Sorrel Hofmann at Irma Stern museum, February 2017. Instead of geographical images on the pages in an Atlas, we have an Atlas of images filling the gallery. In both we experience the vastness and language that is not familiar; we find a word or a river, a point of location to start our journey. In…

Entangled: Threads & Making | Turner Contemporary

Entangled: Threads & Making is a major exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery from the early 20th century to the present day. It features over 40 international female artists who expand the possibilities of knitting and embroidery, weaving, sewing and wood carving, often incorporating unexpected materials such as plants, clothing, hair and bird…

Frank Auerbach. Speaking and painting by Catherine Lampert

‘I do think it very important that the subject (abstraction is of course also a subject- a view of life, it is not “a way of painting”) should be felt to be momentous; the “emotion” is the result of the qualities the painter invests, transmuted and united by some sort of miracle where the painting…

The art of contemplation: mindfulness in galleries

By Gill Crabbe Published 14 September 2016 Mindfulness techniques can aid an authentic encounter with an artwork, especially those of the Abstract Expressionists, suggests Gill Crabbe. From the Autumn 2016 issue of RA Magazine, issued quarterly to Friends of the RA. About a year ago, at an exhibition at Bernard Jacobson Gallery in London, I…

Man with a blue scarf by Martin Gayford.

“….which is clear evidence that the picture is – like any work of art, in words, paint, stone or any other medium – an entity that follows its own inner laws.”

Keeping an eye open by Julian Barnes

“What counts is the surviving object and our living response to it. The tests are simple: does it interest the eye, excite the brain, spur the mind to reflection and move the heart; further, is an apparent level of skill involved?”


The joy of investing in contemporary art lies in the fact that the artist continues to produce work! The space between the patron and artist has to be skilfully negotiated to retain the creative freedom in which the artist flourishes, while managing the expectations of the “investor”.