Is it Istanbul or Constantinople, or Spike Island?

Alt Üst: Cevdet Erek I was very excited to see Spike Island’s latest exhibition – Alt Üst, from the Istanbul based artist, Cevdet Erek.  This excitement was prompted by my recent trip to Turkey’s cultural capital; a bustling, pulsing, changeable and exhilarating city.  Arriving in Taksim square, navigating the hectic Istiklal street to my apartment,…

New Art in the West Midlands: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Last Thursday saw the opening of ‘New Art West Midlands’ exhibition, showcasing new work from the best graduates across the area.  It was designed as a celebration of innovation, embracing the spectrum of artistic media and presentation, providing a platform for emerging, and recently graduated artists.  Themes of class, gender, identity, site-specific responses, urban spaces…