Unseen City: Martin Parr

There’s a fashion going round art galleries at the moment. I call it the ‘teenage bedroom’ look. Gigantic photographic prints are presented ‘pinned’ to walls like pop star posters, presumably to give the work immediacy, cutting-edge rawness and youthful hipness. I’m not convinced. Especially when that work already has those qualities. Magnum photographer Martin Parr’s work has a freshness, frankness and immediacy that conveys the…

Magical Lantern Festival, Chiswick House

Possibly the most surprising event I’ve come across all year, I wasn’t expecting the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick house to be anything more than a pleasant wander through the historic grounds at night to the tune of a few fairylights in trees. And to be honest, I’d have been quite pleased with that. Even…

The Lost Library of Dr John Dee

 Scholar, courtier, magician: The Lost Library of John Dee 18 Jan-29 July 2016, Royal College of Physicians, free admission   Where do you start with Doctor John Dee? Mathematician, alchemist, magician, astrologer, astronomer, spy, angel-botherer, Dee was a true Elizabethan polymath. From early theatrical leanings, directing student productions at Cambridge with astonishing special effects, to advising…