Culture notes


Even near the front line, there were flowers on the ward

6 September 2014 9:00 am

It’s the tub of bright red geraniums at the heart of the picture that startles. How did anyone have time…


A wooden UFO lands in Yorkshire Sculpture Park

30 August 2014 9:00 am

The New York-based sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard comes from a long line of Polish and Ukrainian peasant farmers. She was…


Anne Seymour Damer: the female Bernini?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Anne Seymour Damer (1748–1828) was virtually the only female sculptor working in Britain during her lifetime. Contemporary artists may have…


Less cuddly, more creepy: The Human Factor at the Hayward Gallery

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Jeff Koons’s ‘Bear and Policeman’ has been used to advertise the Hayward Gallery’s latest show The Human Factor (until 7…


3,000 acts and no quality control – why the Edinburgh Fringe is the greatest (and patchiest) arts festival in the world

9 August 2014 9:00 am

And they’re off. The mighty caravan of romantic desperadoes, radical egoists, stadium wannabes, struggling superstars and vanity crackheads is on…


A history of remembrance

2 August 2014 9:00 am

One fight that seems to have been won is that spearheaded by the War Memorials Trust to preserve the thousands…


Alexander Pope, inventor of celebrity

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘The Picture of the Prime Minister hangs above the Chimney of his own Closet, but I have seen that of…


A celebration of Scottish artistic success over the past 25 years

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Since spring this year, art venues across Scotland have been dedicating themselves to a gigantic project called Generation. Involving more…


Ryedale Festival: a beacon of survival without subsidy

12 July 2014 9:00 am

There are festivals of everything, everywhere. So why get excited about the Ryedale Festival (11–27 July) apart from the fact…


Seeing London afresh, one bridge at a time

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Bridges aren’t necessarily something you think of as being beautiful, particularly if you consider them primarily as the means to…


Has the rake progressed?

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress has been a rich resource for artists. Film-makers recognise his modern moral subjects as an ancestor…


The song that fought apartheid

21 June 2014 8:00 am

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Mannenberg, the seminal album by the Cape Townian jazz pianist…

The London Library

New wonders among old shelves at the London Library

14 June 2014 8:00 am

The Royal Court Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre and the London Library (above) are buildings of varied character and rich…


Uncovering a Royal treasure trove

7 June 2014 9:00 am

It’s rare for the public to be given access to the Royal Archives. They are housed in the forbidding Round…


When Van Gogh lived in London

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Eighty-seven Hackford Road, SW9, is unremarkable but for a blue plaque telling the world that Vincent van Gogh once lived…


Norman Thelwell: much more than a one-trick pony

24 May 2014 9:00 am

‘The natural aids to horsemanship are the hands, the legs, the body and the voice.’ But a Thelwell pony sometimes…


The general who scribbled and doodled his way around the British empire

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Soldier scribes are rare, soldier artists rarer still, and soldiers who can write and draw rarest of all. General Henry…


Fifties domestic harmony

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Our love affair with the 1950s has been going on for years and shows no sign of abating. Pangolin London,…


John Deakin is no genius – and he has not been forgotten

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Every so often, John Deakin, jug-eared chronicler of Soho and hanger-on at the Colony Rooms, is breathlessly rediscovered as the…


Exploring the world of Jean Paul Gaultier

26 April 2014 9:00 am

‘London,’ says Jean Paul Gaultier, ‘was my vitamin. I love the freedom of London…The energy, the character, all the people…


Brains on a lithographic slab

19 April 2014 9:00 am

The Blyth Gallery is situated in the Sherfield Building, deep in the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London. The…


From egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly

12 April 2014 9:00 am

South Kensington is teeming with butterflies at the moment, or at least the specially constructed tropical enclosure at the Natural…


Michael Craig-Martin pokes a giant yellow pitchfork at the ordinary

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Visitors to Chatsworth House this spring might wonder if they have stumbled through the looking-glass. The estate’s rolling parkland has…


The art of data

29 March 2014 9:00 am

When you’re next waiting for a train at King’s Cross, don’t waste time window shopping on the concourse. Instead, pop…


Jeremy Deller is lost in Walthamstow

22 March 2014 9:00 am

At the Venice Biennale last year, Jeremy Deller presented English Magic in the British Pavilion. It was an aggressive look…