Mona Lisa: Secret In The Eye

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder  – and no more so than in this Mona Lisa’s eye. Take one forger and one miniaturist  and ask them to come up with an art world “Very First To…” and this is what they created: a painting within a painting. That’s one in the eye […]

DESIGN: LIVING IN A MATERIAL WORLD

Curated by Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief of Wallpaper* Sotheby’s London, 17 October 2017 This October, Sotheby’s will present ‘Living in a Material World’, an auction dedicated to exploring how leading designers have employed materials in new and cutting-edge ways. Covering the full spectrum of post-war and contemporary design, the exhibition will be curated by Tony Chambers, […]

Very First To Know – luxury products & experiences

We like being in the know and signed up with pleasure to the ‘first and only’ website enabling individuals to be the very first to know about newly launching luxury products and experiences. Sign up here and see for yourself www.veryfirstto.com   The first event we went to was for a book launch! But not just any book […]

Ursula Hitz’s London – Typographic map and print-maker

Ursula Hitz’s city maps are inspired by her fascination with place prompted by relocation from her Swiss homeland to London over ten years ago. She uses typography to express and reflect on the landscape of each place, creating a visually rich personal response rather than a geographically accurate picture – and we adore them. ‘I love becoming […]

THEATRE: By The End Of Us ‘Live Video Game’

By The End Of Us is a ‘Live Video Game’: performed by actors, live-streamed to theatres in real-time. With new player interactions every night, no two productions will ever be the same. It’s a new strand in immersive and digital arts.  The show follows assassin Mia Culper (geddit?) fitted with a camera and microphone  live-streaming a […]

ART: Joshua Yeldham – Surrender

Fantastical Australian artist, Joshua Yeldham, is my great discovery of 2015. Following on from my finding Emily Carr and her adventures in British Colombia I stumbled upon Josh at Art15,  and who has also inspired me with his wilderness – the Australian landscape, endowing it with graphic intensity and spiritual dreamscapes. Something peaceful yet dramatic and […]

DANCE: Akademi presents Choreogata & Utkarsh – South Asian dance

Akademi presents an evening of new contemporary and classical South Asian Dance commissions at Southbank Centre on Friday 4th September. One half of the evening is classical Indian dance, from the intricate footwork of kathak to the sculpturesque composition of kuchipudi and the other half combines dance techniques including western contemporary dance. The show is […]

THEATRE: Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre London

To be or not to be. Well, it might be, and there’s the rub. Benedict Cumberbatch be praised, that rare thing a great actor with a star presence, beautifully lit. Reciting some of the most famous lines in theatre. One fluffed line in 1408 of them. What a stunning preview performance from him. The characters grow in the play, gaining […]

ART: London Project at the new MD Gallery

Okay nothing new in a pop up art gallery in London’s new gallery district Fitzrovia. But this has Magda Danysz, one of the first art gallerists to recognise digital art & video, street art, and Chinese contemporary photography. Successfully spotting the major contemporary arts trends of recent years and street art legends Futura, André and […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Clubbing The Blues in Dublin

Twenty four hours in Dublin over the weekend, for the very first time and Sabine Koch found what everybody knows  – it’s a bustling place where you can have a heck of a good time. I came to see Sea Wall at the Dublin Theatre Festival, but I wanted to spend my time getting to know the music scene as […]