The Frame

The Frame is an informal celebration of artistic practise. At its heart is novelist Leo Tolstoy’s vision for art, which rejects establishment ideas and prioritises art’s capacity to convey feeling:

“Art is not, as the metaphysicians say, the manifestation of some mysterious idea of beauty or God; it is not, as the aesthetical physiologists say, a game in which man lets off his excess of stored-up energy; it is not the expression of man’s emotions by external signs; it is not the production of pleasing objects; and, above all, it is not pleasure; but it is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and of humanity.”

Modern culture is preoccupied with being cutting-edge and new, but art is radical in its timelessness. Through it we experience the humanity of our contemporaries, and of people from ages past. This empathy makes us alive to the world around us.