NEW! Basic Instincts: Love, Passion and Violence in the Art of Joseph Highmore

The first major publication dedicated to the important 18th-century British artist Joseph Highmore, whose works address themes ranging from love, friendship and  motherhood, to abuse, abandonment, infant death and murder. His extraordinary painting The Angel of Mercy, the centrepiece of this book, is one of the most controversial images in 18th-century British art.

Bloomsbury Festival 17 October 2013, The Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square, London.

An audience of 120 people joined the panel in a lively discussion stimulated by Mark Wallinger’s Art on the Underground commission ‘Labyrinth’. We considered the motivations behind public art, the shifts in its public reception and its potential for effecting social change. We also named and shamed our least favourite public artworks…

The Foundling Museum, Brunswick Square, London. Thursday 17 October 2013, 6.30-8.30

The speakers in action: me, Mark Wallinger, Matilda Pye (V&A) and David Heathcote (cultural historian and broadcaster)

Viva passed!

Last Wednesday (28th November) I passed my viva. Many thanks to my examiners Dr Kate Retford (Birkbeck College) and Dr Alison O’Byrne (York) for a rigorous, exhausting and enjoyable examination. Thanks to the Paul Mellon Centre for hosting it and my supervisor Prof. Mark Hallett who wrote notes during the entire 2 1/2 hours. Minor corrections and then the book…