International Children’s Art                       


The LIGIA or London International Gallery of Children’s Art was founded at Southbank International School in Hampstead in 1993.   They are a registered charity that host exhibitions of children’s art from both around the world and locally to London.  The most recent exhibition entitled “Save our Mangrove Forests: Portraits by Sri Lankan Children” included a variety of mixed media artwork giving an insight into the lives of children in Sri Lanka.  Featuring work created by fishing community children living in southern Sri Lanka, by young people whose lives were devastated by the 2004 tsunami.  The pieces selected showed a first-hand account of the importance of mangrove forests to the livelihood of coastal villages.

read more

In relation to 'the art of not doing much'

A small contemplation about nothing in particular

Taking the time to be calm and peaceful is an art in itself.  In the previous article, I reflected on the IINDM (The Art of Not Doing Much), which gives a tongue in cheek approach to relaxing, taking 'sophisticated life in the slow lane'.  What is it that allows this process to begin… this active participation in doing nothing?  

read more

Inspired by the summer, here is a small poem about childhood and feeling free...


How do you like to go up in a swing,    Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing    Ever a child can do!

read more


The ‘Ruin Lust’ exhibition on at Tate Britain reveals a collection of work that calls into mind the past, the historic and the lost.  The exhibition begins its focus on nineteenth century artists that explore ruined landscapes and the picturesque, such as Turner’s ‘Tintern Abbey: The Crossing and Chancel, Looking towards the East Window, 1794’.  This reminiscence of the past has been prevalent in art, with Renaissance artists looking to Classical art and the Antique for inspiration.  Roman ruins and sculpture were represented in a literal way with sculpted figures being made limbless to reflect the antique.

John Martin’s ‘The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, 1822’ looks to mythology for inspiration; the painting is an immense work.  With swirling areas of paint that engulf the scene, figures swoon with exhaustion in the foreground, and miniscule details of tiny figures appear in the ships at the shore of a churning sea.  The image is defined in shades of crimson, calling to mind a sea of blood, it is apocalyptic, and being at the beginning of the exhibition is the precursor to the ensuing ruin to come…

read more

The Work of William Kent


In recognition of the ‘Designing Georgian Britain’ exhibition at the V&A detailing the work of Georgian designer William Kent, here are some aspects of his life and work that led to a highly recognised era of design.

read more