Atrocity

‘Atrocity – The game all the family can play – often against their will’ One of my favourite games as a wee boy was a top trumps card deck of show-cars and prototypes – all 60’s curves and super low 70’s wedges. ‘Atrocity’ is an artwork by Steve Allbutt in the form of a pack…

Maria Bartuszová

I love it when galleries put on shows of artists who have perhaps been forgotten or whom deserve to be better known to the general public, rather than the rarified strata of the art world. The Tate is particularly good at highlighting artists, such as Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and bringing their work to a…

Contact Printing at the Duke

On Thursday we held the first of third of our workshops at the Duke of Cambridge in Islington, the UK’s oldest organic pub (bookable through their website). Sponsored by the Florence Trust and Churchgate Artists Studios CIC, the workshop places included a wonderful set lunch as part of the £20 ticket price. This week Ross delivered an introduction to Contact…

Indigo at the Duke of Cambridge

On Thursday we held the first of four workshops at the Duke of Cambridge in Islington, the UK’s oldest organic pub (bookable through their website). Sponsored by the Florence Trust and Churchgate Artists Studios CIC, the workshop places included a wonderful set lunch as part of the £20 ticket price and was thought a great…

Journey: the rePrint & the negative

In many ways, Ross’ fascination for Japan informs his work as much as the influence of his African childhood. Concepts such as Wabi-sabi and Kintsugi have each inspired collections and installations, and classic texts such as ‘How to Wrap Five Eggs’ continue to inspire him.  There are distinct overlaps in the concept of craft from…

Africa Fashion

Anna Wintour said hello to me the other day (what a great way to start a piece!). She was visiting the V&A to visit Africa Fashion and that reminded me that I’d taken a whole selection of images and not got round to posting them. I am going to let the images mostly speak for…

moderneccentrics at the Duke of Cambridge

We are teaming up with the guys at the Duke of Cambridge, Britain’s first Organic Pub in Islington to bring you a morning of learning, creating (and eating), with a series workshops based around our artistic practice. There are four to choose from, running from from 10am – 2.30pm. Each £20 ticket includes a workshop…

Hew Locke: The Procession

‘The Procession‘ is a new piece of work commissioned this year by the Tate, for the wonderful neo-classical Duveen Galleries forming the central spine of Tate Britain. Hew Locke follows fellow artists such as  Anthea Hamilton(2018), Cerith Wyn Evans (2017), Phyllida Barlow (2014), Fiona Banner (2010), Martin Creed (2008), Mark Wallinger (2007) and Mona Hatoum (2000). Locke’s work is layered with many allusions and reference points but…

Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain

I first experience the work of Cornelia Parker as part of the 1997 Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain, where I was mesmerised by her installation ‘Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View‘. 25 years later the Tate have a wonderful retrospective of Parker’s work and some of her major installations, including the piece that was…

Pictures at an RA Summer Exhibition Take 2

So I headed back down to the Royal academy again today, with a fully charged phone so here is my second, slightly larger selection. Today’s visit just confirmed what my feelings from Monday – that it is a great Summer Exhibition and the curators and Artists have done a wonderful job. I could quite easily…

Pictures at an RA Summer Exhibition

Today I headed into this year’s summer exhibition for a quick once round as we have a few friends who have work on display. Unfortunately my phone died about three quarters of the way round so here is a selection of what took my fancy before charging issues stopped play. The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition…

‘Still Life’ and the Safer World Conference 2022

Running yesterday and today is the Lloyds Register Foundation’s Safer World Conference at the Old Billingsgate, London, which brings together thought leaders from research, academia, business and government to discuss today’s biggest safety challenges and new approaches needed to create a safer world. The organisers of the event invited Ross to exhibit ‘Still Life’ in…