The Met Gala – What Is It, and Why Does It Matter?

Aug 8th, 2019 | Dr Anna Lebovic

A few months ago, you may have stumbled across photographs of a number of celebrities wearing truly outrageous outfits. You probably saw images of superstars like singer Katy Perry wearing not one, but two fully functioning chandeliers around her head and her waist. On the same night, English model Cara...

Venice Film Festival 2019 line-up announced!

Jul 26th, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

In late July every year, the world of cinema is abuzz with speculation. Announcements about what will premiere at the Venice Film Festival are seen as an indication of who and what will make a splash at the Academy Awards early the following year. Here is the full line-up of...

On the Trail of the Shakers in New England

May 15th, 2019 | Dr Matthew Laing

Down the lonely country roads of rural New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Maine are the quaint remnants of a simpler past immortalised in American imagery for generations. Gambrel roofed red barns, simple white-steepled churches, white picket fences, and classically unornamented colonial houses. Though few realise it today, much of this iconic...

Nine Masterpieces in the Northeast, and How they Got There

Dec 14th, 2018 | Dr Matthew Laing

Though far younger than their European contemporaries, the great American art galleries of the Northeast have amassed collections of art that rival anything to be found in the Old World. The American tradition of philanthropic bequests, an insatiable curiosity with the art of the European masters, prescient predictions about the...

The Isles of Scilly: of helicopters, gardens and shipwrecks

Nov 30th, 2018 | Michael Turner

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Isles of Scilly, early one misty, summer’s morning more years ago than I care to remember – from a helicopter. On what promised to be a glorious day we took off from Penzance for the 15-minute flight. As we rose into...

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