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Life in the Arts Lane - Week 82 - Build to Bang

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Arriving on site in high viz with my steel-toe-capped boots, there is a frenetic energy crackling in the atmosphere. The exhibitors' own contractors a...

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The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK

London is currently hosting art galleries from across the world in the confines of The Royal Hospital Chelsea as specialists have gathered together th...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 80 - Progress and Protest

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Watching England play football is an extraordinarily masochistic exercise. It is like waiting to be punched - the question is not whether or not you will be punched, the only question is when. As Harry and I roam over the site, he banters with his crew in Dutch, swapping manly hugs, jokes and the occasional kiss.

The World's Most Extraordinary Craze: Hummingbirds, Wanted Dead Or Alive

Bill Coles | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK
Bill Coles

I have just come across one of the saddest, most extraordinary obsessions ever to sweep Britain: for a few decades, Victorian Brits went completely mad for all things hummingbird.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 79 - Founder's Day and Full Possession

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

It's all Masterpiece now. My life is on hold until the last contractor packs up his tools and vacates the site. Masterpiece is just beginning to enter...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 78 - an Atrocity in Brussels

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am sad, very sad. For the last few days I have been haunted by the news of the man who pulled up outside the Jewish museum in Brussels, and shot and killed two visitors and a member of staff. There are photographs on the internet of him firing through the door.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 76 - New York Contemporary Week

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

My first time in NY I had a terrible row. A director of Mallett at that time - it was 1996 - on arrival I was daunted by my first experience of serious jet lag. It was stupid o'clock in the morning, as far as I was concerned, when I sat down to dinner with my then boss Lanto Synge.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 73 - Work Work Work

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

Knuckling down is a great phrase which simultaneously calls to mind the twin thoughts of hard work and orangutans. After the Easter break there was a ...

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 72 - Easter in Bourgogne, with Salt and Wine

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

In Burgundy on Sunday I spotted a small 'vide grenier' in the picturesque village of Riel-les-Eaux - even though antique dealing is my job I cannot resist doing it as a hobby too.

LIfe in the Arts Lane - Week 71 - Shopping and Sipping in the South

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

On Sunday it's goodbye to the Oval, London, and hello to Montpellier, Languedoc, where Michael, my carpet dealer friend and I picked up a rental car and drove to Avignon.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 70 - Spring Has Sprung

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The clocks went forward and the blossom looks lush, pink and heavy on the trees. Spring brings eagerly anticipated light and those ephemeral tiny-petalled flowers which have burst from their buds almost look relieved after all the effort they have made

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 66 - Here We Go Again

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Masterpiece is at a fulcrum moment and it is always the case that TEFAF comes at that crucial moment, the last few pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of exhibitors are falling into place and we are ready to move from the plan stage to the build stage.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 64 - Change or No Change

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The week ended in the King's Road with James Harvey, who has been a great source of creative ideas over the last few years. He is constantly planning and plotting how to improve and develop his business; it is great to admire his verve and consider how many dealers' businesses would benefit from his level of energy.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 63 - A Martini and Masterpiece

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

Allegedly the original Martini was made from Plymouth gin, and the cocktail is basically a way of drinking ice cold neat gin with a dash of something to soften the intensity. But that celebratory post-prohibition alcohol-fest belies the sophistication of a well-mixed Martini.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 59 - Westward by Road

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Back behind the wheel, with my trusty giant Twix nestling in my glove compartment, ready to grant me the benison of its exquisite chocolate, caramel and biscuit melange when a sugar crisis raises its head. Even now, as I guzzle the chocolate stick I cannot resist pretending I am smoking a cigar, something I have never done in real life!

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 55 - Christmas Parties

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

It is often said of me that I wear a number of different hats when it comes to earning a living. Though the hat swapping can be sometimes confusing to others, and even to myself, in that I never quite know which one I am wearing at any given moment, it does have some advantages.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 53 - Paris and a Prayer

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday and I am on the train to Paris. Not that the early part of the week was dull in London. In fact, far from it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 52 - The Cycle of Life

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Six cyclists have been killed on the London roads in the last fortnight. He has been cycling in London on a bike with no brakes for eight years. He observes no irony. He gave up skid braking after his knees began to fail, and developed his patent Doc Martin brakes.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 50 - Running to Paris

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

I began the week with jewellery and the doctor and finished in Paris. A year ago I was called by my local surgery to have a health review. I did not go; I did not want to go. So, the doctor rang me and said that if I did not make an appointment and attend I would be struck off their list of patients.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 49 - Road trip to Namur

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

You have got to love a road trip. The car, the road, the intense conversations, and people sleeping while you drive. There is a wonderful sense of pastoral care as you drive in darkness and all the other occupants are sound asleep. I don't know why, but I love it.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 45 - Poached Eggs and Cold Feet

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

Some weeks start on Sunday, some on Monday, and every now and again you encounter a rogue week. This was one of those. Last week obdurately hung on until Tuesday night when I landed back in London from Hong Kong.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 44 - Fine Art Asia

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

A seven hour time difference and an eleven hour flight can mess with your head. I am in Hong Kong and the boxy red taxi is speeding me to the Grand Hyatt Hotel. I'm in a state of confusion about what time it is and how hungry I am.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 42 - Wish Tree

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Woodham Smith

As you leave Uppark there is a 'wish tree'. We were all sorely tempted to put up a wish for scholarship rather than 'amusing' tea towels and branded chocolate.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 40 - Love

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Love is great, especially to look at or watch. Being involved yourself can be a bit stressful, but to observe, it is awesome. I am having lunch with a...

Week 39 - Life in the Arts Lane

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

The week is a week of transition. The summer is concluding, and we cling on to its last embers, enjoying the sun and the occasional shower. This is En...