Life & Culture

Simon Annand Reveals the Secrets of the Stage

A photographic exhibition in Huddersfield reveals the secrets behind the curtain as actors get ready for the spotlight  For the last 35 years, London-based photographer Simon Annand has been capturing the honest moments and serene contemplation of actors during the half an hour before a theatre performance.  Now the latest incarnation of his long-running exhibition, The Half, held in the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, showcases some of the most thought-provoking photographs of famous names...

The Glittering Treasures of Tutankhamen, the Golden Pharaoh

Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh may be the last chance to see Tutankhamen’s cultural hoard in the UK. Arts & Collections visited the Saatchi Gallery exhibition to see what may become the most popular exhibition of the decade  Almost a century ago in November of 1922, during his last funded dig in the Valley of the Kings, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor Lord Carnarvon broke into a tomb.  Carnarvon asked if Carter could see anything....

Rihanna’s Stardom Weighed In New Phaidon Photographic Biography

How do you celebrate the life and work of someone with thirty million Instagram followers, a $600m fortune, and careers in music, fashion, cosmetics, movies and philanthropy? Only with a photographic biography which is a work of art in itself; a tome so weighty it drops like a falling star.  Rihanna, published by Phaidon, does just that; marks the 10-year career of singer/actress/fashion mogul Robyn Rihanna Fenty in a massive photographic biography.  Rihanna has sold...

Banksy: How A Vandal Broke The Mould of British Art

We expect certain artists to sell for millions at auction, but would we ever have thought that a vandal would become one of the biggest names in contemporary art?  The pseudonymous artist known as Banksy has disrupted the art market yet again, with the recent sale at Sotheby’s of the painting Devolved Parliament (which depicts MPs as chimps in the House of Commons) for £9.9 million, five times its estimate.  It was a world record...
The Notre-Dame Fire: Saving The Treasures

Life & CultureThe Notre-Dame Fire: Saving The Treasures

The fire at Notre-Dame de Paris sparked concern throughout the world as one of the most historic landmarks in Europe went up in flames. But how much is truly lost and what precious artefacts were saved by careful planning? On April 15th 2019, one of the most devasting fires ever to be seen at a heritage site broke out at Paris’ beloved Notre-Dame cathedral. The 850-year-old gothic masterpiece is both an inspiration to artists worldwide and...
Sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld Presents Largest Solo Exhibition at Canary Wharf

Life & CultureSculptor Helaine Blumenfeld Presents Largest Solo Exhibition at Canary Wharf

Sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld OBE will present the largest solo exhibition of her work to date at Canary Wharf next spring from 16th March – 26th June 2020. The collection will transform London’s contemporary commercial hub into an urban sculpture park. Helaine Blumenfeld OBE (b. 1942) is one of the leading contemporary sculptors in Britain with a career spanning over 50 years. She has created more than 90 large-scale sculptures for private collections and public spaces...
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