Glastonbury 2009 Part 2

So it rained for the first half of the weekend and then was gloriously sunny for the rest of it so I got the knee deep mud AND the wonder of waking soaking in sweat broiling in my tent! 2009 was a great lineup with the reformed Blur closing the show on the Sunday night,…

Glastonbury 2009 Part 1

3 months before my 40th birthday, I achieved a long overdue milestone and went to Glastonbury for the first time. The weekend surpassed my wildest expectations – wonderful company with a bunch of great guys, the music was awesome encompassing virtually every genre and at any given time there was at least 3 bands I…

I remember…

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It’s 25 years since my first Pride (LGB as it was then… QUEER as it should be now) and so much has changed – charging for entry, corporate sponsorship everywhere, a neutrering of political ambitions, the lack of reference to any form of sexuality in the title… Pride should be…

No Serial Number

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Launching next week is the summer issue of No Serial Number magazine, featuring a six page feature on Ross and his artistic practice. In the interview he discusses his textile journey, starting with Creative and Experimental Textiles, an evening course run by Debby Brown at Morley College, to where he is…

Yayoi Kusama: sculptures, paintings & mirror rooms

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Spots! Welcome to the wonderful world of Yayoi Kusama. Women artists have often been dismissed as eccentrics or second class citizens in art, airbrushed from history. Like Lousie Bourgeois (whose artists room has just opened at the Switch House, Tate Modern), Kusama’s distinctive voice and relentless drive, has produced a…

Oceania at the RA Part 2

‘Oceania does not shy away from the interactions between Islanders and Europeans from the 18th century onwards – far from it. Towards the end, the exhibition tackles this important part of the story with sensitivity and nuance.’ Alastair Cooke One of the fascinating things about this exhibition is how it includes the creative responses of…

Oceania at the RA Part 1

In the autumn of 2018 ‘Oceania’, a once in a lifetime exhibition, opened at the Royal Academy. An awe-inspiring show that encompassed the entire Pacific Ocean – one third of the Earth’s surface, ‘…its waters were a sort of conduit, facilitating communication and cross-fertilisation between seafaring peoples.’ Alastair Sooke. Rather than grouping the exhibits by…

Textiles and Botany at the SLBI

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This summer’s first Advanced Textile Workshop exhibition is open at the South London Botanical Institute this weekend. The show is made up of works inspired by two of the Institute’s projects ‘Botany on your Plate’ and ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’, and is interspersed throughout the ground floor and gardens. Each artist…

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…