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,…

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

As children, we are blessed with unbounded imagination – whole worlds are built in the sandpit, flying cars are born and take flight from the top of the stairs and voodoo dolls are created from cotton and bobbins to exact revenge on our childhood nemeses. As we grow up that spark of imagination is often…

Frank Bowling

It’s always a pleasure to discover an artist whom you are unfamiliar with, and Frank Bowling is just that man. It is almost criminal that a painter whose work is as vibrant and joyous should have remained a relative unknown for so long, especially since he was a contemporary of R B Kitae and David…

V&A Illustration Awards 2019

Established in 1972, the V&A Illustration Awards are one of the UK’s most prestigious annual illustration competitions. Out of thousands of entries, the judging panel this year have selected 14 shortlisted artists. This year subjects range from life in Germany under the Nazis (Book Illustration Award: Nora Krug for Heimat) and inept lawyers (Illustrated Journalism Award: A. Richard Allen for Experts, The…

Who’s Afraid of Drawing?

The Estorick Collection is a hidden gem of an art gallery just minutes from the bustling Highbury Corner. Housed in a restored Georgian town house, the collection is best known for its Futurist works though there is so much more to it than that. Being Britain’s only gallery devoted to modern Italian art, it also…

Food: Bigger than the Plate

Do you want to save the world? Is the smorgasbord of extinction level events (both natural and man-made) that 21st century seems to be providing us with getting you down? Along with the usual threats of volcanic eruptions, coronal mass ejections, meteor impacts we now have biological annihilation, overpopulation, over-consumption, and of course climate change. Our…