Sarah Maple

I’m a big fan of Sarah Maple’s art work. Her solo exhibition ‘It’s a Girl’ was displayed at the Aubin Gallery last month – just before I began working there. I’m gutted that I missed the exhibition but working in the Aubin’s Sarah Maple-adorned gallery office is slight compensation. I am surrounded by huge canvasses

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A Tate Day Out

Easter Sunday, for the agnostics amongst us, poses no routine obligation (family get-together, trip to church) but, as a national holiday – is a good opportunity to take-a-break. In multi-cultural London – the shops don’t even close, necessarily. Why should they? We don’t all believe it is necessary to celebrate the supposed resurrection of Christ

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Writing in Situ

Yesterday I went to an early evening talk at the RCA. The subject was ‘writing in situ’ and the speakers were Jane Rendell, Sally O’Reilly and Brian Dillan. As writing within the art world is now deemed a genre of its own – the three artists/writers were asked to discuss the role of space/ spatial

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Indian Injuries

When I was 18 – but thought I was about 36 – I popped ten, heavy novels into a backpack with a pair of pink Converse, a bikini and some sensibly-lengthed shorts, and boarded the plane to India. At around 6am, I found myself stranded in Kochi, Kerala – Southern India, with Lizzie – my

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The Classics…

I’m rather a fan of classical music. Classic FM has been banned by my less-classically-inclined other half from long car journeys, as he thinks the same pieces are just played on repeat. He’s wrong, of course, they just sound the same to his disinterested ears. This interpretation is mirrored by my perception of his beloved

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Random (play by Debbie Tucker)

I wrote this theatre review during my Journalism MA at London College of Communication for the Arts London. Random was televised recently – reminding me of its brilliance. In the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre market stalls are shutting down and cafés are wiping away the remnants of today’s business. It feels like time for

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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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