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Martin Creed won the Turner Prize in 2001. What’s the point of it? at the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery is the first retrospective of his work which is described as playful, thought-provoking, surprising, humorous, uplifting and joyous. Read More >

Posted: March 17th, 2014
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Richard Deacon is know for his interest in materials and their manipulation – pushing the fabrication of his work to an extreme. Particularly his laminated wooden pieces which are joined together with glues and resinous substances which ouse from between thin strips of wood joined together in complex linear structures (or screwed, bolted, pegged, plated). Read More >

Posted: March 17th, 2014
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Yesterday I joined a day long coach trip to Bedford organised by the Zabludowicz Collection titled Last Stop for the Good Old Times. The tour supports the current show at the gallery by Andy Holden. M!MS stands for Maximum Irony Maximum Sincerity, an artist group co-founded by Andy and four friends in 2003. The group created a manifesto which states “Let us not be ironic about our sincerity, let us be sincere about our irony.” Read More >

Posted: November 21st, 2013
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A debate at the Cambridge Union Society, part of the university’s Festival of Ideas“A highly informative debate, where a panel of speakers discuss how and why the arts and technology sectors should work together to enhance the cultural life of Cambridge.” Read More >

Posted: October 30th, 2013
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The Foundling Museum and Art on the Underground hosted evening discussion, with cultural historian and broadcaster David Heathcote, Matilda Pye of the V&A, historical consultant and author Dr Jacqueline Riding and the artist Mark Wallinger. Read More >

Posted: October 17th, 2013
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Raven Row steadfastly refuse to put on a dull show. Their latest is no exception. The lower gallery houses a Öyvind Fahlström’s The Little General (Pinball Machine) – a 20ft raised pool containing a montage of images and signs with GI Joe doll, brain and foetus incased within perspex boxes beneath the water. Read More >

Posted: October 17th, 2013
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A Way of Life – Matthew Darbyshire

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A good time to see Matthew Darbyshire’s installation covering the windows at Kettle’s Yard is during evening traffic as bikes and cars stream past, stop at the traffic lights, queue for a few minutes before moving on. He has designed a series of lifestyle magazine covers inspired by the collection and “in homage to Jim Ede”, the gallery founder. Read More >

Posted: October 11th, 2013
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Rich and I went to a Q&A screening of Karl Hyde and Kieran Evan’s film The Outer Edges at the town cinema last night. The film takes a journey along the river Roding, around east London’s outer edges. Woodford, Purfleet, Tilbury, Dagenham, Barking – talking to allotment gardeners, body builders, boxers, amateur historians, bird watchers, club singers and market traders. These characters seem at odds with the often down-on-its-luck environment and a pattern of defiance in the face of undeniable adversity starts to emerge. Read More >

Posted: September 24th, 2013
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King’s Cross has been one of the more authentic parts of London for as long as I can remember. For a long time it didn’t seem to change at all, locked in a grubby one-way cycle. A place you went through to get somewhere else. It was often a little bit too real seemingly advertising itself as the home of the homeless, mentally ill, hookers, rent-boys, pimps, dealers, clubbers and art students with a penchant for London’s Hogarthian underbelly. Read More >

Posted: September 16th, 2013
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Richard Rogers ‘Inside Out’ at The Royal Academy is a generous and entertaining retrospective. My first visit to the RA’s new exhibition rooms at Burlington Gardens which opened last year. The exhibition is beautifully put together with large typographic walls and a bold colour theme which runs throughout, starting with a fluro-pink statement room before simplifying to coloured bus-stop text panels. Read More >

Posted: September 13th, 2013
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