UK Art

A Safe And Special Place

Samantha Shannon | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Samantha Shannon

Turn away if you choose; mute them on social media; try your best not to read anything about how they vote - but never think that they have any sort of responsibility to stay in one lane. Art and politics have been in the same lane for time immemorial, and that isn't going to change any time soon - for Donald Trump or anyone.

Why You Need To Be Painting With Your Child

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

That's the key thing about painting. It's learning. The two are inextricably linked, for children especially. Art-based activities help young minds to make sense of the world around them. They explore ideas by making shapes with tools.

The Most Important First Loves Aren't The Romantic Kind

Stephen Mayne | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Stephen Mayne

Everyone remembers their first love, even if they soon discard the relationship. There's something about that intoxicating rush of emotion, something ...

Istanbul Art Fair: Bringing People Together Through the Universal Language Of Art

Jeyda Yelkalan | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Jeyda Yelkalan

As more and more refugees find themselves seeking safety in Turkey, and the Syrian war rages on with no end in sight, it can be difficult to find the ...

Carnism: What's In A Name?

Munjeeta Sohal | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Munjeeta Sohal

As an increasingly unapologetic vegan, I am becoming used to being challenged for my beliefs. Don't get me wrong; it still gets my metaphorical hackles up. But, I understand that because I am not just doing 'what we do' I am in the minority and therefore in the firing line.

Artist Creates Sketches On Old Newspapers To Deal With Skin Picking Disorder

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An artist has found a unique way of dealing with her skin picking disorder by creating drawings on newspapers and then sharing them to raise awareness...

Long Live The Lights Of Soho

Tim Arnold | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Tim Arnold

We love change.  And Soho has always changed.  But it has changed because of the diversity of income groups all rubbing along together at once.  And of course we already have one Mayfair.  No one needs another one in the centre of London.

LGBT History Month

Philip Christopher Baldwin | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Philip Christopher Baldwin

For me, Michelangelo is one of the most fascinating LGBT historical figures. The greatest artist of all time, his sculptures, paintings and architecture continue to shape the world we live in today. Michelangelo's sexual identity is played out in his art.

Labour, Under A Misapprehension

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Does anyone remember that old Panorama episode about Scientology? I'm thinking particularly of the clip in which, having spent the past few months fo...

Why I'm Grateful I Was A Loser At School

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Being unpopular made me tough as hell. I got used to incessant criticism, of myself and everything I did. It stopped bothering me to the same degree. When you are the class whipping girl, every aspect of your existence is a problem to someone. It taught me to pay attention to the misfits, the people on the fringe, the purple cows. After all, I was one of them. I still am.

Why Our Creative Plans Can't Be Personal

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leila Johnston

You'll see, if you look at those questions again, that they are shared by the audience member. In fact, every time you make something even just partly for someone else, you let them ask the same questions you're asking of your actions; you make them shareholders in the action.

Teen Creates Stunning Painting On Her Leg Instead Of Self-Harming

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A teenager has inspired thousands of people by creating a stunning piece of art on her leg when she was tempted to self-harm. Amelia Hall, a student a...

How To Respond To Art You Don't Like

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Art is an essential part of our lives. Every person has their own complex opinions on it. In my experience, learning to react to it in a mature, nuanced way can have a powerful impact on how you interact with the world. Dislike is an underrated, yet crucial part of developing a sophisticated perspective.

To Survive The Future, We Should Look To Art From The Past

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

It's not easy to pin down exactly what art is. The dictionary defines it as the display application and expression of skill. Plato called it the imita...

What Can Virtual Reality Bring To Art?

Jessy Jetpacks | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Tech
Jessy Jetpacks

Is it possible to turn the virtual into reality? This is the theme we drew on for the Virtually Real project which will open to the public at the Royal Academy on 12th January. Faramawy, a Royal Academy Schools alumni and Jetpacks, a current student reveal our experiences creating the world's first 3D printed artwork, made in virtual reality:

Art And The Dream - Creativity And The Cultural Depiction of Marriage

Mary Griffiths Clarke | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK
Mary Griffiths Clarke

It wasn't until a conversation with final year MFA student, Amani AlThuwaini at her Goldsmiths University studio in London that I realised that views ...

My Moment With The Star Man

Amy Lennox | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Amy Lennox

I like to think he's watching when I begin that beautiful song in Lazarus onstage. My mind always goes back to that magical moment in the rehearsal room - that was my moment with the Star Man... David Bowie.

East London's Watery Untold Stories

Emily Gosling | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Emily Gosling

Poor old East London. Once run down, now eye wateringly overpriced, the area has rapidly changed in the last few years alone. For all the Nathan Barle...

Freelance Creatives: Give Yourself A Promotion In 2017

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?

Henna Artist Creates Beautiful Crowns For Cancer Patients

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A body artist is using her work to empower women battling cancer, with stunning results. Leah Reddell, 47, from Denver, Colorado, creates intricate h...

What Is Protest?

Deanna Rodger | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Deanna Rodger

Deanna Rodger is a spoken word artist and the course tutor for a Protest Poetry project for 16-25 year olds at the Roundhouse, London. She vlogs about what protest means, how to do it and what counts as activism.

Funny Illustrations Perfectly Sum Up All The Random Stuff You Do In Your Relationship

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

When you stop and think about the way you behave towards your other half, it can be pretty funny, if a little cringe-worthy. From invading their perso...

How To Buy Art As A Gift

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Gordon

Buying art as a gift can seem like a daunting prospect and one that many people might shy away from, but remember, the brave will always be rewarded! With a bit of research and careful consideration, it is a beautiful, often unexpected, gift to receive, which will last a lifetime and certainly shows more than a little effort from the person giving.

Artist Creates Emotional Illustrations Of Her Depression And Anxiety To Show Others 'They’re Not Alone'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An illustrator is helping people with mental health issues to feel less alone, by sharing her own struggles through digital art. Kirsty Latoya, from L...

How To Assess The Value Of Your Creative Work

Leila Johnston | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

We'd all like to get paid more for what we do. But we have a habit of feeling our stuff is impossible to value because we develop an emotional, personal relationship with it. Doing business with our creative outputs can feel like selling off a section of our very soul.