“A brilliant example of art for art’s sake”: the James Oliver exhibition launch at Descartes Gallery, Matthews Yard

Posted on April 8th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

Jonny Rose praises the Croydon artist James Oliver’s imaginative and vivid exhibition at Matthews Yard

In an age where everyone thinks they’re a legitimate social commentator with a Big Idea, it’s refreshing to meet someone who creates art just for the heck of it.

James Oliver is one such person, and last Friday I had the joy of conversing with the genial Jarvis Cocker … Read More »

So what if Fairfield Halls closes for two years – I’m glad

Posted on January 7th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 22 comments

Jonny Rose refuses to eulogise the potentially departed Fairfield Halls

News that the Fairfield Halls is due to be closed for two years of renovation has seen many in Croydon enter into paroxysms of grief reserved usually for dead relatives and relegated football teams.

My own response is less “Oh no”, and more “So what?”.

Rather than being a death knell … Read More »