Thinking about last year has had the salutary effect of making me a bit more optimistic about the New Year:-
• I’ve got a new job which I’m looking forward to.
• There’s a new deli next door (Nathalie’s).
• I’ve joined a gym (like many other people’s New Year’s Resolutions).
• Tim Barringer is giving this year’s Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery.
• Viola Michelangelo opens at the RA in late January.
• There will be a new person to replace me at the RA in February.
• We may finally know what we’re doing (or not) about Brexit by March.
• In April, Sean Scully is showing new work in the National Gallery.
• Otto Saumarez Smith’s Boom Cities will be published by Oxford University Press on April 4.
• Romilly Saumarez Smith has an exhibition of her work opening at the Harley Gallery on April 6.
• In May, we’re going to stay in the Secular Retreat, Peter Zumthor’s house for Living Architecture in Devon.
• In the autumn, Tate Britain is doing a Blake exhibition, while the RA does Antony Gormley.
• Crossrail may open, making it possible to get from Whitechapel to Oxford Circus in eight minutes.
Much to look forward to….