Sir Don McCullin exhibitions at Tate Britain & Hamilton’s Gallery

I grew up in communist Russia and even with the limited press resources then compared to too many now, photojournalism played a crucial part in the formation of my character. Yet after attending two read more

Mikhail Baryshnikov Dancing Away photo exhibition at Contini Art UK

There is a saying that a truly talented person has multiple talents and that certainly rings true when it comes to Mikhail Baryshnikov. He is a renowned ballet dancer ( he trained at Vaganova School in Leningrad & entered the Kirov Ballet at 18 as soloist ), artistic director of Baryshnikov Art Center in New York and actor but what is probably less well-known to a wider audience of his fans is that he has been taking professional photos for over 20 years. Baryshnikov combines his skills as a dancer and understanding the physicality of the body, with taking the images which capture movement and emotion. His first solo exhibition ‘Dancing Away’ in London, at Contini Art UK, is a true revelation of this side of a truly private, yet world-famous man.

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Simon Annand at V&A

There is something magical about theatre and it doesn’t matter what age you are. I prefer the theatres that are smaller, more intimate and then you get to feel like you are part of that mysteriously creative process.

So, if you like theatre, you are bound to like Simon Annand’s exhibition ‘The Half’ at Victoria & Albert museum.

‘Half” is the term used in theatre, those sacred 30 minutes that actors get before the start of the play, when they immerse themselves in their creativity or just stay reflective, getting ready to surprise their audience. Rarely, if at all, you are allowed to see actors in those precious minutes but over the course of 20 years that’s what Simon Annand did and his work is truly mesmerizing, giving you a very intimate glimpse in to the un-atteinable world.

Beware, though, that finding the exibition in the maze that is V&A isn’t easy, it took me several attempts, following mixed-up directions of the staff. A worthy treat in the end, though .)

www.simonannand.com

www.vam.ac.uk