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…

Troy – Myth and Reality

It is a while since I’ve visited an exhibition at the British Museum so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect to be greeted with Troy written in large red ‘Elvis Comeback’ letters in the entrance hall follows by an Anthony Caro installation, a Cy Twombly painting and an urn from…

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…

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…

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…

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,…