The London Mastaba: Christo at the Serpentine

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 and coffee machines) and with…

I remember…

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 a call to arms for…

Viewpoints – A series of artistic conversations

On Wednesday, Ross and I ventured down to the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road to see our friend, Consuela Simpson who has work in the new show ‘Viewpoints’. A curated collection of photographs & artworks by six photographers and six artists, the show is the latest from the Rooftop Collective and pairs members with…

Portrait Artist of the Year

In the Art Space at Cass Art‘s flagship store in Islington, you can find a great little exhibition that celebrates the work of the artists who competed in 2018’s Sky Arts Portrait Arist of the Year. It shows work of the heat-winners in the series, and includes artworks features in the programme, as well as…

Andreas Gursky at the Hayward

Since the birth of photography, there has been a common misconception that the camera never lies. In this current climate of fake news and retouched multi-limbed Vanity Fair cover stars, the question of what is real and whether we can believe what we see has never been more pertinent. Andreas Gursky has manipulated his images…

Mark Making at Be Smart About Art

On Monday evening, Ross and I delivered Mark Making workshops as part of Be Smart About Art‘s ‘Meet the Experts’ event. Consisting of 1-2-1 mentoring and round table discussions on a vast number of topics, these were hosted by art dealers, agents, independent curators, legal experts, tech gurus, journalists, business coaches and fundraisers! As part…

The Exhibitionists present Photosoirée No. 4

Tonight we have a clash of Private Views, and we need to be in two places at once – the Garden Museum for the Curiosity Project and also the Shortwave Cafe at the Biscuit factory in Bermondsey, where I am exhibiting some of my photographs and cyanotypes (a moderneccentrics collaboration). We will be starting off at…

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

    ‘This exhibition will take you on an olfactory journey through a series of rooms designed to reflect the inspirations of the scents, from the Moroccan desert a Catholic confessional, a water theme park to a lover’s boudoir.’ Somerset House This exhibition at Somerset House must have been a challenge for the curators Claire Catterall and…

Twine at Twilight

Last night’s Twine at Twilight at the Chelsea Physic Garden was an ‘evening to celebrate the world of plant-based fabrics’  and formed part of the CPG’s programme of events to celebrate ‘Weaves & Leaves’, which continues through 2017. With live music, from harpist Felix von Spreckelsen, Layla Tutt and Bromide, roaming interactive theatre by Studio Cultivate and…

New Adventures in Etching

This year has flown by… In my last term at Morley, I’ve spent my time exploring Etching, something completely new to me. Preparing plates is a much longer and more involved process than say, drypoint or collagraph. I spent a good few weeks producing the final plate, repeatedly stopping out different areas for the dips…

Show 2017: The RCA Graduate Exhibition

Yesterday, I headed down to the RCA’s Battersea campus, to catch the second part of this year’s graduate Degree Show. A huge show spread over 4 buildings, I started in the sculpture hall. Unlike the exhibition in Kensington, the departments are loosely combined in the hanging, with Print, Photography, Painting and Sculpture, all shown together….

RCA MA Textiles Show

Degree show season is always an interesting time of year. From the student’s point of view, there is the last minute frenzy of panic and stress, followed by the slight anti-climactic feeling once the show has opened. For the visitor, it is a challenge of spotting future stars and talent without feeling overwhelmed by the…