The death of George Floyd is an image of brutality that appears on an American turn table which keeps going around and around for centuries. We have no reason in this country to be complacent but there are significant differences.
Oxford’s own Romeo and Juliet: young people want a world where what they look like doesn’t determine or put obstacles in the way of their future .
https://vimeo.com/123886243 The young people of every colour demonstrating at Black Lives Matter protests made me realise how relevant were our workshops for the Shakespeare in Oxford project. The context - Romeo and Juliet re- imagined in East Oxford . Polly
Are we witnessing a genuine desire to look with open minds at the British Empire ? My life and that of every Brit of all shades of skin colour is affected by its legacy. Raising interest in this history
The Museum of London tells the story of the Windrush generation through the fabulous photography of Charlie Philips https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/black-british-photography-charlie-phillips We usually know the names and story of the men and but not many stories of the white women who bravely
In these lock-down days, doing puzzles is one way of keeping the grey cells active. For ten years, I had the privilege of sending amazing people from Town, Gown and County to my mythical island of Oxtopia. Among them were
Oxtopia is FULL! Read the Castaway Blog Here. Qu Leilei , Roger Bannister, Dwina Gibb, Peggy Seeger & and sad news about Bill Heine
HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN IN 2007 ? (Scroll down to find SOME of the 120 inspirational life stories I had the privilege to record. See who interests you & click on the PDF ) I am a fan of
Grayson Perry’s Art Club on portraits. In Qu Leilei’s portraits like Rembrandt’s eyes are the pathway to the soul
Like Grayson Perry’s, Qu Leilei’s art is enthused with a love of humanity. Last night Grayson’s Art Club focused on portraits. It was an exhibition of portraits by Qu Leilei titled’ Everyone’s Life is an Epic’ that kick-started a ten
‘If five million people' is just one of the burgeoning websites and social media pages encouraging us to recycle. But REUSE is more environmentally friendly than RECYCLING which requires energy. When I was Chairman of the Thames Valley Art and
The UK is fabulously well endowed with Indian and India inspired art . I reviewed many exhibitions including Dancing with the Gods at the RA http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/1146405.Dancing_with_gods/ and Visions of Mughal India at the Ashmolean. https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9535251.passage-india/ The latter was the collection
Grayson Perry: the Hogarth of 2017? I LOVE Grayson Perry. My first sight of his work was at the Turner Prize in 2003. From a distance his pots were exquisite high glazed and somewhat feminine. Up close there was something