Visits-Pallant House Gallery Chichester.

Back in October of last year, I visited Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to see the Bomberg exhibition.

Here is some information from their website;

‘Pallant House Gallery opened in its present incarnation to national critical acclaim in July 2006. The remarkable £8.6 million build project, which took nearly three years to complete, seamlessly married the original Queen Anne, grade I listed town-house and the new wing, quadrupling Pallant House Gallery’s exhibition space.’

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I understand if you are reading this that the Bomberg exhibition finished in February but still I suppose you can have a look at the other nice things that I saw.

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So firstly here is the gallery stairwell decorated with a piece called ‘Composition for a staircase’ by Lothar Gotz.  I enjoyed it and I liked how the walls changed the colours with the sunlight and also you were allowed to take pictures by it and then put them on Instagram. I believe it is ‘highly grammable’  Considering when I arrived I asked if I could take photos of the exhibits for my course and was given a map with crosses on which meant no, no and no, I was sad that this was to be the antithesis of my photo taking day but still it is a good site specific art piece.

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It even had its own #STAIRWELLSELFIE hashtag.

Pablo Bronstein, Wall Pomp. 18th Century stairwell until the 18th September 2018.

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‘An ambitious installation by Pablo Bronstein is the latest contemporary intervention in the Gallery’s 18th century townhouse. Reflecting his enduring fascination with architecture, Bronstein has created a wallpaper featuring monumental sculptures that disrupt the sense of history and space of the house, whilst providing a bold response to its past domesticity.’– Accessed 16th April 2018.

I really liked this installation and it was both overpowering and fascinating with the colours and shapes of the patterns used. I would very much like this wallpaper in my house and I would say when people asked what it was “Oh, it is just my wall pomp”.

Barbara Hepworth, Single Form, Nocturne, 1968.

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Fernand Leger, L’Engrenage Rouge, The Red Gear, 1939.Oil on canvas.

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I liked this image as it reminded me of a child’s drawing and I liked the blue and the red together. The shapes and the detail of the various parts and the greens. I thought it looked more like a red monster rising out of somewhere but with it being called The Red Gear, well yes I suppose it does look industrial. I hadn’t heard of this artist before and with a further look there is a retrospective of his work in Tate Liverpool this November so I will go and have a look at that.

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Lucien Freud, Portrait of a girl, 1950, oil on copper. 

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I always like to see a Freud if there is one about and I don’t know really, I like the style of his portraits and the way the faces are full of character. The bleached out colours and the sometimes stark backgrounds he uses in his paintings always makes me study them more. There is some more information about the David Dawson- Working with Lucien Freud exhibition at Pallant House in 2012 HERE.

Susie MacMurray, After ‘Shell’, 2008.

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I really liked this piece, mainly as the shells looked so grandiose but also the textures of the shells mixed with the velvet inserts. I collect shells and I had big ideas of doing this to all of mine when I got home, which was quickly quashed as I do not have any velvet and all of my shells are in jars out the way. In 2006 over 20,000 shells were displayed on the walls of the stairwell in Pallant House. You can see HERE.

Nigel Henderson, ICA Exhibition poster for Nigel Henderson;Recent Work, 1961, Printed poster on paper. 

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This part of the gallery was staging the exhibition, Nigel Henderson– A Centenary.

‘Nigel Henderson (1917-1985) was a transitional figure in the post-war British art world before the emergence of Pop Art in the 1950s and 1960s. A documentary and experimental photographer and artist who was close friends with Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton, he was known for his ‘Hendograms’ and ‘stressed’ photographs.’– accessed 6th April 2018.

I immediately loved it as I love old posters and advertising sheets. I loved the font used and the black and white heavy-set ink. Further research brought me to Hammer Prints which Henderson set up with Eduardo Paolozzi.


Screen-printed papers, by Eduardo Paolozzi, c.1950-52. © The estate of Eduardo Paolozzi. All rights reserved, the estate of Nigel Henderson. Photography: Andy Keate-– accessed 6th April 2018.


‘Sgraffito’, ‘Coalface’ and ‘Newsprint’ textiles, by Hammer Prints Ltd, c.1957-72, printed and dyed cotton. Courtesy of Target Gallery, London and a private collection. Photography: Andy Keate.– accessed 6th April 2018.

Just beautiful and you can read more about Hammer Prints HERE and HERE.

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Zero pictures of Bomberg as it was forbidden but if you go HERE, HERE and HERE , you    can see the exhibition, more about the pieces and some more portraits by the artist. I have seen the exhibition painting ‘Jerusalem City and Mount of Ascension’ at the Ferens in Hull and it is very, very good. The images I saw in this exhibition at first, I was a bit perplexed but once you got into the pieces he created in Spain and Palestine, his style evolved and became a lot brighter and the images are really special.


© The estate of David Bomberg. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: Ferens Art Gallery-– accessed 6th April 2018.

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Pallant House Bookshop has everything I ever wanted and much more including The Unsophisticated Arts book secured inside a glass case for safety. When I win on the Thunderball I will back to purchase everything.

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Nice signage font.
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Nice pumpkin friend in a window.

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I really enjoyed my mini trip to Pallant House and their exhibition space and the building itself is really interesting.

Entrance fees vary so do check their website before visiting.




All websites/links accessed 6th April 2018.


Visits- Airport 87-Shirley Baker-Manchester Central Library.

Last October on the way to get my train home. I noticed this very big sign outside Manchester Central Library.

Being a plane spotter and proud, the word ‘AIRPORT’ filled my eyes and shoving my last pieces of sausage roll into my mouth I was in.

I love Manchester Central Library, I love all libraries, I work in one and exhibitions in libraries are always very good to see.

I last saw an exhibition of Shirley Bakers images during the summer at The Grundy in Blackpool. I really like her work and it is very nostalgic and such a big part of our social history.

I started with wiping off the remains of sausage roll crumbs off my face as nobody wants to see that and I made my way round.

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Manchester Airport especially 1980’s Manchester or Ringway to be correct holds lots of memories for me. I used to go there with my dad on days out back when you could park for free and wander in to watch the planes out of the window or go up onto the roof of Terminal 1 to see and hear them in action on the apron.

The excitement was always brought further by seeing what my dad called ‘Icarus’ which we now know is Elisabeth Frinks The Ascent of Man, Alcock and Brown Memorial outside as you drove into the terminal. When I think of it being outside like that now I have a small internal whimper. There is a very interesting piece HERE where Elisabeth Frink talks about the sculpture and the commission. There is also an interesting piece HERE from Mainstream Modern that gives a bit of information about the airport and the sculpture.

Moving along to terminal one, you were in, where the excitement happened, bag of crisps from John Menzies, surrounded by smoke and massive suitcases from Salisbury’s  and always one extra suitcase containing packs of ham and beans, you know in case ‘they didn’t do it over there’

The giant glass chandeliers topped it off for excitement levels as a 6-year-old, watching big DC10’s take off and land. The livery’s, the people and the atmosphere.

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Holiday clothes and brand new holiday shoes.

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The end of holiday taxi queue. I love this and the lady with her tan, holiday hair and holiday shoes, still unrepentant that she is back in Manchester, it is freezing and everybody is very tired but I am Torremolinos.

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200 Regal King size, Cinzano and a box of bacca. You saved at least £30 buying in bulk like this and I also like the flight bag which will contain 3 lighters, 6 packs of Golden Wonder Ready Salted and some Duty Free LouLou perfume, ‘For on the night’.

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Aah my beloved chandeliers. One of them is in The World of Glass less than ten minutes away from where I live and I really should pay a visit to it. Part of me doesn’t want to and I would like it reinstalled in Terminal 1 outside Sock Shop.

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It was very nostalgic to see these images as is any Shirley Baker exhibition. I really enjoyed it and came away wanting a glass of Cinzano, an Embassy King Size and a budget Britannia Airways trip to Mallorca.

You can find out more about the exhibition HERE.

All links and websites accessed 17th January-20th March 2018 respectively.

Visits- Jenny Steele- Miami to Morecambe-This Building for Hope-Midland Hotel-Morecambe.

Last October on a very windy Morecambe day I visited the Midland Hotel to see Miami to Morecambe- This Building for Hope by Jenny Steele.

This was to be my first time visiting The Midland and I was very excited. The Midland Hotel opened on 12 July 1933. It was built by the London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) Railway, and replaced a Victorian hotel of the same name. The new hotel was designed by Oliver Hill in the ‘Moderne’ style, in the hope that this would attract wealthy visitors to the town.  I was told to look up a lot and on the roof I saw The Two Seahorses by Eric Gill.

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I felt ever so grand walking up to the door and I was entranced by the Crittle windows and imagining I was in Poirot. They really did film an episode here in 1993 and you can watch it below.

My memories of the hotel are very limited. I remember it as a kid as always being there on the drive through Morecambe and then on further visits over the years it had sadly become derelict. I vaguely remember it being renovated when passing through and now it is fully booked up for years.

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The Neptune and Triton medallion, Designed and carved by Eric Gill and painted by Denis Tegetmeier. Flipping Heck it’s impressive. There is a bit more about Eric Gill’s murals at the hotel HERE.

I was greeted by a lovely lady on reception and she gave me a guide and a map of the exhibition to see. I decided to start from the top and work down. Climbing up those grand steps I felt ever so posh. The staircase was designed by architect Oliver Hill. I imagined all the people who had walked up and down over the years in their best dress going down for dinner, which on further reading led me to this video of Thora Hird talking about the hotel in 1993. I love her yellow beret.

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The Fountain-Cavalier, Screenprints on card and plastic, paint on terracotta, 2017
 The Fountain- Ciccio, Screenprint on paper and plastic, paint on polystone, 2017 6th February 2018.

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 The Fountain- North Beach, Screenprint on card, print on metal, 2017 6th February 2018.

I really loved the designs on the pieces and the colours and how intricate and uniformed they are. The reproduction Marion Dorn rug sits underneath this piece.

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Moving down into the foyer I walked past the bar where I wouldn’t have minded a quick Guinness and came to the screen prints.

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They reminded me of a completely different time and the shapes and art deco influence. I wanted to stay at the hotel and be back in the 1930’s with afternoon tea and maybe a game of bridge on the sea terrace.

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I loved all of the screen prints but my favourite is this blue design. It reminded me of the roof of The Midland, maybe it is the lines at the top but anyway it is my favourite and that’s that.

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The Fountain- Colony Theatre, Screenprint on card, paint on polystone, 2m x 1m, The Midland entrance, 2017 6th February 2018.

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I couldn’t get over it all, the designs, the colours, the screen prints and the trinkets in the glass cases. It is so grand and so full of history but I was also starting to get in people’s way looking at everything as it was nearly tea time.

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I would very much like a model of The Midland that is in this case.

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Odysseus welcomed from the sea by Nausicaa- Eric Gill. Unless you are next to it and it is in front of you then you cannot say how you feel about it as it is truly beautiful. There is a bit more about Eric Gills work at The Midland HERE and also at one time this mural was feared lost forever and you can read about that HERE.

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Seahorse by Marion Dorn. Marion Dorn was a textile designer primarily in the form of wall hangings, carpeting and rugs, however she is also known to have produced wallpaper, graphics, and illustrations Known for her significant contributions to modern British interiors in particular for her ‘sculpted’ carpets. 8th February 2018

The original rugs that she designed for The Midland have long gone but there is a reproduction by the bar. However if you look HERE and HERE you can see the original carpets in the hotel that Marion Dorn designed. I liked this seahorse design very much and I thought about how long it had been there, the feet that have walked over it and it was still there to see everything when the hotel was derelict. I get too nostalgic.

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Moving outside as guests were getting ready for dinner, I said thank you and goodbye and went back outside into the wind. I liked these windows very much but I unfortunately wasn’t going to be there to see them lit up at dusk.

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The Tropical Garden, digital print on vinyl, 1.5m x 8m, 2017 6th February 2018.

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The glass front restaurant and those curves.

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Not so Nautical a Divide, 81cm x 56cm, digital print on PVC banners, Morecambe promenade, 2017 6th February 2018.

More treats were outside on the promenade. The banners looked lovely in the October sun and the colours really worked with the sea and surroundings. It reminded me of being by the sea and of a completely different time. I liked the pink banners the best as a nod to the seahorse design was on them.

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As I was running out of car park monies I had to go back, plus it was really cold and I had come without my hat. I came across some nice things on the way that on closer inspection seemed to be once part of something a lot bigger.

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Becoming very bemused at the steps that lead to nowhere I walked a bit further on and saw some very tasteful beige tiles.

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More bemusement followed and I needed to know what I was looking at.

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It seems to be the remnants of Morecambe Swimming Stadium. I found quite a bit on the internet about it and I am amazed that it was knocked down. Look at this postcard, it makes me sad how beautiful it all was and that is some swimming pool.

Scan 130030002– accessed 8th February 2018.

and then this;

‘Morecambe was in a similar position in the holiday market to Hastings. Morecambe Council also decided it needed a large outdoor pool to compete with nearby Blackpool. A new pool was built in 1936 on the site of the former ship breaking business of T W Ward Ltd. The ship breakers had long been considered an eyesore to the town, but paradoxically were something of an attraction. Many visitors paid to go on board the doomed ocean liners and warships. This time Morecambe’s councillors made sure that they outdid Blackpool. The pool was truly massive, 396ft by 110ft. It was called the Super Swimming Stadium. The pool was designed by architects Cross and Sutton and built by Sir Lindsey Parkinson. The style was uncompromisingly modern. Ostensibly, it was built from reinforced concrete, like the pool at Hastings. However, 500,000 old-fashioned bricks were used in the construction. The statistics of the materials used make awesome reading. As well as the bricks, there were 15,000 cubic yards of concrete, 450 tons of steel reinforcement, 2,000 square yards of granolithic flooring, 5.5 miles of pipes, 12 miles of electrical wiring and 400 lights.

Morecambe’s new pool had problems right from the start. The Council was sued, unsuccessfully as it turned out, when a boy slipped on the new pool’s non-slip steps and broke his front teeth. More seriously, a leak had appeared in the sea wall that formed the basin, in which the pool was set, even before construction of the pool itself began. The cause of the leak was never established and repair work never really cured the problem. This meant that sea-water could leak into the pool at high tide and the water from the pool could escape at low tide.

In spite of its problems the pool did go on to play host to the Miss Great Britain contests after the War, but was eventually demolished in the ‘seventies.’– accessed 8th February 2018

and there is a video of the stadium showing The Miss Great Britain contest 1963.

It was then made into a water park called Bubbles and these are some of the tiles that are left.

My old nostalgic brain had begun to freeze in the wind and I will definitely go back in summer to investigate some more.

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morecambe1– accessed 8th February 2018

bubbles morecambe outdoor pool!-accessed 8th February 2018

There are lots of old photographs of the pool HERE and surrounding areas. I never went to Frontier Land but I remember THIS advert to this very day.

Morecambe Winter Gardens. It is such a lovely building and I am pleased that it has been restored. On my next trip I will go in and look. Go HERE and see.

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Exhibition guide and map.

IMG_20171207_0001_NEWIMG_20171207_0001IMG_20171207_0002I had a lovely time visiting Morecambe and The Midland and Jenny Steele’s exhibition. I have also been overwhelmed about how much there is to find out about these places.

I found THESE pictures of the hotel when it was derelict and it is really sad how it  looked but it has all turned out good in the end.

There is also THIS very informative website which details the hotel as it was through to being refurbished.

Thank you to The Midland Hotel for letting me wander about, take pictures and use your beautiful toilets. Excellent hand wash.

Assignment 1 Research- Visit an Art Gallery-St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery-Lymington.

Back in December I visited Lymington. It is a historic market town with a harbour, high street, slippy cobbles and excellent charity shops. I thought that I would tie the trip into research for a gallery visit to use for my first assignment.

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is situated off the main high street. From the outside without any knowledge of the history of the building it all looked very new and modern and had a cafe with big windows to nose out of. I understand that ‘nose’ isn’t the correct language to use when researching but they were very big windows.

On arrival it was quite busy with lots of people in the cafe and bustling around. I had my National Art Pass so entrance was free on producing but the prices vary between adult and child and are between £3.00 and £6.00 if you include gift aid.

The exhibition that was being shown was Art of World War II: John Noott Collection.

Featuring rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, this exhibition explores the art of the Second World War through the remarkable collection of art dealer John Noott.’

‘John Noott was just seven when war broke out in 1939. Later in life, as a successful art dealer, he began to collect art made during the war years. The collection now includes over 100 paintings, prints and posters by famous and lesser-known artists, including Felix Topolski and Eduardo Paolozzi. After a brief showing at the Broadway Arts Festival in 2016, this exhibition represents the first major gallery showing of Noott’s rich collection of war art.’– accessed 11th January 2018

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I didn’t ask about taking pictures in the gallery spaces until I was inside so I kept it to a minimum of a couple of outdoor images and a few indoor to show the inside of the gallery.

I looked up the origins of the museum on their website;

‘St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery is an independent organisation governed by Lymington Museum Trust, a registered charity (no.1018779). Since opening in 1999, it has acquired a reputation as one of the finest museums and art galleries in the region. In July 2017, St Barbe re-opened after a 10 month closure for a total refurbishment. The project was made possible by a £1.78 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and more than £500,000 in donations from other trusts, organisations, businesses and individuals.’– accessed 11th January 2018


How the gallery used to look before refurbishment. This image is on the art uk website and it hasn’t been updated to show the new building. I feel I must tell them.– accessed 16th January 2018

‘The Museum is housed in a building which was formerly Lymington’s first national school, built in 1835. The museum was opened in its current form in 1999 and is fully accessible. St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery’s collections cover primarily the social history of the New Forest coast area, including Lymington, New Milton, Milford-on-Sea, Barton, Boldre, Sway and Hordle. This comprises a large photographic collection, prints and drawings and a collection of items reflecting the people, events, places and businesses of the Solent shore.’– accessed 16th January 2018

Going into the first gallery the exhibition was brightly lit and very well set out. There was lot to get through and see but as I had set my mind on looking for portraits I felt I did skim past some of the paintings around the side.

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Ruskin Spear (1911-1990) VE Night.

I was drawn to this image mainly because of the colours and how busy it was.

‘Ruskin Spear, CBE, RA (30 June 1911 – 17 January 1990) was an English painter. Born in Hammersmith, Spear attended the local art school before going on to the Royal College of Art in 1930. He began his teaching career at Croydon School of Art, going on to teach at the Royal College of Art from 1948 to 1975.

Initially influenced by Walter Sickert and the Camden Town Group, and the portraiture of the Euston Road School, his work often has a narrative quality, with elements of humour and gentle satire.

Because he used a wheelchair due to childhood polio, much of his work focused on his immediate surroundings. He rendered the citizens of Hammersmith relaxing in and around the local pubs, theatres and shops. A retrospective of Spear’s work was held at the Royal Academy in 1980. His work is represented in the Tate Gallery Collection.

A large number of Spear’s paintings are held in important public collections, including the Government Art Collection, Arts Council England, National Portrait Gallery, Imperial War Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts.’– accessed 15th January 2018

After reading about him concentrating on his immediate surroundings I could see this reflected in the image. I can imagine this party happening outside the pub, people pouring out into the streets to celebrate. Finally being able to see some sort of end to the war and for just this one night life was as it used to be.

The detail is very apparent in the colours, the people dancing and waving flags, even the ironwork above the doorway and the signs get the same detailed treatment.

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Next to this painting is a piece by Feliks Topolski of The Nuremberg Trials.

‘Feliks Topolski was born on 14 August 1907 in Warsaw, Poland. He studied in the Warsaw Academy of Art, and trained as an artillery officer.Later he studied and worked in Italy and France, and eventually he moved to Britain in 1935 after being commissioned to record King George V’s silver jubilee. He opened a studio near Waterloo station, which later became an exhibition and then a cafe-bar featuring his art.

During the Second World War, Topolski became an official war artist and painted scenes of the Battle of Britain and other battlefields. In 1941, Topolski travelled to Russia alongside the men of 151 Wing RAF on board the RMS Llanstephan Castle, which was sailing to the port Archangelsk as part of Force Benedict, a mission to provide air support in defence of the port of Murmansk. Topolski was travelling as an accredited War Artist for both Polish and British governments. He was also under contract to Picture Post magazine, which published many of his drawings after his return.’ 16th January 2018 -m accessed 16th January 2018

You can only just see the image at the side but again this is an artist I hadn’t heard of but once I started to research him I recognised his images and style. I am cross with myself that I don’t know more about him as his work is wonderful. Here is some information about his Nuremberg paintings.


Confessions of a Congress Delegate.
Printed in 1949. An account of the adventures of Feliks Topolski who was an artist delegate at the International Congress of Intellectuals for Peace.– adapted & accessed 17th January 2018.

How heavenly to be in civvies again, David Louis Ghilchik1944.

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I focused in on this image which I thought was worth a sneaky photograph. I loved the colours and line drawings by the artist and it reminded me of old-fashioned perfume adverts from the 1930’s. I liked the brazenness of it and the rough sketched design. I think I might use and research this image further for my assignment.

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Cartoon, c. 1920, Ghilchik.

‘David Louis Ghilchik was born in Botoşani, Romania, on 7 April 1892, the son of Abraham Josef Ghilchik, a dealer in lace and linen, and his wife Sali. The family moved to Salford, and David studied under Adolphe Valette at Manchester School of Art from 1907 to 1915.  He went on to study under Henry Tonks and Ambrose McEvoy at the Slade School of Fine Art. He served as a truck driver on the Italian front during the First World War.

He drew cartoons for Punch, including some silent comic pages, and the Daily Sketch, between the wars. He competed for Great Britain in the 1928 and 1932 Olympics in the mixed painting, drawing and watercolour event, and painted in oils in a style influenced by Christopher Wood, exhibiting widely. He died in Poplar, London, in the fourth quarter of 1972.’ adapted & accessed 17th January 2018

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I found the first gallery to be well set out and I was able to get up close to the images and see and study them. The floor space was big enough so that you could stand back and admire the paintings. There were an awful lot of artists I didn’t know and having since researched the exhibition further there were a lot of artists that I did know but showing work that was different from their signature pieces.

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The displays in the middle of the floor, I didn’t really notice. The floor space is quite large and I think because I was looking for certain paintings that I needed to research, I walked past them. If I hadn’t taken these pictures I don’t think I would have remembered them. I don’t know why this is, maybe I was concentrating too much and walked round the outside only.

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The second room held the museum which had lots of local history pieces inside. I am not from the area but it was very interesting to learn about its past and the surrounding areas. I very much liked these big shells and sharks teeth.

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The exhibition had very good access going from room to room,  Full disabled access along with magnifiers, guide dog friendly and seating if you needed it. The large print exhibition labels were very good for me as even with glasses I can struggle sometimes.– accessed 16th January 2018

Seating and wheelchair availableSeating and wheelchair available

Nappy changing facilityNappy changing facility


Full wheelchair accessFull wheelchair access

Assistance dogs welcomeAssistance dogs welcome

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The cabinets were full of curiosities mainly about the history of Lymington and the surrounding areas. Lots of interactive exhibits to listen to and touch.

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Compare this view with the one previous of what the gallery and museum looked like before being refurbished and there is a very big difference. The style of the building is very modern with new signage and glass front.

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Those slippy cobbles I mentioned earlier. ‘lethal in the frost’ I was told.

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New Forest ponies.

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The exhibition was very interesting and the gallery itself is a little gem. They have an excellent website that tells you all about the history and the exhibitions they have on show. I am unsure at to whether there was an exhibition catalogue as this is one thing I really could have done with.

Visit their Website

The exhibition is on show until 17th February 2018.

All websites and links accessed 11th January -18th January consecutively.


Visits-The Grundy Art Gallery-Blackpool.

Back in the Summer on an a day trip to Blackpool I visited The Grundy Art Gallery. I had been wanting to visit for a while but never found myself in the area. There were three exhibitions on show when I visited and I will start with Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldocks, LOVE LIFE:ACT II.


I was firstly met by a nice piece of Martin Creed neon as you walk in. I would like this in my ‘things’ room.


I have since read up on the artists and the exhibition and it was described as this;

‘Working together, artists Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart have radically re-imagined the traditional seaside show, Punch and Judy.’– Accessed 16th November 2017.


First thoughts were a bit mixed. I could hear lots of goings on in the other room which was coming from a film to watch and then this giant head with a TV eye wrapped in felt was before me. I liked it and it reminded me of these characters- – accessed 16th November 2017.



I have since found out that this giant thumb, which was made by Blackpool Councils illuminations department have a depot called Lightworks where on special open days you can go and visit them all. It is on my calendar for next year.


Under The Thumb (2017)

Walking around the exhibition I liked the use of felt and just a set amount of the same three or four colours to make the installations and the backgrounds.








Now I have read more about the exhibition I get that it is a bigger version of the inside of a Punch and Judy house but I honestly didn’t get it at first. I seemed to focus on the bits and pieces on the floor, the various rooms such as the kitchen with its washing machine contents. The eyes that were appearing on blankets and walls and the feet. I think at this point I felt that I just liked it but I was perplexed.


Lots of things in it reminded me of something else, for example the ironing board reminded me of the opening to a kids programme years ago where the heads moved to a beat, I think it was The Ozone or maybe even Equinox. I cannot think and it is annoying me. Maybe I have watched too much 80’s TV? Maybe they have?



I liked these plates very much and I would like some for myself.



The film that was playing mainly showed hum drum things happening that we all do everyday, washing, hoovering and then sleeping.





I liked the YOUR BACK made out of sausages. My camera lens wasn’t big enough to do the whole thing but I then wondered if they were real sausages and would they go off? Are they pretend? I was overthinking as I had seen a lot. Then half way up the stairs I said ‘Ah, Punch and Judy, crocodile, SAUSAGES!’




Leaving the exhibition to go upstairs I wasn’t quite sure what I had just seen. I liked it but I didn’t understand but then I did once I had read up about it. As it is a travelling exhibition with the first being at PEER in London, this one at The Grundy and the third at De La Warr Pavilion, I just don’t know if I saw it again I would understand and see more things I may I have missed. Regardless, I did enjoy it and there are some more links about the artists, galleries and exhibition at the end. The third part of the LOVE LIFE is on at The De La Warr Pavilion until January 7th 2018.






Onto the other exhibitions- Colin Frederick- Punch and Judy paintings.


I have never seen a real Punch and Judy show and this saddens me. Where I grew up there wasn’t that much of a call for one, it was only if you went to the seaside for the day that you managed to see or hear one on a distant pier.


IMG_20170808_0004_NEWA collection of puppets from the Grundy collection was on show in the back room.  I liked the crocodile but maybe because I could say ‘Sausages’ twice in one day in a public space.

Upstairs was the photographer Shirley BakersOn the Beach exhibition. I only briefly skim read about Shirley Baker when I was at college and it has only been in these past few years I have looked more at her work and realised how important it is.



I love old 70’s/80’s seaside pictures. Everybody is having fun, it is simple and busy but everyone has had fish and chips and a good day out and goes home to bed happy.

Here are some postcards I bought in the shop. I do hope that ladies mouth was OK and that she managed to find some lip balm.





Here are some links to the exhibitions that you can read if you like-

All websites/links accessed 16th November 2017.

Thankyou to The Grundy for allowing me to take pictures of the exhibitions.

Visits- Transformation- Peter Farrer-Sudley House.

On a very sunny August day I took a trip out to Sudley House in Liverpool. I really like visiting here and the small orangery at the back by the cafe is very special but you can only peer through the windows. Inside it was mentioned that there was an exhibition called Transformation– One mans cross dressing wardrobe. I immediately went upstairs to see more.


I was greeted with so much colour and taffeta which I love. I had a taffeta party dress when I was little and I remember swishing about in it at the 1988 school Christmas disco. I loved that dress. Cerise pink skirt with a black velvet top. Even at age 6  I knew ‘THIS’ was my party dress of choice.




‘Born in Surrey in 1926, Peter Farrer lived in Liverpool for many years. Sadly, he passed away in early 2017 aged 90. Peter began cross-dressing at the age of 14.

Peter’s interest in women’s period costume led him to collect extensively. Over the years he accumulated a huge number of garments, particularly evening dresses made between the 1930s and the 1980s.

Peter was especially interested in dresses made from taffeta, a crisp lightweight fabric that makes a distinctive rustle when the wearer moves. He had a wardrobe of taffeta dresses made that he wore at home, created for him by the Brighton-based dressmaker Sandi Steyning, owner of the Kentucky Woman Clothing Company.

This ground-breaking display features 21 garments from Peter’s historic and modern collection of cross-dressing clothes.’– accessed 26th October 2017



I really liked this picture of Peter as he looks so content, plus that is a very nice conservatory plant area.



And here is the above outfit.





I like this dress very much. The colour and the form and the way it falls is very exquisite. If it is going spare at any time and somebody is about to take it in for me then I am first dibs.



I really enjoyed the exhibition and it wasn’t something that I expected to see. I think Peter seems like a nice bloke and he just liked dresses and didn’t cause any fuss. I share his love of taffeta and I wish I could have spoken to him about that green dress.

At the back of Sudley House there are some gardens and the little orangery that I mentioned earlier. As it was the end of summer and things were finishing it was nice to see some late colour and all the plant pots lined up neatly. Also they do a very nice pot of tea.









You can visit Transformation at Sudley House until March 2018.

The video below details a bit more about the exhibition.– accessed 26th October 2017.

There is a good piece below written by Samantha Caslin from the University of Liverpool detailing more about the gender identity of the exhibition. 26th October 2017.

All websites/links/videos accessed 26th October 2017.

Visits-Edo Pop -Japanese Prints- Lady Lever Art Gallery.

My mum told me about this exhibiiton as she said ‘You like Japanese things and we can have a cup of tea in the cafe’ I am ready with my coat and shoes on and out of the house.

This was to be my second trip to Lady Lever after the Picasso prints exhibition back in January. I think January was a lot warmer than August to be honest.

A bit about the exhibition;

‘The energy and spirit of 19th century Edo (now Tokyo) is brought to life in this exhibition of 50 woodblock prints, on loan from local collector Frank Milner.

The vibrant and colourful prints were ‘mass produced’ by hand and eagerly sought after by fans of Edo’s popular culture. A single print cost the price of a haircut or two bowls of noodles. These were affordable images bought by a wide variety of people.

Visitors to the exhibition can explore an intriguing world of urban celebrities, actors, sports champions, fashion icons and villains, as depicted by leading printmakers such as Kuniyoshi, Kunisada and Kunichika, the last great master of the Kabuki actor print. The prints depict a time of great change and modernisation, when Western influence was starting to be felt alongside traditional Japanese culture.

Today these prints are considered to be outstanding examples of creativity and technical skill, but when they were first made the Japanese government referred to them as ‘trivial Edo things’.




I very much like a nice bust and I liked this ones hair. It looked like those butter curls you only ever get if you happen to be at a wedding and soup is your starter.


Ferdinando de’Medici-By Giovacchino Fortini (1671-1736)


So into the exhibition and I saw this quote first. I am not a big quote person but I agree with Vincent very much here.


Everything was so intricate and beautiful. You can get right up close to the prints and see so much detail and colour. There is so much to see in one print. I realised I was starting to block all of the pictures from everyone’s view so I moved on but still keeping an eye out in case.

This was very sad but I liked the writing and the green printed borders.




I liked this print as Newton-Le-Willows is near me. I have vowed for my 40th birthday that I will go to Japan. I have 5 years to save up and also make a note to visit this train in the museum. Don’t let me forget. The colours are so vivid and so much detail, tiny people on the shore, lots going on all around the train, smoke from the factory. It is marvellous.



I liked the title of this as being ‘Young woman upset’ I would be judging by that blokes sneaky arm in my rickshaw. That is a lovely dress though and the detail on the green mixed with the black and white pattern of the rickshaws detail and the background.









I think this was my favourite print because of his excellent eyebrows, lovely hair and even though he doesn’t feature in any records, he has been painted and remembered and this is all that matters.



A lovely silk apron with gold fringing. Very big feet and a good strong stance here.


I like the whole ‘Englishness’ of this and I secretly hoped the few bits of English that were spoken in the play where from Oliver Twist like ‘tuppence’ Guv’nor’ and ‘Bullseye’. I would have liked to have seen this play and caught one of the ‘nonchalant’ things thrown into the crowd.



Excellent sculpture here with a snake.





Edo Pop is on at The Lady Lever until the 24th September so you have about two and a half weeks to see.

Here is a video of Frank Milner whose collection it is talking about the exhibition.

All websites and links accessed 7th September 2017.