Judging the Derwent Art Prize 2014

Mad as I am about pencils (I’m a graphitokleptomaniac, taking one from every company I visit), I’m pleased to have been asked to judge the second Derwent Art Prize. The prize ‘rewards excellence through showcasing the very best international works created in pencil’ – but not just pencil: charcoal, pastel, graphite, water-soluble and coloured pencils. Winning … More Judging the Derwent Art Prize 2014

Beirut’s National Museum spans a troubled history

For the next issue of Spear’s, I have written (obviously) about the opera scene in Beirut, its existence, survival and self-deceit. One part of my trip in June I couldn’t fit in was my visit to the National Museum (gallery of my pics below). It managed to represent all of Lebanon’s history – from the … More Beirut’s National Museum spans a troubled history

‘We can’t be the tail wagging the Tate dog’: Inside EY’s new sponsorship deal

‘Good business is the best art,’ said Andy Warhol (of course). So what are we to make of the announcement this week that EY (formerly Ernst & Young) are sponsoring Tate for three years? The best art seems to depend quite heavily on good business these days. The announcement of the partnership the very moment after EY … More ‘We can’t be the tail wagging the Tate dog’: Inside EY’s new sponsorship deal