Smiley’s Files: Declassified MI5 files at the National Archives

Smiley’s Files: Declassified MI5 files at the National Archives

Looking through declassified MI5 files in the National Archives at Kew doesn’t feel a million miles away from being in a spy drama yourself. Whilst looking through the vast array of microfilm at a (potentially literal) murderer’s row of informants, targets and infiltrations, it feels almost perverse to not be...

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ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair to return for its 29th Edition

ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair to return for its 29th Edition

Collectors of rare books will be excited to hear that the Chelsea ABA Rare Book Fair is holding its 29thedition at the Chelsea Old Town Hall on the 1stand 2ndof November. With world class dealers offering a wide range of books, manuscripts, photographs and even cartoons and with something for...

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Avant-Garde: Inspired by Bauhaus at the Autumn 2019 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Avant-Garde: Inspired by Bauhaus at the Autumn 2019 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has returned to Battersea Park London for its third outing of the year, running until October 2019.  With over 160 exhibitors on two floors, the Autumn event is a sell-out.  The Decorative Fair is the interior trade’s favourite period design show, with a...

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William Blake at Tate Britain

William Blake at Tate Britain

  To some, William Blake is the eighteenth century artistic equivalent of Marmite. Personally, I have always had a mild aversion to ‘visionary’ works of art, either visual or verbal, peopled by floating figures in the form of gods, or even God, devils, demons, angels and characters from the Old...

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Reconnect with the World: Montblanc Presents ‘In Transit’ a Collaboration with Contemporary Artist Philip Colbert, 15 – 20 October

Reconnect with the World: Montblanc Presents ‘In Transit’ a Collaboration with Contemporary Artist Philip Colbert, 15 – 20 October

This October, Montblanc presents a travel-themed pop-up in collaboration with celebrated contemporary artist, Philip Colbert. Open between 15 – 20 October at 47 Brushfield Street, Spitalfields Market, the pop-up store will showcase Montblanc’s travel line, specially designed for luxury, business and lifestyle customers. To mark the occasion, Philip Colbert has...

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WATCH THIS SPACE at Lazinc Gallery

WATCH THIS SPACE at Lazinc Gallery

As part of their ongoing period of transformation, Lazinc gallery presents Watch This Space in collaboration with renowned curator Magda Danysz, of Danysz Gallery. From 24 September – 21 December 2019, this unique artistic initiative brings together over 25 contemporary artists, who will develop and create works live time onsite....

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The Second Sleep by Robert Harris

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris

Robert Harris, once Tony Blair’s answer to Squealer from “Animal Farm”, has spent nearly three decades as one of the acknowledged masters of the ‘intelligent thriller’. This is a strange literary subgenre, one that is defined by snobbishness as much as content. Thrillers, generally involving emotionally unavailable men and women...

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October Sky: A retrospective 30 years on

October Sky: A retrospective 30 years on

A dying genre in Hollywood is the middle budget, middlebrow fare which once dominated cinema screens. Disney, which with a voracious appetite is swallowing up the rest of the movie industry, released just 11 films in 2018, all of them massive budget and mass market affairs. Easily watchable films with...

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Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

The RA seem to have an extraordinary knack of conjuring up exhibitions of ‘neglected’ artists, as though from a cupboard under the stairs. The last ‘overlooked’ artist was Felix Vallotton, still in the Sackler Galleries until 25 September, which exposed the Swiss to a wider audience. Helene Schjerfbeck’s name does...

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Helen Beard to be showcased at Unit London gallery

Helen Beard to be showcased at Unit London gallery

Brighton-based contemporary artist Helen Beard, will be showcasing her largest exhibition to date with It’s Her Factory, at Unit London gallery from the 7 September-6 October. It’s Her Factory introduces a new body of Beard’s large-scale, vibrant works, along with her first sculptural piece, which examine and challenge contemporary portrayals of...

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