Bat For Lashes

One of the most progressive artists at the moment, since her nomination for the 2007 Mercury prize, Natasha Khan has become something of a phenomenon.

Earth is Pretty Good

The impending release of Touchdown crowns a successful relocation for Brighton-based Brakes, from Rough Trade Records to fellow Brighton label FatCat.

Age is just a number

The first thing that strikes you about First Aid Kit is the uncertain correlation between the band’s age, and the adult material of much of their work.

Prince sitting in on the Plastic Ono Band

With a creative lineage traceable to 18th century writer, Jonathan Swift, Richard Swift has clearly inherited the artistic gene, writing inventive, insightful music.

Frustrated love, fascism & genius

The complexities of Salvador Dali’s genius and his friendships with Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel, in an intriguing feature-length from Paul Morrison.

Photography’s Narrative on the American West

The American West is symbolic, from cowboys to canyons. Into the Sunset explores photography’s ephemeral qualities from the 1850s to the present.

Hybrid Art

Boo Ritson’s painted people examine the cultural stereotypes of the collective imagination, and effortlessly fuse sculpture and painting into a new form.

An Absurdist View on Being Human

Chris Gollon has been probing the human condition from an absurdist point of view for the greater part of two decades. His work promises to evoke this age-old topic.

Emancipated Spaces: Art in the Global Age

Transmission Interrupted at Modern Art Oxford, encourages a considered attitude to both the physical and sociological influences of the 21st century milieu.

Clare Jay

In conversation with Clare Jay.

When Art Takes on a Life of its Own

Danny Moynihan’s acclaimed novel, Boogie Woogie, documents the inner workings of the art world from the extreme to the extravagant.

Searching for Nikolski

Charting the lives of three interconnected characters in Nikolski, Nicolas Dickner crosses continents and opens up new worlds in this fascinating novel.

Personalising the political

Collapsing ideologies are collaboratively explored in European theatre – Mark Ravenhill and Ramin Gray’s production of Over There personalises the political.

Some Interesting Lyrics

The intricacies of papal history are not a conventional motivation for writing pop songs. With High Slang, Sergeant Buzfuz pulls this off to dazzling effect.

Bittersweet Whistling

Years of classical training and a life-long devotion to honing his craft have left Andrew Bird well equipped for his eighth studio album Noble Beast.

A Certain Romance

Official Secrets Act is setting the standard for contemporary British indie, and what’s more startling, they have yet to release their debut album.

Finding Love in Unexpected Places

Moscow, Belgium is the uplifting debut feature film from director, Christophe Van Rompaey, who tells a universal story of finding love when you least expect it.

Combining the Classic With the Cutting Edge

Bradford Film Festival revisits the classics while keeping its content fresh and up-to-date in the facilities of the National Media Museum.

A Retrospective of “The Quiet Man of the YBAs”

Showcasing works from the late Angus Fairhurst, Arnolfini draws attention to the range and melancholy of this often overlooked Young British Artist.

The End of Postmodernism

The curator of the fourth Tate Triennial, Nicolas Bourriaud introduces a new term “Altermodern” in response to the increasingly global context we live in.

Releasing Forces Within the Human Psyche

Roger Ballen employs 50 years of photographic experience to understand how a photograph affects the human psyche in his latest book, Boarding House.

Chinese Contemporary Art Beyond the Global Market

China China China!!! features 18 contemporary Chinese artists whose work is unconstrained by the recently increased demand for Chinese art.

Gemme Weekes

In conversation with Gemme Weekes.

Journeying through an epidemic

Three Letter Plague is Jonny Steinberg’s enthralling investigation into HIV and AIDS in South Africa, discovering why the AIDS epidemic will proliferate.

The personal & the universal

Mark Doty follows the success of his 2007 New York Times bestselling memoir, Dog Years, with a superb new collection of poetry, Theories and Apparitions.

The Hounding of David Oluwale

The Hounding of David Oluwale is the emotional new play from Eclipse Theatre, investigating the life, tragic death and search for justice for David Oluwale.

The art of Climbing Mountains

School of Seven Bells’ stunning debut album, Alpinisms is a beautiful fusion of different styles combined with Alejandra and Claudia’s haunting vocal harmonies.

In the Name of Surrealism

For a group of young art graduates interested in “music and surrealism”, The Je Suis Animal collective remain refreshingly unpretentious.

My Usual Confounding Self

Lambchop’s latest album showcases an artist becoming more comfortable in his own efforts while embracing the band’s trademark youthful playfulness.

Contrasts and Adaptations

From sporadic appearances with the likes of Current 93 to his forays into outdoor recording and junk percussion, Keith Wood is always changing and adapting.

Independent cinemas in the 21st century

Independent cinemas are offering a fresh alternative to the staid multiplex environment. Aesthetica explores the varied pastimes on offer around the UK.

Evolving the Cinematic Frontier

Sundance is keen to explore new ideas, and this year their New Frontier on Main programme illustrates their commitment to new territories through film.

The new contemporary art season

In Winter 2008, the Royal Academy of Arts opened its doors to challenging and exciting works of art, that question not only the conceptual, but the theoretical.

Gender & Identity: Samoa’s Narratives

Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs explores themes of Pacific culture, identity, colonialism, stereotypes and gender roles.

Theatrical, Immersive and Voyeuristic

The exploration of immersive art is celebrated in Modern Art Oxford’s multimedia installations from Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.

The 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution

A look through the lens: 10 Magnum Photographers’ work goes on display at the Magnum Print Room, which looks at Cuba over the past 50 years.

Journeys, enthralling narratives and recent success

The Outcast is refreshing and captivating, proving that Jones is an astonishing new voice on the literary scene, and a publishing sensation.

Theatre against genocide

Mashirika theatre company is helping Rwandan communities to unite and international audiences to understand the 1994 genocide through Africa’s Hope.

Painting with Sound

Saint Dymphna is not easily classifiable, a jarring fusion of electro, 80s techno, African guitar and tribal beats. “We call it Gang Gang. We do our own thing.”

Music, Art & the Individual

With her striking debut solo album, Laukinis Šuo Dingo released, Alina Orlova is set to make a lasting impression on music fans worldwide.

Growth & Collective Inspirations

As the founding member of Gregory and the Hawk, Meredith Godreau is no stranger to self-promotion and the wonders of 21st century marketing.

A Unique Take on Modern Pop Music

It’s been a long time since a really cool band has come along that introduces a sound that opens up new possibilities. Fujiya & Miyagi is a wave of joy.

Leeds International Film Festival

Leeds International Film Festival is the largest annual film festival outside of London and it brings the world of film out of the traditional setting of a cinema.

Universality and Specificity in African filmmaking

Gaston Kabore, one of Africa’s premier filmmakers, talks about African cinema, and the politics of representation.

Blending calligraphy with contemporary painting

Expanding the form of calligraphy and blending it with contemporary painting, Golnaz Fathi’s renowned style has led to international acclaim.

A Marriage of Man & Nature

A new large–scale outdoor installation project at Attingham Park that looks at the fragile relationship between the environment and Man.

Kounter Kulture

The latest art fair to hit the London circuit in 2008, calling in to question the nature of art fairs and redefining standard practice.

The Pagan Ceremony of a People Abandoned by Gods

A man with several ideas, Roberto Cuoghi has many personalities. His opening show at ICA in Autumn 2008 pushes the boundaries of sound, art and installation.

Deadpan Humour, Conceptual Art and a Rat

David Shrigley, the man with all the ideas. His work excites, but also outrages, provokes and evokes. David Shrigley is something of an enigma.

Untold Stories, Contrasting Worlds & Dreams

At the age of 17, Faïza Guène wrote her first novel and sold over 360,000 copies. Now, with the release of her second novel, all eyes are on this creative prodigy.