British Surrealism at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

British Surrealism at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

When one hears about the Surrealists, one’s mind instantly races across the Channel to France, Belgium and maybe down to Spain. British Surrealism sounds as incongruous as German cuisine, and yet, in 1936, Roland Penrose, himself a failed painter, organised an exhibition at the New Burlington Galleries with the critic...

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Between the Mountain and the Water

Between the Mountain and the Water

Emerging from the riverside in Shanghai, Thomas Heatherwick Studio’s latest imaginative building complex is nearing completion. Planning permission had been granted for two conventional shopping mall blocks. Developer, Tian An China wanted something that spoke to the context of water and the adjacent park. The adventurous design of two tree...

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Hairspray The Musical: Coming to the West End This April

Hairspray The Musical: Coming to the West End This April

More People are Breathing Aerosol than Oxygen! Hairspray The Musical: Coming to the West End This April The year is 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and big dreams, trying to have it all as a teenager in Baltimore, USA. In a world filled with segregation...

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Into a Land of Pure Magic – Painting of Circus Life by Nell Gifford (1973 – 2019)   Exhibition: 20th February – 27th February 2020 Online Auction: 10th February – 2nd March 2020

Into a Land of Pure Magic – Painting of Circus Life by Nell Gifford (1973 – 2019) Exhibition: 20th February – 27th February 2020 Online Auction: 10th February – 2nd March 2020

In the spirit of Nell Gifford’s courageous character and exuberant attitude to life, the show will go on.  A collection of over 70 works completed over one year by the Giffords Circus co-founder and creative genius will be shown in London in February 2020. Nell’s motto was ‘practice every day’,...

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British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

British Baroque: Power and Illusion at Tate Britain

If Marmite had existed in the late seventeenth century, it would have summed up this exhibition. There are many art lovers who delight in the resplendent sumptuousness of the cascading satin and silk, extravagant floral arrangements, grand settings and painted courtesans. One normallly associates Baroque with the pomp and grandiosity...

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A User’s Guide To Make Believe

A User’s Guide To Make Believe

Amongst the dead popstars and climate catastrophes, one of the central sea changes that rocked the previous decade was our zig-zagging attitude towards technology. At the beginning of the 00’s tech was something of a brave new world, the encroachment and subsequent domination of society by tech juggernauts like Google...

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What’s in your cupboard?

What’s in your cupboard?

Have you ever wondered if your little treasures, sitting in the back of your cupboard or drawer, or kept in a box in the loft, are actually a real treasure? In November 2019, a vase bought for £1 in a charity shop was sold by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers for...

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Breaking New Ground

Breaking New Ground

The art and process of building has always required a mixture of skills, teamwork and perseverance. It is in large part heavy, dirty, physical hard work. To build a major construction company takes courage, time, perseverance and wilful organisational ability and drive. It is a risky business, predicting the pricing...

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Snowflake at the Kiln Theatre

Snowflake at the Kiln Theatre

Snowflake, a play by Mike Barlett, follows a relationship between a father and his daughter. The production tells the story of underlying strains between a father and his daughter, caused by the political divide around Britain and Brexit. The play was both riveting and heartfelt.  Clare Lizzimore, director of Snowflake...

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Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection

Crali was surely the quintessential Futurist painter. He embodied everything Futurism stood for; it was coursing through his veins. He was eighteen when he took his first flight in 1928 and the following year he contacted Marinetti, the founder of Futurism, and asked to join the movement. In the same...

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