Summer Exhibition 2015

Every summer the Royal Academy holds this massive event in which over 1100 artists fill the walls. From paintings, photography, sculpture and architecture the art is varied and some of it is questionable.

“The Summer Exhibition is about artists’ generosity and democracy. No other gallery in the world tries to do what the RA does – open its doors to everyone who thinks of themselves as an artist, to have their work judged by their peers.” Bob and Roberta Smith RA

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The first thing you see as you enter the RA’s Annenberg Courtyard is ‘The Dappled Light of the Sun’ by Conrad Shawcross. A large and tall sculpture that you can walk between the legs of on the way to the main exhibition.


Then up these brightly patterned stairs into the first room of the exhibition. Made from hundreds of pieces of colourful tape by Jim Lambie.


The walls are painted bright and bold colours and the work is literally in some cases from floor to ceiling.


There is so much work you could walk round various times and see something new!

And heres a couple of our favourite bits!




It’s open till the 16th of August – book your tickets here: RA Summer Show

Also check out the BBC 2 documentary called ‘Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’.

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Salt and Silver at the Tate Britain

We headed over to the Tate Britain yesterday to check out their exhibition ‘Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860’ a look into the early photographic process of using light sensitive paper coated in silver salts to create photographic prints.


The overall exhibition was very interesting, getting to see images that were taken so long ago and look so much better than the photoshopped to death photographs that we see now.

Here are a few of our favourites


Roger Fenton, Captain Mottram Andrews, 28th Regiment (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot, 1855


John Beasly Greene, Egyptian Sculpture fragments, 1856


 Linnaeus Tripe, Puthu Mundapum, view of nave. Trimul naik’s choultry. 


Studio of Matthew Brady, Landing supplies on the James river Virginia, 

We want to know what the guy lying on the white pile in the bottom just of centre left is doing.

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William Fox Talbot, Scene in a Paris street, 1843

Finally a classic photographer and a classic photograph.


Although it was a great exhibition the focus on Talbot’s ‘creation’ of the photograph was a niggling issue that we couldn’t shake off. Above is ‘View from the Window at Le Gras’ by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, thought to be the earliest surviving photographic print made in 1825. We understand the exhibition is about the salt and silver process, but we think that this photograph should have been mentioned.

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5 Exhibitions to see in London

Here are some of the upcoming and current exhibitions in London that you should check out.

Spray-painted dress, No. 13, Spring/Summer 1999
Spray-painted dress, No. 13, Spring/Summer 1999

1 – Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty opening the 14th March at The Victoria and Albert Museum.

Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe.”

A look into the work of Alexander McQueen, with LFW it is the perfect time to take a look at the renowned designer.


2 – Salt and Silver: Early photography 1840 – 1860. Opened yesterday at The Tate Britain.

A look at one of the earliest forms of photography, salted paper prints. Featuring work by William Henry Fox Talbot who is thought to have found this process in 1839. These rare and fragile prints were the first stepping stone to the technological photography we know and use today.

Guy Bourdin, Hands On
Guy Bourdin, Hands On

3 – Guy Bourdin: Image Maker open now, at Somerset House.

A look at the works of fashion designer Guy Bourdin taken between 1955 and 1987. The exhibition hosts over 100 colour prints that show the distinct style of fashion photography that Bourdin brought to the genre. In this exhibition you will also see some of his black and white works that are a contrast to colour that is his reputation.


4 – Conflict, Time, Photography. Open now at The Tate Modern.

An exhibition that focuses on time and how it passes in the world of conflict. Looking at over 150 years of conflict the exhibition takes you on a journey. Each piece is ordered in the duration of time from when the event happened and when the photograph was taken. You can be looking at photographs of different events that were taken 7 months afterwards, but that actually happened 50 years apart. With different events being shown multiple times at different stages of the exhibition.

Desert Courtyard House
Desert Courtyard House, by Wendell Burnette Architects

5 – Designs of the Year 2015 at the Design Museum. Opening 25th March.

A celebration of design. Looking at work that “promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year”. With 6 categories (Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport) the show offers a wealth of design ideas and inspiration. Looking at what 2015 is set to offer us in many ways.

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Red’s True BBQ Nottingham

Sunday I was invited to the friends and family opening of Red’s True BBQ in Nottingham. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. The music playlist was awesome, perfectly suited to the style.


The good book, let there be meat. The leather menus feel great and are designed perfectly. For the amount of meat you get, the prices are great. I hear that theres a weekday lunch deal with bottomless drinks too.

Here’s what we got, and boy it was good.


BBQ Rib Taster



Mac-N-Cheese Balls


Prime USDA Beef Brisket Plate with Sweet Potato Fries


House Sauces with great recommendations to what to put on what.




The interior has low lights and an urban industrial feel. With neon lights, graffiti, varied levels, sofas and mix and match furniture. You can see into the kitchen and the smell of the smoked meat fills the room.


Theres a large  room within the restaurant that is available for renting out.



Why not have a clown statue with a glowing nose?


Well, I Believe.

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