots, Shoots & Leaves‘, the new exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted, running from the 18th of July to the 5th of August. This the the second exhibition organised by From the Earth (this time in conjunction with the Upstairs Gallery), exploring a wide variety…

New Adventures in Etching

This year has flown by… In my last term at Morley, I’ve spent my time exploring Etching, something completely new to me. Preparing plates is a much longer and more involved process than say, drypoint or collagraph. I spent a good few weeks producing the final plate, repeatedly stopping out different areas for the dips…

Show 2017: The RCA Graduate Exhibition

Yesterday, I headed down to the RCA’s Battersea campus, to catch the second part of this year’s graduate Degree Show. A huge show spread over 4 buildings, I started in the sculpture hall. Unlike the exhibition in Kensington, the departments are loosely combined in the hanging, with Print, Photography, Painting and Sculpture, all shown together….

RCA MA Textiles Show

Degree show season is always an interesting time of year. From the student’s point of view, there is the last minute frenzy of panic and stress, followed by the slight anti-climactic feeling once the show has opened. For the visitor, it is a challenge of spotting future stars and talent without feeling overwhelmed by the…