Chelsea Antiques Fair announces September dates

After two very successful Spring Chelsea Antiques Fairs, the Fair returns to its familiar September date in addition to the March date, however it will offer a wider variety of objects and have a new look to accommodate more exhibitors. The four-day Autumn Fair will be held from Thursday, 18th...

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Bricks and Brickbats

A Folly too far What was the Serpentine Gallery thinking of when it commissioned Chilean architect Smiljan Radic to design this summer’s pavilion? The ‘shock of the new’ has worked wonders for the Turner Prize over the years even if the poor artist whose name was hijacked to give it...

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Rotting Hill to Notting Hell: West London in books

In many ways London is defined by its literary heritage. The bookish tourist can follow literary footsteps from Chaucer’s Southwark, Dickens’ East End stews, the Fitzrovia of the Bloomsbury Set, to Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, the Metroland of Julian Barnes and the the pubs that Dylan Thomas frequented. While writers...

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V&A Museum adds Edwardian finish to country house

Forty pieces of furniture from the V&A’s collection will be shown at Sewerby Hall, a large country house in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on long-term loan as part of a major refurbishment. On 9 August Sewerby Hall will reopen to the public with newly presented interiors styled as they...

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BFI exploring the mystery of the missing Sherlock

The BFI is calling on ‘detectives’ around the world to see if they can help discover a copy of the world’s first feature film starring Sherlock Holmes. High on the list of the BFI’s Most Wanted films is A Study in Scarlet, that was released 100 years ago this autumn...

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Rio de Janeiro – A sketch on canvas

Rio de Janeiro – A sketch on canvas

Recently I was asked to visit Rio de Janeiro to contribute to a conference on ‘identifying the characteristics of art in our increasingly digital culture’. Other speakers came from Universities in Detroit, Buenos Aires and New York. The conference conveners had seen my book “The Fundamentals of Digital Art” and...

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Masterpiece, London

Masterpiece, London

Now in its second year, Masterpiece London is swiftly earning the reputation of being the favourite venue for the art and antiques community. Housed in a elegantly constructed, air conditioned “tent” in the Royal Hospital (Chelsea) grounds the Masterpiece exhibition brought together art and antique dealers from around the world....

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Shubbak A Window Shining Light on Contemporary Arab Culture

Shubbak A Window Shining Light on Contemporary Arab Culture

Shubbak when translated, means “window “. The name was the name of a Festival which is devoted to a deeper cultural exchange between the Arab World and Britain. This is the first of its kind in Europe and it was initiated by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. The Festival provided...

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The Churchill Arms Pub

The Churchill Arms is, without doubt, one of the best and most well known pubs in London. It’s hard to find a warmer welcome than Gerry O’Brien and the team that run this popular public house. Gerry has been managing the Churchill Arms for 26 years and in those years...

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Bricks and Brickbats

Bricks and Brickbats

Architects, they say, are really frustrated sculptors. The reverse is often true too. Maybe that explains, in part, why the Architecture Room at this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is once again the most dynamic space, crammed full with 166 paintings, drawings, photographs and –always the stars of the show...

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