Crossing Boundaries and Reaching New Dimensions

Saturated was the inaugural solo show by Sølve Sundsbø, the first in a new cross-cultural programme at Spring Projects, a new gallery space at at Spring Studios.

Sony World Photography Awards 2008

The 2008 SONY World Photography Awards in Cannes, France, showcases over 330 images, and includes the work of some of the greats of photography.

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters has brought the genre of lesbian historical fiction into the mainstream. In 2003, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Writers

Daljit Nagra

The words of Daljit Nagra illuminate his emotional perception. “Poetry allows you to be intense, because to some degree people expect it.”

Vicky Jewson

Vicky Jewson’s first foray into feature-length film is a modern re-imagining of the Lady Godiva legend, re-written as a quirky romantic comedy.

Cinema’s Secret Masterpieces

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) has launched a new programme that supports artists’ filmmaking, and brings new works and classics back to the public domain.

Thao

With a voice as sweet as cherry pie, Thao Nguyen lilts and sighs her way through songs in a way that makes you instantly fall in love with her.

Peggy Sue and the Pirates

Armed with just one guitar between them, Rosa “Rex” Slade and Katy “Klaw” Young’s songs exude the passion and mischievous vibrancy of such self-confessional music.

Tunng: Not Your Standard Band

The song writing process for a band which transcends the label “folktronica” can be daunting. Tunng are not your standard band with vocals, guitar, bass and drums.

Ant Macari

Ant Macari has a benevolent philosophy tow­ards his work. Neither possessive nor exalted in his approach, he places emphasis on the response of his audience.

Philippe Anthonioz

Often described as a “furniture sculptor,” Philippe Anthonioz’s work appeared in a dual exhibition at Galerie Tino Zervudachi in Paris and at Lefevre Fine Art in London.

Will Tuck

Tuck’s paintings speak to us about sex and celebrity, hyper femininity and neutered masculinity. He manipulates and teases his subjects and the language of paint.

Diana Scheunemann

Diana Scheunemann’s photography is alive with sensuality and emotion. She spent a decade travelling and capturing scenes with provocative honesty.

Video Art Gallery

Chris Meigh-Andrews re-imagines some of the earliest examples of photography for the modern world, thanks to digital editing, video, and the addition of sound.

Adam Neate

Elms Lester Painting Rooms has been at the centre of a revolutionary concept; bringing street art into the gallery space, by showcasing international street artists.

Carol Birch

Carol Birch found instant success as a writer with her first novel, Life in the Palace, going on to win the David Higham Award for the Best First Novel of the Year.

Mary Gaitskill

Veronica is Gaitskill’s second novel, combining the decadence and debauchery of the 1980s, where Alison and Veronica, collide against the backdrop of New York.

Jack Mapanje

This year Jack Mapanje was nominated for The Forward Prize for Best Collection for his latest and highly acclaimed collection, Beasts of Nalunga (2007).

Phil Grabsky

Phil Grabsky’s critically acclaimed and multi-award winning documentaries capture an array of subjects from Mozart to Afghan­istan and Chernobyl.

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield is somewhat of an enigma, favouring the participatory approach to documentary filmmaking, thus making a profound mark on his films.

Operator Please

Fresh from 2007’s NME Freshers tour and the MTV2 Gonzo tour, Operator Please is a rabble of pop punk teens hailing from Australia’s Gold Coast.

The Pigeon Detectives

Although The Pigeon Detective’s look is very much the London indie-boy uniform of scruffy shoes and scruffier hair, their sound is undeniably that of Yorkshire.

Alabama 3

With their cowboy swagger and deep-south drawl, you’d be forgiven for thinking Alabama 3 are a straightforward American blues band.

Gravenhurst

Gravenhurst are back with their new album, The Western Lands. It’s an ambitious album, full of powerful melodies crossed with euphoric lo-fi pop.

Alice McLaughlin

Alice McLaughlin writes and sings beautiful, soulful pop, which draws on an extensive range of influences from blues to folk and country.

Ray Lawrence

Acclaimed Australian director, Ray Lawrence’s Jindabyne is a haunting thriller based on Raymond Carver’s short story So Much Water So Close To Home.

Shooting People

There’s no denying the buzz around short film at the moment. Music videos are increasingly blurring the line between promo video and art film.

John Pilger

John Pilger has been an author, war correspondent, filmmaker and champion of human rights for over 40 years. He is on a journey to find truth and justice.

Poppy and the Jezebels

Loitering on the back seat of the coolest school bus in pop, Poppy and the Jezebels are heading up the new crop currently making waves in the “underage” scene.

You Say Party! We Say Die!

You Say Party! We Say Die! is a five-piece new-wave punk-pop band. Their second album Lose All Time reveals a new depth and musical variety.

Findlay Brown

The release of Findlay Brown’s debut album, Separated by the Sea, has heralded a renewed appreciation for the traditional craft of song writing.

iLiKETRAiNS

iLiKETRAiNS attempt to address global issues in their own eccentric style, using the deeds of history to explore problems still facing society.

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore is a very busy man. A founding member of Sonic Youth, one of the most engaging bands ever to grace the alternative rock scene.

Ione Rucquoi

At one point it was unclear whether Ione Rucquoi would pursue art or music. Art won out: “It was always part of my life but to follow it up seriously was quite strange.”

Stuart Semple

At only 26 years of age, Stuart Semple is one of the most exciting young British artists around. He fuses 80s influences with an informed view of popular culture.

Enrico David

Enrico David’s latest work marks the evolution of his style, which has grown exponentially as different qualities have come to the foreground in recent years.

The Turner Prize

In 2007, for the first time ever, the Turner Prize was presented outside London: in Liverpool, to mark the city’s status of European Capital of Culture 2008.

Sophie Woolley

Sophie Woolley is a dynamic force of innovation. As both a writer and a performer, she excels at fashioning believably satiric portraits.

Julian Gough

Times are strange for Julian Gough. The London-born, Galway-bred author spent seven years trying to revolutionise the novel with his ambitious Jude.

Jackie Kay

Kay’s latest work, Darling, published in October 2007, brings together into a vibrant new book many favourite poems from her four Bloodaxe collections.

Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips shows no signs of becoming any less prolific. His novel, Foreigners: Three English Lives, is a combination of historical fact, reportage and fiction.

Romuald Hazoumé

Romuald Hazoumé still resides and works in his native Benin, using the land and the Republic’s history as a source of inspiration for his work

John Jones

A powerhouse in the world of framing, John Jones is a family-owned organisation that provides bespoke frames of museum quality for the likes of TATE and the V&A.

John Squire

Musician, artist, father, budding surfer – John Squire wears many hats, but the one creating all the buzz at the moment is his role as celebrated painter.

Keiko Mukaide

Keiko Mukaide was born in 1954 in Tokyo, Japan and is an internationally renowned artist who creates both small glass works and large site-specific installations.

Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi’s first novel, The Icarus Girl, was written while she was studying for her A-levels, and tells the story of a girl growing up between two cultures.

Sandra Newman

Sandra Newman is back with her new novel Cake, after 2002’s The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done brought her the First Book Award from The Guardian.

Linton Kwesi Johnson

After 30 years of writing, recording, and activism, Linton Kwesi Johnson is being honored with the publication of Selected Poems in the Penguin Classics series.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell is faithful to fiction to the point where he describes the idea of a clinch with scriptwriting or an embrace with poetry as akin to being adulterous.

deciBel 2007

Of the initiatives leading the drive for greater representation of British artists of ethnic origin, deciBel, a showcase event in Birmingham, was the most prominent.