Illustrated Vogue Italia: An Environmentally Conscious Approach

If you asked the general person what they picture when they imagine a Vogue cover, for many the same portrait would spring to mind: a perfectly shot photograph printed on glossy paper, peeping through the other magazines at the airport or newsagent. However, Vogue Italia has totally shaken up this image with their January 2020 edition, scrapping the photoshoot for one edition only, instead filling the magazine cover-to-cover with illustrations. Conde Nast, Vogue’s publishing company, announced in a press release that the purpose of this move was sustainability. Continue reading Illustrated Vogue Italia: An Environmentally Conscious Approach

Review: Spork! The Valentine(ish) Edition @ Exeter Phoenix

Spork! is a delightful evening of poetry, comedy, rap and performance, which brings together local artists in celebration of spoken word. Hosted by Chris White, Spork! is full of the weird and wonderful, it’s variety making each show unique, exciting and guaranteed to include something for everyone. On Tuesday 11 February, I was lucky enough to see their ‘Valentine(ish)’ special, in which poetic performances were based (loosely) on theme of love. Continue reading Review: Spork! The Valentine(ish) Edition @ Exeter Phoenix

Arty Nudes

There goes the age-old art centric debate; what constitutes nude and what naked? Nudity is often viewed as the artful posing of the naked human form, whereas nakedness is often perceived as more vulnerable, unrefined and bare – in such a sense nudity is often elevated to a higher artistic and cultural standing, with nakedness being largely associated with censorship and stigmatisation. The terms are often used interchangeably, and while this may not be 100% linguistically correct, I would argue that it is important to destigmatise the taboos surrounding nakedness; a naked body is just that, whether it can be perceived as sexually attractive should not be central to the manner in which we address it. As demonstrated, both words mean the unclothed human body, so how did such a differentiation in contextual understanding occur? Art critic John Berger previously argued the meaning of the nude has changed over the years; in his 1972 book ‘Ways of Seeing’  he says that the nude has been continuously utilised to portray the female body in a manner that is sexually pleasing to the viewer, whereas a ‘naked’ piece of art depicts a sitter embodying their own space and pleasure. Whether this is true is dependent on the subjective opinion of the viewer, something that has undoubtedly changed throughout history. Continue reading Arty Nudes

Review: Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits @ The Royal Academy of Arts

This winter the Royal Academy of Arts has exhibited Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits. The collection of portraits ranges from his early career in 1940, to his most recent work in 2001. This masterfully curated exhibition focuses on the self and demonstrates how Freud’s painting style has changed and matured over time. The exhibition progresses from his early surrealist painting, to his later brutally realist work, exposing the frailty of his aged body. The style of his portraits is striking and contradictory as Freud resists being exposed and “known”, he hides in his paintings, yet also maintains intrigue as the subject of the portrait. Continue reading Review: Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits @ The Royal Academy of Arts

Interview: Bella Heesom on death, feminism and the arts

An interview all about death, feminism, sexuality and the arts. Following the death of her father and then mother, Bella Heesom turned to play writing to express her grief and encourage others to be more open about emotion and mourning. Her play, My World Has Exploded A Little Bit will be at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter and this will be followed by a death cafe. Continue reading Interview: Bella Heesom on death, feminism and the arts

Investing in the Arts: A Note on Shotgun Theatre’s Crowdfunding Campaign

Shotgun Theatre has raised over £2,000 in four days in a crowdfunding campaign to get its production of Godspell to the Edinburgh Fringe. This phenomenal response has given me food for thought. The arts really do matter to people, don’t they? Last November, I reviewed Godspell for Razz; giving 4.5 out of 5 stars because it was the best piece of student theatre I’d ever … Continue reading Investing in the Arts: A Note on Shotgun Theatre’s Crowdfunding Campaign

Unique Boutique is back!

Unique Boutique Arts and Crafts Market Returns to Exeter Phoenix this Summer Sun 30 Jun, 11am – 3.30pm For the fourth year running, Exeter Phoenix hosts Unique Boutique, the quirky indoor market showcasing the very best work from makers and artists of the South-West. Shoppers will have the opportunity to buy one-off ceramics, locally spun wool, up-cycled furniture, handmade cards and accessories. This market offers … Continue reading Unique Boutique is back!

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Sadler’s Wells, 4th Dec 2012 – 26th Jan 2013. Matthew Bourne is without a doubt the most exciting choreographer in the world of ballet right now. He turned Edward Scissorhands into a ballet, and he famously rewrote Swan Lake with a male Odette/Odile and corps de ballet, creating a gay love story. His latest production is Sleeping Beauty and, as always, he truly … Continue reading Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Felix McCabe

Photography is one of my favourite mediums and Exeter photographer Felix McCabe’s work continually gets me right in the heart, in two ways. Firstly, yes, his work is brilliant. From the evocative lighting of his portraits, to capturing expressions that grip our curiosity, his shots are simply bursting with character. Secondly, he’s self-taught, ambitious and – only nineteen. Great. Make me feel underachieving and old… … Continue reading Felix McCabe

Thread Art

Thread art is exactly what it sounds like: art made from thread. Here are some of the best artists in the field. Sebastien Preschoux Preschoux’s works are spontaneous, simply drawing the thread out and seeing where it takes him. “The important thing is to have a tactile relationship with the material, to be able to dread the qualities and the defects” – Preschoux Preschoux collaborates with … Continue reading Thread Art