Opening Night – The Secret Staircase

After a busy day of ladder-climbing, scalpel-wielding, frame-hanging and plinth-painting – The Secret Staircase exhibition was hung, arranged, laid out and ready for the opening night. Artist Caroline Isgar and author Michele Roberts initially displayed The Secret Staircase exhibition in London’s Foundling Museum. They used tokens that had been left with babies by their mothers,

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Digging to America by Anne Tyler

This sliver of a book has remained sandwiched between two bigger, more epic-looking classics, for a while. My experience of Anne Tyler’s novels is limited – I read Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award, a few years ago. It was amazing. But then I forgot about

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Clapton Mosaicist – Jo Thorpe

Below is an article that I wrote for the Hackney Citizen. From Pompei to Hackney – the shapes of things to come Clapton designer Jo Thorpe discusses traditions and trends in mosaics Jo Thorpe has become a name synonymous with mosaic. “Not many artists are doing what I’m doing,” she declares, “it’s for older people

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The Secret Staircase exhibition

The opening of The Secret Staircase exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, this Thursday – will mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2012 – but will also be exactly a year since I began working for the Rook Lane Arts Trust. To begin on IWD – and then to launch my final exhibition on IWD –

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Broadway Market

Rich and I made a short film about the gentrification of Hackney and the way it has affected the residents – old and new. We focused on Broadway Market. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QPNMDTDjQ4&feature=player_embedded] It was published on the Hackney Citizen website, with an article that I wrote (see below) to go alongside the film. (published 12 Feb 2010)

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