Mini Reviews

Column-writing with George Monbiot, Guardian Masterclasses

Presented by journalist, environmentalist and activist George Monbiot - and masterclass was filled to capacity. It was perhaps a bit less structured than usual, without handouts or visual aids. But this was a different kind of gig - with Monbiot standing at the front talking to us, and we were mostly spellbound. He spoke with great enthusiasm and energy - about his career trajectory, his early days…

Joseph Cornell - Wanderlust

‘Wanderlust’ at the Royal Academy is a fascinating collection of shadow boxes, collages and films by Joseph Cornell. Born in 1903, Joseph Cornell was self-taught without any formal training - but his work has been inspirational to artists such as Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.  The title ‘Wanderlust’ implies an interest in travel, and many of Cornell’s works reference Europe; but he never went far beyond his…

Audrey Hepburn – Portraits of an Icon

Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 -1993) is regarded as the epitome of timeless style and elegance, and has captivated audiences worldwide. Her life and career is reviewed in an exhibition of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. Many of the 70 photographs on display are sourced from family archives.

Audrey Hepburn originally aspired to be a ballet dancer. She began her acting career…

Temple at the Donmar Theatre

Donmar’s Temple is set in 2011 when Occupy protestors camped outside of St Paul’s Cathedral in the full glare of media attention.  The focus of the play is the conflict within the church organisation.


There are some clear positions. The lawyer from the Corporation of London is clear that the protestors must be evicted.  The Deacon is clear that the protestors…

Curzon, Bloomsbury

The Renoir, Bloomsbury in upmarket Brunswick Shopping Centre, near Russell Square station has been revamped. It re-opened in March 2015 after undergoing a slick transformation, courtesy of the ubiquitous Curzon Cinema franchise, known for championing Arthouse films.

And, rebranded as ‘Curzon Bloomsbury’, it has expanded - now incorporating 6 cinema screens (from 2). Including the Bertha…

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Becoming a Brit

I'm not sure why, after many years in the UK, I  finally decided to apply for citizenship.  It may have been the increasingly scary anti immigrant rhetoric.  It may have been that having left my full time employment in the public sector I felt less securely connected to the UK. It also seemed important that I had spent more of my adult life this side of the pond than the other. In any case, I reached…

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize Exhibition 2017

Now into its twentieth year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is awarded by the Photographers’ Gallery to the artist (of any nationality) who has made the greatest contribution to photography over the past year.

Dana Lixenberg was awarded this year's prize on 18 May for her photobook Imperial Courts, a project which has spanned from 1993 to 2015. In 1993 Lixenberg…

The Burton House: Open House weekend, September 2015

The distinctive round Baggins-style gate of the Burton house in Kentish Town swung open to its final visiting public in September's Open House weekend. Richard Burton and his wife Mireille have decided, after more than a decade of opening their home to the curious hoards, to close the gates of this much-loved, and very private, local icon.