Be Faithful to Your Dreams

Tracey Emin doesn’t do anything by halves. She still parties like its 1999, enjoys all the better things in life, yet remains an immensely important, influential and, above all, prolific artist. Sixteen years after her Turner Prize nomination, Simon Kelner tracks the changes in her life and art, asks how she feels now about her…

The Making of Mark

In the past decade, the Darbyshire workshop – originally a small studio in the East End of London – has grown into an expansive double-storey set-up on White Lion Street (the kitchen alone is as big as the old HQ was). There is also a country branch in Stroud, Gloucestershire; a convenient stone’s throw from…

Venus Envy

From the titillating seraphim and cherubim of early church frescoes through the whole contentious history of nude painting, up to Allen Jones’s sculptures of women as objectified sex objects, and Manet’s Olympia, male artists have never fought shy of expressing their fantasies as visual art. In the 21st century, 40 years after feminism first attempted…

Sebastian Sharples

Sebastian Sharples studied photography, but has made his career as a documentary film-maker. Working for the BBC and on independent projects alike, he had been an unseen presence behind the camera for nearly twenty years. Sharpies’ photographs find the poetic in the mundane. To him, everyday situations are working still lives- all objects are subjects.…