Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, Aberystwyth 

 While covering a conference at Aberystwyth Arts centre there’s usually a chance to have a quick look at whatever exhibitions are currently there. This weekend that meant seeing the excellent photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe. It’s part of the Tate’s Artist Rooms on Tour project which you can find out about here. It’s on at Aberystwyth till … More Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, Aberystwyth 

Patti Smith at the Coal Exchange, Cardiff. June 26th 2012.

This review first appeared on Wales Arts Review, the online home for Welsh critical writing. While you’re there, it’s worth spending some time reading the excellent reviews and essays. She’d won us over from the moment she walked on stage, with her band and without fuss. And without fuss, they launched into ‘Dancing Barefoot’, a … More Patti Smith at the Coal Exchange, Cardiff. June 26th 2012.