The most comprehensive retrospective to date in the UK on American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opened today at the Barbican Centre in London. The opening was heralded by two brand-new pieces by street artist Banksy in celebration of Basquiat. Banksy’s tribute couldn’t be any more fitting as Basquiat didn’t only start his career as a graffiti artist, but his colourful and ‘freestyle’ drawings have clearly influenced so many graffiti writers and street artists ever since.

Ever wanted to experience the early morning hustle and bustle of Smithfield Market, the last surviving market in central London? Or what about learning more about the history of Soho and how its vibrant music scene in the 1960s influenced David Bowie’s career? These are just two examples of the 40+ guided tours that will take place from early morning till late night on 25 May all across London. The goal of this day is to raise £20,000 in 20 hours for the MS Trust: 20in20.

It’s been only 1.5 weeks since I returned home from my 6-week artist residency in Captiva, Florida, and here I am back on a plane again. I’ve swapped my bikini and sandals for chunky pullovers and thermal socks as winter temperatures in the Netherlands are about 20 degrees Celsius lower than in Florida. Rather than showing off my tan to friends and family, I’ll be wrapped up in thermals again from head to toe.

I am extremely fortunate and feel humbled to be writing this article from the 20-acre Florida estate of the late Robert Rauschenberg, a mercurial artist who bridged the worlds of painting, performance, sculpture, new and found media. For six decades he created wild and pioneering art up to his death in 2008. His Foundation has opened up his home and studio for artists from all over the world and from different backgrounds and I still can’t believe I am one of them.