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Artist-led London gallery unveils strategy for eclectic displays, diversity of disciplines
Sep08

Artist-led London gallery unveils strategy for eclectic displays, diversity of disciplines

Yinjie Sun aka Sunny, artist, art instructor and gallerist, has been on a trajectory that is best noted for encapsulation of time, packing decades into years, months into days, or so it seems. Arriving in London in the later part of the last decade as a foundation student at Camberwell College of Arts, on the lower rungs of the University of the Arts London system, Yinjie Sun promptly set to work on raising his painterly profile with...

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Yaw Obuobi: Narrator of yarns
Jul15

Yaw Obuobi: Narrator of yarns

Yaw Obuobi tells stories as he spins a yarn or two, but mostly more than two, more likely hundreds, or thousands. A selection of fruit  of his painstaking work on ‘paintings’ made entirely of yarn, at the Gallery of African Art 14 July-13 August 2016, reminds us that Africa’s love of textiles is borne over a very long thread indeed. Archaeological forays into prehistory—what we do not know well enough—has yielded...

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Art generation: Bahrain showcases ‘art across borders’
May18

Art generation: Bahrain showcases ‘art across borders’

The minuscule state of Bahrain, morphed from an emirate into a kingdom 14 years ago,  is striking out to win international recognition for its own home-grown contemporary art scene on the heels of last year’s commercial fair initiative, ArtBahrain. In what evidently is the next instalment of that effort, 17 artists will show their work in a London exhibition, Bahrain Art Across Borders, which abbreviates neatly as BAAB or baab,...

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Children’s art from Hiroshima
Aug05

Children’s art from Hiroshima

Art made by Japanese school children in the aftermath of the Second World War is a highly appropriate though emotionally charged way to commemorate this year’s anniversary, the 70th, of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and London’s Daiwa Foundation galleries is doing just that. Paintings from Hiroshima (5-13 August 2015) brings together art produced by children, including pupils at a girls school that lost...

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‘Entry prohibited…’ features artists of The Other
May31

‘Entry prohibited…’ features artists of The Other

Europe’s current struggles with its past, present and unknowable future are brought together in what appears to be a trenchant exhibition in a town previously notorious for its unwelcoming stance, albeit as part of the Cold War, and more recently noted for a  widening embrace for ‘new Europeans’ from Africa, Asia and elsewhere, writes Sajid Rizvi. ENTRY PROHIBITED TO FOREIGNERS, yes, all in capital letters, features...

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Champ of the Camp comes to London
May06

Champ of the Camp comes to London

Champ of the Camp, which takes the familiar and failsafe route of art to pinpoint effectively what mainstream media often fail to do, is due for screening by Crossway Foundation Thursday 7 May at Edge of Arabia aka EOA.Projects in London. The pioneering full-length documentary, which premiered at Dubai film festival in 2013, is an exquisitely bitter-sweet portrayal of the multitudes of people, mainly from South Asia, who have toiled...

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