Performance
Bang Said The Gun; Poetry for People Who Don't Like Poetry, On Tour

Bang Said The Gun; Poetry for People Who Don’t Like Poetry, On Tour

Bang Said The Gun strangely, yet successfully bills itself as a ‘poetry night for people who don’t like poetry’, and after a series of sell out shows at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, it’s going on the road giving the people of Britain outside of the capital, a chance to witness its wonder. As the brain child of...
Obonjan – The New Type of Curated Arts Festival

Obonjan – The New Type of Curated Arts Festival

Croatia has gained momentum in the last decade as a place to go for festivals. With over twenty to choose from in 2016 alone, new kid on the scene, “Obonjan” has found a unique approach as to how to draw in the crowds. This idyllic island, surrounded by crystal blue seas, is offering a curated...
Latitude Festival – Big on Performing Arts. Chatting with Kiri Pritchard McLean and James Acaster

Latitude Festival – Big on Performing Arts. Chatting with Kiri Pritchard McLean and James Acaster

It sometimes feel like there is at least one festival every weekend, from the beginning of the season and the early weather riskers in June, through to the final slog to the Isle of Wight for Bestival – with the perpetually wet Glastonbury signalling the half way point has been reached in the middle. Latitude...
Fierce Festival, Birmingham - Live art, collision, hyperlocal and supernow.

Fierce Festival, Birmingham – Live art, collision, hyperlocal and supernow.

Now in its sixth year under current artistic directors Laura Mcdermott and Harun Morrison (but originally founded by Mark Ball), Fierce Festival is a contemporary art festival based across multiple venues throughout Birmingham. Artists from all over the work have been carefully selected and curated with a focus on four themes – Live Art, Collision,...
Jennifer Rubell: Not Alone, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Jennifer Rubell: Not Alone, at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Artist Jennifer Rubell is best known for her food performances: pieces that sometimes echo Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exercises in relational aesthetics from the nineties. In 2007 Rubell organised a huge banquet that fed 2,000, with a pair of latex gloves for each visitor alongside a hard boiled egg, and in 2009 laid a table with 150...
The Orchid and The Crow

The Orchid and The Crow

Humour can be found in the darkest of places – laughter can help provide solace during times of grief, and being able to find something funny about having testicular cancer is probably a very good way to deal with the suffering associated. Daniel Tobias, an Australian Jewish atheist, is highly likeable – the sort of...
There Will Be Blood Live at the Southbank Centre

There Will Be Blood Live at the Southbank Centre

Talking Head’s co-founder David Byrne is curating a live music and film event at The Southbank Centre in London this August. Byrne has often brought sound and cinema together – he acted in, and directed films, creating the stage design and choreography of Talking Heads’ concert film Stop Making Sense as well as writing music...
Live Review: RAW by Chris O'Connell

Live Review: RAW by Chris O’Connell

        Last week saw the return of independent Northern theatre company troublehouse, with their third production – Chris O’Connell’s RAW. Following performances of Equal Partners (July 2014) which was nominated for a ‘Best Newcomer’ award at 2014’s Greater Manchester Fringe, and the highly praised Time Of My Life (November 2014), the company,...
La traviata at ENO

La traviata at ENO

La traviata or ‘the fallen woman’ first graced the operatic stage in 1853. Based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, it is, as you may expect, a touching yet contemporary tragedy. The English National Opera has just opened its doors to Peter Konwitschny’s Olivier Award-nominated adaptation of...
The First artFix Art Battle 3rd Feb

The First artFix Art Battle 3rd Feb

  Tomorrow night sees the first of a series of Art ‘Battles’ where two artist will have half an hour to create art pieces live in front of an audience. Two RAW artists will be provided with two blank canvases, courtesy of Cass Art, on which to create works in whatever media and style they wish. Once the battle...
Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) at St Paul's Cathedral

Bill Viola: Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) at St Paul’s Cathedral

Video art pioneer Bill Viola has created a religious polyptych with a difference. Forget burnished gold leaf haloes and donor saints; Martyrs – on display at St Paul’s – is made up of four vertical plasma screens within a Foster + Partners carbon steel stand.   Four human figures are separately subjected to earth (falling...
This Month In Art - Malevich, Frieze London, Fierce Festival, Jake & Dinos Chapman

This Month In Art – Malevich, Frieze London, Fierce Festival, Jake & Dinos Chapman

  COMING TO AN END – Malevich – Until 26 Oct The first UK retrospective of Kazimir Malevich, held at Tate Modern, is ending this month. Works from collections in Russia, the US, and Europe have been brought together to tell the most comprehensive and complete story of this influential artist who inspired and helped shape modern...
What’s Love Got to Do with It?

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

  What’s love got to do with it? Well, the artists exhibiting in the Hayward’s Project Space all have varying opinions on the subject. Specifically on the gestures both visual and verbal that we use to communicate love and the play of power between lovers as levels of longing and desire shift.   A clever...
Interview with Florentijn Hofman

Interview with Florentijn Hofman

Candid sits down with Florentijn Hofman – charismatic Dutch artist and creator of the famous floating Rubber Duck sculpture – at the building site of his first ever UK commission for Totally Thames, launching on 2nd September.  You’re most known for your massive sculptures of animals. Can you tell us a bit about your inspiration? I wouldn’t say...
Surreal Video Art On The Horizon - Video Competition from Monarchy

Surreal Video Art On The Horizon – Video Competition from Monarchy

  Monarchy have crafted an image for themselves through their music videos as surreal, theatrical and warped dreamers. Always masked, their hypnotic electronic fantasies depict the creative duo as everything from spacemen to voyeurs within the mind of an unhappy house wife, played of course by Dita Von Teese. Witchcraft, space age cross-gender surgery, magic,...
Exhibitions to Explore This Month - August/September

Exhibitions to Explore This Month – August/September

    COMING TO AN END – Summer Screen Prints Film Poster Exhibition, Finishes on 25 August  In celebration of Film4’s summer screen at Somerset House reaching its 10th Anniversary season, 16 artists have been commissioned to reimagine the public’s favourite film posters in the medium of screen print. You can browse this vibrant new collection...
A Display of Horse Power  - Deux Chevaux, performance art in Albertopolis, London

A Display of Horse Power – Deux Chevaux, performance art in Albertopolis, London

One not to be missed this weekend if you’re a fan of performance art and visual puns is Deux Chevaux, a performance piece by the artist William Mackrell taking place Saturday from 11.30am – 5.30pm. Mackrell will be taking to the streets of London in a Citroen 2CV ‘two horse power’ car, pulled by two...



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