“Thank you for visiting my page. We raised just about enough after my last marathon to fund the first two teachers through teacher-training college in northern Afghanistan. They will soon be returning to their village (the village of my films’ main character Mir) to help give girls a better chance in a tough, so tough, life. But we don’t want just to fund two women and then forget about it. We are committed to two a year. Your help would mean a lot to us. Keep an eye on my blog at seventh-art.com for occasional news about this project. Thanks again!” – Phil
Since writing that blog, I can now bring you more news from the village. Both women, Nikbakh and Zahra, have been back from Mazar and in their holidays have begun teaching. Equally good news is that the school has built a new additional block just for girls – giving them more space and facilities. The village as a whole is delighted to have better education for its young girls which is one small demonstration that Afghan culture is not universally anti-women’s schooling. For my part, I had to pull out of the 2015 Brighton marathon as I hurt my Achilles tendon but am now in training already for the 2016 marathon. We continue to fund the teacher training – and would like to do more – so please, any donation helps, to Justgiving/philgrabsky
A perfect introduction for anyone interested in the rich history of Western Art. Great Artists takes its listeners on a comprehensive journey through the history of art. This book, part one, provides a dedicated chapter on each of the following artists: Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and Bruegel. These major painters of Western art are considered, placed in their social context, and discussed in terms of the most recent scholarship.
The book explores how and why these painters were significant in changing how the world was seen and represented. Intelligent and accessible, this book ties in with the DVD series from the authors, an ideal work for would-be connoisseurs seeking a pathway into the lives of the great painters.
Seventh Art Productions will be working with Tate to bring Tate Modern’s exhibition of the year – Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs – live to cinemas on 3 June 2014! Whether you’ve already visited the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition or would like to learn more about the artist, Matisse Live is the perfect opportunity to discover his final artistic triumph in fabulous HD detail on the big screen. Find out more about this exciting film and where to book tickets:
The exhibition opened on 17 April and received rave reviews:
…This show should not be missed. It has never before been matched.
This is a feast of dazzling dreams: come to the carnival.” ***** Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times
What a joyous and fascinating exhibition this is… How rich all this is, how marvellous, how alive. ***** Adrian Searle, The Guardian
I guarantee that this exhibition of the colour-saturated works Henri Matisse made by cutting out shapes from pre-painted sheets of paper during the last 17 years of his life will be among the most popular ever staged in this country… Outstanding. ***** Richard Dorment, Telegraph
Henri Matisse’s eye popping colour cut-outs are brought together for a blockbuster show at Tate Modern
The Sunday Times
A sense of joyous celebration almost unmatched in the history of art. Unmissable The Spectator
An unmissable biography narrated by Juliet Stevenson and featuring interviews and performances with over 70 of the greatest exponents of Mozart’s music. A valuable addition to any music lovers collection.