Review: Future Forwards at Bluecoat Display Centre

Words, Jessica Fenna Bluecoat Display Centre presents another thought-provoking exhibition, ‘Future Forwards’, showcasing the role of innovative technologies in the world of craft and applied...

Interview: Sally Tallant on Liverpool Biennial 2018

Sally Tallant on Liverpool Biennial 2018 Interview, Patrick Kirk-Smith Liverpool Biennial announced their 2018 title in February: Beautiful world, where are you? (You can listen to the...

Review: Threshold Festival of Music and Arts – Darkness & Light

Threshold Festival of Music and Arts - Darkness & Light Words, Kirsten Hawkins Every year, the grassroots visual arts festival, Threshold, launches a new theme upon...

Review: Liverpool Print Fair 2017

Liverpool Print Fair 2017 Bluecoat, 8th April 2017 Words, Leyla Gurr Digital technology within the arts has taken leaps and bounds in recent decades, providing the market...

Review: Next Stop New York, The Florrie

Next Stop New York The Florrie, until 18th April 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith On April Fool’s Day 2017, The Florrie had an event called ’14 Hour Super...
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Preview: Milapfest, for Sgt Pepper at 50

Milapfest really sees Liverpool as its home – we really wouldn’t exist in the form we do today without the city.

Review: The Transglobal Art of Mark Wigan

In becoming the temporary home for The Transglobal Art of Mark Wigan, Chester Arts Centre provides a shock of colour

Review: Ellsworth Kelly in Focus

An exhibition of 11 works, this is a snapshot of the great American abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly in Focus, who died in December 2015, aged 92.

Review: Thatcher May Trump Farage, Lord & Slater

Threshold Festival 2017 debuted a new live art work by Lord & Slater entitled Thatcher May Trump Farage.

Preview: Fixing a Hole: Judy Chicago & Tate Liverpool for ‘Sgt...

Fixing a Hole: Judy Chicago & Tate Liverpool for ‘Sgt Pepper at 50’ Stanley Docks, 1st – 16th June 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Last week, along with...

Review: Transparency, Walker Art Gallery

Transparency, Walker Art Gallery Walker Art Gallery & Arts Council Collection National Partners exhibition – until 18th June 2017 Words, Leyla Gurr “See through, reflect, encounter outside,...

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,...

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...

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,...

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...

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