Author: Annabel O'Connor-Fenton

The runway fashion shows had us psyched six months ago with what to wear this summer and it is finally time to ditch the jumpers and refresh our wardrobes. Although we usually think of new trends as, well, new, most of the current “it” looks are actually recycled from decades past. You may remember that the biggest trend of autumn 2015 was the ’70s, and while…

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As the centenary of the Easter Rising approaches, explore rare photographs of Dublin in ruins following the armed rebellion of Irish Republicans on 24 April 1916. Few photographs were taken of this defining moment of the struggle for Irish independence but an exhibition in London provides a unique insight into the six days of fighting. The Sean Sexton collection, currently on display at the Photographer’s Gallery,…

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Suffragette, the first feature film to tell the story of women’s fight for the vote, will kick off this year’s London film festival (LFF) on 7 October. Not all women wanted the vote. Queen Victoria had referred to women’s suffrage as ‘wicked folly’ and in 1908 Mrs Humphrey Ward went so far as to form the National Anti-Suffrage League. Many subscribed to the belief that while…

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Hugh Jackman is reportedly in talks to play the lead in a movie adaptation of The Odyssey.  In Homer’s epic poem, the Sirens sing a song so irresistible that none can hear it and escape. Circe warns Odysseus of the danger and tells him how to avoid it. He must plug up his mens’ ears with beeswax, and have himself tied to the mast if…

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Take every image that you associate with a music festival of old, throw it out and start afresh. Wilderness is the multi-award winning 4-day festival combining live music, contemporary arts and an array of theatre, craftsmanship and dining experiences. Set in the beautiful forests and ancient parkland of Oxfordshire’s Cornbury Estate, this is a festival for grown-ups preferring to expand their minds intellectually to getting mashed up. Think lavish banquets from Michelin-starred…

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The National Gallery celebrated the return of Maggi Hambling CBE, its first Artist in Residence over a year ago. Here is an overview of the exhibition, her life and work. Experience the intensity of crashing waves in vast, new works by one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary artists.  Maggi Hambling began her continuing series of ‘Walls of Water’ paintings in 2010 that currently consist of…

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Mike Leigh’s film ‘Mr. Turner’ explores the last quarter century of British artist J.M.W Turner’s life. In reconstructing each of Turner’s environments Thin Man Films aimed to be as authentic as possible and so, for the Royal Academy Varnishing Day scene, this involved reproducing works that would have been there using a catalogue from the exhibition of 1832.  Click on the image  for exclusive behind…

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The romantic pictorial postcards of World War I When war erupted in August 1914, postcards were the perfect medium to provide a link between the men on active service and their loved ones back home. Fearing that seperation could be forever, postcards helped to boost the morale of the people both at home and the troops on the war fronts. Here is a collection of…

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