Sikander Pervez - New Art Gallery Walsall, IV

Sikander Pervez

Following on from my post on FOUND at the New Art Gallery Walsall, this exhibition is accompanied by another, solo show – that of Sikander Pervez. Pervez was selected for New Art West Midlands 2014 – an event at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, celebrating outstanding fine art graduates from the West Midlands Universities. I…

Ruth Claxton - Postcards, Cover

FOUND: New Art Gallery Walsall

Last night saw the private view of New Art Gallery Walsall’s new exhibition: FOUND. The exhibition featured seven artists (Paul Chiappe, Julie Cockburn, Ellen Gallagher, Ruth Claxton, John Stezaker, Vesna Pavlović and Erik Kessels), all of whom transformed and re-worked found, visual material.  It featured photographs, postcards, slides and magazines – all gleaned from the…

Let Me Tell You a Story Jack - Bristol, The Crofter's Rights

Let Me Tell You a Story Jack! – Storytelling in Bristol

An evening full of folklore, fun and festivities. Earlier on in the week, I attended a story telling event, themed around ‘folklore and festivals’ at the Crofters Rights (Stokes Croft, Bristol). It was a thoroughly entertaining ­- and pleasantly unexpected evening. The night is ran and compèred by Will and Shonette, who together ensured a relaxed…

2014 in Review

My year in Blogging! Here’s to 2015! Crunchy numbers: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,800 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. There were 346…

flowers close up

Collective Individuality: Art and Identity

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…

Drains and Taxis in Manhattan, New York

My Photographic Travels Through… New York

    ‘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…