The Western Skyline Podcast – 22 September 2018

 

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Joni MitchellBilly JoelLittle DThe Beautiful South and Simon & Garfunkel.

Another guest live in the studio on The Western Skyline this week: Artist Christopher Banahan joined me to discuss an exhibition of paintings inspired by his travels in India. That’s me and Chris in this week’s photo! The paintings are on view in Ishka Cafe in Kinvara. And FOR SALE! Other arts news includes a photography project with teenagers here in Kinvara, and a photography competition for national school children. Plus theatre, film and music gigs in Galway and Clare. Music by R.E.M., Sting, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, The Beatles, and Paul Simon.
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The Eldest V

Last weekend was spent in the company of dear friends in London.

The timing was deliberate: Una & Mairead treated me to a visit to the Vanessa Bell exhibition.

20170501_135850.jpg I’ve a long lasting fascination with the Bloomsbury set. I’ve played Vita Sackville -West & Virginia Woolf, so I’ve read a lot written by and about them. But I’ve always had an affection for Vanessa – the other Stephen girl.

So it was wonderful to head to Dulwich on a sunny April day and take in what is the most comprehensive solo exhibition of her work since her death in 1961.

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The range of work is wonderful: from still lives to landscapes; abstract to portraits.

Also included are designs she worked on with Duncan Grant, family photos, and letters – such as the one above written to Roger Fry in 1914.

And – of particular interest to this fan of the Two Vs – the dust jackets designed for the Hogarth Press:

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The exhibition runs until 4 June. The Dulwich Gallery is set in lovely leafy grounds, with outdoor seating and great coffee. You could spend a day away from the city mayhem in an oasis of flowering calm, and visit Vanessa at the same time.

Go on, treat yourself.