Review: Physical Fest Launch, 2017

Review: Physical Fest Launch 26th May 2017 Words by Moira Leonard Images, courtesy of Physical Fest Physical Fest: the 14th International Festival of Physical Theatre launched in Liverpool...

Review: Future Aleppo, FACT Liverpool

Review: Future Aleppo FACT, until 18th February 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Future Aleppo at FACT is the most incredible use of Virtual Reality I’ve experienced. I’m in...

Review: It’s The Travelling Life; an exhibition based on fact, by Liverpool irish Festival

Words, Kathryn Wainwright Liverpool Irish Festival’s lead exhibition focussed on Irish Travellers, in their own words, and their own images. I expected it to dispel...

Washing Line Productions: The Surgery

Words by Sinead Nunes, Editor Promenade Theatre meets Cabaret in this darkly comic satirical performance. Last Sunday I waved goodbye to the sunshine to step inside...

Review: Kit Brown – ‘Symbiosis’ at A Small View

Words by Patrick Kirk-Smith. Hidden at the back of The Gostins Arcade, at the end of Hanover Street, is an exhibition that could not have found a better home. Kit Brown’s Symbiosis is an immersive, interlinked, audio visual experience.

Review: AEROSOL at dot-art

There’s a crack in everything and that’s how the light gets in, and so it was on a rainy July day that I visited the Dot Art Gallery to be greeted by a splash of sunlight in the form of AEROSOL

Review: ‘Without These Walls’ at Homebaked Anfield

The film, which uses collaged images of the old houses to create a diorama of the four demolished streets, and audio recordings of families from the area, is a masterpiece in complex analogue techniques.
Liverpool Biennial Launch, photo by Tony Knox

Review: Liverpool Biennial 2016 at ABC Cinema

Every two years I get to explore a city space in a new way, and this year the ABC Cinema on the corner of Lime Street is a highlight. How many times have I walked past this building and never given it a second thought?

Review: Jamie Reid’s Casting Seeds takes over The Florrie

Jamie Reid, Casting Seeds The Florrie, 6th September-16th October 2016 If politics should be local, then so should punk. That’s what I took away from this...

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: Coming Out: Art and Culture 1967-2017

Coming Out: Art and Culture 1967-2017 Walker Art Gallery, until 5th November 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Coming Out made me really uncomfortable in parts. But so does...

Across the Threshold: Festival Diary

Across the Threshold: Festival Diary 2018: the year that Threshold wasn’t, or so the organisers thought. Described as a “fallow year”, Across the Threshold was a...

Simeon Barclay: Jolly Lament in Four Movements Concerning A Hamlet By The Sea

Words by Jack Welsh In today’s fast-paced digital society, what role does the humble postcard play? As people increasingly use smartphones and apps such as Facebook...
Alien Sex Club. John Walter

Review: Alien Sex Club – John Walter at Camp & Furnace

Camp & Furnace is host to Alien Sex Club, an immersive installation into a world of misconceptions and cultural satire. At times, the exhibition comes on a little strong for the faint hearted, but it serves to deliver a strong message.
William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) Il Dolce Far Niente, 1859–66, retouched 1874–5

Review: Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion at The Walker Art Gallery

"In many ways this was the movement that began holding both artists and critics to account over arguments of the tastes and functions surrounding visual art. This exhibition is both a review of that movement, and a new approach to connecting their history to relative developments in the North West."

Review: Ella Kruglyanskaya: Methods of Display at Tate Liverpool

Ella Kruglyanskaya curates an exhibition of past work, alongside work that the Tate Liverpool’s Assistant Curator, Stephanie Straine, describes as being “wet on the canvas on its way here.” And for a retrospective of a living artist to manifest itself like this, surely must supply ideas for the future. In that sense, or that tense, this show is the key study that answers the question posed by Francesco Manacorda, “Why paint?”

Review: It’s All About Me, Darling, Nick Hugh McCann at The Williamson 

In keeping with the gallery’s grandiose style is the exhibition “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, DARLING” by local-boy-done-good, Nick Hugh McCann, who, growing up in Birkenhead, recalls being taken to the Williamson

Review: Nina Edge, Contravision

You’d be robbing yourself of the history surrounding the Biennial venues if you didn’t walk down Kelvin Grove for Nina Edge’s Contravision.

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: Whitaker Malem – Pop Artisans

Whitaker Malen - Pop Artisans at The Gallery Liverpool, until 10th December 2017 Words, Kevin Symes Whitaker Malem – Pop Artisans is the seventh and final exhibition...

Preview: Leonardo Da Vinci: a Life Drawing

PREVIEW LEONARDO DA VINCI: A LIFE DRAWING Walker Art Gallery (2019)  Words by Moira Leonard Twelve sketches from an art world superstar. Twelve national galleries. One simultaneous opening...

Open 1 at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery

Words by Ruth White Open 1 is the first in a series of three annual open submission exhibitions, this years’ theme being based around ideas...

Review: Follow at FACT

The nature of the question – ‘What does the internet mean to me?’ – is one that could either fall on its face, or flourish as an exhibition, and it falls so very flat on its face nearly all the time, but in the recruitment for this show, FACT did something very, very clever.
Emma Brown – What’s Holding Me Back?

Review: What’s Holding Me Back? By Emma Brown

Words by Kirsten Hawkins. An exhibition of process rather than finality, she has used this exhibition as a voyage of self-discovery, attempting work processes inspired by participants’ answers to two important questions: • What type of obstacles do you feel you come up against when making work? • What habits or processes have you adopted to overcome these creative blocks?
Naomi Munou, Jo Sweeting and Pauline Hughes

Review: #Threeform at Editions

Pauline Hughes, Jo Sweeting, and Naomi Munuo, began following each other on Twitter because they not only liked each other's work but recognised similarities in form and style.

Review: Scouse Style: Alternative Guide to Liverpool

Scouse Style: Alternative Guide to Liverpool SWAP: UK/Ukraine artist residency programme Words by Patrick Kirk-Smith While I can’t advocate SWAP’s alternative guide to Liverpool as a genuinely...

Review: Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Edward Krasinski Tate Liverpool, until 5th March 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith If you don’t know his name, you’ll recognise his work, so it’s not surprising that over the...

Review: Time Slips Away, at Road Studios

Time Slips Away, Road Studios, LightNight 2017 Words, Kirsten Hawkins For the third year in a row, Road Studios has hosted an exhibition as part of Light...

Review: Where Things are Different, Stephen King

Where Things are Different, Stephen King at The World of Glass, St Helens Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith St Helens seems to be drawing on its iconic bravado lately,...

Ideas Depot; where art isn’t part of the curriculum. It’s all of it.

Ideas Depot; where art isn’t part of the curriculum. It’s all of it. Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Quietly, not after but during the Biennials, Tate Liverpool opened...

We Hope This Isn’t Goodbye: Liverpool Academy of Arts

Words by Sinead Nunes, Editor As many of you have probably already heard, Liverpool Academy of Arts, a venue which has earned its place on...

Review: ‘Bodhisattva’ by Simon Adam Yorke

Words and photographs by Patrick Kirk-Smith. Simon Yorke’s Bodhisattva is a mesmerisingly calming exhibition. Often exhibitions in public meeting places get over looked as decoration, but in this case, the work displayed suits its scenario perfectly
Liverpool Artists Network meeting, photo by Tony Knox

Review: Liverpool Artists Network

Liverpool Artists Network is an engine for action on behalf of the artists. It’s a celebration of the talent that already exists, and a proactive attempt to give that talent more of a voice for themselves.

Review: Double Act: Art and Comedy at Bluecoat

Double Act: Art and Comedy Bluecoat. Saturday 9 April – Sunday 19 June 2016 Words and photographs by Patrick Kirk-Smith Our recent interview with the curators of Bluecoat’s...

REVIEW: Liverpool Biennial 2016: Ancient Greece at Tate Liverpool

Liverpool Biennial 2016, Ancient Greece Tate Liverpool, Saturday 9 July 2016 – 16 October 2016 Words and pictures by Moira Leonard Step back in time as Tate...

Review: Making Places Special, at Williamson Art Gallery

Making Places Special Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, 23rd September -30th October 2016 Words, Jennifer Jones, first published here for Friends of Williamson Art Gallery & Wirral...

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...

Review: Fashion Icons: Celebrating Gay Designers

Fashion Icons: Celebrating Gay Designers Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Till Summer 2018 Words, Samantha Browne The beat of my heels as I ascended the stone steps towards...

Review: Mellor & Rose, Modern Calligraphy

Calligraphy has been taking over everyone’s branding – You can’t go into a restaurant without seeing it plastered on menus, windows or chalkboards. Experts up...

Electric Discharges, Light and Shadow: György Kepes

Words by Laura Harris György Kepes’ work, currently showing at the ERC and Tate Liverpool, draws the viewer into a world of minutia; of abstract,...