Hanging out ‘Among the trees’ at the Hayward Gallery

A breath of fresh air that takes you away from the city and into the comfort of nature The city has changed. It's no longer a place to meet up and have a drink with friends, see your favourite band play live or catch a spontaneous film. So when I went into London for the…

Illustrator of the month – Eizin Suzuki

Bask in the illustrated sunlight of Eizin Suzuki. A pop of colour and a splash of light shimmer through Japanese illustrator Eizin Suzuki's holiday-style snaps. Suzuki made his name designing magazine covers and advertising campaigns for leading Japanese companies, including Nikon, Suntory, Nissan, and Nippon Oil, as well as a number of Tatsuro Yamashita’s album covers.…

RA’s Summer Exhibition

From an eclectic menagerie of animals to political and controversial creative statements, there's never a dull moment at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. Following Grayson Perry's curated record-breaking 250th Summer show, you might be right in thinking that anything that follows would dull in comparison, but you'd be wrong! This exhibition never fails to disappoint.…

Artist of the month – Harald Sohlberg

Escape into the enchanted forests, celestial landscapes and blissful sunsets of Norwegian Master Harald Sohlberg There is a haunting aura that shrouds the Norwegian landscape. Step too closely or linger too long and you might not escape. But maybe you don't want to?! Sohlberg's most accomplished and much loved 'Fisherman's Cottage' (below) is an odd…

10 Must see Summer shows 2019

Jump head first into the wave of awesome art exhibitions hitting London this Summer. Soak up Spanish Impressionism, question what it means to be human in the digital age and experience a room full of rainbows. Where do I start?!   1. Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light - The National Gallery This is the first…

Anna Smith, Above and Below

Artist deadlines – April

Step into Spring with these exciting open calls and exhibition opportunities. For those who part time work or want to commit to their drawing hardcore for a year, then The Drawing Year at the Royal Drawing School is one for you. The Drawing Year is a full scholarship MA-level course offering up to thirty students…

Artist of the month – Myriam Dion

Current events become timeless articles in Mryiam Dion's intricate newspaper cuttings. Your eyes strain for detail and open in amazement at the elaborate transformation and beautifully carved-out newspapers from Myriam Dion. She creates a new visual language to tell a story, which comments on a throwaway consumerist culture and how easily we absorb the news…

The Colour of Memory

A colourfully charming retrospect of an Impressionist who's dividing opinions at Tate Modern.Stepping into the 'The Colour of Memory', a retrospective of Pierre Bonnard at Tate Modern, I felt a little lackluster and uninspired by the paintings I saw in Room 1. But realising I had 12 more rooms to trudge though, I tried to…

Stone sculpture

Artist of the month – Matthew Simmonds

Pass through sacred architectural spaces in miniature from Copenhagen-based artist Matthew Simmonds. Cast your eye over the marble-esque stone sculptures and travel back in time to humble beginnings and forgotten architecture. Simmonds' intricately carved stone sculptures reveal internal worlds left from some by-gone age, to be explored and experienced by modern day eyes. Working with raw…

Artist deadlines – January

Happy New Year! Any new year's resolutions you're looking to stick to this coming year? Well, for me, it's spending more time in a creative bubble and producing some work to enter competitions and hopefully show in an exhibition! Get motivated and start 2019 right with this fresh batch of artist opportunities. Highlight opportunity this…