Tom Jeffreys

Tom Jeffreys

Tom is a writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and editor of The Learned Pig. He writes primarily about contemporary art, and is particularly interested in work that asks questions relating to animals and the environment. His writing has been published in, among others, art-agenda, ArtReview, Frieze, Country Walking, the Independent, New Scientist, and World of Interiors. His first book, Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on foot, was published by Influx Press in 2017. His second, The White Birch, will be published by Little, Brown in 2021. Tom is represented by Zoe Ross at United Agents.

Juan Fernando Herrán, Campo Santo, 2006

The Beast is not only the Tiger

The top floor of a modernist apartment block seems an unlikely location for the studio of an artist best-known for his engagement with botany. Nonetheless this is where we find…

De Martino Chile

New Wine, Old Pots

When it comes to starting afresh, sometimes it helps to acknowledge a lack of control. That’s the thought that begins to crystallise while visiting the headquarters of De Martino, one…

mushroom

Fungiculture

This summer sees the launch of a brand new academic journal: Fungiculture. Subtitled “A Journal for Psychedelic Culture Studies” Fungiculture was conceived over the past six months or so by…

Touching Wood

Rarely do curators at large public museums co-ordinate concurrent exhibitions to complement each other. But by chance or design, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC) in Santiago, Chile, is bucking…

The Dogs of El Chalten

The village of El Chalten is a service settlement. Located in the Parque Nacional los Glaciares in Patagonia, southern Argentina, the village is a four-hour walk to a network of…

Objects in the Field

Collaboration between the arts and the sciences is both increasingly prominent and, perhaps as a consequence, increasingly problematic. Projects and practices describing themselves as interdisciplinary collaborations are on the rise,…

Darren Almond, White Cube installation shot

To Leave a Light Impression

An exhibition of large-scale landscape photographs of ethereal beauty opens today at the Bermondsey Street outpost of White Cube. Darren Almond’s latest work follows on from his last solo show…

Kasper Pincis, Whale Tooth 3

London Art Fair 2014

There’s something reassuring about London Art Fair. The last couple of years have been a particularly turbulent time for London’s galleries. As the big names continue to multiply (Pace, Victoria…

Anais Tondeur, I.55 book GV Art

Anais Tondeur – I.55

Or, the girl who swallowed the remnants of a forest. “A century ago, a young girl swallowed a pencil.” So begins I.55, a beguiling new book by contemporary artist Anaïs…

John Miles, Gloucester Old Spot, 1834

PYG

Toby is one influential pig. As the very first learned pig to turn his tricks upon the stage, he provided a template for countless subsequent acts at fairs and festivals…

Shorelines Festival 2013

Shorelines Festival 2013

The perennial danger of the small town literary festival is that it takes place solely within the confines of a conference centre / tent / town hall or other academic…