Monthly Archives: December 2015

Zaha Hadid’s Middle East Centre at St. Antony’s

On a grim November day, as the rain poured down, Ertegun board member Eugene Rogan cheered a group of Scholars with a tour of the new ‘Investcorp Building’ of the Middle East Centre, which houses the Centre’s library and its important archive of private papers. Although in striking contrast with the brick and stone houses […]

Goya: The Portraits at The National Gallery

I’ve been on many Ertegun cultural excursions now, but the latest Goya portrait exhibition at the National Gallery has to rate among my favourites.  Goya is not the household name that numerous Italian and Dutch painters are, and the prospect of seeing an exhibition of Spanish court portraiture led me to anticipate an endless row […]

Banksy in Bristol

The pseudo-name “Banksy” stands behind arguably the most sought-after street art pieces in the world, some of which are even touristic landmarks today. The artist of mysterious identity gained his public fame through his first exhibits in the early 2000s, and particularly through his intrepid works on the bitterly disputed wall separating Israel and the […]

Mary Poppins at the Bristol Hippodrome

An icy morning saw a group of Ertegun scholars congregate in Oxford station, tickets in hand, ready to catch a train. A couple of hours later, we alighted in Bristol, where we were met by Bryan. After nearly losing two members of the group, we managed to leave the station and headed off to grab […]