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From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

 The 80s. The era of shoulder pads, riots, the very first London Fashion Week, garish décor and the invention of Pac-Man.

Yet it was also an era of originality, honesty & rule-breaking which influenced the fashion world, & still does today.



The V&A’s new exhibition celebrates this vibrant period of creativity by showcasing archive footage and over 85 outfits from some of the era’s leading designer’s including: John Galliano, Paul Smith & Vivienne Westwood.» >

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Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

The Tate Britain’s commanding exhibition flourished with artistic brilliance whilst exposing the underlying themes of sin, corruption and power in the Victorian era.


The Tate Britain took over last autumn 2012 through to January 2013 by the politically radical and socially charged Pre-Raphaelite exhibition. Founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), the movement attracted the attention of the art world.» >

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Reading- Your brave new world!

What do you need to know if you have just moved to Reading and you are starting a new life – an academic journey and a period of self-discovery? Apart from knowing where the best pubs are one thing is sure: you need a sense of place! If you wonder ‘what Reading is all about and what can you do here’ I suggest you start with Cormac McCarthy’s observation from the novel Cities of the Plain: ‘The world to come must be composed of what is past.» >

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An artistic year- 2013

What a year it has been in the art world! If you missed the fantastic exhibitions on offer, make sure you earmark some other great exhibitions in 2014 and don’t forget to check the archives online. Do not fear, there are still opportunities to go to the annual Frieze, Moore & Rodin and Sarah Lucas’ first major solo exhibition…find out below.

Damien Hirst: revamped Brit Awards
Hirst’s legacy in the art world and powerful iconic works commanded his ambitious retrospective exhibition last summer, flourishing with intelligence, self-confidence and oozing with artistic brilliance while exposing the underlying themes of mortality, aesthetic desire and the conflict between religion and science.» >

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Grease is the word!

I comfortably took position in my red velvety chair surrounded by pink ladies (and many others) humming the legendary tunes of this epic musical. As I sat waiting for the show to start with Galaxy Minstrels planted in my hand, I thought to myself, although I’ve seen Grease many times on stage and on the silver screen, there is something about the story that is timeless and puts a lovable energy through my veins.» >

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Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life



Entering this exhibition I tried to keep an open mind, taking it all with a pinch of salt, knowing only a little about Lowry himself and his great body of work. The 2013 Tate Britain’s summer exhibition is the first public exhibition of Lowry’s work held in London since the British artist’s death. The aim of the display was to reinforce his position in art history, not just in Britain but to also suggest French connections associated with his work.» >

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When the world ends…


When the world ends is the debut novel from exciting new author, J. J Marshall. Set 100 years in the future, the 21st century earth as we know it now, is slowly being burned up by the sun and the story follows 17 year old Alec Corbett’s struggle to proper in the new harsh environment of space. Not only that, but there are more sinister forces at work beneath the surface, who pose a threat to all of humanity.» >

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A theatre tour around Reading and London

Everyone knows that London is culture central, with numerous musicals and plays being performed around the city centre on a nightly basis. But what you might not realise is that Reading offers its own share of entertainment. While not quite as large as London, there are a few theatres offering light amusements, away from our studies.

There is a range of music concerts that happen throughout the year. If it’s Jazz music you are after then it’s best to head to either the Global café that has its specific jazz night or the Progress theatre near Shinfield Road.» >

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