African arts is a relatively unknown and under-represented collective in the UK, a great shame given the enormous wealth of highly skilled super talented artists out there with an extensive and varied portfolio of works dating back many centuries.

While some might argue a commercial market for such works is limited and may not necessarily appeal to European taste per se hence the lack of exposure, the question of “supply and demand” cannot be disputed. Fact of the matter is, African arts is on the rise. The growth and trending popularity over the last few years is more evident than ever before, supported by the emergence of two relatively new commercial art galleries in London dedicated to showcasing the best contemporary arts from Africa and across it’s diaspora.

The Gallery of African Art is a London based art gallery established in May 2013. GAFRA specialises in showcasing modern contemporary African art. Tiwani Comtemporary on the other hand was founded in 2011 and predominantly focuses on Nigerian contemporary artists across Africa. Both galleries run ongoing exhibitions all year round at Cork Street and Little Portland Road in London.

05/12/13: NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”.


The City of London is one of the most diverse cosmopolitan capital cities in the world. Middle Eastern arts is a rapidly growing niche market in the UK with an affluent and thriving community base in London. The quest to feature a Middle Eastern born, London based artist representative of such diversity was an inspired move, the kick-start catalyst beginning in September 2012 when I was first inspired by viewing a particular piece of art from the Middle East.

Knowing from the outset how challenging publishing such a feature would be given the calibre of artist, body of work and editorial content sought after, a long term strategy was employed based on an extended preliminary research phase with a view to discover and showcase the most original, unique and inspired artist from the Middle East by the end of the 2013 calendar year. Thirteen months on, Barri Faryad’s exclusive featured publication is the end product of a prolonged and sustained quest. Suffice it to say, “he who seeketh findeth”.

On a separate but relevant note, Alice Key deserves a special mention for her dedication, hard work and absolute commitment in making the 3 hour commute from Birmingham to London before travelling over 3,000 miles to undertake a work placement internship at Coastal TV in Ghana during a productive summer break. Alice has a bright future ahead and an invaluable asset to any prospective employer.



Artist Nest appreciation society goes out to women all over the world, past and present who have and continue to campaign not just for gender equality but inspiring real change in all forms. Today’s blog entry post on International Women’s Day is dedicated to the memory and tremendous political work of the late Rt. Hon. Mo Mowlam MP, a truly extraordinary woman.



Sketches of Iran: A Glimpse from the Front Lines of Human Rights is a work of art in its own right. This inspiring new book features editorial cartoons from world renowned Iranian artists and personal accounts of prominent journalists and political activists. The book certainly deserves to be made into a documentary film at some point.



Brief blog entry post to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year. Must apologise for the lack of interview publications. In spite of this, there were approximately 5,700 unique visitors to the blog in 2012 and many more online video plays of existing featured artists. Will endeavor to publish inspiring new and exclusive artist features in 2013.



Show Me The Monet is a 15 part television arts programme produced by Lucky Day Productions for the BBC. The second series currently airing on BBC 2 has been described by various mainstream online publications as “The Apprentice For Artists”. The 6th episode in the series broadcast earlier today features artist Joseph Steele. Find out how he fared on the show via the BBC iPlayer.



Quick entry post to wish the blog’s American viewers home and away a happy July 4th.



Artist Nest’s first blog interview feature Joseph Steele has been featured in Huffington UK alongside 4 other talented artists in an online publication by Alice Vincent entitled “The Young British Artists Who Are Heirs to Damien Hirst”. Never been so proud. 🙂



Repre Art collective will be holding their first exhibition at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square from May 1st to May 13th 2012. This is an exhibition made for art lovers, private collectors and those with a healthy appreciation for the arts. What better way to spend quality time at the heart of London viewing art.


4/08/11: PRESS PLAY

Downloaded blog data relating to the actual number of times visitors to the blog pressed the play button. Geo stats for July 2011 shows 732 video plays originating from the United States compared to only 272 in the UK.

Cannot read too much into the figures as it is only a snap shot taken from the 1st to 31st of July however I do feel let down by the Brits if I am honest. The Americans on the other hand just seem to get it. There’s no doubting the special relationship from now on.


9/06/11: MILESTONE

10,000 blog hits today, the most random geographical location view being North Korea and Côte d’Ivoire.



Taking a brief moment to respond to a handful of emails received over the last couple of weeks regarding the aforementioned. I had initially drafted an in-depth post to address the issue however on reflection decided to publish a short summary instead.

The dot com name sake in question was registered on March 14th 2011 with a one year lease by an individual based in the United States. To explicitly state for the record, I am not involved or in anyway affiliated to this site. As the old saying goes “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” [Charles Coltan].

Truth be told, I have little regard for random opportunists who jump on the bandwagon of other peoples hard work. That said, I genuinely favour any kind of platform that support or promote the work of fine artists by demystifying the arts and making it more accessible to a wider demography of people from all walks of life be it through print, television and radio, web and online social networking or good old fashioned face to face contact. Simples.



Artist Melanie Blackwell will be exhibiting her work alongside others described as some of the world’s best emerging artists at the luxurious High Elms Manor champagne and canapes fine arts private viewing in association with Brizatti Fine Arts on Friday October 29th at 7:30pm.


10/10/10: PRIMA DONNAS

Finding the right balance between featuring new artists and working with new presenters is always an ongoing challenge. My primary and only objective with regard to the blog features is to produce and publish inspired original content on Artist Nest and thus adhere to my own professional standards and work to a strict set formula in order to attain and deliver the highest level of technical quality professional output.

As such, presenters in particular and artists generally speaking who are unfamiliar or inexperienced with media production, incapable of adapting to the way I work, unable to follow instructions, take offense to being directed or believe they know best should kindly refrain from making contact. With the greatest of respects, I don’t have the time nor energy to deal with Prima donna’s or pamper egos of any size.

Suffice it to say, running a new media blog and managing a project of this scale without any commercial funding or sponsorship is a massive undertaking and an incredibly stressful process at the best of times. That said, when the right calibre of artists and presenters come along and production runs at it should, the long days and late nights are worth while when the finished feature is eventually published.



First blog update. Earlier today, I received a couple of unexpected emails from two artists based abroad. One was from Paris and the other Canadian. Both expressed positive comments about the blog and queried the possibility of being featured. Regrettably, I had no choice but to decline simply because I am currently not in the position to venture outside of London let alone abroad. If however there are any foreign artists living abroad with deep pockets looking to be featured on Artist Nest, I will be happy to make the trip and produce your interview.