- Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Honore Daumier (1808-1879) is regarded by many as the greatest caricaturist of the 19th century. His jibes are barbed. He gives politicians, the bourgeoisie and lawyers in particular a bad time. He is witty at the expense of artists, art and the public. His attacks on King Louis Philippe were so vicious that he was sentenced to six months in prison.
Daumier is also very moving in his portrayal of ordinary Parisians going about their daily lives. His visions of Paris are mini-social documentaries and his empathy is very obvious, perhaps none more so than in his portrait of a laundress and her child.
- Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Following a free visit to this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition when I blew the budget on a silk screen print, I bought a ticket to attend the Affordable Arts Fair in Battersea Park, hoping I would discover a talented future Grayson Perry at under fifty quid.
The Fair is held in a large marquee in the park and over 100 galleries from all over Britain and elsewhere use it to showcase their artists, in oils, watercolours, prints, photography, sculpture and other media.
- Friday, 06 September 2013
A WELSH charity has appointed Emma Robinson to run a Wales-wide arts festival and arts programme for over 50s.
Emma is Age Cymru’s new Arts and Creativity Development Officer.
She will be curating and developing the charity’s Gwanwyn festival for over 50s which runs each May and a year-round arts programme.
The former touring officer with Hijinx Theatre has also previously worked with Brotfabrik arts centre in Berlin, Comic Relief and Cardiff Council.
- Thursday, 18 April 2013
Gwanwyn Festival is back with something for everyone
WALES’s only annual national arts festival for over-50s is back for its seventh year on May 1.
The Gwanwyn Festival from Age Cymru celebrates arts and creativity for older people.
Every May, it promotes four weeks of events across Wales which give over-50s the chance to take part in and enjoy the arts.
- Monday, 15 April 2013
Phil Grabsky, Writer/Director of the superb music documentaries In Search of Mozart and In Search of Beethoven, has turned his hand to fine art, bringing high-profile art exhibits to cinema audiences. Manet, Portraying Life, which regrettably closes at The Royal Academy two days after the film’s release, is the first of a proposed series, that includes
- Wednesday, 27 March 2013
I like going to the Sackler; the size of the gallery is just right. It’s great, too, on this occasion to discover an unfamiliar artist.
George Bellows (1882-1925) was highly regarded in America in the early part of the 20th century and much admired for his portraits of gritty, bustling, overcrowded downtown New York, its railway building site, its towering docks, its river and its seething, brawling working classes, a sharp record of life in a bygone era.
- Thursday, 22 November 2012
Gwanwyn festival ‘a celebration of older age and creativity’
WALES’S only arts festival for over 50s is now providing grants to groups who organise events that get older people involved in the arts.
The Gwanwyn Festival is a month-long national festival held across Wales in May each year to celebrate creativity in older age. Run by the older people’s charity Age Cymru, the festival has just launched its small grants scheme.
- Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Former gallery owner and artist, David Clegg, from Westminster in London, switched his career to work with people with dementia. In 2003 he set up The Trebus Project where, working with other artists and musicians, they try to find non-medical ‘quality-of-life’ solutions for people with more complex dementias.
- Thursday, 01 November 2012
The exhibition, which is doing excellent business, is full of Christian sincerity, moral commitment, social awareness, pseudo-medieval romance and kitsch.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, founded in 1848, was meticulous in its attention to detail, strong in its colours, and they were inveterate story-tellers.
- Opposites Attract: a magnificent exhibition
- Celebrating Age & Ambition 2012
- Calling all artists! Amateur or otherwise
- Discover a masterpiece at the Secret Art Show
- ‘Paper Tapestry’ The origins of English wallpaper and its use at the spa town of Epsom
- Small Tribute
- Painting of the Month entry by Rainbow Burgwin
- Painting of the Month entry by Geoff Adams
- Painting of the Month entry by John O'Boyle