Rapid Response Unit, giving artists control of the news

Rapid Response Unit, giving artists control of the news The mind of an artist and the mind of a journalist are surprisingly similar things. Both...

Review: It Will Never Work: 25 Years of Urban Splash

It Will Never Work: 25 Years of Urban Splash at RIBA North, until 16th June 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith “It would never have worked without all Urban Splash...

Review: Caroline Coon: The Great Offender

Caroline Coon: The Great Offender, The Gallery, until 27th May Words & Pictures, Julia Johnson (Messy Lines) Caroline Coon’s first ever solo exhibition makes its statement...

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...

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...

Threshold Visual Arts – A Case for the Future

Threshold Visual Arts - A Case for the Future by Kirsten Hawkins You probably didn’t get the memo. I didn’t either, and neither did my close artist...

Review: People Like Us: the Mirror (FACT at 15)

People Like Us: the Mirror (FACT at 15) Words, Joanie Magill Dive into the rabbit hole and enter an immersive audio-visual stream of consciousness where we...

Review: Contrast Mural Festival

Contrast Mural Festival Words, Joanie Magill It couldn’t have been a better week for the Contrast Mural Festival. The sun beat down on the streets in...

Review: Dementia Connect – Hidden Voices at FACT

Dementia Connect – Hidden Voices at FACT 13 April 2018 Words by Moira Leonard We’re in the Box at FACT. Rows of burgundy sofas. Only a...

Review: The Williamson Open 2018

The Williamson Open Art and Photography Exhibition 2018 Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead, Wirral 23rd March – 6th May 2018 Words, Samantha Browne The Williamson Open Art...

Review: Ken’s Show: Exploring the Unseen

Ken’s Show: Exploring the Unseen Tate Liverpool, until 17th June 2018 A Guardian four star review and header that says: “Sublime choices from a non-expert puts the...

Preview: The Art of Reggae 2018, interview with Rory Taylor

The Art of Reggae, preview interview with Rory Taylor: The Art of Reggae comes back to Constellations again this year, running alongside Positive Vibrations festival....

Review: Hands of History +20

Review: Hands of History +20 at Victoria Gallery & Museum, until 21st April 2018 Words, Steph Preston 20 years ago the artist Raymond Watson persuaded Northern Irish...

Review: Viking: Rediscover the Legend

Viking: Rediscover the Legend, The Atkinson, until Saturday 7th July, £5 Two of the loveliest pieces in Viking: Rediscover the Legend are saved for the...

Interview: The Atkinson Development Trust

Interview: The Atkinson Develpment Trust Interview by Patrick Kirk-Smith Southport is about to welcome one of the most significant archives in the UK, housing the British...

Review: Positions of Power, Disparity Collective

The Tapestry: Positions of Power, Disparity Collective (exhibition ended) Words, Joanie Magill Pictures, courtesy of the artists at Disparity Collective Seven divergent perspectives explore and challenge the theme...

Review: States of Play: Roleplay Reality at FACT

States of Play: Roleplay Reality is, hands down, the most emotionally effecting exhibition I’ve seen. From start to finish it is immersive [...]

Review: John Moores prizewinners at Walker Art Gallery

Review: John Moores prizewinners at Walker Art Gallery, From 16th December 2017, until ?? Words, Carol Emmas Sixty years of the John Moores Painting prize can certainly...

Review: Destroyed By Shadows at Cornerstone Gallery

Review: Destroyed By Shadows Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, The Creative Campus, until 12th April 2018 Words, Samantha Browne Crossing the threshold into the Creative Campus of...

Review: Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence In 1960s British Art

Review Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence In 1960s British Art Walker Art Gallery, until 3rd June 2018 Words and images by Moira Leonard Arriving at the Gallery I...

Review: From Warhol to Walker, at The Atkinson

From Warhol to Walker: American Prints from Pop Art until Today The Atkinson, until 10th March Words, Julia Johnson (Messy Lines) It was perhaps inevitable that Andy...

Review: Bluecoat: In the Peaceful Dome

In the Peaceful Dome at The Bluecoat, until 8th April 2018 Words and photos by Moira Leonard So, how am I going to talk about the final...

Review: Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins

Slaves Of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins at Walker Art Gallery, until 20 May 2018 Words, Carol Emmas ‘Slaves of Fashion; is an exhibition of 20...

Review: Trapped in the Image: West Kirby Arts Centre

Jacob Gourley and Stephen Nulty's exhibition - Trapped in the Image on exhibition throughout February 2018 at West Kirby Arts Centre Words, Trevor Smith (Visiting Writer) If January and February...

Review: Presence: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art

Review: Presence: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art at St George’s Hall, until 3rd June Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Over the road from Terracotta Warriors at World Museum is...

Review: Terracotta Warriors

Review: Terracotta Warriors at World Museum until October Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith For an exhibition of stunningly beautiful craft, it’s surprising how much of the history behind the...

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,...

Review: Introduction to Woodwork at Make. Liverpool

Review: Introduction to Woodwork at Make. Liverpool Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Make. Liverpool have a series of woodworking classes available to people at all ability levels. The workshops...

Review: Steve des Landes, Un-settled, at the Williamson Art Gallery

Steve des Landes, Un-settled Williamson Art Gallery, until 4th March 2018 Words, Carol Emmas One of the questions I repeatedly ask myself is, what takes an artist...

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: The Pier Head – Tom Wood

The Pier Head - Tom Wood Open Eye Gallery, until 25th March 2018 Words, Carol Emmas I recently rewatched the BBC4 ‘What Artists Do All Day’ documentary...

Review: The Pier Head – Tom Wood

The Pier Head – Tom Wood Open Eye Gallery, until 25th March 2018 Words, Julia Johnson (Messy Lines) It’s one of my favourite things about living in...

Review: Why Look At Animals

Review: Why Look At Animals at The Atkinson, until 10th March 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Part education, part gift-to-self, I went to see this exhibition at The...

Review: In The Peaceful Dome

Review: In The Peaceful Dome at Bluecoat, until 8th April 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith It might not have the impact it had 84 years ago, but staring...

Review: 2017

Review: 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Apart from 2008, Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year, 2017 was Art in Liverpool’s most popular year. But while the indulgent...

Review: House of Suarez: Elements of Vogue

House of Suarez: Elements of Vogue Bluecoat, Sunday 17th December 2017 Words, Kevin Symes Taking my seat in the front row, right next to the catwalk, I...

Review: Culture Shifts: Local at Open Eye Gallery

Culture Shifts is as important to arts organisers as it is for you or I. An exhibition that is openly trying to move a selfish culture of arts production forward at a very fast pace.

Review: Adventures in Ancient Egypt, at The Atkinson

Review: Adventures in Ancient Egypt: Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers The Atkinson, until March 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Egypt’s become a big theme across Merseyside recently, with...

Review: John Piper at Tate Liverpool

John Piper Tate Liverpool, 17th November - 18th March 2018 Words, Julia Johnson (Messy Lines) John Piper is a Very British Artist.  In our current age, this...

Review: Art et Liberté: Surrealism in Egypt

Art et Liberté: Surrealism in Egypt Tate Liverpool, until 18th March 2017 Words, Carol Emmas I thought I knew quite a bit about Lee Miller and Roland Penrose,...