Celebrating the centenary of Lucienne Day

    This year is the centenary of textile designer Lucienne Day’s birth and there are a number of exhibitions on around the country, coordinated by the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation (details HERE ). I was up north at the weekend visiting family and friends and managed to squeeze in a visit to the Whitworth Gallery inRead more

Gillian Ayres exhibition (s)

  Gillian Ayres abstract paintings have the same mood-enhancing affect as Matisse’s Cut-Outs or Hockney’s Bigger Splash . There’s a lovely exhibition of paintings and woodcuts from the artist’s six-decade-spanning career at the Alan Cristae gallery , London. It’s on for another week and well worth a trip; this blast of bold colour and pattern is guaranteed to perk you right up. Ayres was 87Read more

Going to an exhibition and giving the brain a rest

Did you hear Christiane Amanpour on Desert Island Discs? (Brilliant – and still available to listen to,  HERE ). The former war correspondent, now CNN anchor and chief international correspondent was talking about balancing work and life. When work involved reporting from a war zone: taking holidays, surrounding herself with love and giving her brain aRead more

Vogue Goes Pop and the colouring book craze

What better time to start colouring-in? Uncertainty, stress levels running high; engaging in a spot of mindfulness shading could be just the thing. Adult colouring books have been around for sometime, though I’ve only recently acquired one. It’s the new Vogue Goes Pop colouring-in book from award-winning writer, author an illustrator Iain. R.Webb. I’ve knowRead more

Adventures at the New Tate Modern

I expected not to like the New Tate Modern. The ginormous twisted ‘Switch House’ building is 10-floors high, would take a week to get round and there’s only so much modern art a person can take. But it’s fantastic, the new museum is big and beautiful, inside and out. And in a week where thereRead more

Chantal Joffe and the lovely blue shirt

At the end of an an exhibition, do you do that thing where you choose the one painting you’d take home with you? The imaginary art buying game. This gorgeous painting is the work of artist Chantal Joffe. London-based, Vermont-born Joffe studied at the Royal College of Art in the 1990s. There’s currently an exhibitionRead more

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy has extended opening hours for the last four weeks of its Ai Weiwei exhibition. Late nights on Saturdays and then for the first time, ever, an entire weekend. Might not be so busy at 5am on a Sunday morning… Anyhow. I  like the way Ai Weiwei pulls lots of elements into his work: politics, history,Read more

The new Damien Hirst gallery

London has changed quite dramatically since I moved here from Up North, in the late eighties. Mostly this is a good thing, but there are some aspects – like the rise of hideous office blocks  and multi-million pound penthouses – that completely ignore local needs and spoil the London skyline. So, even though I’m not a huge DamienRead more

Barbara Hepworth at the Tate

Having been to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives and The Hepworth Wakefield, I have to admit I was disappointed with the Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World exhibition at Tate Britain. The first room contains lots of the artist’s smaller sculptures in glass boxes –  I think this is to stop visitors touching them (?); Hepworth’s smooth stoneRead more

Sonia Delaunay at the Tate

Sonia Delaunay saved my jumper. Having seen the retrospective at Tate Modern a couple of weeks ago, I was mid-decluttering today when in a ‘What would Sonia do?’ moment, the orange and navy hounds tooth sweater jettisoned onto the charity pile, earlier, bounced its way back into my moth-proof box. More colour and pattern required.Read more