Vashti Bunyan

St. Pancras Old Church – October 9 Kate Bush wasn’t the only elusive, cult female musician looking forward to a heroine’s welcome this year. Vashti Bunyan’s brace of rare, intimate shows at London’s St. Pancras Old Church were her first live appearances in the capital for six years and, in support of the newly released…

Kate Bush

Before The Dawn London, Eventim Apollo As Kate Bush emerged onto Before The Dawn’s stage it was difficult to believe it was really her. Such is the colossal nature of her myth, it would have seemed more in character if she’d set up a system of mirrors, clones and pulleys rather than actually being there,…

Anselm Kiefer

Royal Academy of Art s 27 September–14 December 2014 As I gazed upon the monumental paintings in Anselm Kiefer’s show at the Royal Academy, I wondered where these works go after they’re bought. It must be necessary to have access to vast palaces, or major galleries just to install them. Or perhaps the collectors construct…

London Eye

The recent London Film Festival offered its regular plethora of new releases to navigate. Having done his research, and his fair share of time in screening rooms, Francis Lamb zooms in on three films that caught his eye during this year’s cine – fest. Directed by Michael Winterbottom from a script by Paul Viragh, The…

Keeping It Reel

Artist biopics are an odd breed of film. There seem to be a number of them being released at the moment. Mr Turner (focusing on the later years of British painter J.M.W. Turner) hit the screens not too long ago; Effie Grey (based on the teenage bride of John Ruskin) is just about to land…

The Cine-Files

With more than a century of film history to navigate, deciding which films should be ushered into the pantheon of genuine cinema classics is a pitiless, not to say perilously subjective, business. Undaunted, we challenged 50 cultural luminaries to nominate their favourite film, and tell us why they love it. The results, like the films…

The Road to Hell…

In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot, director of such cinematic landmarks as suspense classic The Wages Of Fear and the murderous Gothic psycho-drama Les Diaboliques, considered by many (not least himself) to be the ‘French Hitchcock’, was, lamentably, on the back foot. French cinema’s new wave gunslingers had the previous generation of screen masters firmly in their…

Night Shift

Kirsten Glass talks to filmmaker Sarah Turner about how sacred geometry has taken her paintings in an exciting new direction, and how long night s in the studio are her greatest escape. SARAH TURNER — Your studio is full of new paintings, all from 2014. The first thing that struck me when I walked in…

The Song Remains The Same

Mike Lindsay (Tunng) on Múm’s ´Green Grass of Tunnel´ In 2000 I moved to London; I was 21 years old. Before that I lived in Hull, studying radio and sound production, and before that I’d grown up in Southampton, mainly playing in, and listening to, bad metal bands. It was when I moved to London…

(I do want to go to) Chelsea

Past meets present in January as the London Art Biennale returns to Chelsea’s Old Town Hall. Will Stokes reports. With the annual autumn flurry of art fairs behind us, many will undoubtedly be anticipating the cold sweat of withdrawal, frantically looking for something to look forward to in the New Year. Never fear: the London…