The pedestrianised are in front of the National and National Portrait Gallery has become more and more popular with those daft ‘levitating’ human statues…
When I walked through the are this afternoon, it looked like they’d all nipped off for a quick break, with only one lonely wizard hovering above the ground…. by magic! ;)
I liked how their draped stands where just left waiting for their human perching statues to return…
Today the 7 Bridges project launched their augmented reality smart phone app, LJWW1…
an app which will allow a sequence of augmented reality stories about World War 1 to unfold on three separate routes through the Loughborough Junction area
There was an event held under Cambria Bridge – site of the Cambrian Explosion art project that features my ‘Modern Fossil’ art work – with history talks, mini-steam train, people in WW1 costume leading walks and music from live bands…
Inspired by the street typography of India, Hanif Kureshi and Shabbu created these handpainted signs inside the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.
A friend was using paints, and told me he was using the same boxes his grandpa had used to keep his paints in. I love a bit of printed ephemera, and the printing, colour and typography on these immediately grabbed my attention, so I took some pics Continue reading
This month’s Be Smart About Art First Friday (#bsaaff on Twitter) was a visit to the Bleach Box gallery in Portobello. Each month is in a different place, with the gallerist giving useful insights into how their particular exhibitions spaces work.
Outside 316 Portobello Rd
The front of Bleach Box Gallery
The January talk was by Richard Heep, photographer and founder of Bleach Box, and was an interesting look into the world of hand-printed colour photography. Colour can be such a subjective thing, and as Richard spoke about the usefulness of having a printing partner in the darkroom to kind of ‘cross check’ the process, it made me think…
Part of the fun of these events is to meet other practising artists and others involved professionally in the field in a social way, but it also serves a practical purpose. By talking about what you’re working on, what you’re currently fascinated by, you’re also creating a network of art partners, and that next time you see each other you can potentially ‘cross check’ each other’s practise.
Getting your intentions ‘out there’ and explaining what you’re up to can really clarify your thoughts about stuff, and having this kind of accountability (and support) can be a great motivator.
I have my own challenge for next month from BSAA member and painter / sculptor (Stephen Charlton): to talk for two minutes about my own sculptural practise without going erm… too much :)
Here’s to February’s event at the Anise Gallery in Shad Thames!
#bsaaff Be Smart About Art First Fridays
Anise Gallery, 13a Shad Thames, London, SE1 2PU
Feb. 7, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m
Members go free | Visitors £15
Gallery founder Jacquelyn Jubert will give a short talk on the current exhibition ‘Berlin Voids’and Susan Mumford (BSAA) gives her 3 top networking tips each month.
Cake and Art – two ways guaranteed to cheer me up in Winter
This January I have found things a lot better by not making any resolutions. It’s not the resolutions themselves; it’s making them in January. After the fairylights and festivities of December are over, we hit Winter proper. If it were crisp blue skies and ice cold sunshine it wouldn’t be so bad, but in the UK at the moment it has been very, very wet and sunset is around 4pm… That to me equals hibernation time and taking it easy on yourself. Come February when Spring is at least visible on the horizon, then the resolutions can be made.
Until then, cake. Cake with friends. And more specifically cake where you find a prize and get to wear a crown! January cheered up already :)
The French tradition of Galette des Rois can be enjoyed throughout January at the Paul Patisserie, but it came into being in the 14th century to celebrate Epiphany (this year 6th Jan, but it moves – like Easter).
I love Candy Chang’s projects! Deceptively simple, fun and engaging, she uses empty buildings and public spaces to create interactive art pieces to share housing information, resources, thoughts and dreams…
This Before I Die chalkboard was on an old shoe shop frontage on Borough High St. It was part of the Merge Festival, an annual art, music and performance festival held in Bankside during September and October 2013.