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It’s been a long time!

It feels like I haven’t posted in years. I’ve been busy – not just with the day job, but I’ve also been attending weekly life drawing classes, which has been great fun. I go to a small studio, with seats for 10 artists, so there’s plenty of room for a good view and it’s suitably quiet and relaxed.

If you fancy checking out the classes, you can find out more here (

The life models are rotated but there are some regulars, so you can study the forms well over time. You can see some of my latest sketches below. I’m putting these up slowly on Artfinder, so if you like a piece, you can purchase it.

UK Art Fairs 2018 (Nationwide – not just in London!)

A comprehensive list of the UK’s best art fairs in 2018.

John Moores Painting Prize 2018
14 July – 18 November, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Celebrating 60 years of the John Moores Painting Prize, featuring prizewinning paintings from 1957 onwards.

Edinburgh Art Festival
26 July – 26 August, various venues, Edinburgh
Bringing together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces in a city-wide celebration of the very best in visual art.

Start Art Fair
13-16 September, Saatchi Gallery
Emerging art by early career or newly discovered artists from a range of international galleries.

British Art Fair
20-23 September, Saatchi Gallery, London
A celebration of Modern British art from the last 100 years.

Turner Prize 2018
25 September 2018 – 6 January 2019, Tate Britain, London
Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
October 2018, Somerset House
The fair will welcome leading galleries from countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. This edition will be accompanied by a compelling series of Special Projects and FORUM, the fair’s talks programme, curated for the first time by writer Ekow Eshun.

Frieze Art Fair and Frieze Masters
4-7 October, Regent’s Park
Discover the world’s most exciting artists, from the emerging to the iconic.

Manchester Art Fair
12-14 October
Manchester Art Fair (previously Buy Art Fair), is the largest, longest established and most prestigious art fair in the North, featuring over 120 galleries and artists showing thousands of original artworks for sale.

Contemporary Art Fairs (Windsor)
10-11 November, Royal Windsor Racecourse
Real art for real people. Bringing together over 160 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries from the UK and Europe, we offer the very best in contemporary art.

Chester Art Fair
16-18 November
The Fair will present a curated programme of talks, tours and live demonstrations, many of which are interactive or performative and encourage visitors to engage with Art and Artists directly.

Art events in 2018

Anthea Hamilton’s Tate Britain Commission

Tate Britain, London
21 March – 7 October 2018
In 2017, Anthea Hamilton prized apart a pair of buttocks to greet visitors to Tate Britain’s Turner Prize exhibition and in March 2018, she’ll return to the galleries to unveil her Tate Britain Commission. As the museum’s Director Alex Farquharson has said, Hamilton’s work produces “unforgettable experiences that both provoke and delight”, but all that’s been revealed of this particular commission so far is that it will be a major new work combining sculpture and performance.

Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe

V&A, London
16 June – 4 November 2018
Frida Kahlo’s vibrant outfits are a recognisable hallmark of her work – from floral headdresses and traditional Mexican skirts to hand-decorated medical corsets and a prosthetic leg wearing a bright red lace-up boot with bells. This fashion exhibition explores her clothes alongside artworks, photographs and letters to build a portrait of the artist and her life. As she said herself: “I am my own muse. The subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

Joan Jonas

Tate Modern, London
14 March – 5 August
In the 1970s, Joan Jonas (along with Marina Abramovic and many other women) was using bodies, mirrors and rituals to pioneer performance and video art in the US and beyond. This exhibition makes good use of Tate Modern’s specially designed performance art galleries to show her seminal works from the late 1960s, along with recent installations exploring climate change and species extinction – including performances from the artist herself.

A new Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Opens 19 May 2018
From one transformed building to another – and this time it’s our own! On 19 May 2018 we’ll open the doors to A New Royal Academy of Arts: a two-acre campus with new spaces to display our Collection, immersive architecture installations, projects by students from our art school and much more. Inaugurating the new galleries will be the pioneering, poetic work of Tacita Dean, exploring the genre of landscape. See you there.

Scotland’s first design museum

V&A Dundee
Opening September 2018
And from two transformed galleries to an entirely new one: V&A Dundee will be Scotland’s “first dedicated design museum”, housed in specially built, curvy, concrete structure nestled on the city’s waterfront. The building has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (who is also responsible for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic stadium) and is due to be finished in 2018. Once open, the galleries will tell the story of Scotland’s design heritage – the first confirmed object to be displayed is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 13.5 metre oak tea room interior, constructed of over 600 pieces.

The tenth Liverpool Biennale

Venues across Liverpool
14 July – 28 October 2018
2018 marks 20 years of Liverpool’s bi-annual art fair. This year over 30 artists’ work will be stationed throughout the city in a 15-week invitation to “reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil”. This year’s theme is based on a poem by the German poet Friedrich Schiller which asks: “Beautiful world, where are you?” When Schiller wrote the line, France’s imminent revolution was sending ricochets throughout Europe, but this biennale finds plenty to explore in his question in 2018.

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018

Design Museum, London
28 March – 1 August 2018
At the Design Museum too there’s a chance to reflect on recent political stormclouds. From the Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter to Je Suis Charlie to Women’s Marches – this decade has seen more and more citizens use innovative graphic design on placards, banners and memes to capture the world’s attention. This exhibition looks at how both the marginalised and the powerful have harnessed type and image to change the world.

NOW: Jenny Saville and others

Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh
24 March – 16 September
Jenny Saville graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1992 and has spent the past 25 years painting and drawing big, fleshy, female bodies from angles that art history would perhaps prefer not to see. Her work is full of thighs, bellies, wounds, surgeries and corpses, spread out on monumental canvases in thick oil and murky charcoal. In 2018, she returns to the country where she learnt her craft for a major career-spanning exhibition.

Modern Couples: Art Intimacy and the Avant-garde

Barbican Centre, London
10 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
The Barbican is doing away with the myth of the solitary artist genius and presenting an exhibition of the complex, supportive creative exchanges between fellow artists in intimate relationships of all shapes and sizes. Explored in artworks, correspondence and photographic documentation, peer into the inspiring close spheres of Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso, Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, Mary Reynolds and Marcel Duchamp and 40 other artist couples.

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Changes to Salisbury Arts Centre

Wiltshire Creative has taken over the Salisbury Arts Centre. It is now run in conjunction with the Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Salisbury Arts Centre is a multi-artform venue dedicated to making imaginations fly. From theatre and dance to music, comedy, film and exhibitions: discover a vibrant hub of arts activity housed in a beautiful deconsecrated church building. Due to the change of management, some of the events in the calendar have changed.

Find out what’s on in the centre here: