Artists and performers from across the creative industries, including fine artists such as the Chapman brothers and Kurt Jackson, designers such as Wayne Hemingway, Jade Jagger, Vivienne Westwood, cartoonists such as Raymond Briggs and Modern Toss, and music industry figures such as Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Gorillaz’ Jamie Hewlett and Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood have all created Christmas cards for Greenpeace’s ‘Save Santa’s Home’ campaign.
“In the Christmas spirit we’re offering free cards to everyone who signs our Save the Arctic petition as a fun way to spread the message, and also a little thank you for all the support people have given us this year” says Greenpeace UK Arctic campaigner Sophie Allain.
The Christmas cards will be available today as free e-cards from the ‘Save Santa’s Home’ website, also featuring Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter with an urgent message from Santa.
Dame Vivienne Westwood, fashion icon and campaigner, says ”I am delighted to be supporting Greenpeace’s Christmas campaign because the Arctic matters to all of us, and we all need to do everything we can to raise the alarm.
“My thoughts have been with the Arctic 30 ever since they were arrested. It’s just unacceptable to stay silent while innocent people are facing jail sentences.”
The cards are a diverse mix of original art, comedy cartoons, bold graphic design and spectacular photography of Arctic scenes and wildlife from prize-winning Greenpeace photographers. They can be sent for free to carry celebrity-designed Arctic-themed Christmas greetings instantly around the world, and raise awareness of the threat Santa’s home at the North Pole is facing from oil companies and climate change.
Surrey-based Eleanore & the Lost are a symphonic rock band with a wide range of influences, from Jeff Buckley and early Fleetwood Mac to Kate Bush and Bjork, via Evanescence.
It’s a background that allows their sound to sit comfortably in both a heavy upbeat rock mould and a melancholic, mellower environment, taking in everything that lies between to create an album that’s rich and varied in its approach. Instrumentally, the tracks range from sparsely populated ballads to fully orchestrated songs with full string sections and, on one occasion, even brings in influences from India.
Marrying autobiographical lyrics to this wide ranging sound, ‘Parlour Game’ pays tribute to the journey of songwriter Eleanore from an unknown to a writer who commands great respect wherever she works. Her skill with words, as well as her impressive four octave range, makes her a talent to watch.
Over the years, Eleanore has seen her profile gradually rise as her reputation has spread. In 2009, she beat 10,000 entrants to reach the National Grand Final of the Live & Unsigned competition, and two years later she was specially commissioned to compose the theme song for the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) 50th anniversary. The resulting piece, ‘My True Nature’, was also used as a stimulus piece for the charity’s nationwide competition aimed at 8-17 year olds.
Now, backed by her band the Lost, the already tremendously accomplished Eleanore is looking to enhance that reputation further.
The album ‘Parlour Game’ is available via eleanoreandthelost.com and all other major download and streaming sites.
Find Eleanore & the Lost online:
’31,838 feet from the wreck’ is a week-long project and publication by Dave Charlesworth and fellow artist Richard Whitby, which runs from 7th – 14th December at the Focal Point Gallery, Southend on Sea, Essex.
Through a map-style publication as well as a series of accompanying talks and events, the project responds to the wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery, a munitions ship that sank off the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames Estuary during the Second World War. The ship is still stacked with explosives, and if the wreck were to explode the blast could have a considerable impact on the opposite shoreline, and Southend-on-Sea.
In contrast to the wreck, the town of Southend is in a state of flux, with major regeneration projects changing the shape and rhythm of its centre. This project explores the idea that Southend might incorporate the threat of the remains of the ‘Montgomery as part of its future identity. Using plans of current civic construction projects, as well as imagery that mimics digital cinema and computer gaming, this work constructs a three-dimensional computer model of this imaginary landscape.
Alongside the publication launch, there will be a new film by each artist on display, there will also be a programme of related events:
6pm – 8pm, 7th December – Publication Launch and Screenings
7pm, 12th December – Screenings and talks by the artists and writer and academic Patrick Wright
Today the Donmar Warehouse announced the full cast of Versailles, Peter Gill’s new play about the legacy of the decisions made at the end of WWI, and an accompanying series of talks entitled Impossible Conversations, which will bring together some of today’s most important thinkers to discuss the Great War and its legacy. The full cast of Versailles will be Francesca Annis, Helen Bradbury, Barbara Flynn, Christopher Godwin, Selina Griffiths, Tom Hughes, Tamla Kari, Edward Killingback, Gwilym Lee, Adrian Lukis, Josh O’Connor, Simon Williams and Eleanor Yates.
At the start of the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities in 1914, this major new play from one of our most eminent playwrights, Peter Gill, draws startling connections between this pivotal moment at the end of WWI and the world we live in today, reminding us that the past is not a foreign country.
Inspired by Versailles, Impossible Conversations is a series of events throughout the run of the production allowing some of today’s most respected minds to talk about the Great War and its legacy. Shami Chakrabarti, A. C. Grayling, Max Hastings, Susie Orbach and Ahdaf Soueif, will each examine different parts of the historical legacy of both the war and the Treaty of Versailles. The dates and themes of these pre-show events are below:
A new play written and directed by Peter Gill
20 February – 05 April 2014
5 March – A. C. Grayling: Philosophies of war and peace
12 March – Shami Chakrabarti: The idea of justice
19 March - Max Hastings: 1914-1918: A war worth winning?
26 March – Susie Orbach: The psychoanalytic case: trauma, shellshock and the horror of war
2 April – Ahdaf Soueif: Mr Balfour’s letter to Lord Rothschild: how the Great War remapped the world
Production sponsored by American Airlines.
I’m delighted to announce that I have been invited to premiere new material from my latest poetry collection at Oxford’s legendary The Catweazle Club on December 12th.
Called ‘Britain’s most intimate performance space’ by The Times, and ‘Oxford’s best-loved performance night’ by Radio 4, The Catweazle revels in bringing out all that is creative in this great city.
I’m looking forward to presenting my new work there tremendously. If you’re in the area on December 12th, do drop in.
I extend kind thanks to Guy Farmer for publishing my poem Matris, an outtake from the writing sessions for my first book Gold After (2009), on his excellent Poems and Poetry Blog:
Exclusive music and original artwork to be auctioned off to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
An exclusive collection of original artwork, collectible prints, signed singles and merchandise will be auctioned off in stages over the coming week with the first Auction online today. All proceeds will be to raise money for those in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Help Auction 2013 includes original artwork by Hannah Snowden, Scott Move and Drew Millard, rare collectible prints from We Three Club, signed merchandise from Foals, Suede, Muse, Pulled Apart By Horses and many more. The money raised will go to the Oxfam Philippines Appeal.
Rebecca Vincent the Artist that set-up Help Auction 2013 said: “After the horrific effects of the recent typhoon in the Philippines, we called on friends and colleagues in the world of art and music to donate items and the response has been astounding. More people are getting in touch every day and the list of donations is growing and growing.”
James Brown, lead vocals in Pulled Apart By Horses said: “Help Auction are helping people in this world that need help fast and now. So, to support something like this is beyond important to us and should also be for you”
For the complete list of donations, and more information, visit: