Exhibition Review: Olafur Eliasson’s In Real Life, Tate Modern, London

It’s been 16 years since Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project shone light upon the Tate Modern’s turbine hall. A marvellous artist’s impression of the sun employing a semi-circular screen, a ceiling of mirrors, and artificial mist to create the illusion of the sun. I still remember that installation, encouraged to sit and lay down on the floor of the turbine hall as if I was catching … Continue reading Exhibition Review: Olafur Eliasson’s In Real Life, Tate Modern, London

Carbon Ruins: Exhibition fast-forwards to 2053 imagining a post-fossil age future and objects from an era

Carbon Ruins is an exhibition that imagines the future where the transitions to post-fossil society has already happened. The project – a collaboration between researchers from Lund University, Warwick University, Utrecht University and Durham University – aims to transport visitors in space and time to 2053 in order “to spark a visionary and tangible conversation on what we leave behind and what we take with … Continue reading Carbon Ruins: Exhibition fast-forwards to 2053 imagining a post-fossil age future and objects from an era

Recycle Me Mosaics: Creating mosaic art from recycled bits and pieces

Smashed plates, sweet wrappers and broken car windows, there’s a use in all of these discarded things for mosaic artist Katy Gailbraith. The Scottish artist, who works from her studio in Perthshire, creates mosaics from mostly recycled and upcycled bits and pieces. Among the artist’s creations include an Om plaque on slate; a turquoise tabletop featuring little birds, made from recycled materials, including bone china … Continue reading Recycle Me Mosaics: Creating mosaic art from recycled bits and pieces

ORIGINS Festival: Celebration of art, performance and debate honouring Indigenous artists and activists

ORIGINS Festival is a two-week celebration of art, performance and debate honouring Indigenous artists and activists. The festival, which is being held in venues across London between from today until 23 June, brings together some of the world’s indigenous artists and cultures to the capital through theatre, film, dance, healing rituals and talks. Among the events are a two-day workshop with Maree Clarke exploring Indigenous … Continue reading ORIGINS Festival: Celebration of art, performance and debate honouring Indigenous artists and activists

Botanical Inks: Championing plant-based dye practices across creative industries and communities

Natural dyes from plants are regaining popularity once again as planet-conscious individuals seek dye and print processes without the use of any toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals. One such business aiming to encourage a return to plant-based design practices in the UK, across multiple creative industries and communities, through natural dye services and education is Botanical Inks. The Bristol-based business, founded by botanical artist/designer … Continue reading Botanical Inks: Championing plant-based dye practices across creative industries and communities

Huge Greta Thunberg mural created using mainly water-based paint

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg has become well-known worldwide for inspiring young people and others to take a stand for the planet and its survival. Now the 16-year-old has been honoured by aerosol artist Jody Thomas, who has painted a giant mural of the environmentalist. The 15m-high mural, which stretches the entire height of the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, depicts Greta Thunberg partly submerged in … Continue reading Huge Greta Thunberg mural created using mainly water-based paint

FOOD Bigger than the Plate – V&A exhibition explores future of food

A new exhibition, FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, is showcasing how individuals, communities and organisations are reinventing how food is grown, distributed and experienced. Taking visitors on a journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, the exhibition at London’s V&A poses questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable and food future in innovative and playful ways. … Continue reading FOOD Bigger than the Plate – V&A exhibition explores future of food

Tarot Art from 3 female artists specialising in illustration and comic book-style

Tarot is a tool that anyone can use in their communications with their inner being or intuition. Fortunately there are numerous decks to suit everyone – whether a seasoned user or advanced tarot reader. In recent years, I have come across a growing number of artists specialising in illustration and comic books developing tarot decks, many of whom are female. It is these decks that particularly … Continue reading Tarot Art from 3 female artists specialising in illustration and comic book-style

On This Planet: Illustration exhibition in aid of protecting animal habitats from destruction

On This Planet is an illustration exhibition aiming to raise awareness of the biggest challenge facing wildlife – habitat loss and habitat fragmentation – while fundraising for land. By purchasing land, it creates, relatively rapidly, protected reserves in areas under imminent threat of destruction. The exhibition, which runs from 18-21 May at The Old Street Gallery in London, features over 30 illustrators from the UK … Continue reading On This Planet: Illustration exhibition in aid of protecting animal habitats from destruction

Mori Kono: Artist creates wildlife woodcarvings from felled trees

When trees fell, Japanese wood carving artist Mori Kono sets out to create wildlife woodcarvings from the remnants. Capturing the playfulness of woodland animals, the Canada-based artist often carves the creatures so that they look like they’re crawling from forest trees, or positioned to hang from wooden logs. Mori Kono and his team make use of local materials such as yellow and red cedar, alder, … Continue reading Mori Kono: Artist creates wildlife woodcarvings from felled trees