Bob Chaundy
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Freelance journalist, ex-BBC News, who writes on news, history, travel, and the arts. He is the author of the comic novel Little Black Trains. See www.littleblacktrains.com

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Santiago Taccetti - ISO 9001

(1) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (16:29)

Santiago Taccetti likes to do things the wrong way. In fact, he has literally made an art of it. His new and first solo exhibition in the UK consists of a series of two-metre high white paintings. But far from manipulating the paint on the canvas in the way painters...

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#BedfordVoices

(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (16:58)

It's that time again, when giant posters around the country are being pasted up to bombard you with images and messages from the various political parties telling you what they want you to think in order to secure your vote in the forthcoming general election. It's particularly so in Bedford,...

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Debussy Explosion - Hugo Dalton and Imma Setiadi

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (13:53)

Artist Hugo Dalton took part in an unusual performance at the Royal College of Music this week. In the exquisite Britten Hall, deep in the college basement, he collaborated with Indonesian pianist Imma Setiadi in a rendition of Debussy Preludes that they have titled Debussy Explosion.

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Walking on the Beach Imitating Sand

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (18:16)

Step inside London's Hus Gallery and you become immersed in an imaginary, timeless and ethereal setting created by two young sculptors, Virgile Ittah and Kai Yoda. Immersed and integral too, since the viewer is seen by the artists as part of this mood piece.

Entitled "Walking on the Beach Imitating...

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David Boni - Every Life is Extraordinary

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2015 | (15:47)

Five years ago, "Lammy' was sexually assaulted in a tent at a festival. She was 16. The trauma haunted her at an age when she should have been care-free. She described the event in detail in a journal she wrote for the social network website www.pencourage.com. It ended...

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David Worthington - Experiments in Colour

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (13:14)

There are two particular discoveries that combined to inspire this latest exhibition from sculptor David Worthington at the William Benington Gallery, a few doors down from London's Sadler's Wells theatre.

The first is his discovery that stone sculpture, from the ancient Greeks to the medieval period, often had coloured...

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Griffin Art Prize 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (13:06)

In the early years of the 20th century, elaborate exhibitions at White City in west London were staged to celebrate the British empire. Model colonial villages were constructed, Bollywood-style spectaculars were put on, one featuring a herd of elephants.

"Natives" from the colonies were imported for the events, the over-riding...

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Before the Dawn - Arabella Dorman

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2014 | (09:07)

Acclaimed war artist Arabella Dorman has visited Afghanistan on several occasions over the past five years in order to capture in her paintings the human face of the conflict there, of both Afghan civilians and of the British forces.

After three decades of continuous war, from the Russian occupation...

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Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2014 | (23:24)

Egon Schiele was the enfant terrible of the Austrian art scene in the early 1900s. His career lasted barely a decade but in that short time he threw a metaphorical grenade into the Viennese art establishment.

He produced some of the most radical depictions of the human figure of...

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Saad Qureshi - Congregation

(0) Comments | Posted 12 October 2014 | (15:44)

Earlier this year, while on a guided tour of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Oxford-based artist Saad Qureshi noticed a number of beautiful and melodious birds flying around the building.

The guide referred to a fable in the Koran in which abaabil birds (Arabic for flock) are described as...

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Sir Peter Blake - Still Pushing the Boundaries of Pop Art

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (14:45)

You might think that at the age of 82, Sir Peter Blake might be content to pack away his drawing board, put his feet up and look back on a glittering career. After all, it was 60 years ago that he first began taking images from popular culture and designating...

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U - The Unit London Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (10:04)

"Identity is not as stable as it once was. It is transient, fragmented and manufactured." So say Jonny Burt and Joe Kennedy in the catalogue foreword to U, the new exhibition of portrait paintings at The Unit London of which they are the directors.

This observation on the effects...

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Space Age - Hus Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (13:42)

Space Age is the title of the new exhibition at London's Hus Gallery and features four young emerging artists - Nathan Green from Texas, Ophelia Finke from Frankfurt, Germany, Santiago Taccetti, an Argentine based in Berlin, and Konrad Wyrebek from Poland.

The theme is based on the Italian artist...

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Scars and Stripes - D*Face in LA

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (09:39)

Jimi Hendrix once said, "When you're dead, you're made for life."

The mythologising of celebrities who burn bright and die young - to which the guitar maestro referred and which turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophesy -is the theme of London street artist D*Face, aka Dean Stockton's forthcoming...

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Peter Randall-Page - Upside Down and Inside Out

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2014 | (14:59)

Peter Randall-Page's sculptures can be found all over the world. At home, he is represented in the permanent collections of The Tate Gallery and the British Museum. Anyone who has visited the Eden Project will have seen his giant granite sculpture, the Seed, that stands at its heart.

Randall-Page has...

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Changing Tracks

(0) Comments | Posted 16 August 2014 | (22:58)

Stanwick Lakes, situated near Rushden in Northamptonshire is a nature reserve popular with locals and tourists alike. It's hard to imagine that 50 years ago, through this now peace and tranquil environment, railway trains carrying passengers and goods thundered through. Today, on what were once railway tracks, ramblers, bird watchers...

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Wind Charming - Folklore for Today

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (14:24)

The United Kingdom abounds with folklore and traditions often dating back centuries. We roll cheeses down hills, "dress" wells with flowers, race with pancakes, hunt mallards, all manner of weird and wonderful things. The vast majority of these traditions are local, often based on myths or legends. Some have their...

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Go Figure - Cob Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2014 | (12:12)

Curator Roxie Warder has brought together the works of six young UK-based artists in an exhibition at London's Cob Gallery called Go Figure.

As the title suggests, this is an exploration of the human form in various guises. It's a big, colourful show and a deliberate reaction to what...

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World War I Aircraft - Shuttleworth Collection

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (17:06)

Among the lesser reported aspects of the war on the western front during World War I is the role played by aircraft. Britain manufactured 55,000 planes during the war of which only 10 remain in airworthy condition.

Four of these belong to the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire and have...

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Empty Suits - Beth Cullen

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (16:54)

Beth Cullen has lived a double life, at least professionally. She gained a first class honours degree in sculpture at John Moores University in Liverpool in 1994, and a subsequent post-graduate degree in sculpture and bronze casting at The Royal College of Art.

It was while at the RCA...

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