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Go forage and digest: Top 5 art shows to savour this Summer

Summer in the city is made all the more better with a bit of culture-soaking. With so many exhibitions to forage and digest in London, it can be hard to make a choice. But have no fear, as my top 5 art show guide will hopefully smooth the way and help with your decision. Okay, so…

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The All too human experience at Tate Britain

Where can you go and see Freud, Bacon, Rego and Auerbach all under one roof? Tate Britain's 'All Too Human' captures the intimacy of life throughout the 20th Century in the idiosyncratic gestures of these renowned artists. As I walked into this show, into the first room 'The Raw Facts of Life', I was struck…

Artist deadlines – April

Put a spring in your step with a new exhibition this month! There are some juicy call outs this month, including the Chiara Williams Solo Award, which has extended their deadline until 6 April. The SOLO Award™ is an annual contemporary art prize open to artists of all ages, working in all media. The finalists are…

Life stilled: Tacita Dean at the National Gallery

Contemporary artist Tacita Dean takes on a well preserved and cemented genre in her refreshing new show. 'Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE' has a new exhibition at the National Gallery that promises to investigate the history of the genre by taking inspiration from the gallery's own collection, and interpreting it with a modern twist. Not only is…

Ilsa Brittain

Artist deadlines – January

Happy New Year peeps! And to my first blog post of 2018! I'm making a rule this year of not setting unrealistic goals and feeling, more than disappointed, when I don't achieve them by December. So instead, I'm just going to aim to do more of what I love: drawing and this blog! On that…

A tale of two Tates

Interactive playground installation and residual casted sculptures of the everyday. Both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain brings us a rare moment of joy and reflection. When you come to the City on your travels, you want to immerse yourself in a bit of culture. And London is the city for it. In fact, it's…

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Artist deadlines – November/December

The end is nigh!...The end of the year that is! And your last chance to enter some fantastic prizes and competitions. One to set your reminder for, if you're living and working in London, is the Whitechapel London Open: The Whitechapel Gallery’s open submission exhibition was launched in 1932 as the East End Academy for…

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Rolling Deadlines – October

Plenty of opportunities to be had this month that you don't want to miss! With Frieze Art Fair just around the corner, October will be a creative hub of activity. My highlight for the month is the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, for one simple reason - you get the chance to showcase your work in…

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017

Another year, another inclusive mix of contemporary, multi-disciplined drawings that form the Jerwood Drawing prize. For me, there was a clear focus on processes and form from this year's selected artists' - geometric shapes and clear lines dominated the show. From the cubic, mountainous landscape made from carefully folded card, to intricate and mesmerising scratches…

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017

Every year, the RA Summer Exhibition never fails to disappoint. Showcasing the breadth and diverse range of contemporary art today, this is the one show not to miss in your Summer calendar! Most exhibitions in London are free, unless you go to the larger institutes, and so an exhibition that I would have to fork…