Illustration inspiration

I can’t recall the first time I saw an Idalia Candelas illustration but for a long time her beautifully simple images of women on their own have been for me a special source of inspiration. “Being alone is not being isolated from the world, it’s learning to live moments with you and enjoy your own company”….

A timely artistic celebration of migration

Left Bank Leeds recently showed ‘Critical Mass’ by Eva Mileusnic with an accompanying Bob Birch sound piece. Across a series of 30 workshops at various Leeds arts institutions in 2018, members of the Leeds community produced 1300 plaster cast ‘feet’ using twenty molds. Each pair of feet had a stamp of a part of the…

Discombobulated beauty in Liverpool

The tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial 2018 asks “Beautiful world, where are you?” Well indeed. Of course beauty is easy to find. I think what is really being asked is where is humanity, dignity and respect? More difficult questions perhaps. I spent last weekend in Liverpool racing around as much of the Biennial as…

Belated summer picks

I contributed my picks for summer for ‘Socialist Review’ magazine and here they are…a bit late! I recommended ‘England: Poems from a school’, the V & A opening soon in Dundee and the Leeds based Thought Bubble Festival. All the selections are great… http://socialistreview.org.uk/437/pick-summer

Two photography exhibitions in Montpellier

As referred to in my last blog post https://inaflowerdress.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/the-start-of-a-love-affair/ I visited Pavillon Popularie whilst on holiday in Montpellier. In a casual, fun post about my holiday including this review of the following exhibitions felt crass so I am posting it separately below. I would be interested in your thoughts… At the Pavillon Populaire there are currently two…

The start of a love affair

I felt fabulously and nervously far away from home when my friend and I stepped off the train in Montpellier, in the south of France for a week’s holiday and saw palm trees. This blog post is a mixture of holiday snaps, thoughts about Montpellier, and some idle visiting tips. A visit to the south…

A roar of a theatre production

As part of my Yorkshire explorations, I can now add Harrogate to my list of visited places. I went recently for a theatre trip to see ‘We Are The Lions, Mr Manager’, a wonderful production about the 1976 – 1978 Grunwick strike and its astonishing leader, Jayaben Desai. When I saw the play it was in…

Why art fans should visit Bedford in 2018

The Higgins Bedford is an art gallery that reopened in its current form in 2013 following a redevelopment that combined two separate institutions; Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford Museum. The Higgins has an extraordinary collection and this includes hundreds of watercolours and prints and their rolling programme of exhibitions can be curated drawing from this collection….

Picks of the year and art as fun

My cultural picks for 2017 are included in this month’s Socialist Review magazine (along with lots of others, all worth a read). Check them out here: http://socialistreview.org.uk/430/pick-year Mine feature The Hepworth Wakefield, The Higgins Bedford, the poetry of Derek Walcott and the Henry Moore sculpture ‘Old Flo’. From The Hepworth Wakefield in 2017 I particularly…

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

I really enjoyed my first visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It has been a very cold day but it has been beautiful with bright blue skies. This post is mainly pics…