Contemporary Art

Hens and Vans for Sale

Stella Vine | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I imagine driving somewhere in a van, France, Italy, the sense of freedom makes me happy, I stop off at a beauty parlour in some small town and get my nails painted pale pink, my hair extra blonded, I feel good. I by chance get invited out to dinner by some vague male apparition, I go out of curiosity, this is like tripping, I try to see what he looks like, Dennis Weaver in McCloud, crikey.

Dusty Lemon Cardigans, Belgian Chocolates and a Log Cabin

Stella Vine | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I'd fallen into a little pit of minor despair, (a big black hole, couldn't move), all energy had gone and I was feeling a bit hopeless, thank goodness a quick trip to the Smoke revived me. I walked lots, covered quite a few miles, squashed lots of errands into a few hours, it was nice to be back 'home' in the city with my boy, all be it briefly.

The Best MA Talent in One Place

Sheila McGregor | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.

Cantering in the Dark With Stars Out

Stella Vine | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

When I have finished a painting, I find it hard to summon up the confidence to start on another, I can fall into a bit of a pit, so if there are already roughed in works, it's like I'm not really stopping. I'll probably do a different kind of work soon, I'll probably be in a different place. Though these works, feel like my main work, I keep coming back to them.

Lollies and Crinkly Paper

Stella Vine | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I've been making paintings on hand-made paper for a few years now, I love the feel and look of them, not for the faint-hearted, a few crinkles can scare a canvas traditionalist off, I'm dead proud of them. One collector in LA said his framer had never seen anything like them, which I think is a bit of a compliment...

Greater Than the Sum of Its Arts

Hamish Jenkinson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hamish Jenkinson

Azerbaijan is not alone. In fact it's little wonder that a country like Qatar is also putting more and more focus in this area. For a place, which has an abundance of sand, sun and oil, but not much else, it makes sense to be making such an effort to build up its cultural sector

A Beginners Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art

Sheila McGregor | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sheila McGregor

There comes a stage in life when clip frames and old art posters just don't cut it anymore. You yearn for something different in your living space, art that doesn't bear the hallmarks of former student living or décor on the cheap. But you don't have a lot of money and, assuming you're not after a landscape painting to match the curtains, you don't know where to start.

Private View of Lauren Baker's Show 'You Blow My Mind'

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

Take a look at a selection of photos from the private view below. The show is running until 24 January 2014 so don't miss the opportunity to come and enjoy Lauren's unique style and endless creative diversity.

The Art Attack of Vermilion Hook

Jason Holmes | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It makes sense to exhibit this kind of art in one of Soho's more rebellious corners. The space chosen by Vermilion Hook lies beneath Marshall Street in the basement salon belonging to designer and tailor, Mark Powell.

Art Party Conference and the Case for Arts Education

Sheila McGregor | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

I recently embarked on a good spring-clean of my files and book shelves at home. My main task was to thin out the serried ranks of policy and evaluation reports that accumulated during a period of freelance employment in the early to late 2000s - the high watermark of the last Labour government's investment in the arts and creative education.

The Opening of MMP+ the Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts

Karen Ruimy | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

The Marrakech Museum for Photography and Visual Arts (MMP+) is a new home for the arts, somewhere that with all the political and social unrest you see every day in North Africa, will send out a message to the rest of the world that Morocco is a country where contemporary culture can and will triumph over reactionary thinking.

Welcome to the World of Raqib Shaw: An Extravaganza!

Karen Ruimy | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

Raqib Shaw is one of the most acclaimed and most collected artists at work today. He is defying the fashionable rigor of the minimalist. He is the complete antithesis, both in his life and even more so in the prolific, meticulous and extravagant art he creates.

Is Your Muff Big Enough? Introducing Miss Pokeno and the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

I first discovered the work of artist Miss Pokeno at the Guildhall Art Gallery's ongoing Victoriana exhibition, which runs until 8th December this year.

In Conversation With... Dima Gorbunov

Hanna Flint | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hanna Flint

Dima Gorbunov is a young Russian artist making a name for himself in London's cultural landscape. Based in St. Petersburg, Dima has seen collectors take his creations across Europe, and his commissioned work become high in demand. Now the artist has imagined a beautiful story of paintings, that bring the cult of nightlife to canvas, at North London's C99 Art Project.

Does the Commercialisation of Street Art Undermine the Work?

Mary McCarthy | Posted 19.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mary McCarthy

Banksy's recent activity in New York has generated mountains of coverage, in print and online. But what does the greater coverage of urban artists mean for the street art market? Certainly the internet has made street art more accessible, more widely viewed and more popular - would Banksy be as popular without the internet?

Five Female Artists on the Hang-Up Art Radar

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

The art world scene is often very male-dominated, especially the urban arts, therefore we have decided to balance it all by reviewing the works of five female artists, who, working in diverse media and style, are massively influential and constantly push the boundaries of the art form.

Impressions of the Venice Biennale Pt. II: My Personal Highlights

Karen Ruimy | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

A fortnight later, the magic of Venice has not left me. Just today, someone asked me if it was a good idea to visit the Biennale. "Oh my God!" I said. "Don't miss it!" It is the best moment of the art calendar, and it is in fabulous Venice!

On the Streets - A Weekly Round Up of the Freshest Global Street Art 24 June 2013

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

A new signature mural by REKA One in Montreal, Canada is a visual continuation of the London mural, completed by the artist earlier on this month, and features a pair of masks and arms, depicted in contrast colours. The 8-storey wall strikes with its colour dynamics and simple, but bold lines and is absolutely stunning...

The International Art Caravan Continues: From the Venice Biennale to Art Basel

Karen Ruimy | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

Venice and Basel are the most important and unmissable dates in the year of the contemporary art collector. The essence of contemporary creativity is on display in Venice and the best of the global art market is out in force in Basel.

Joe Webb 'Pulp Friction' Private View Launch at Hang-Up Gallery

Ben J. Cotton | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben J. Cotton

The evening of Friday 7 June saw the launch party of the long awaited solo show Pulp Friction by collage artist Joe Webb at the Hang-Up Gallery in ...

Whitney McVeigh Exhibits New Work In Italy

Diego Giolitti | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Diego Giolitti

This summer, Whitney McVeigh presents new work at prestigious locations in Italy. A multimedia artist, McVeigh works with monoprints, fine drawings, film and sculpture.

Rich Simmons - The Inner Outsider

Rachel Montague-Ebbs | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Montague-Ebbs

Do you remember the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William immortalised in the style of Sid and Nancy? Well this image went viral on a global scale and soon put artist Rich Simmons at the forefront of the young British art scene. 

Impressions of the Venice Biennale: Part I

Karen Ruimy | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

But as I walk into the Pavilions, I forget all my troubles, all the hassles getting to Venice, all the constant queues (and my footwear); I am transported into the magic of the Art. All the pavilions are offering something to discover, to receive, to learn from. And that makes me humble and so happy.

Very Well Thus! Sea Journeys in Contemporary Art

Nancy Campbell | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Nancy Campbell

No two artists have the same response to the sea.

The Brandhorst Museum in Munich

Stuart Forster | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stuart Forster

The Brandhorst Museum is a relatively recent addition to the Kunstareal (meaning 'art area'), which is home to a concentration of galleries and museum...