Arts


Armistead Maupin & Untold Tales

Have you read any of Armistead Maupin’s books such as Mary Ann in Autumn (2010) or  The Days of Anna Madrigal (2014)? ? Have you watched the Tales of the City miniseries on Netflix? It’s the story of a young and naive Mary Ann arriving in San Francisco and taking up…

18 July 2019 | Arts

Michael Hutchence – a Heartfelt Documentary

Richard Lowenstein took ten years to make this documentary about the life of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of the Australian band INXS. Hutchence died at the age of 37 in 1997. He committed suicide. A charismatic, gifted musician, Hutchence is remembered by friends, family and industry greats such as Bono…

16 July 2019 | Arts

Avedon Women

What does beauty look like? What makes a good photograph? How do you respond to the idea of a classical beauty, a model quality? With a focus on women (and men) and beauty this week,  how do we bring together ageing and concepts of beauty? Attractiveness?- is this  beauty- who…

9 July 2019 | Arts

Yesterday- A Film by Danny Boyle

Let me tell you a story. I’m a novice Instagrammer and I’m getting very frustrated trying to crack the big time on Instagram..(or even the medium to low range time.) I post my shots of art and architecture and flowers and scenery and I have about 16 people who think…

2 July 2019 | Arts

The National Portrait Gallery

ICONIC is a big word but some photographs in particular, saturate the consciousness. They give memory to a time in history, a person of fame, an indelible image that stays with us long after our eyes have left the photograph. All art has that power if it is good art…

24 June 2019 | Arts

Living in Limbo by Robert Mierisch

Poetry by Robert Mierisch has been a travelling companion for some weeks now. Robert’s work and passion is renewable energy and this is a poem he wrote in 2014 Living in Limbo Imagine a future robust and gentle, Dream of ways to bend waves, wind and sun to meet our…

18 June 2019 | Arts

David Hockney – a Yorkshire Lad

The Hockney 1853 gallery is housed in a beautiful old mill in Shipley, Yorkshire. I was lucky to spend a lovely weekend with friends nearby and we visited Salts Mill. We ogled at the beautiful home wares store, had a wonderful lunch in the restaurant and then took to the…

17 June 2019 | Arts

Franz West: Perpetual Child and/or Gifted Artist?

Bumping into a quietly announced art exhibition in unexpected places is one of the joys of travel. Well, Franz West is actually very hard to miss once you discover him and the Tate Modern isn’t exactly a hidden gallery….but it did take me some time to find that it is…

11 June 2019 | Arts

West End Theatre: The Starry Messenger

I love walking around the West End theatre district of London. Legendary musicals (Les Mis, Mama Mia, Wicked) rub shoulders with little known productions and short run plays. Discovering gems in small theatres snuggled up in narrow lane ways is always fun. So it was when I came across The…

6 June 2019 | Arts