Posted in February 2014

Artist interview: Pam Potter

Artist interview: Pam Potter

One of the most encouraging aspects of hunting out local artists has been discovering the supportive arts community that exists within the region. Pam Potter, chair of Preston Arts Society, tells me more about her work, the local arts scene and how new artists can get involved. I loved your painting of Preston Railway Station … Continue reading

Klara Kristalova

Klara Kristalova

Two of Klara Kristalova’s sculptures are on display at the Goldfrapp: Artist as Curator exhibition at the Lowry, Salford. The exhibition curated by Alison Goldfrapp focusses on folklore and fairtales, a fitting backdrop to Kristalova’s melancholic ceramics. At first sight they appear beautiful, almost child-like and then upon closer inspection they reveal an almost sinister … Continue reading

Artist Interview: Portrait Artist Linda Massey

Artist Interview: Portrait Artist Linda Massey

It was a small portrait of Ofélia, the young girl from the dark, magical Spanish fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth that caught my eye. I hoped I would be able to track down the creator, occasionally artists can be somewhat elusive with little or no online presence, as I wanted to know more. After some online … Continue reading

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan

The Lost Thing is a simple tale of a boy who finds an unusual creature on the beach. He guesses that the thing must be lost and so sets about finding a home for it in a place where nobody seems to care. Set in a surreal other-world this clever, and funny, picture book will … Continue reading

Quentin Blake Word and Pictures

Quentin Blake Word and Pictures

It would be hard to imagine the stories of Roald Dahl without Quentin Blake’s illustrations. This wonderful book features a selection of his work from the past 50 years. It includes illustrations from Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the BFG, Esio Trot aswell as Blake’s own picture books; The Green Ship and Mr Magnolia and previously unpublished works. … Continue reading

Kevin Cummins: How to take a great photo

If, like me, you spent your formative years scouring the NME, Melody Maker and The Face for new music, writing and photographs of your favourite bands then you’ll be no stranger to Kevin Cummins. The sixty year old British photographer spent ten years as chief photographer on the NME and has worked for countless publications … Continue reading