Review: Light Show at London’s Hayward Gallery

A good exhibition gives you something to think about after you leave the gallery —an idea or emotion. A great exhibition makes you see the world in a different light. Light Show at the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery leads you to see the light, question it, and emerge with a new understanding of wonder. Focusing on artists … Continue reading

Caught in the Crossfire: Artistic Responses to Conflict at the Herbert

From iconic protest images to personal reactions, the Herbert’s investigation into artist’s responses to the brutality of war leads the viewer on a challenging journey – from the home front to the frontline – as seen through the eyes of artists, soldiers and those affected by conflict. Visitors are prompted to explore and debate weighty … Continue reading

Ezra Cohen’s blood red landscapes at Meller Merceux Gallery Oxford

Painter Ezra Cohen’s latest exhibition explores the synchronicity and violence of man’s relationship with nature. Incorporating found objects, such as wire and leaves, along with oil paint and even his own blood, he seeks to symbolise both man’s oneness with nature and his capacity for violence against it. Inspired by solitary walks through the wild forests … Continue reading

Photographer Amelia Shepherd’s Female Fighters at the Brighton Photo Fringe

Exhibition Review: Female Fighters, Brighton Media Centre, Brighton; Sundial Clinic, Brighton; until November 18 2012 Female kickboxers captured in the moments after sparring are the subject of Amelia Shepherd’s multimedia photography, showing the transition between two worlds – the purely physical and the realm of roles and responsibilities – in an exhibition inspired by the … Continue reading

Vanessa Redgrave delivers stellar Brighton Festival 2012 line-up

The UK’s largest international arts festival is back with a packed programme curated by this year’s Guest Director, Vanessa Redgrave. Described by playwrights Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as “The greatest living actress of our times”, Redgrave’s credentials are immaculate. The only British actress ever to win the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and … Continue reading

Troll Hunter: Childhood Nightmares Become Missed Eco-Tourism Opportunities

Billed as a horror movie, the Norwegian-made Troll Hunter is a little too thoughtful to fit firmly in that category. Instead it is that most rare and precious of creations, the low budget Indie film that transcends its genre. Filmed in the handheld mockumentary style of the Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield, the action centres … Continue reading

Cultural Olympiad events planner for Sussex

Consolation is at hand for the thousands who missed out on Olympics tickets.  The Cultural Olympiad, a nationwide programme of arts events launched in 2008. So far something of a damp squib in Sussex, it is hotting up as the London 2012 Games draw closer. Offering everything from world class theatre to walking tours, the Cultural … Continue reading

William Morris: Story, Memory, Myth, Two Temple Place, London

Portrait of William Morris, by George Frederic Watts, 1870 Artist, designer, writer and socialist, William Morris was a powerhouse of the Victorian age. So widespread were his talents and interests that it is difficult to pin down exactly who, or what, he was. This exhibition attempts to address this conundrum through one facet of Morris’s life … Continue reading

Oh la la its Derriere!

The set of Derriere’s video shoot, at Studio Ping Pong, was rocking, quite literally, when I arrived. From just scaffolding, Perspex, and in the case of the camera, what looked like an air conditioning unit, Studio Ping Pong had been transformed into a 1950s television studio. On a podium in the centre of a densely … Continue reading

Design Museum adds Kalashnikov AK-47, Sony Walkman and Midlands motorway sign to displays

The Design Museum has announced the acquisition of a further 13 pieces to its collections. Billed by the Museum as classics, the objects span the spectrum from the brutally functional to the cutting-edge of contemporary European design. Headlining the additions are the Sony Walkman and the Kalashnikov AK-47. The Design Museum has said of the … Continue reading