Firelei Báez : Sueño de la Madrugado (A Midnight’s Dream), South London Gallery, June 2024
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2w ago
Peckham’s South London Gallery has been transformed this summer by Firelei Báez. A welcome respite from summer bleached streets, to enter the main gallery is to slip into a new world. Báez was born in the Dominican Republic and now lives in New York, her work explores the complex legacies of the Caribbean diaspora. Dappled light and immersive sound. With a visit to the Main Gallery you will find yourself a part of the installation as pinholes of light cast their gentle touch upon your bare summer skin. An immersive sensory experience gently soothes you with the smells of eucalyptus and rose ..read more
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June Museum Dump – Are you beach body ready…
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2w ago
I’ve never been one to contemplate getting beach body ready, however, June’s Museum Dump is all about body shape. This Summer you are bound to find your body shape in these two London exhibitions but whether you want to brave a bikini is entirely up to you… The Biba Story, 1964-1975, Fashion and Textile Museum, until 8 September 2024. Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey I vaguely remember visiting, and thoroughly enjoying, the Biba exhibition at Brighton Museum which ran from 2012 to 2013 when I had just started this blog, and it is Martin Pel, Brighton curator of fashion and textiles, who ..read more
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Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography, King’s Galley, May 2024
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2M ago
The Royals have raided their photo albums for the new exhibition ‘Royal Portraits: A Century of Photography’ at the newly renamed King’s Gallery with over 150 items from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives on display. What makes alot of the images special, aside from their iconic status, is the opportunity to view vintage prints. These have either been originally produced by the photographer who took them or under their explicit direction. This opens the doors to the whole concept and process of royal photography and a unique opportunity to see some unreleased war time images and a partic ..read more
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For Mary…
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2M ago
I found out Mary had died when I was at the train station. Standing on the platform with my 16 year old daughter and her friend. It was Monday, half term in February. When I found out that Mary had died I felt that rush of shock and disbelief that hits you like a wave of cold, icy, seawater. Smack. You wobble, you lose your footing, you ground down your toes for balance. You had found a lump, I told you it would be fine. “I am sure it is nothing…”, I remember saying in front of your house as we left your garden. We had a socially distanced glass of wine over lockdown, we’d talked about careers ..read more
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Notre Dame de Paris, The Augmented Exhibition, Westminster Abbey, May 2024
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2M ago
It does feel a little bit odd to visit one of the iconic sites of London, that I have only been to a handful of times, to stare at an ipad but when you’re invited to try out a new augmented exhibition it is best not to quibble. Back in February I got to preview ‘Notre Dame de Paris, The Augmented Exhibition’ presented by Histovery at Westminster Abbey. It reveals the story of Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris), the gothic masterpiece, from origins to present day. The travelling digital exhibition has already been seen by 300,000 exhibition-goers worldwide, connecting audiences, who may h ..read more
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From toilets to rickshaws via spaces to dream in – a walk round Manchester Museum with Director Esme Ward, April 2024 
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3M ago
Esme Ward – Director Manchester Museum. It is quite frankly inexcusable how long it has taken me to write this blog. Nearly 9 months, I am quite ashamed to say, but it has been a bit of year with its own personal challenges. However, time elapsed gives us space to ruminate and that is exactly what I have been doing. Seeing Manchester Museum shortlisted for four awards in the 2024 Museum and Heritage Awards, for ‘Partnership of the Year’, ‘Permanent Exhibition of the Year’, ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year for Team Joe’ is exactly the kick up the bum I needed to fina ..read more
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Connections in Le Creuset… Enzo Mari, Design Museum, March 2024
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3M ago
Design Museum – Kensington High Street. I think you can be forgiven for not knowing who Enzo Mari is. When I visited a press view at the Design Museum, I will hold up my hand and say I had never heard of Enzo Mari before. Born in 1932 in Novara, Italy, Mari went on to become one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century. It is hard to sum up Mari’s work as he created a huge number of designs and worked on a huge number of projects in a huge range of materials. Not only is there furniture, ceramics and glass on display but also, graphic design, games and books. Dense exhibition tex ..read more
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Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍 : Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City, Science Museum, March 2024
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4M ago
Till Sunday 2nd June 2024. In a recent episode of ‘Secrets of the Museum‘ on the BBC I was watching a conservator from the V&A condition-checking a Constable painting before it was due to go on loan for an exhibition in the Netherlands. The museum professional was fretting over the paintings fixtures and deciding whether a larger bracket was needed to keep the canvas in place before it was packed up and shipped off. The complexity of transporting treasures thousands of miles is rarely something you consider when visiting an exhibition so imagine doing it 300 years ago! Clock with travellin ..read more
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It’s all about the money… The Future of Money, Bank of England Museum, March 2024
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4M ago
Open Mon-Fri and late night Thursday. I remember taking 20p to the newsagents on the High Street early on a Sunday morning when I was a kid. Whilst my Dad bought a paper I debated over 2p and 1p sweets, popping them in a little white paper bag – pink shrimps, yellow bananas and fizzy cola bottles. I remember my first bank account at NatWest, getting Woody the piggy bank. Saving and saving to get Annabel, Maxwell, Lady Hilary and Sir Nathaniel. Trying to prise the stopper out of the base of Woody with a pair of scissors. I remember Dad’s glass jar of coins that always came out when we playe ..read more
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Holbein at the Tudor Court, Queen’s Gallery, February 2024
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5M ago
Queen’s Gallery (although not for long). There is definitely still time to get to ‘Holbein at the Tudor Court’ at the Queen’s Gallery before it closes in April and also before the Queen’s Gallery become the King’s Gallery, although I think it will take me a while to get used to using the new name. Their exhibition on Holbein features more than 50 works and it is the largest UK exhibition of Holbein’s work in 15 years. So straight away there are two reasons for visiting but why else go to see an exhibition on this 16th century artist? To begin with, you really don’t have to be an expert to enj ..read more
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