• 17-06-2012
  • What's director Rufus Norris doing on the rooftop of Selfridges?

  • Director Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the ENO John Berry and Damon Albarn attend as Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris performed a special preview of Dr Dee on the rooftop of Selfridges ahead of it's June 25th opening at the London Coliseum on June 14, 2012 in London, England. Doctor Dee is a new opera written by Damon Albarn and directed by Rufus Norris, which explores ritual and symbolism in this country, past and present, using Doctor John Dee – one of England’s greatest but largely forgotten men – as catalyst.

    Doctor John Dee was one of the last great free thinkers. He was the ultimate Renaissance man: astrologer, alchemist, mathematician and spy, who provided the inspiration for both Marlowe's Faust and Shakespeare's Prospero, however he has slipped from the pages of history. The piece is co-commissioned by MIF, ENO and London 2012. It will be premiered as part of the Manchester International festival on 1 July 2011. Doctor Dee has already been confirmed as part of the Cultural Olympiad and will play at the London Coliseum 25 June - 7 July.

  • 17-06-2012
  • Markus Kayser wins W Hotels Designers of the Futures Award

  • Markus Kayser was one of three recipients of the 2012 W Hotels Designers of the Future Award, unveiled during Design Miami/ Basel. The brief, ‘From Spark to Finish’, encouraged the designers to create work that sheds light on their own creative process and demonstrate how the spark of inspiration evolves into material designs.
    Kayser presented LIGHTzeit which explores how natural light constantly changes through motion, intensity and color rendering, whereas most artificial light sources are entirely static. LIGHTzeit is a minimal light installation resembling the ever-static tubular lights widely used in offices and public spaces. But this light picks up the notion of light in transition by constantly, but unnoticeably, travelling in a 24-hour cycle, 360-degrees around its axle like clockwork. While the position of the light changes, the light’s qualities adjust in color temperature and intensity throughout the day, reconnecting it to the natural rhythm. The user can set the place and time of day by an interactive switch in the form of an abstract world globe. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LyMhtFilAc to see video of his work.

  • 11-06-2012
  • Jane Harris' 'Midas Magic' awarded painting prize at Royal Academy

  • Painting fellow Jane Harris has been awarded The Sunny Dupree Family Award for a Female Artist, 2012 for her painting, Midas Magic. The award is given to the female artist who is selected as making the best work in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
    In making the award the judges stated: "Jane Harris has created a visual language that extends the tradition of abstract painting in a thoughtful and personal way. She deploys a delicate sensibility to create works that are intrinsically beautiful, but also possess a powerful presence. The judges were unanimous in awarding her the 2012 Dupree Prize."
    Previous winners of the prize include: Cathy De Monchaux, Elizabeth Magill, Mali Morris, Phyllida Barlow, and the late Sandra Blow. Midas Magic (2011) and Yonder (diptych) (2012) are currently on show at The Royal Academy Summer Show, London. Image courtesy the artist and Hales Gallery, London.

  • 29-05-2012
  • Virginia Hodge joins the Arts Foundation board

  • Textile specialist Virginia Hodge has just joined the board of Trustees. Virginia is Creative Director of HodgeSellers, a leading textile design consultancy whose international clients include Azzedine Alaia, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Nina Ricci. Virginia is passionate about arts education and has a long association with London’s art universities, becoming a Visiting Professor for Fashion and Textiles at the University of the Arts London in 2008. For five years she was External Examiner for the MA Fashion/Textiles course at Central Saint Martin’s and prior to that she was External Examiner for the BA Textiles at Chelsea School of Art, she is currently a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. The Foundation is delighted to welcome her onto the board.