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The best of times and the worst of times

The best of times and the worst of times

We are locked down, and yet the wealth of offerings via digital platforms has blossomed to extraordinary proportions.  It’s truly an embarrassment of riches.  Artists, performers, galleries, museums and television producers are making use of video-conferencing, pod casting and Instagram in ways that we could not have possibly imagined. This week, on the occasion of […]

Baroque: art in a turbulent time

Baroque: art in a turbulent time

King Charles II, his red cape borne aloft by cherubs, sits enthroned on a mound of prancing steeds, muscular servants, tritons and nymphs. So what is this crazy hodge-podge painted by the Neapolitan artist Antonio Verrio all about? Verrio’s Sea Triumph, a forerunner of Britannia Rules the Waves, depicts the King as a triumphant victor, […]

Russia’s female firebrand – a history wi

Russia’s female firebrand – a history with blank spots

The world is on fire but it’s a great time for art – thus Tate Modern’s director, Frances Morris, opening the first-ever UK show devoted to Russian artist Natalia Goncharova. Political and constitutional crisis, the rise of populism and species extinction surround us. At the same time, galleries and museums are offering a huge range […]

Ruskin – a man of his time and of our ti

Ruskin – a man of his time and of our time

Events around the country are celebrating the bi-centenary of John Ruskin’s birth on 8 February – #Ruskin200. Thinker, campaigner, artist, scientist, educator and social critic John Ruskin was one of the most contradictory of all the famous Victorians. He was both a man of his time and a man looking to the future – even […]

Creating identity in a neoliberal world

Creating identity in a neoliberal world

Identity, ideology & culture in a neoliberal world Presentation at Wigan Teach-In, 24 November 2018 Is culture only a tool for the 1%? What does a cultural strategy for an emancipatory movement look like? Beyond divide and rule – privileging and celebrating diversity. Ÿ The neoliberal form of capitalist globalisation has seen an unprecedented pace […]