A true, new, musical talent: Elsa Chapman lights up a chilly February evening

Fabulous night tonight watching Elsa Chapman perform her 'Soul Cellar' show. Her voice is gorgeous, she has real stage presence - and is a talented keyboardist to boot. Loved her new material, all of which Elsa wrote herself - thought it very strong. One to watch! Liked the venue, Phoenix Artist Club, too. Situated in … Continue reading A true, new, musical talent: Elsa Chapman lights up a chilly February evening

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The power of art: what I learned today about Tokyo and its public transport (less perfect than you might think) – all through the work of Japanese installation artist Yuko Mohri

The White Rainbow gallery is a lovely oasis of calm unexpectedly located just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle & bustle of Oxford Circus. I was here to see Japanese artist Yuko Mohri’s first UK solo show, which follows hot on the heels of her residencies at the V&A Museum and Camden … Continue reading The power of art: what I learned today about Tokyo and its public transport (less perfect than you might think) – all through the work of Japanese installation artist Yuko Mohri

What ‘Denial’ teaches us about the past, the present – and the future

With all of the razzamatazz surrounding the likes of ‘La La Land’ and ‘Jackie’ in the run-up to the Oscars (both of which were completely over-rated, in my humble opinion), it’s easy to overlook the fact that some highly thought-provoking and moving films, made on far smaller budgets than either of the above, have been … Continue reading What ‘Denial’ teaches us about the past, the present – and the future

Hard-hitting look and unflinching: why ‘Patriot Days’ delivers much more than you might expect

I attended a preview screening at The MayFair Hotel this evening of ‘Patriot Days’, the Peter Berg-directed film about the Boston Marathon bombings which took place in 2013. I was a little unsure as to what to expect and have to admit that the title alone made me nervous – with the subject matter being … Continue reading Hard-hitting look and unflinching: why ‘Patriot Days’ delivers much more than you might expect

A new find in old St James’s: the lovely children’s book gallery, Illustrationcupboard

St James’s is one of my favourite parts of London. I spent some very happy years working there, during which I made some great friends, and I love its history, its elderly but gracious arcades & shops and its elegant statues. It has its own unique personality – and may that never change. I thought … Continue reading A new find in old St James’s: the lovely children’s book gallery, Illustrationcupboard

An uplifting afternoon in the company of the Bach String Quartet

At a lovely concert this afternoon with Noriko: the Bach String Quartet performing Haydn's String Quartet No. 66 in G, Op. 77 No. 1 Hob.III:81 Lobkowitz and Ullman's String Quartet No. 3, Op. 46. This is a brand-new quartet, formed by musicians from the Royal College of Music and Guildhall: Emmanuel Bach (violin), Gabriella Jones … Continue reading An uplifting afternoon in the company of the Bach String Quartet

A chance encounter with a new Mexican restaurant leaves hearts and stomachs full

Mexican restaurants seem to be springing up all over London at the moment. Having stumbled across one by a complete fluke a few weeks ago (DF / Mexico, on Tottenham Court Road - read my review here), through another fluke we came across Lupita East, situated on Commercial Street, having left Whitechapel Gallery and been … Continue reading A chance encounter with a new Mexican restaurant leaves hearts and stomachs full

Whitechapel Gallery’s Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective: fascinating, informative – and a tiny bit bewildering

Where to even begin in describing Whitechapel Gallery’s Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective, which brings together over 250 of the works, spanning five decades, of the ‘Godfather of Pop Art’? A man who was heavily influenced by popular culture and who did not, as the exhibition testifies, limit himself to just one art form – collages, sculptures, … Continue reading Whitechapel Gallery’s Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective: fascinating, informative – and a tiny bit bewildering

‘Nobodies and Somebodies’: the unseen portraits of Jo Brocklehurst which provide such an intriguing glimpse into her life

Also on display at the House of Illustration, at the opposite end of the artistic spectrum, is an exhibition dedicated to Jo Brocklehurst: ‘Nobodies and Somebodies’. This exhibition shows unseen portraits (many of which were thought lost) of some of Jo’s favourite subjects: cabaret artists, bohemians, new romantics, punks, drag queens and fetish fans – … Continue reading ‘Nobodies and Somebodies’: the unseen portraits of Jo Brocklehurst which provide such an intriguing glimpse into her life

Beatrix Potter and Quentin Blake: a match made in heaven

  In 1914, Beatrix Potter completed another addition to her range of children's books, entitled 'The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots'. To this day, we don't know the exact reasons why 'Kitty' wasn't published, but the manuscript lay gathering dust in the V&A Museum archives until last year, when it was discovered by Penguin Random House publisher … Continue reading Beatrix Potter and Quentin Blake: a match made in heaven