What makes you, you? This was the question I was left pondering, as I left Willem de Rooij's photographic exhibition at the Arnolfini. Willem de Rooij is a Dutch artist based in Amsterdam, and this latest exhibition - his first major show in a UK public gallery, consists of eighteen panels, each displaying a selection … Continue reading Collective Individuality: Art and Identity
'My coming to New York had been a mistake.... I found only a sense of horror and oppression which threatened to master, paralyse, and annihilate me.' ... Success and happiness were not to be. Garish daylight shewed only squalor and alienage and the noxious elephantiasis of climbing, spreading stone... and the throngs of … Continue reading My Photographic Travels Through… New York
This was the title Count Christian Dürckheim, who donated almost all the works on display, would have preferred for the British Museum’s showcase of 90 examples of German, modernist art. Eventually titled Germany Divided – A Search For Identity, the exhibition is more than a mere exploration into ‘modernism.’ Germany Divided represents a very particular moment in the 1960s … Continue reading ‘Behold all is vanity and vexation of spirit’ – Art at the British Museum
Imagination, n.: A warehouse of facts, with a poet and a liar in joint ownership. Ambrose Bierce Who should win? The Poet or the Liar? Does it even matter, and are they always destined to be co-owners? This exhibition revolves around contrasts and difficult questions. It is an incredibly fitting portrayal of a war which … Continue reading The Great War in Portraits: War at the National Portrait Gallery
O, what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honour, of omnipotence, Is promis’d to the studious artisan! Doctor Faustus. Faustus, the protagonist of Christopher Marlowe’s play; the ever aspiring scientist who sought mastery over nature through intellectual means, would probably have enjoyed Antler’s latest exhibition! Its starting point is ‘human technology and … Continue reading Art, Antlers and Exploration
Last weekend saw individual artists, galleries and all manner of creative endeavours open their doors to the public. It was a weekend designed to encourage public participation and dialogue between the cities artists and galleries - a lot of fun to be a part of! For me, it started with the Andy Holden Opening at … Continue reading Andy Holden at Spike Island (Bristol Arts Weekend!)
Really fun Bristol project, check it out – and help out if you can!
Regular readers will remember reading about an incredible woolly project being run in my town of Bristol, by art shop Paper Village called BrisWool.
The ambition was to re-create a model of Bristol and all it’s iconic landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain and the Balloon Festival entirely out of knit, crochet and needlefelt. The initial idea was proposed by Alison Pigeon , a customer of Paper Village and has been led by artist Vicky Harrison, Director of Paper Village Arts and has engaged people across the city.
Over 90 people across the city have been involved and has relied on mostly on donations of wool and volunteer effort.
Local film director, Matt Freeth is making City of BRISWOOL the film, a short insightful documentary about Bristol, it’s people, it’s sounds and knitting.
The model will be displayed in Paper Village at 200 North street…
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