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…

First greeting of the morning

There is a Henry Moore bronze sculpture in the centre of Leeds. It depicts a reclining woman. Until last summer I was living in Brixton, in south London, and most mornings I walked past Lambeth Town Hall. One of my former relatives was part of the committee that oversaw the building of the Town hall and…

A hair brushing mystery

Following spending this weekend in London I had an hour or so to kill before getting a train back to Leeds. Finding myself in Trafalgar Square I decided to pass through the National Gallery before finding a bus (or two as it turned out), to the station, (my love of London bus journeys perhaps being…

Highway to Hull

In February I made my first trip to Hull, aka, City of Culture 2017. It was a fabulously beautiful, albeit windy day and I got a great impression. The friend I went with had read that on arrival visitors are greeted by volunteers kitted out in a City of Culture uniform and we were not…

Abstract Expressionism – a few thoughts

  Following a panic in mid December when I realised that ‘Abstract Expressionism’ at the Royal Academy in London was finishing on 2 January 2017 I managed to find a day to visit it over Christmas. It was a great show with some fantastic work in it. I learnt lots more about Jackson Pollock and…