Portrait of Eileen Cooper, Royal Academy of Arts © Eileen Cooper 2017

Opening this Thursday (4 March) with a 3D walkthrough online, Eileen Cooper’s exhibition Nights at the Circus will continue on until the 15th of May at Sims Reed Gallery in London.

The celebrated artist created a new body of work inspired by the late Angela Carter’s novel of the same name. First published in 1984 the novel artfully melds feminism, post-modernism and Magic Realism together. The artist immediately connected with the book and was fascinated by the circus, aspects of performance along with the wonderful female characters, their journeys and personal evolution.


Film still from ‘The Wheel’, 2018, ca. 13 minutes © Emma Elizabeth Tillman

The Wheel is a new short film from Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker Emma Elizabeth Tillman. Shot on location in the Californian desert in 2018, is a depiction of one woman’s experience of radical compassion in the face of death.

The film opens with Clay and Rose in a motel as they languish in the quiet moments after sex in a hotel room. As the conversation turns to near death experiences, Clay tells his story of a rodeo accident in which he nearly lost his life. When asked about Rose’s near death experience, we see her car beside her car…


Asia-Art-Activism’s current online digital programme Till We Meet Again, IRL, Best Wishes features a rich programme of exhibitions, screening pathways, panel discussions, radio broadcasts and workshops all free and open to anyone who wants to join. Curated by Annie Jael Kwan, Arianna Mercado, Cuong Pham and Howl Yuan, the digital programme offers an array of events to enrich and inspire us during the second lockdown.

Asia-Art-Activism (AAA) launched in 2018 as a voluntary interdisciplinary, intergenerational and intersectional network of practitioners, and were invited to take up residence at Raven Row in London, alongside other collectives of marginalised communities.

The act…


Edward Quinn (1920–1997), Pablo Picasso and Jacqueline with silver platter “Visage aux feuilles”. La Californie, Cannes 1957. Photo Edward Quinn, © edwardquinn.com / © Succession Picasso 2020

Masterpiece Art, London is set to exhibit a very rare set of Picasso silver platters this month. PICASSO I HUGO: Agents d’Argent et d’Or will be available to view online via a 3-D walkthrough from the 19 November and will be open to the public on the 3 December once the government lockdown is scheduled to end.

This will be the first time a complete set of platters have ever been exhibited in the UK. This rarely seen full-set of twenty-four limited edition silver platters are the fruits of a collaboration between Picasso and the celebrated Ateliers Hugo, Aix-en-Provence, France…


Sagwa Obseoyo, (2020), Oil and edible funghi on linen, 30 x 30 cm

A new show at Mayfair’s The Boardroom, 50 Brook Street, sees the debut solo exhibition of artist hana entitled Inventing Artist Paints, which showcases eighteen works including portraits of the actor, comic and writer, Noel Fielding, artists Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama, along with depictions of horses and textured abstract works. All the artworks have been rendered in eco-friendly paints made entirely from fruit, vegetables, algae and seaweed, which the artist invented.

Throughout her life, sustainability has been a central cornerstone for artist hana, who spent years researching food and how to minimise exposure to daily airborne toxins. While attending…


Baron Wolman, Jimi Hendrix, Gelatin silver print, 50.8 x 61 cm, © Baron Wolman | Iconic Images

Due to popular demand the landmark exhibition celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix, exactly 50 years since his death, has been extended at Masterpiece Art until Saturday October 10th. The gallery — situated only a few streets away from where Jimi Hendrix tragically passed away — has ambitiously brought together an incredible assortment of photography, sculpture and personal ephemera to commemorate the legendary musician, singer and songwriter.

BOLD AS LOVE Celebrating Hendrix presents rare photographs of Hendrix — some never seen before — taken by acclaimed photographers including Ed Caraeff, Baron Wolman, Gered Mankowitz, David Montgomery (UK debut of his…


Krijn de Koning, ‘Green / Blue, work for Gibberd Garden, Harlow’ (2020) © Rob Harris

Artist Krijn de Koning has created a site-specific installation entitled Green / Blue, work for The Gibberd Garden, Harlow, on display at The Gibberd Garden in Harlow until 25 October 2020.

De Koning’s sculpture is one of the final projects for the region-wide arts commissioning programme, New Geographies, which aims to bring contemporary art to unexpected places in the East of England. …


Image 1 Hilda Carline, Self-Portrait, 1923, Oil on canvas, Tate © Estate of Hilda Carline. Image 2 Stanley Spencer, Patricia Preece, 1933, Oil on canvas, Southampton City Art Gallery © Estate of Stanley Spencer

The Stanley Spencer Gallery’s Spring exhibition, LOVE, ART, LOSS: The Wives of Stanley Spencer, is reopening its doors to the public this Saturday. The exhibition puts the two most important figures in Stanley Spencer’s life front and centre: his two wives, Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece.

With works drawn from the gallery’s collection, as well as two loans from the Tate, and another from Southhampton City Art Gallery, the show will bring to light the effect that these two woman had on Spencer’s artistic practice — his unflinching portraits of Preece pre-date by many decades a style adopted by Lucian…


Bob & Roberta Smith, Art Car Boot Fair, King’s Cross, London, 2018 © Mathew Kelly

The organisers of the Art Car Boot Fair (ACBF) have risen to the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic by developing an online version of their famously exuberant one-day event.

The first ever Viral Art Car Boot Fair will take place exclusively online on Sunday 20th September between 12–6pm, with Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Marcus Harvey, Sara Pope, Helen Beard, Pam Hogg and Pure Evil joining the line-up of over 100 artists.

Karen Ashton, founder of the Art Car Boot Fair, commented: ‘We’d been thinking of developing a digital counterpart to our Live Art Car Boot Fair events for some…


Guy Portelli in front of Wight Spirit, mosaic, 274.32 cm x 152.4 cm. Photo by Rabah Ichadadene

A summer of live music and large crowds was not to be in 2020. But festival spirits remain high at London’s Masterpiece Art Gallery as they unveil their new exhibition, Wight Spirit 1968–70, accompanied by a documentary feature film which brings to light the history and legacy of the iconic Isle of Wight Music Festival.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the seminal 1970 Isle of Wight festival — which featured legends such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and the Who — this exhibition brings together the latest work of acclaimed sculptor Guy Portelli with a selection of backstage photographs…

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