You can’t beat London’s museums for a culture fix. So unleash your inner Brian Sewell and check out these must-see Spring exhibitions – featuring Grayson Perry, Hockney and, um, Arnie’s Terminator suit.Read more
Last week saw an historic gathering of power players for a day of diplomatic discussions. EU leaders discussing the terms of Brexit? Nah, I’m talking Muddy Stiletto’s national conference, obviously! With your local superblog now boasting 18 (yes flippin eighteen!) regional editions, us editors convened en masse in the smoke to um, drink quite a lot of prosecco.
Our venue for the day was The Harcourt, a chic Grade 2-listed, five-storey Georgian townhouse which is a bar, restaurant, meeting and private dining space – and is now officially our new favourite London haunt.Read more
If you have grand designs for your garden this year, check out the striking work of award-winning Oxfordshire sculptor David Harber. I’ve got my eye on this bronze beauty – isn’t she pretty?Read more
The Degas to Picasso exhibition at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has us totally wowed at Muddy HQ, and there’s just one week left to catch it.Read more
Know much about artist John Piper? We didn’t either, but having seen the new the permanent new exhibition of the Henley-based polymath at The River & Rowing Museum in Henley we’re now decided fans. See what the fuss is about here.Read more
Modern Art Oxford is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a year long celebration of many of its most iconic exhibitionsm including those by artists like Yoko Ono and Jac Leirner. Because there are so many exhibitions to fit in, MAO is having to take down one show as another is put up, which makes an interesting viewing. Here’s an early gander at what to expect.Read more
Been to see the Hockney exhibition From the Beginning at Henley’s River & Rowing Museum yet? It’s on until 5 June so you still have plenty of time, but you know how things go – you clock an exhibition, roll it around your headspace for a while, decide to go, realise you can’t go that date, forget about it for a while, remember, find a new date, miss that one and then never make it at all.Read more
Loads on this week around Bucks and Oxon – it really feels like the fun is cranking up for Spring. Out you go and have some fun!
Austen’s Women, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Fri 18 March
Mr Darcy! A sell-out Edinburgh Festival hit, this play takes 13 of Jane Austen’s heroines in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works using only Austen’s words.Read more
Into the final straight for this week and galloping towards some fun. Giddy-up!
Flower workshop, The Quince Tree, Sat 5 March
Show your mum how much you appreciate her at this floral workshop, where you’ll create a beautiful floral display in a vintage container to take home as a gift (no gentlemen – crysanthyms from Esso aren’t going to cut it). Kids are welcome, but under 13s need to be accompanied by an adult.Read more
One of the strange benefits of being a lifestyle journalist is that I have had my portrait painted and drawn several times over my, er, ‘illustrious’ career.
The first time was for a feature at the Indy on Sunday when a Russian princess living in Soho painted my nude portrait for a story on how commissioning self-portraiture was coming back into fashion. Yeah I know, you couldn’t make it up.Read more
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