new format of cultural publication that includes a website and a print version. We specialise in visual art, literature, music and film; we publish texts by journalists, writers and contemporary art researchers from the UK. We don't chase novelties for their own sake, but select the best contemporary art in line with art history; we talk to interesting, experimental and famous creators; but above all we talk and write about the human emotions which this art evokes. Arts & Culture UK gives you the chance to find a new book to read; get acquainted with the masterpieces of world cinema, or discover a film for the whole family at the weekend; read stories and novels by great writers that have not yet appeared in the bookshops, or lectures by the best linguists; find the hottest London events each month and learn how writers advise you to compile a home library. We aim to bring you a truthful and engaging story, rather than a mere review. What matters to us is how you feel when you engage with the art that we recommend. Ours is a world where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and be at peace in a space of art.
30.11.22 Art critic Maria Bregman talks about the work of the sculptors and discusses their creativity.
Ceramics are one of the oldest and most widespread art forms in the world. Though their popularity has waxed and waned over the centuries, they are currently enjoying a renaissance in the art world. This is thanks in large part to the work of a few visionary artists who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with this medium.
06.11.2022 Maria Bregman is a journalist, writer and contemporary art researcher.
I had the pleasure of viewing Olga Bonitas’s work in person and I was blown away. Olga Bonitas is a talented artist who primarily works in watercolour, who is quickly making a name for herself.
A 36-year-old biotech engineer by first degree, Bonitas decided to leave her career in 2015 to pursue painting full-time after realising she didn’t want to do what she was doing any more.
Bonitas quickly gained notoriety and began to draw attention from art critics like myself for her beautiful and intricate watercolour paintings. But it wasn’t until 2016 that Bonitas really began to make a splash in the art world. That’s when she started sharing her talent with the world by becoming a Top Teacher on Skillshare, an international online education platform specialising in courses for creative people.
In the future, artists fear that they will be replaced by artificial intelligence. They worry that machines will be able to create better art than them and that their jobs will be taken away. However, they also see the potential for AI to help them create new and innovative art.
As an artist, I’ve always been aware of the threat of artificial intelligence. It’s always been in the back of my mind, lurking like a dark cloud. Now, it seems, that cloud is getting closer and closer. I see the headlines about how AI is being used to create art, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s good enough to replace humans.
19.10.2022 Yulia Tulegenova, art critic and reviewer
Marat Myrzakhmetov is an artist who has a very unusual style of drawing with a pen. His drawings are incredibly detailed and realistic, but at the same time there is some unearthly quality to them. As if Marat is able to convey in his drawings the essence of his objects, not just their appearance.
Marat’s drawings are capable of striking the imagination and making the viewer feel that he is looking at something otherworldly.
01.10.2022 Maria Bregman is a journalist, writer and contemporary art researcher.
As through millions of light years, we can see the glow of stars that have long been extinguished, so from the depths of the Renaissance, we can feel the sights and emotions of people who lived once, thanks to portrait painting. The paintings of Anthony van Dyck, Diego Velázquez, Rembrandt Van Rijn amaze us with their great works and fix our eyes on the personalities of that time.
Artistic portraiture has always been in demand among the English aristocracy. Joshua Reynolds, who was the President of the Royal Academy of Arts and though he always considered himself a landscape painter, he is remembered in history and found fame as a portrait painter who showed us the faces and inner worlds of his heroes.
As an art researcher, I am always on the lookout for new and interesting artists who push the boundaries of creative expression. When I was introduced to Evgeny Grouzdev’s work, I was immediately struck by his unique approach to portraiture. His use of light and shadow to create a sense of drama is unlike anything I had seen before.
Artists, musicians, writers, and performers in Ireland now receive a weekly ‘basic income’ of €325 ($329) from the Irish government.Originally announced in January 2022, the Basic Income for Artists plan is still in the works. Approximately €25 million ($23.3 million) will be spent on the initiative by the Minister for Culture and Arts. The program received over 9,000 applications, with 2,000 chosen. A random selection of participants was conducted to select those who would participate in the program. Most recipients will receive a three-year stipend, according to the BBC.The Irish Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media, Catherine Martin, set up the basic income initiative for those working in the arts.Several ways were suggested by the task force to help the arts recovery from the effects of the pandemic. It is a condition of joining the program that you participate in a research project to find out how the payments have been impacting the economy.
The guest of the club was the talent writer Maria Bregman. During her reading in the Queen Mary Garden, she read excerpts from her new book “Merging with Light” and discussed her characters and plots with readers who attended. There was a lot of interest among readers in meeting the author, learning more about her work, and getting to know her.
Audience members were given a peek behind the scenes of the creative process as the writers discussed life, poetry and prose.
During the event, no seat was empty: people from all walks of life were eager to hear their favorite authors read from their latest works.
During the meeting, writers signed books and talked to everyone in the audience despite their busy schedules. After the readings, the writers answered readers’ questions and discussed literature and reading in today’s society. Authors were available to speak with the audience. Everyone who was there had an interesting experience, making London the literary capital of the world and a true testament to the quality of writing in the city.
A real celebration of literature took place at the Literary Meetings in London.
London’s Glagol literary club will continue to hold its Literary Meetings, which are so popular with readers of all ages.
There is something for everyone at the Literary Meetings, whether you are a reader or not. Get ready for the Queen Mary Rose Gardens next month and mark the date in your diary.