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…

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…

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…

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…

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

With most of the country heading towards total lockdown and the V&A currently closed, now seems the perfect time to virtually escort you round the wonder that is ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk‘. A traditional unisex and utilitarian garment, literally meaning ‘thing to wear’, the kimono has over the past four centuries become synonymous with Japan…

Dora Maar at Tate Modern

This is the last weekend to see the wonderful show at the Tate looking at the work of Dora Maar. The most comprehensive retrospective of her work ever staged, it examines her entire career – influential photomontages, street photography, her painting and her role as Picasso’s muse. During the 30’s Maar worked as a professional…

Japanese Textile and Craft Festival

  As part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20, Erna Janine of Freeweaver Studio has organised the third Japanese Textile and Craft Festival at Craft Central the weekend (the 13-15th of March). The show is exhibiting the work of a variety of artists and craftsmen, all of whom take direct or indirect inspiration from…

American Pastoral

The ‘American Dream’ holds a popular place in western imagination, and probably dates back as far as the first European settlers themselves. The idea that anyone can work hard, apply themselves and make their fortune is almost universal, but the people of the USA have made it their own. The flip side of this though…