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PREVIEW: Hermann Mejia at Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London

By Maryam Philpott America’s changing relationship with the world and with its own history of immigration may have dominated the news for the last six months, but it has long been the purpose of the arts to visually reflect our societies back at us. Lovers of modern American art have been spoiled of late with big shows at the Royal ...

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Be Bahrain Art Week – Asia House, London

By MARYAM PHILPOTT Art needs to have “a broader culture” writer and curator Alistair Hicks explained at the launch of the Be Bahrain Art Week, which showcases a small selection of inspiring new works from some of Bahrain’s leading artists. Speaking during a panel discussion about the growth of creative industries in Bahrain, Hicks explained that the Middle East currently ...

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EXHIBITION: Happy Birthday, Miss Monroe

By MARYAM PHILPOTT Had she lived, Marilyn Monroe would have been 90 on the 1st June – making her a few weeks younger than the Queen incidentally - and to celebrate this auspicious anniversary ONGallery is hosting a month-long exhibition of prints and photographs by some of the 20th Century’s most notable artists. The title of this exhibition appropriately references ...

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FEATURE: Bahrain Art Across Borders – V&A, Gallery 8

Art and Culture form the cornerstone of any country’s identity and heritage. It also plays a key role in driving forward economic activity, especially as it is one of the primary gateways for anyone who deals with a country. It not only plays a key role in encouraging tourism, but also assists in enhancing a country’s visibility and reach to ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Thermos Museum – Komedia

The Thermos Museum - Brighton Fringe

Writer: Neil Davidson Reviewer: Ruby Isla Cera Marle   For many a thermos flask is just a forgotten picnic item or something that is only remembered on those extra chilly days when you fancy taking hot soup or tea with you. That is of course unless you’re Neil Davidson, and you want to share your avid collection of flasks with ...

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FEATURE: 3045 Variations on The Feast of Venus

By Maryam Philpott The modern world is obsessed with communication, with being in touch constantly and, digitally at least, sharing every aspect of our lives on social media platforms. Yet major cities like London have never felt lonelier or more isolating and, as someone who has gone through the process of moving and building new relationships in several cities both ...

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EXHIBITION PREVIEW: I Can Not Be Me Without You – Library, Covent Garden

By Maryam Philpott Often the world surrounding the creation and discussion of art can feel elitist and forbidding; it’s full of elaborate terms, impenetrable explanations of meaning and confusing symbols that seem to exclude the majority from understanding it. Sweep all of that aside, however, and what you’re left with is the work, and whether you have art history degrees ...

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