ART: From small spaces to sweeping skies

Vanessa Lacey of Irving Contemporary An understated Victorian terraced house tucked away in an East Oxford side street seems an unlikely setting for an art gallery. However, at her home on Essex Street, Vanessa Lacey, owner of Irving Contemporary, combines family life and her passion for art, bringing a fresh contribution to the contemporary art world …

Science: in conversation with Call The Midwife Star, Stephen McGann

Actor and science communicator Stephen McGann talks to Esther Lafferty about the way popular BBC drama Call the Midwife has engaged millions of viewers with the changes in medical practice over the last sixty years, the issues of memory and identity raised by the award-winning film The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004; starring …

Science: the science of sparkle

Image courtesy of Element Six Diamond: The Science of Sparkle To countless generations the iconic phrase “Diamonds are forever”, coined in 1947 by young copywriter Frances Gerety and glamorised by James Bond, set in stone the link between eternal romance and these glittering jewels. Diamond’s properties however stretch far beyond their aesthetic appeal: with extreme …

ART: Into the woods

As we appreciate walks in the local countryside and the freedom of the great outdoors this summer, we take look at artists work inspired by local woods, trees and the stories they tell. In this heartbreakingly beautiful spring, my walks to Shotover Hill have been a lifeline,” says Ella Clocksin, artist and art teacher. “Completely …