The DaVinci Show

It might have passed you by. You may not have noticed. National institutions are such shy, quiet and retiring creatures nowadays. Who would have known that the National Gallery is displaying some work from that little-know Renaissance Man, oh what was his name… it’s on the tip of my tongue.. Oh wait, DA VINCI. (You…

‘Ark at This!

A not-so-very long while ago a news story broke via Twitter that appealed not only to the geek in me (specifically the classics, film and museum varieties) but also piqued an interest that only comes from suffering through a Catholic Education. I’ve been meaning to write about it since I heard, but alas, finding the…

Taking Over with Kids in Museums

What happens when you let a group of kids take over a museum? Chaos, madness and pandemonium are just three words that would spring to the mind of some museum visitors. These visitors, I have to say, are hopelessly behind the times. The fossils on display are probably more ‘with it’ than some of the…

Feeding Time.

Last Friday night, I was lucky enough to attend a swanky soiree for the alumni of my alma mater, complete with a drinks reception, a three course meal and a generous smattering of small talk. Most conversations went thusly: “So, what have you been up to since you graduated?” I was fortunate to spend most…

One Hundred and One Cartoonists: The Making of an Exhibition

Have you ever wondered how an exhibition comes together? It always seems so effortless doesn’t it? One day the gallery is full of stuff, the next it’s all changed and looking flawless. But what happens in between? The answer, in short, is lots. In long, it is still ‘lots’ but we can go into a…