Born OTD in 1942, English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener, and author, Derek Jarman. During the 1980s, Jarman was a leading campaigner against Clause 28, which sought to ban the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools. He also worked to raise awareness of AIDS. Jarman is also remembered for his famous shingle cottage-garden, created in the latter years of his life, in the shadow of Dungeness nuclear power station.

While some perished beneath wind and sea-spray others flourished, creating brilliant, unexpected beauty in the wilderness. Modern Nature is both … More

In this brilliant collection of diverse works essays, short stories, poems, translations which spans a lifetime’s engagement with art, Berger reveals how he came to his own unique way of seeing. He challenges readers to rethink their every assumption about the role of creativity in our lives. Paying homage to the writers & thinkers who influenced him, he pushes at the limits of art writing, demonstrating beautifully how his artist’s eye makes him a storyteller, rather than a critic.

His expansive perspective takes in artistic movements and individual artists from the Renaissance to the present while never neglecting the … More

For the past 4 decades, independent postcard press Leeds Postcards has been making oppositional, inspiring images; activism by design. The cards are not of Leeds; the name represents a defiant rejection of the hegemony of London. The images cover a fascinating range of domestic and international politics, causes & campaigns, creating, in their own unique & graphically inventive way. Frequently funny, & consistently inventive, over 100 cards – from Thatcher to the EU Referendum – tell the story of the struggles as well as the progressive political triumphs from 1979 to the present day.

These postcards have crystallised the cultural zeitgeist to be displayed, sent, kept, and shared. Over the years they have featured … More

Frida is the story of one of the 20th century’s most extraordinary women, the painter Frida Kahlo. Born near Mexico City, she grew up during the turbulent days of the Mexican Revolution &, at 18, was the victim of an accident that left her crippled & unable to bear children. To salvage what she could from her unhappy situation, Kahlo had to learn to keep still – so she began to paint.

Kahlo’s unique talent was to make her one of the century’s most enduring artists. But her remarkable paintings were only … More