Purple Rain

Brixton-based Boudicca Collins makes paintings that are as rich in pigment and pattern as the hustling and bustling South London streets surrounding her studio. Abigail Moffat spent an afternoon with the artist and found her and her work to be an unabashed blend of dazzling colour and eccentric charm. I’m walking through Brixton market with…

Marking Time

Drawing is the most primal artistic activity available to us – an instinctual creative pursuit that can stop time, connect us to the deepest parts of our being and document our most intimate moments and feelings. It can also be, as Louise Clarke admits, a painfully exasperating business. Drawing hurts. It takes too long –…

The Creation Myth

Sophie Ioannou considers the fabled ‘perfect’ place and moment to stimulate transcendent creativity. “Inspiration has a really shitty sense of timing”, she argues… “It comes from a place that no one commands and no one conquers…” Leonard Cohen is addressing the Spanish audience at the Prince of Asturias Awards. He is explaining, in his deeply…

Vote Perkins

Without any pretence at front-line criticism, Peter Wix presents a quarterly digest of armchair observation to help in your search for the best of old and new movies. Here, he selects a handful of political films worth your vote. Provoking the self-deception of the millions is not only the work of filmmakers. Elections, generally and…

Don’t Let Our Youth Go To Waste

Jamie Holman admits that his life was as good as saved by going to art school. Nowadays a tutor at Blackburn College, a rare beacon of creative inspiration and aspiration in an otherwise depressed part of northwest England currently feeling the impact of coalition government austerity measures, Holman is deeply troubled by the uncertain future…