I was invited to the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MODA)'s launch party for its new book Charles Hasler Sends His Greetings and at the same time I was introduced to a new arts venue in Kings Cross: The House of Illustration. Located next to Central Saint Martins, in the same building as the Art Fund and [...]
“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love.” Arts policy may not have featured in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party Convention speech, but his use of this quote from Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri as well as a quote from African American novelist Maya [...]
My trip to the United States coincided with the private view of the Met's new exhibition Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom. The exhibition features objects from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, one of the collections I manage at University College London (UCL) . It was nice to see Petrie objects presented so beautifully. The exhibition chronicles the re-birth [...]
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love.
Each new article and TV report about the abrupt closure of Kids Company reveals an increasingly complex set of reasons behind the charity’s demise. However, I want to address one of the first explanations cited for its shut down: lack of free reserves. Journalists have pointed to Kids Company’s dramatic increase in grants and donations [...]
The shocking photograph of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned trying to reach Greece, has dramatically changed the dialogue about the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to Europe from the Middle East and Africa. Overnight the conversation switched from being about immigration policy to how we deal with a major humanitarian crisis. The [...]