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August 10, 2017

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Wet clay is a messy material. It fills the creases between your fingers. It gets under your nails. Drying on the back of your hand it begins to look and feel like parched, cracked mud – a simple reminder of its earthy origins. Fire the clay to harden...

It's hard to know what to say or do after an event like the Grenfell Tower fire. In this list, we've collected some of the the most thoughtful responses.

July 18, 2017

How does literature provide us with new strategies of imagining our relationship with urban environments? Tom Powell discusses Italo Calvino's novel as a way of thinking about the cities in which we live.

May 26, 2017

Duncan Grant, Bathing, 1911. Oil paint on canvas 2286 x 3061 mm © Tate


(Tate Britain, until 1 October) 

Richard Dodwell is a painter, sculptor and performance maker based in London. He is interested in found objects, life writing and the...

April 5, 2017

Vanessa Bell 1879–1961, Design for Omega Workshops Fabric, 1913, Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper, Image: 53.3 × 40.7 cm, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund. 3353 - B1992.14.2© The Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy of Henrietta Garnett.

Some artists...

March 5, 2017

One school of thought is that galleries should let the art do the talking. Aside from the often bland voice of the institution, nothing can rile more than interpretation that leaves no space for original thought or reaction. Therefore, it might seem odd that Tate Brita...

February 20, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg - Catalogue Review

You can purchase Robert Rauschenberg from Museum Bookstore for the discounted price of £32.95 here.

Although Rauschenberg has a strong advocate across the pond in the Museum of Modern Art (New York), his work has experienced somewha...

January 13, 2017

Paul Nash, We Are Making a New World, 1918. Image Source: Imperial War Museum/Tate

'There are places, just as there are people and objects and works of art, whose relationship of parts creates a mystery, an enchantment, which cannot be analysed.' – Paul Nash, Outline (1...

January 5, 2017

Image source: Franck Courtès/Agence Vu 

John Berger died on 2nd January 2017. Many obituaries begin with the most basic of facts, such as his age (90), or his occupation. And yet here is the first hurdle; Berger was many things. While it may suit the read...

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