Dan Baldwin Interview


Monograph speaks exclusively to artist Dan Baldwin. He reveals his path into the art world, what keeps him passionate about art and why art it makes an essential contribution to British culture.




The Koestler Exhibition of prisoners’ artwork at Glasgow’s Tramway is running until 25 November. The event is staged by Koestler Trust, the UK’s best-known prison arts charity, which is in its 50th year of promoting prisoner art. The charity encourages creativity within prisons to boost rehabilitation. The artwork exhibited includes a compelling watercolour called ‘Disco Boy’, a haunting work called ‘Winter’s Crown’ and a painted tribute to the Duke of Wellington which is placed outside Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. Some of the entries were of such a high calibre they will be entered into this year’s Koestler Awards, set up by Arthur Koestler who campaigned for the abolition of capital punishment.



Sean Nicolson, Monograph’s owner, is featured on the front page of Tramp Magazine speaking on ‘How to Collect Contemporary Art’

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Each artist does their thing a little differently and the beauty of art is always in the eye of the beholder, but Turkish artist Sakir Gökçebağ has created very unique installations that can only be described as loo-py! The Turkish artist’s alternative form of artwork comprises hundreds of toilet rolls creating award-winning sculptures that can really capture any observer’s imagination. The big, flowing monuments are either hung elegantly from huge pedestals or carefully arranged to create giant wall decorations. Inspired by the desire to make ‘normal things beautiful’, Gökçebağ is not one for conventional art forms. He shot to fame for previously exhibiting broken umbrellas, coat hangers and old brooms thanks to his adventurous assignment of ‘finding the poetry in everyday’. The prize-winning artist is currently preparing for a solo exhibition being held in Berlin where he will display his ‘everyday art’, inspired from the unique ‘restroom’ location!


Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler, has designed this year’s Royal Mail Christmas stamps. The German-born children’s book illustrator’s captivating designs can be seen on numerous children’s books but his most famous work is for ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ by Julia Donaldson. Scheffler has combined his quirky illustrating style with seasonal themes to produce five different Christmas stamps including a cartoon-style Santa, robin and reindeer. Be sure to grab yourself a pack to add the perfect festive touch to your Christmas mail.

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