Review | Group Hat and How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s at De La Warr Pavilion

The waves come and go, breaking on the shore at their own singular pace. Grains of sand become whole under their release, imagination finding its foundations and delivering dreams. A perpetuation of that same motion, ebbing and flowing, Bexhill-on-Sea’s De La Warr Pavilion seems to debouch into the city. The building, designed by Erich Mendelsohn […]

Review | Jellyfish at the National Theatre

Ben Weatherhill wrote Jellyfish specifically for the actress Sarah Gordy, and after seeing her incredible performance at The National Theatre, you can see why. Gordy plays the protagonist Kelly, a twenty-seven-year-old woman with Down’s Syndrome who lives with her mum, Agnes (Penny Layden), in the seaside town of Skegness. Kelly and Agnes have a settled […]

Review | Ten Years of Towner Art Gallery

The building itself is an intricate dance of angles, edges and corners; the colours and lines are a call to life, an open invitation not only to join a particular rhythm, but to find your own. The first word that comes to mind when arriving at Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne is movement. Designed by […]

Essay | Low Fidelity: The Case for Shakespeare’s Reinvention by Katrina Bennett

Katrina Bennett Low Fidelity: The Case for Shakespeare’s Reinvention Perhaps more so than any other Elizabethan writer, William Shakespeare was well aware of the necessity to keep his audience entertained — either that or face a bombardment of rotten fruit from the disgruntled groundlings. This was of course a time when many theatres doubled up […]

Interview | Kevork Mourad: Seeing Through Babel

A new exhibition by the Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad is being staged at The Ismaili Centre, in partnership with the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, which sees the reopening of the South Kensington-based centre’s Zamana Space. The work is inspired by the Old Testament story of Babel, which saw mankind punished for attempting to construct a […]

Fiction | The Prisoner by Tammye Huf

Tammye Huf The Prisoner I set my alarm clock for midnight, because at one in the morning we wanted to slaughter.  It rang muffled, under my pillow, but loud enough to jerk me awake, and I snatched it up to silence it before my mother could hear.  I’d tell her what I’d done when it […]

Review | Nan Goldin & Jenny Holzer at Tate Modern

In two exhibitions by Jenny Holzer and Nan Goldin currently on display at the Tate Modern we are presented by two collections of socially politicised artworks, but that which veer between the deeply personal and the impersonal in their presentation. Nan Goldin’s exhibition features The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, an intensely personal collection of photos […]

Review | Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell

Orange World and Other Stories, Karen Russell, Penguin, pp. 288, £14.99 (hardcover) Karen Russell’s third short story collection Orange World is every bit as inventive as we have come to expect from the writer, but it also marks a shift. The breathless magic of her earlier work has developed into something confident and unhurried, which […]

Review | Frank Bowling at Tate Britain

Born in 1934 in what was then British Guiana (now Guyana), Frank Bowling studied at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney and Patrick Caulfield. An abstract artist who used spray paint, stencils and acrylics poured across his canvases, Bowling’s work did not reach the commercial heights of his once fellow students — so […]

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