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Serif: Lettering With Style?

To serif or not to serif? The small projecting barbs on the ends of letters that indicate more than mere ornament. The semi-structural detailing, vestiges of the classical…

Max Slevogt’s “Visions” at Leicester’s New Walk Gallery

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery in Leicester. Enjoying this very fine museum, and paying particular attention to the German…

A few words on writing short stories

Recently I’ve been thinking about what impels me to write the type of short stories I write….. so here are a few more words on the topic: I…

Point of View: Why I’d rather be a writer than a politician

What do we hear when a politician speaks? What do we expect to hear? Whatever we think about the political classes, I think one observation that can be…

Review of “BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free”

Does it matter if an abstract painting is hung the wrong way up? This question is not as facetious as it sounds. In one of the programmes under…

One Film I Wish I Could See (but probably never will)

Before the internet, you had to go much greater lengths to hunt things down. Libraries were held in higher regard then. And specialist libraries were even more fervently…

A strange case of Durdle Dor

We spent the weekend in on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, there with some friends on what appears to be becoming an annual event, where we all…

Review of ‘Candide’ Adapted by Mark Ravehill, RSC, Swan Theatre

Anyone who is familiar with Voltaire’s satirical classic Candide will recall the calamitous, if not frankly pernicious, series of trials and tribulations the eponymous hero undergoes as his…

Review of Marat/Sade at the RSC

In his 1938 book The Theatre and Its Double (Le Théâtre et son Double) , French dramatist and actor Antonin Artaurd proposed a theory known as “Theatre of…

Review of “False Warnings” by Rita Gabrowska, at Gallery 150

There was a time when abstract painting was all the rage. Perhaps never quite de rigueur, but in a more compelling way, it was the language of avant-garde…

Mischievous Folk: “What the folk say” at Compton Verney

Compton Verney has raided its own collection of folk art in an attempt to open up its collection to new and multiple interpretations. Artists and curators have been…

Review of public artwork: “Spring” by Oliver Barratt

Oliver Barratt’s sculpture, Spring, is a bright and fulsome tribute to the influence of water. Its signature is the uninterrupted line, which swirls and undulates in heavy blue…

Two Paintings in the Leamington Spa Art Gallery

– A discussion of Summer by Winifred Nicholson and The Pulpit by Roger Fry. The artist Winifred Nicholson once wrote of Piet Mondrian’s work that it offered ‘more…

Review of ‘Since I fell for you’ by Susan Collis at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

The events that happen inside buildings often leave behind marks, like a little scar on a wall where a ribbon of paint has been displaced by accident, or…