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PREVIEW: Dressed by Angels: 175 Years of Costumes – Old Truman Brewery

As a major new exhibition prepares to open, celebrating 175 years of the entertainment costumier Angels, Maryam Philpott donned her finest and peaked behind the doors to see what Dressed by Angels will offer.   A costume makes a character instantly recognisable, from Batman to Game of Thrones' John Snow, Cleopatra to each incarnation of Dr Who, their outfit becomes ...

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The Power of Poison – Old Truman Brewery, London

  Curator: Mark Siddall Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Our knowledge of poisons is almost entirely driven by detective fiction. Supposedly a ‘woman’s weapon’ it accounts for the demise of a number of characters before the hero, be it Poirot, Marple or Holmes, deduces the killer. Yet we first encounter poisons as a child in fairy tales like Snow White and ...

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Exhibition Review: Magna Carta (An Embroidery) – British Library, London

  Artist: Cornelia Parker Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   On the 799th anniversary of Magna Carta – 15 June 2014 – artist Cornelia Parker printed the Wikipedia page about this famous contract signed by King John and marking the beginning of constitutional democracy. Now, almost a year later an embroidered version of that very page has gone on display at the ...

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The Art of The Brick – The Old Truman Brewery, London

Artist: Nathan Sawaya Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Is it art, that is what a lot of critics will be asking of Nathan Sawaya’s Lego sculptures that take in a broad range of influences from classic artists to dinosaurs, is it art? So, let’s be clear about this from the beginning, yes it is. If an artist creates something that provokes ...

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Brighton Fringe: Farley Farm House, Chiddingly, East Sussex

Reviewer: Steve Turner [Rating: 4.5]   Nestling in the East Sussex countryside, Farley Farm House showcases the work and lives of its two most famous owners Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. Penrose, co-founder of the ICA and champion of the surrealists, and Miller the Vogue model turned photographer, bought the farm house in 1949 as a weekend retreat and would ...

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Brighton Fringe: Foodies Festival – Hove Lawns, Brighton

Reviewer : Steve Turner [Rating: 4]   Bank Holiday weekend, by the seaside, an outdoor event, what could possibly go wrong? Well, as usual the weather lived down to its usual standards and delivered bitingly cold wind together with horizontal rain. This being a British event there were still plenty in attendance, including some brave souls wearing t-shirts and shorts, ...

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