Lightening my spirits

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Work by Natalia Avdeeva at the Bankside Gallery

An exhibition worth going to at Bankside Gallery. ‘Above And Beyond’ A Major Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Natalia Avdeeva. Land – Sea – Cityscapes.

Natalia’s work has a depth and colour, which lightens ones spirits. Finding artists outside the larger institutions is invigorating. This exhibition is free, in a great location and on until 2nd July.

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Out of the sunshine and into something beautiful

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I visited ‘The American Dream ‘pop to the present at the weekend and I am so sorry this exhibition has now closed. I would have gone earlier and shouted from the rooftops for people to see it. This exhibition included works by American artists; Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and many more. The design and content of the show was truly inspiring, providing an insight into the production of the works alongside the art and in a space, which enabled visitors to contemplate and enjoy the experience fully.

A really good British Museum moment.

Objects,Spaces and Inspiration

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Whenever I need some inspiration and today was one of those days, I search for a creative wonderland and aim for that. Today it was the Tate Modern that I went to and a free exhibition entitled ‘Between Object And Architecture’ was where I found myself. This piece by Cristina Iglesias ‘Pavilion Suspended in a Roon/2005’ drew my attention and created a space and food for thought.

Skies the limit.

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I visited the sky garden recently and looking out across London really reminded me of the magic and beauty of the City, its so easy to forget the bigger picture.  London life has its stresses but taking a break to look from a high, enjoying the richness of the surroundings is an activity worth undertaking.

Fashion, Art and Henry Moore

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Out and about in London you are bound to find something that will surprise you. Well I did and by chance I came across a place called ‘Makers House’. I found myself in a surprisingly fashionable and artistic extravaganza.

Burberry & the Henry Moore Foundation had created a space to celebrate the New February Burberry collection and was free to enter. But this was no ordinary fashion display; the clothing was intertwined with Henry Moore’s most famous sculptures and alongside working models and maquettes. This was an exhibition at its best, objects and displays extremely thoughtfully displayed both inspirational and informative.

Burberry clothing hung beautifully, sculptures were placed elegantly and videos provided an insight into Henry Moore’s work. His thought process, where and how he worked and the challenges creating his large scale sculptures were all part of the story. This all cleverly provided a taste of the arts and if you wanted to see more of Henry Moore’s work leaflets promoting a forthcoming exhibition of Henry Moore’s work in Herts in April were handed out. The staff were also very helpful which makes such a difference. People are a key part of any experience.

This was definitely a successful and fun way to present art and fashion as one.

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Draped Reclining Mother and Baby 1983 Polystyrene. The Henry Moore Foundation acquired 1993.  (Photo from display at the Makers House Burberry & Henry Moore show Feb 2017)

 

 

Seeing the passion in Flamenco

 

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At Sadlers Wells

I have been fortunate recently to be able to attend a variety of performances at the Sadlers Wells Theatre. A natural lover of ballet meant attending a ‘Flamenco Festival London’ performance at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, was totally out of my comfort zone. As my mantra is to learn something new every day, this was an opportunity not to be turned down.

Wow, what an experience. Israel Galván, FLA.Co.Men with musicians and singers performed for 90minutes with such passion, rhythm and skill, it took my breadth away. I felt I was being given a glimpse of Spanish life, emotions, humour and in particular their connection and love of music.   The sounds of Israel’s steps on the stage had long lasting impact.

For me Sadlers Wells has become my Tate Modern of dance and performance in London.