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

Bearable Pain by Robert Mierisch

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Jalaluddin Rumi When unexpected illness hits we are often lost in its fear and feelings of vulnerability. For some, the light described by Rumi may not enter until the illness has passed over us. Around this theme Robert Mierisch offers…

21 May 2019 | Arts

Faceless: An Exhibition by Coco Davez

At the Maddox gallery in Notting Hill is a stunning exhibition by a young Spanish artist, Coco Davez,  aka Valeria Palmiero. The paintings are of faceless, but very recognizable “brands” such as Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Princess Diana and many others. The idea of bringing together art and the notion…

18 May 2019 | Arts

Poetry by Robert Mierisch

A chance meeting with friends in a cafe recently created a conversation with the talented Robert Mierisch. Here’s a semi-retired engineer, researcher, co-founder of companies dealing with renewable energy. Robert and his family spent many years living in California and he has now embraced a tree change life in rural…

14 May 2019 | Arts

Dorothea Tanning

” Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” Dorothea Tanning The Tate Modern is currently showing an exhibition  of the work of Dorothea Tanning, a painter, sculptor, print maker, writer and poet. (1910-2012) I…

14 May 2019 | Arts

Gloria and Gloria Bell- Same Story, Different Films

Chilean writer and director Sebastian Lello has made 2 films with the same story and nearly the same title. In 2013 he made the film Gloria starring Paulina Garcia and set in Santiago. In 2019 he released the same story, mostly with the same shots only this time set in…

5 May 2019 | Arts

Inspiration – Andy Grammer and the Kids Chorus

Social media gets a bad rap at times and yet we  can spend hours each  day connecting with people across the world. We can share ideas and images that move and link us at a human level. We share messages of inspiration that lift the human spirit and create a…

5 May 2019 | Arts