STREET ART IN LONDON: HOT SPOTS AND NEW ARTISTS

Graffiti depicting graffiti removal by Banksy. Created in May 2008 at Leake Street in London, painted over by August 2008.

London has always had an exciting and active street art scene. Whether it’s graffiti, painting or even art installations, this city is undoubtedly full of talent.

Anonymous artist and legend Banksy ruled the streets in the UK for many years, making vibrant, thoughtful and provoking pieces all over the place. He became the most popular, yet most mysterious and controversial street artist with works like the one that shows two policemen kissing, or the chequebook vandalism, etc. Continue reading

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BRITISH ART COMPETITIONS 2011

BP portrait - Visitors Choice Award 2010: iDeath by Michal Ozibko

Here is a link to a post of Making a Mark, which sums up all the major art competitions in the UK in 2011, with deadlines for entries, dates, tips, things to do and things to avoid, etc. It is divided into UK Major Art Competitions and UK Major Open exhibitions by national art societies.

Apart from this post, Making a Mark is a really interesting blog, 3rd in Top 25 Art Blogs in UK 2010 by Katherine Tyrell, an artist that enjoys wiriting and sharing information about art.

Art competitions are one of the best ways to emerge and be recognised in the industry today. It looks great on your CV and you get to expose your work in major galleries. Now is the perfect time to apply for some Summer and Autumn competitions like The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition or the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

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INTERVIEW WITH JOE LYCETT, COMEDIAN AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER

I met up with Joe Lycett at the Wilmington Arms near King’s Cross, before the gig he was hosting there for Bright Club, “Where comedy and brains collide…”. Although I came to talk about the Graphic design side of his life, I can’t help my curiosity about his rise in comedy and how it all started.

As a former drama student, Joe says he feels incredibly fortunate and lucky that he’s now making a career out of comedy. Just three years after his debut gig at the Comedy Store in Manchester in February 2008, Joe, 22, has already won several awards and is described as one of the best newcomers in the comedy scene. As for the design side, he’s working as a freelance, doing a bit of everything. Continue reading

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BRITISH ART SHOW 7: IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET

The British Art Show is taking place at the Hayward Gallery

The British Art Show, recognised as one of the most prestigious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, is now on its seventh edition at London’s Hayward Gallery. Subtitled In the Days of the Comet, this edition explores the way in which contemporary art is developing, taking as its theme the idea of the comet as a sign of change, a measure of time, and a percursor of historical shift. Continue reading

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INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA HERRADA, EMERGING FINE ART STUDENT

20-year-old Fine Art student Andrea Herrada talked about her work, discussed her opinions on art and prospects for the future.

Originally from Madrid, Andrea moved to London in 2008 and started her degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is now finishing it at the University of Westminster. She says she always knew she was into art, but wonders what makes a person an artist these days and if this is all a waste of time, which doesn’t come as a surprise for me. Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON ART TODAY

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate structure in Chicago, also known as The Bean. Picture Courtesy of Master Chronicler

What is art today? Who’s to judge that? Is everything considered art? Those questions are not easily answered. Everyone seems to have different views on the subject. What is designated as art today goes beyond any definition of Art we might have had in the past. You just have to look around you and see the endless approaches, influences, techniques that now take part in the process of art production. Continue reading

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