My top five posts of 2014

Kintsugi lacquer repairIt’s the last day of the year, time to look back and see what caught your attention in 2014. It’s a surprising collection (well, I was surprised, anyway) but then it’s always the posts you least expect that rocket to the top of the popularity charts. So here they are. Continue reading

Brilliant! Sensing Spaces at the Royal Academy

Sensing Spaces - Pezo von Ellrichshausen

If you’re thinking of going to see the new architecture exhibition at the Royal Academy, Sensing Spaces (opening this Saturday), but aren’t sure if you’d like it, hesitate no more – just book a ticket and go. It’s one of the most enjoyable exhibitions I’ve been to in a long time. It’s about the human experience of architecture – how we react to it and how it makes us feel. It explores these things through a series of installations by seven architects, each one with a different take on the spaces architecture creates, and all of them challenging the imagination in different ways. Continue reading

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013

RA Summer Exhibition 2013The RA Summer Exhibition is here again! As reliable a sign of summer as Wimbledon, Royal Ascot and Glasto, it’s been held every year since 1769 and is open to ‘all artists of distinguished merit’ – in other words, anybody at all, so long as their work is good enough. This year over a thousand works in all styles and media made the grade and they’re all (or nearly all) for sale. Here’s my personal pick of the best – along with a quick introduction to the five Japanese artists in the show. Continue reading

Channelling the winter solstice – Mariko Mori at the Royal Academy

Mariko Mori - photo Geraint Lewis

The first thing you need to know about the Mariko Mori exhibition at the Royal Academy is that it’s not where you think it is. Swanning into the main entrance on Piccadilly will get you nowhere – it’s round the back in the new Burlington Galleries on Burlington Street. If you get it wrong, nip down the Burlington Arcade and turn right. The other thing you need to know is that it’s unexpectedly entertaining. Continue reading