Considering Art Podcast – Patrick Altes, mixed media artist of Algerian heritage

In our latest podcast episode, UK-based French mixed media artist talks about life as a “pied noir”, the name given to those of European origin born in Algeria but who moved to France following independence. He talks about how this and living in South Africa, South America and Europe have had a profound influence on his life and art.

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Considering Art Podcast – Mark Surridge, British abstract artist

In our latest podcast episode, British abstract artist Mark Surridge talks with Bob Chaundy about the Cornish art scene, his journey from graphic design to abstract art, the controversy over his picture Storm Glow, how landscape has inspired him to delve into his psyche and how a residency in New Zealand affected his work.

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Mervyn Peake – British Library acquires his Visual Archive

Mervyn Peake will be best remembered as the author of the Gormenghast trilogy, those wonderful novels full of eccentric characters populating a bizarre fantasy world. What’s less known is that Peake was an acclaimed artist, regarded as one of the best children’s illustrators of his day. The British Library has just announced that it has acquired his visual archive of more than 300 original illustrations, that will now join the library’s collection of his papers.

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Considering Art Podcast – Amelia Troubridge, photographer

British prize-winning photographer, Amelia Troubridge, talks candidly about how she fell in love with photography, how she got her break through a mixture of talent and bravado, her problems with burn-out, her successful commercial career and her photo-journalism including her new book revisiting her assignment documenting the Manchester music scene of the late 1990s.

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Kovet.Art – Delineating Dreams

One of the effects of this current pandemic is that many of us are wondering what changes the virus will have wrought upon our society after it goes away (if it ever does go away!). 

In a broader sense, this zeitgeist has been taken up by Kovet.Art, a new arts organisation designed to help collectors discover the best emerging talent in the UK and to harness and mentor that talent. Its inaugural online exhibition, Delineating Dreams, invites eight of its artists to delve into a dream world expressing visually both the conscious and the subconscious. It’s a surrealism-heavy show just as our current plight has many such characteristics. 

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