Review: Beyond Dredd & Watchmen: the Art of John Higgins

Review: Beyond Dredd & Watchmen: the Art of John Higgins Victoria Gallery & Museum, 10th March – 1st October 2017 Words, Leyla Gurr “In the beginning, I...

Review: Neist, Zap Graffiti

Review: Neist solo show Zap Graffiti, 4th March – 4th April Words, Leyla Gurr Walking down towards Zap Graffiti is an exercise in restraint on a sunny...

Review: Stalwarts, Bluecoat Display Centre

Review: Stalwarts, Bluecoat Display Centre 4th February 2017 - 18th February 2017 Words and photography, Shaneka Williams Stalwarts presents work by a selection of master ceramicists, all...

Review: How much of this is Fiction?

How much of this is Fiction? FACT, 2nd March – 21st May 2017 Words, Leyla Gurr Torture Classics... When I was a teenager, I had a best friend...

Review: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme: Marvin Gaye Chetwynd Touchstones Rochdale, until July 2017] Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Liverpool Biennial 2016 isn’t over. In a cultural climate that demands that...

Review: WHITEOUT, Barrowlands Ballet. LEAP Dance Festival 2017

WHITEOUT, Barrowlands Ballet. LEAP Dance Festival 2017 Make. Liverpool, 4th March 2017 Words by Moira Leonard LEAP Dance Festival is keen to engage, inspire and create discussion,...

Preview: The British Music Experience

The British Music Experience Cunard Building, Opens 9th March 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith We tend to leave music to our audiophile counterparts at BidoLito and GetintoThis. If...

Review: COAL, Gary Clarke Company, LEAP Dance Festival 2017

COAL, Gary Clarke Company LEAP Dance Festival 2017 Words (and ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪) by Moira Leonard LEAP Dance Festival 2017, opened with a powerful performance...
Baltic Clay, Scouse in a Bowl, © Andrew Sherriff Photo

Review: Scouse in a bowl – is good for the soul

Scouse in a bowl – is good for the soul Baltic Clay, at Fruit + Fibres, 24th February 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Pictures, Andrew John Sherriff It’s not every...

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you (working title)

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you (working title) Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Beauteous world, where art thou gone? O, thou, Nature’s blooming youth, return once more! Ah,...

Featured Artists: Baltic Clay

Featured Artists: Baltic Clay Interview, Leyla Gurr It's been a little over a year since Baltic Clay Studio opened in the Baltic Triangle. In that time...

Review: Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants

Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants, Nick Sharratt Kirkby Gallery, until 22nd April 2017 Words, Melissa Dowell Every millennial's favourite childhood author, Nick Sharratt, has a new exhibition at Kirkby Gallery. Pirates,...
Victorian Treasures, Walker Art Gallery 2017. © Dave Jones

Review: Victorian Treasures at Walker Art Gallery

Victorian Treasures Walker Art Gallery, 27th January - 7th May 2017 Words, Carol Emmas Hot on the heels of the Waker Art Gallery’s recent exhibition., Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion,...

Review: Public View at Bluecoat: Why it Matters

Public View at Bluecoat, until 23rd April Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines Happy birthday Bluecoat. 300 is quite an age to reach: it makes it the oldest...

Review: Public View at Bluecoat: A Love Letter

Review: Public View at Bluecoat: A Love Letter Words, Leyla Gurr Bluecoat kicks off its 300th year in style this February with Public View. A uniquely...

In Pictures: Bluecoat, Public View: 106 Artists from 50 Years

In Pictures Bluecoat, Public View Pictures, Tony Knox Bluecoat, the UK's oldest arts centre turned 300 last week. To celebrate they launched Public View, an exhibition of...

Review: Art at the Heart of Bluecoat

Art at the Heart of Bluecoat Bluecoat, 28th January - 9th April 2017 Words and Photographs by Moira Leonard Bluecoat begin their year-long 300th birthday celebrations...

Review: The Royal Standard & Northern Lights: Liverpool’s newest creative destination

The Royal Standard & Northern Lights: Liverpool’s newest creative destination Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Cains Brewery Village might be a fancy thing to call old storage sheds,...

Review: Fresh Perspectives – Art from Wirral Schools

Fresh Perspectives – Art from Wirral Schools Lady Lever Art Gallery Words and Photographs by Moira Leonard Over the last few months a group of 14 to...

Review: The Female Gaze: Elizabeth Brownsword and Lois Tierney

The Female Gaze: Elizabeth Brownsword and Lois Tierney ROAD Studios, until Sunday 29th January 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith A studio gallery on the top floor of a listed building,...

Review: Sprung a Leak – Cécile B. Evans, Tate Liverpool

Like the great masters of traditional art, Evans has created something that reflects the beautiful and yet somehow terrible aspects of contemporary life.

Review: Art of Solidarity: Cuban posters for African liberation

Think of the words “revolution” and “1960s”, and most of us think of Peace and Love. But in most of the world at the time, “revolution” meant something much more serious.

Review: Open Eye at 40 – NORTH: Identity, Photography, Fashion

Open Eye at 40 - NORTH: Identity, Photography, Fashion Open Eye Gallery, 6th January - 19th March 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Open Eye Gallery turned 40 yesterday. That’s...
Hato and Childwall Sports & Science Academy, Hello Future Me, 2016. Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Arriva. Photo: Gareth Jones

2016 Round Up

2016 Round Up Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Walker Art Gallery hosted the biggest ever exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite work in British history; the Biennial rediscovered the city; Tate...

Review: DaDaFest: Alba by Jo Bannon

DaDaFest: Alba by Jo Bannon Bluecoat, 19th November 2016 Words, Jessica Greenall A minimal set becomes the site of numerous ethereal images in Jo Bannon’s visual poem,...

Review: Joseph & Ivy Hulme at Surtsey Projects

Joseph & Ivy Hulme: A Tremendous Blunder Surstey Projects, Friday 9th December 2016 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith As an artist, have you ever hit the wall and wondered...

Review: Michael Lacey: A Hole, A Mountain

Michael Lacey: A Hole, A Mountain A Small View, until 28th January 2016 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Just over a year ago I interviewed Michael Lacey as the winner...

Review: Auto Agents, AaA Collective

Auto Agents, AaA Collective Bluecoat, until 25th January 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith AaA Collective are a group of five curators with learning disabilities, Hannah Bellass, Tony Carroll,...

Interview: Bryan Biggs, on Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary

Bryan Biggs, on Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary Interview, Patrick Kirk-Smith Ahead of Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary year in 2017 we met with Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director of Bluecoat...

Review: Collaboration: Out of the Blue, the story so far

Collaboration: Out of the Blue, the story so far Bluecoat Words, Shaneka Williams Collaborative practice in art is nothing new. During the renaissance, masters and apprentices...

Review: Walter Keeler at Bluecoat Display Centre

Walter Keeler Bluecoat Display Centre Words, Shaneka Williams Walter Keeler’s pottery history is as diverse as the work he creates. Inspired by the tradition of pottery, and...

Review: Can I Start Again Please, DaDaFest at Unity Theatre

Review: Can I Start Again Please Unity Theatre, part of DaDaFest 2016 Words, Melissa Dowell Can I Start Again was performed at Unity Theatre as part of...

Review: Constellations and Tate Exchange Liverpool

Tate Exchange Liverpool has a regularly changing series of events which run from 26 November 2016 onwards

Review: Craig Davison, Avengers Resembled

Either way, what I know for certain is that Craig Davison’s work spread a huge smile across my face.

Review: Will Self: The Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture

Will Self: The Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture FACT, 10th November 2016 Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines It’s about the point where he’s comparing artists who collaborate with...

Review: No Such Thing As Gravity, FACT

No Such Thing As Gravity 10th November 2016 – 5th February 2017, FACT. Words & Images, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines For all that they are usually pigeonholed...

Review: Nick Leassing and Nahum Matra at FACT

Nick Leassing and Nahum Matra at FACT Day of Collisions, 10 November 2016.   Word and photographs by Moira Leonard Art and Science. Worlds apart or closely...

Review: Alice May Williams, Speke of the Future

Arriving at Speke Hall is like stepping back in time so Alice May Williams’ project is a fascinating juxtaposition. Speke of the Future

Review: Benedict Drew, KAPUT

Bendict Drew, KAPUT Walker Art Gallery, until 26 February 2017 Words, Jessica Greenall Benedict Drew transports his audience in this memorable and psychedelic work. The viewer of KAPUT...

Review: Looking North, through the Arts Council Collection

Looking North Walker Art Gallery,  until 26 February 2017 Words, Jessica Greenall From sketchbooks and paintings to sculptures and film, Looking North is a diverse and impressive...

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