Oh Canada

13th September 2016

With my colleague Dr Irene Morra from Cardiff University, I am working on a major international, interdisciplinary academic conference to be held at Senate House next June. 'Britain, Canada, and the Arts: Cultural Exchange as Post-war Renewal' will coincide with the 150th more

Postcard from Brisbane

10th September 2016

Or, a post in three chapters. I have been in Brisbane for just about a week now, and I think it's fair to say that, despite the weather having been so-so, I'm a little bit in love with the more

The British Library

31st August 2016

To Margate for the Illuminations summer outing. Our plan was a high speed train to the seaside, a touch of high culture at Turner Contemporary, a good lunch, a touch of low culture at Dreamland, and a high speed more

Paintings in Madness…

29th August 2016

Paintings glimpsed in movies are often fascinating, and invariably so when they exhibit modernist tendencies. Take a look at the painting below that is granted just two seconds or so in the British Gothic melodrama Madness of the Heart, 1949 (a detail of more

Ghostsigns and wonders

26th August 2016

A shopping jaunt in Tooting today was joyfully enhanced by a 'ghostsign' for Meggezones (above). This adorns the corner of Upper Tooting Road and Noyna Road (below), just a few yards from Tooting Bec underground. Encountering such fading painted wall signs is one of the more

Arts online

19th August 2016

So for those of you who have even just a passing interest in films about the arts, this is GREAT. The online service BFIPlayer today launches The Arts on Film, a collection of more than a hundred feature more


15th August 2016

You have just six days left to visit the most beautiful exhibition I've seen all year: Mary Heilmann: Looking at Pictures at the Whitechapel Gallery, which closes next Sunday. And if you can't get there, take at look at the more