Weekly Art Fix : Made you look - Photographers Gallery

Made You  Look : Dandyism and Black Masculinity

This is the first time i've actually visited the Photographers Gallery. Just behind Oxford Street, I've walked past several times so this time I'm glad I got involved!

A beautifully curated exhibition of studio and street photography from a range of photographers exploring black masculinity. The show captures such amazing looks from a historically and geographically diverse perspective.

My favourite selection is the range of photos by Malick Sidibé who captures such an energy and look of strength from his subjects. Each picture takes you into a time where you imagine what it would have been like for these men and from their fashion and 'dandyism' you see the personality and strength captured in a moment.

It's always great to see Hassan Hajjaj photos up close as the colours, vibrancy and energy is so electric. These pictures really make me wonder at the personalities of his subjects - who are they?

The other thing I really enjoyed about the show was the superb typography. Trust the graphic designer to get all excited about type at a photography exhibition! Slick.

Weekly Art Fix : Jeff Koons

In an effort to stimulate my creativity and to take advantage of the vast amount of accessible art around us in London (and the world) I have decided to make this a new feature of my week and blog.

This week I visited the Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London. The gallery is owned by Damien Hirst and is part of the regeneration and re imagining of Vauxhall from an old and sightly forgotten part of central south London to this clean cut, arty zone with contrasting old buildings and swish sharp lines of modern London architecture. The gallery is lovely, beautifully designed inside and out and it's FREE!!!! 

The exhibition : Jeff Koons - Now

Jungle Art Retreat : Goa, India

28th February - 10th March 2016

Arriving in India from Abu Dhabi was surprisingly chilled out. Not sure what chaos I was expecting, but arriving in Goa to see a man holding up a lovely yellow hand written sign with 'Welcome Carolyne Hill' was the best feeling ever!

After driving through various towns and villages to get to Khhaama Ketna retreat I arrived up a dark dirt track and at the bottom of a small gate which looked like the entrance to the jungle, I was left with my rucksack to make my way up (glad I didn't take the suitcase!). At the top I was greeted by Saskia, Sandra and Tiago... what gorgeous people I thought! Then I met David who was also so handsome, looking like Mowgli from Jungle Book! I was shown to my hut which was the furthest out into the jungle... OMG Its proper jungle out here... they were not joking! The jungle backed onto my open air bathroom... WTF...I can only laugh at this point as i'm not sure what i'm more scared of; the Indian clay hole in the ground toilet or the thought of monkeys or snakes or what ever else is in the jungle jumping on me while I shower or sleep in my hut with open windows. Turns out I was just fine and this was the most amazing place I've ever stayed in! I loved my open air shower and the feeling of taking a midnight shower with the trees and stars above my head became the best end to a day ever.

My Jungle Accomodation

My Jungle Accomodation

The art retreat was an amazing experience! There were 8 of us in total including David's Mum Suzie. Bev, Lisa and Kat from the Art Academy in London Bridge, Nicky a exec from the TV world, Andrea from Hungary and Alex who both live in London. Such a lovely and varied bunch of people. We had  a great time, full of art adventure, beach visits, jungle spice farm tours and lots of eating!

Amazing food prepared for us at the Khhaama Ketna Farm

Amazing food prepared for us at the Khhaama Ketna Farm

Every day we'd do some artwork under the banyan tree which was a beautiful and perfect setting. Who can draw? Who is really good? I was nervous to begin with, but very soon under the banyan tree we were all getting stuck in and enjoying the adventure!

A moonlight life drawing session under the banyan tree

A moonlight life drawing session under the banyan tree

For me this was a chance to leave the mac behind and remind myself that I can draw and paint and that I enjoy it... I was surprised by some of the work I produced and also felt at times that i'd not moved on much from A-level art! Over the 10 days we were guided by Saskia and David through various activities of painting, drawing, jungle foraging, sculpture as well as various tours to the beach, spice farms, waterfalls and more.

The palm weaving workshop

The palm weaving workshop

Life drawing under the banyan tree

Life drawing under the banyan tree

Saskia and David were the perfect hosts and friends to have made. Such inspiring individuals who decided to set up this magical art retreat in the jungle!

My exhibition!

My exhibition!