Bridget Riley

As a big fan of Bridget Riley I do try to get to any and every exhibition of her work if I can and this career retrospective at the Hayward is one of the best yet. She really is an artist whose work is best appreciated in person. Photos don’t do justice to the optical…

V&A Diary 221-240

Here is the next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum. Two exhibitions feature in this selection, ‘Cars – Accelerating the Modern World‘ and ‘Hope – The Prix Pictet‘, both of which I have written about previously. ‘Cars: Accelerating the Modern World‘ is a great show and runs till…

Hope – The Prix Pictet

Perhaps in our ability to carry on in adversity lies hope for us all. Hope that, despite the catastrophic damage that we have visited upon the natural world and upon the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, it is not too late to reverse the damage that we have done. Kofi Annan (1938-2018), Hon. President,…

Antony Gormley

Firstly, go and see this show NOW as it is only on till the 3rd of December… Few contemporary sculptors working today are as involved with the human form as Antony Gormley, who describes the body as ‘a place of experience, emotion, consciousness, memory and imagination.’ The Royal Academy’s autumn show is invariably a ‘blockbuster’,…

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World

One of my very earliest memories of my Grandpa, is bringing me a matchbox car  when he came to visit. I amassed a formidable collection of these little metal treats, which would be worth a fortune today, had they not all flown off the top of the stairs (driven by the Dukes of Hazard or…

V&A Diary 201-220

Here is the next set of 20 images I have shot around the Victoria and Albert Museum. I seem to have a had a slight bias towards ceramics and glass this time, with pieces that date back to a floral Iznick vase from 1575 and the beautiful pieces of blanc de chine (looked at in…

Blanc de Chine: A Continuous Conversation

‘Retelling the story of porcelain-making in Dehua, this display builds a bridge between the past and the current, tradition and innovation, and breaking the boundary of Chinese and non-Chinese ceramic practices.’  V&A Curator Blanc de Chine, the delicate fine ultra-white porcelain produced in Dehua in the Fujian province of China can be traced as far…

Kettle’s Yard

In August, we visited Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge for the first time. Ross knew all about the place and had been wanting to visit for ages, but it was new to me, and quite a wonderful discovery. I am very behind on my blog posts. There are a few partially written posts but here’s one…

Cyanotype Workshop with Helen Dixon

Recently I attended an excellent workshop run by the lovely Helen Dixon at Bainbridge Print Studios in Lambeth. The process is simple but fascinating and capable of producing endlessly variable results. Cyanotype is a type of photogram process, one of the earliest forms of photography involving creating photographic prints by laying objects onto treated paper and…

V&A Diary 181-200

Here are the next set of images which takes us to 200, and my one year anniversary at the V&A. This set of images coincided with the opening of the exhibition ‘Tim Walker: Wonderful Things‘ and the London Design Festival which filled the V&A with stunning examples of new concepts, prototypes and designs. One exhibit…

The Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival

The Japanese Textiles and Craft Festival is running till the end of the weekend at Craft Central and is well worth a visit over the weekend. The exhibition show cases a range of artists and craftsmen who work using traditional Japanese techniques, or have been inspired by Japanese philosophies. Exhibitors include our own Ross Belton,…

Dialogue of the Deaf

The two branches that form the body of the work twist together but never meet, never touch… intertwined but unable to ever make a meaningful connection that bridges difference to find common ground and purpose. Naturally dyed threads, using indigo and sappanwood, hang from the branches. Blues and reds hint at team strips or party…