About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

Edward King: patient artist

Yesterday, I visited Portsmouth Museum. I grew up in the area and still live nearby, so I’ve spent many an hour meandering through its galleries. After a particularly dreadful mental health dip, my mother (and fellow history/art enthusiast) shepherded me back down to check out the museum’s current temporary exhibition, which focuses on the work […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

Pallant House Gallery celebrates 10 years of Outside In art project

[This story was published on October 12 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/pallant-house-gallery-celebrates-10-years-of-outside-in-art-project-1-7590443.] [Image: Dannielle Hodson next to her artworks Battle of the Dresses (portrait) and Cabaret Monkey (landscape)] Pallant House Gallery in Chichester welcomed back 17 of its past Outside In Award Winners to mark the art project’s 10 year anniversary. Founded by […]

Japanese Outsider Artists showcase work in the UK for the first time

[This story was published on July 08 on the Chichester Observer website. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/japanese-outsider-artists-showcase-work-in-the-uk-for-the-first-time-1-7516562.] [All images: Pallant House Gallery] Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery has opened its Nama Ato: Japanese Outsider Art exhibition, showcasing the work of three artists for the first time in the UK. Featuring work by Koji Nishioka, Makoto Okawa […]

Thompson Hall’s work revisits ideas of space

This story was published on June 15 in the West Sussex Gazette. Read the original story at westsussextoday.co.uk/news/county-news/thompson-hall-s-work-revisits-ideas-of-space-1-7429983.] Over the last couple of months, Brighton has been awash with arts, music, dance, lights, theatre and comedy as part of the annual Festival and Fringe events. Amongst the many cultural events hosted by Brighton this year is HOUSE 2016, which ran […]

Ian Sherman:‘Outsider’ artist has work featured in Chichester’s Radical Craft show

[This story was published on April 4 in the Chichester Observer. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/local/outsider-artist-has-work-featured-in-chichester-s-radical-craft-show-1-7310207.]   [Image: Fully Assimilated, by Ian Sherman]  A local artist has spoken about the importance of encouraging freedom of creativity following the showcasing of his work at a Chichester gallery. Ian Sherman, who lives in Havant, is currently exhibiting his […]