The Ultimate Writing Prompt

I’ve been fighting my way out of a writing rut recently; wrestling with intangible ideas, struggling to shape words into sentences. I find myself procrastinating, sitting in front of my computer idly searching the web, knowing that the best way to break the block is to write, no matter how awful the result. And yet… […]

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Guest Post: Running Through The Darkness by Chris Cowcher

I am truly honoured to be offering up my blog as a platform for the following guest post. My lovely husband, Chris, has suffered with depression throughout our ten-year relationship and I have seen first-hand how this debilitating disease can drag even the most cheerful person into a state of utter despair. In the past […]

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Alexander James Wood @ Line Gallery

Currently on show at SVA’s Line Gallery are Alexander James Wood’s A1 and A0 screen prints. Overwhelming the small exhibition space with their vivid colours and graphic style, it could be easy to overlook the little details that really add depth and character to these pieces, choosing instead to focus on the artist’s skilled craftsmanship […]

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The Ins and Outs of the United States (with images)

In March this year I had the pleasure of visiting Ellis Island – America’s former immigration portal and home to my great-grandparents (William and Alice) for seven weeks during 1926. Walking through the empty rooms and hallways, knowing that my ancestors had once done the same, was a surreal yet enlightening experience and one that I […]

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Battle Lines

It was her face, I suppose, the way she looked at me; panic mixed with relief. It wasn’t an expression I was used to. In fact, I was braced for her usual “when will you learn to grow up” rant or her equally ineffective sigh of disappointment. But instead, as I pushed open the door […]

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ARTIST ROOMS On Tour: Bill Viola

Bill Viola’s work is mesmerising; both in terms of its content and its unique aesthetic. At The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham, three works from Viola’s The Passions series are showcased in a small darkened room, their glowing presence evoking an eerie yet oddly calming sensation made incongruous by the busy shops and noisy streets outside. Moving […]

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Love Is Enough: William Morris & Andy Warhol

‘Love is Enough’ ran from April 25th – September 6th 2015 at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and my review of this exhibition was published last July by online film, music, style and art magazine, Kolekto. Unfortunately, I no longer have access to the images that ran alongside this piece, but you can still see them here. When thinking about […]

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You Gave Us Our Childhood

Originally posted on Bellyful of Art:
You gave us our childhood when we were too young To know what it meant and yet still we clung To your hand as you held us, to the scent of your clothes To the sound of your laughter, to the words that you chose You gave us your…

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Rules To Live By, Part 3

It’s been a while since I posted the first two installments of this Tiny Tale, so if you need to refresh your memory, please follow the links: Rules To Live By, Part 1; Rules To Live By, Part 2. My father died shortly before my first child was born. Despite my grief, I found comfort in the […]

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Guest Post: Christmas, by David Grant

Originally posted on Bellyful of Art:
How many people this Christmas Know what Christmas is for? Eating and drinking and spending And parties by the score Do they know what they’re celebrating And what Christmas is for? Has it all been lost to commerce With everyone wanting more? Spending what they haven’t got On things…

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Do Ho Suh: New York City Apartment/Bristol

Another review from the Kolekto back catalogue. Installed from March 28th until September 27th this year, Do Ho Suh’s ‘New York City Apartment/Bristol’ was brought to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in association with local contemporary arts centre, Arnolfini. Displacement is not a new emotion. Perhaps we have all experienced it to a greater or lesser […]

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Open for Business

This year I had the wonderful opportunity to write for Kolekto Magazine, an online publication focusing on film, music, art and style. Whilst working for Kolekto’s art department, I produced four in-depth reviews of exhibitions in Birmingham, Bristol and New York. Unfortunately, Kolekto closed its virtual doors in August, but despite the sadness of this […]

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Eleven

Originally posted on Bellyful of Art:
Beneath the curling clouds, white and darkest grey, A measly crowd align, on a cold and sodden day To take their silent solace, in a ritual long supported, And listen to the memory, of lives that once were thwarted. But a roll call of the dead, of names now…

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Writing, writing and more writing!!

I know you’re all hotly anticipating the final instalment of my latest three part Tiny Tale, Rules To Live By, (I know I am – I haven’t even finished writing the thing yet!), but in the meantime I thought I’d keep you up-to-date with my recent work outside of Bellyful of Art. Rather excitingly, I […]

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Rules to Live By, Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part story. Read part 1 here! It was during my early twenties that my relationship with The Rules reached a turning point. ‘How could you?’ cried Janine from amongst a tangled mass of floral bed linen. ‘How could you be so selfish, so spiteful?’ ‘Look, Janine, I’m sorry, […]

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