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‘The Lakehouse’

I wish I could hold this moment forever in my mind. You, in tiny sleeves and trousers with your stuffed bear sat at your...

Thoughts on Goya’s Black Paintings

Francisco Goya; a Spanish Romantic painter and printmaker, portraitist to the Spanish nobility. Later, after a period of personal suffering, he is the painter...

Review: Opera Society’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’

Swift playful strings and a melody that brings a crescendo of tension and excitement: right from the start Figaro feels like it’s going to...

Art Classes: The Art of Snobbery

Class. Britain is obsessed with it. That divisive taboo, the weird networks of have-mores and have-lesses. Art in Britain often explores this obsession, frequently...

Review: Footlights’ ‘Oklahoma’

This year’s Footlights Northcott offering is a production of the one and only Oklahoma. With music and libretto by the ineffable Rodgers and Hammerstein,...

Big Money and The Arts

The Booker Prize Foundation has lost a £1.6 million sponsorship deal with London-based hedge fund managers, The Man Group. Despite the Foundation’s grace under...

Creative Influences or Copyright?

Worthy words on collaboration: Artists like Diana Smith can make digital oil paintings out of computer code; sculptors are laying down their chisels and ordering...

“Brushing”

Her hair runs down her back in a meter of thick, hazel satin. Each morning I’m called over to brush, to share the load....

Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ Trilogy: recapping and anticipating

Oh, for a time when reading a novel about England breaking with Europe could be called escapism. The final triune of Hilary Mantel’s sensational...

Battle of the Beverage

Dry January is a contested concept amongst my friends, as it garners many different opinions, ranging from respect and admiration to detest and abhorrence....