Tonight was the first in this year's Autumn Art Lecture series at Bristol University, a series which has been staged annually since 1905. This year's series centres around the title ‘The Art of Revolutions’, commemorating the anniversary of one of the world’s most profound revolutions, that of Russia in 1917, and exploring the many various ways in the concepts of ‘art’ and ‘revolution’ intersect. The series started off brilliantly this evening with Molly Crabapple, writer and artist who has contributed work for outlets such as Vice, The New York Times and Vanity Fair, and whose art resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC. Molly discussed her beginnings drawing ages 4 and the evolution of her now signature style, her introduction to travelling aged 17 when she stayed at the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. She also talked about her work as an artist model whilst in college, a job used to fund her fledgeling artistic career and one which changed her outlook on both art and artists in general. The discussion then moved onto her more political oeuvre which was born out of her witnessing the Occupy Wall Street protests of 2011 in New York City, and has since led her to write about, and draw in, such places as refugee camps, Greek protest marches, the black lives matter movement and Guantanamo Bay. She told of how her chosen medium of drawing and sketching allows her to capture intimate human moments in places where a photography camera may be prohibited or feared. It was a thoroughly entertaining and insightful talk, and I look forward to more from the series.