The London Mastaba: Christo at the Serpentine

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The Serpentine Gallery has become synonymous with treating us to a new Summer Pavilion every year. The year, the structure has been designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and has been created from stacks of concrete roof-tiles. Stylish and austere in the official photographs (but now full of folding chairs…

Select Festival 2017

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This year, Stroud International Textiles have introduced an open call competition to create ‘original creative head adornment’ as part of the Select Festival. The selected and winning works will be exhibited in a Shop window trail through the town centre. The SitSelect festival is also pleased to feature the launch of DIS/rupt, the Textile…

The City in Lockdown – Westminster & South Ken

I’ve just been so angry today that I’ve had two bike rides and have ended up cycling over 21 miles. On my first ride I decided to visit some of my favourite museums to see if they were still there, and of course they were. Out and about in town today the streets were still…

Musée Soulages

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I think it is rare to be so surprised by a regional gallery or museum, yet that is exactly what has happened to me on my visit to my friends Penny and Annie, who live in Southwest France. I knew the work of Pierre Soulages from a catalogue Ross has…

Bouziès to Saint Cirq Lapopie

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I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote…

The City in Lockdown – Regents Park & Camden

So now that we’ve had a week of ‘Stay Alert’ against the invisible virus in England, I’m not sure what Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill will be like… Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are sensibly sticking to the ‘Stay At Home’ message, so fragmentation begins again. I do feel much better that the population and…

#CreateToRelate – Solar Jars on IGTV

Tomorrow, the wonderful Ross Belton will give an introductory workshop on creating your own solar dyes! The video will go on the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s IGTV tomorrow (Thursday) at 6pm UK, and will the post stay up there for you to refer to at any time. This is part of the museum’s…

The City in Lockdown – Aldwych & Kings Cross

This set of images shows the ride from Somerset House and the Aldwych, up Chancery Lane and Gray’s Inn Road up to great railway stations terminals of St Pancras and Kings Cross and then up to the Central Saint Martins campus at Granary Square. I am doing my best to ignore everyone and stay away…

Transient

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transient | ˈtranzɪənt | adjective lasting only for a short time; impermanent. • staying or working in a place for a short time only: the transient nature of the migrant labour. Opening on the 30th of May, PRISM, the international exhibiting group, will be returning to the Hoxton Arches with their…

The City in Lockdown – The Southbank

Another day, another bike ride, this time crossing the river on the Millennium Bridge and then returning north over Waterloo Bridge. In between, I visited Tate Modern, Gabriel’s Wharf, the National Theatre, the Hayward, the London IMAX and the London Eye. It’s still strange to see these tourist attractions closed and deserted on a lovely…

The City in Lockdown – The Barbican & St Pauls

Another bike ride, another set of photos documenting life during Lockdown in London. On this ride I took the time to explore the Barbican and St Pauls. I was deputy manager of the bookshop in the Barbican for a year in the nineties, and weirdly for a lot of the time the place felt as…