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Review: Liverpool Biennial 2016 at Cain’s Brewery

The UK’s biggest contemporary arts festival has just kicked off right here in Liverpool, and what better place to start exploring Biennial 2016 than Cain's Brewery, which houses artwork by 16 artists and includes work from five of Biennial's six 'Episodes'
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Review: Liverpool Biennial 2016: Rita McBride at Toxteth Reservoir

Rita McBride’s large scale installation represents an opening between the real world and the world of fiction. Entering the unilluminated location of the piece with its sonic reverberations
Liverpool Biennial Launch, photo by Tony Knox

In Pictures: Liverpool Biennial 2016 Launch

Split into episodes and scattered around Liverpool, this installment of Liverpool Biennial has so far proven to be almost impossible to sum up. Tony Know shares his excellent photographs of the first day of this exciting project, ready just in time for minds to made up and plans to be made. Liverpool Biennial 2016 opens tomorrow (July 9th) so be sure to get your thinking hat on, read our numerous reviews and previews, and find the exhibition to kick off your Biennial.
Littlewoods Building Murals, Liverpool, May 2016. Photo c. artinliverpool

Giant Murals on Iconic Littlewoods Building Unveiled

The final piece in the UK’s largest multi-city street art project, in support of the @GetItRight campaign, has been unveiled today in Liverpool with a giant design that celebrates Liverpool’s dynamic creative and digital industries. Fittingly adorning two 20m x 20m walls of the art deco former Littlewoods building, which is undergoing a £25m transformation into new state of the art film and television studios.

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: Omphalos at Invisible Wind Factory

Light, percussion, kinesthesis, surreal wardrobes, war paint and fire were just some of the elements that kept on building intensity. By the end of it my mind was on the brink of falling to pieces; I’m still not sure if it that’s good or bad.

Liverpool Summer Arts Market Returns to St George’s Hall 25/26 June 2016

Summer Arts Market to return to St George’s Hall with over 130 artists, designers and makers. Sat/Sun 25/26 June 2016. 10.00 - 17.00. Over 130 artists, designers and makers. Children’s workshops. Vintage Fair in the Concert Room. Café

Review: Maria Lassnig at Tate Liverpool

The retrospective exhibition spans over seventy years of the artist’s life and career, but is far from chronological. It picks on certain series of work that might not be a perfect representation of her career, but definitely shows the politics of her work at its best.

Review: Francis Bacon at Tate Liverpool

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms, breaks from the tradition of bowing to the artist that has been the flaw of international galleries for decades. The exhibition focusses on Bacon’s working environments, and his working methods; things that the artist spent the majority of his life denying the existence of.

Review: Afro Supa Hero at International Slavery Museum

To mark the 50th year or Barbados’s independence, and to celebrate his 50th birthday year, artist and collector, Jon Daniel proposed a truly cross cultural exhibition that merges black history and comic book fandom. He’s even managed to work a little local history in too.
Colour Fall - Arena, photo by artinliverpool

Review: Liverpool Light Night 2016

On Friday Night, Liverpool stayed open and filled itself with art, music, theatre and basically anything else you can name.... the number of people filling the streets with the sole intention of 'doing something different' was inspiring. When there’s something to see, Liverpool never seems to fail to take a good hard look.
A Small View: Got Worms? – by Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould

Review: Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould: Got Worms? at A Small View

The exhibition, on display at A Small View is a brilliant example of what kitsch can be when it’s kitsch for a reason. This isn’t just shiny stuff looking good. This is shiny stuff telling a tale.

Review: Life on The Left at Corke Gallery

What makes this a truly great show is the narrative-sum of all its parts. It’s something that might never have been seen; a collection made from passion and belief; it’s principled; it resonates with current politics; but most of all, it doesn’t force any of that.
They Were My Landscape © Phoebe Kiely, 2015

Review: Open 2: Pieces of You at Open Eye Gallery

If you think you know photography, this exhibition will make you spin on your heels and look again, with a combination of curatorial play and introverted enquiry.

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: ‘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.
Threshold 2016 at Unit51

Review: Threshold Festival Exhibition at Unit51

The exhibition is slapped right in the middle of Alchemy Visual Arts festival, and holds up to the responsibility that puts on it. This is a serious centre, packed full of work from artists addressing the theme of alchemy directly, and changing their approach to practice dramatically as a result.
Road Studios

Review: Threshold Festival Exhibition at The Gallery Liverpool

Threshold, it calls on artists and creative types to respond directly to themes which push and pull their practices – crucially, in the direction of the public eye. This year, that theme is Alchemy (the shifting of one thing to another; in its most basic interpretation)

In Pictures: Lady Lever South End Galleries Re-open

The Lady Lever Art Gallery opens its new South End galleries on Good Friday, 25 March 2016 following a £2.8m major development project, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. We took a tour of the galleries and can show you a few photos to whet your appetite.
unfold by Ryoichi Kurokawa, at FACT, 2016. Photo by Brian Slater

Review: unfold by Ryoichi Kurokawa at FACT

Ryoichi Kurokawa’s film, unfold, at FACT is one of the most immersive, experiential pieces of theatre I have ever had the good fortune to see. It was one of the most serene, and least serene experiences of my life.
Straddling The Fence - LJMU Fine Art MA Interim Show at the Bridewell

Review: Straddling The Fence at The Bridewell

LJMU’s MA Fine Art students present an odd an enticing selection of work that, more than anything, makes you want to know more. A student body that is more connected with the art world outside their own studios than any group I’ve come across for years.
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?
Catherine Harrison - Infinity Emblem (Detail)

Featured Artist: Catherine Harrison

"I have always been interested in decay and using the rust as a material, to print, draw or paint with. Rust is like a disease that eventually disintegrates the object, and using it as a tool – this somehow creates a lasting memory of it."
Art Gym at Tate Liverpool

Review: Art Gym at Tate Liverpool

It almost seems festival like in its entirety, which I think is a good thing. With something for almost everyone, from complete beginners to practising artists with no limitations on age whatsoever.
Translating the Street- Frank Cavanagh Shoe Repairs

Review: Translating The Street – Alternator Studios & Oxton Road Shops

Oxton Road takes a great deal of translating, and when you put Haleh Jamali, Jeff Young and Harold Offeh in three of the most wonderfully independent shops in Merseyside, the results will be, by the very nature of the question, completely unpredictable.
SOUP Collective postcards at Roadworks

Review: Postcard Auction: Soup Collective at Roadworks

As the name implies this is a mixed collective, and the exhibition hasn’t strayed far from the mark, taking the visitor on a very short journey of theme and technique, both experimental and established.
NAWKI (Not As We Know It) at MUESLI

Featured Artist interview with Meg Brain & Mia Cathcart of MUESLI

The artists who run MUESLI, Meg Brain, Mia Cathcart and Zoë Coogan, all have their own individual practices outside of this, but have formed a bond that is always apparent when talking to groups that mean what they say.
Strange Attractors by Naive John

Featured Artist: Naive John

Naive John and his latest work - Strange Attractors. "If you could see the fineness with which the lines are created, and the science which helps decide the colouring in person, you would understand the level of skill here."
Ob_ject and Ob_serve at A Small View. Photo by Edgar Zanella

Review: Ob_ject and Ob_serve at A Small View

Ob_ject and Ob_serve introduces us to a very particular perspective on what a non-anthropocentric world would be able to engage with, which is an incredibly approachable question, generously shared.
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: Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman at Open Eye

It is an exhibition that takes a scientific look at death and presents suicide in a haunting matter-of-fact way. It’s a whole new way of looking for the audience; one that sticks.
Yeah No I Know by Seize at Muesli

Review: Yeah No I Know by Seize at MUESLI, The Royal Standard

The work on display has the look and feel of contemporary art... It is crisp, it is clean, and it commands the authority of the space, everything contemporary art appears to do these days. They’re a group with their fingers on the pulse.
Bluecoat: Left Hand to Back of Head, Object Held Against Right Thigh

Review: Left Hand to Back of Head, Object Held Against Right Thigh & Melissa...

This exhibition reverses the deception of sound effects. It gives us the visuals too; sometimes it’s cringe worthy, sometimes it’s funny, but whatever happens it absolutely serves the purpose it sets out to. It questions perception and causes physical responses from its audience.
Wendy Williams. 'Bound for your distant home'. paper installation

Review: Patterns in Poetry Exhibition at Unity Theatre

Patterns in Poetry is an exploration of poetry with some poetic license on the word ‘poem’. It takes events, scenarios and themes that the artists deem to be poetic and moulds them into works of art that strive to show us the narratives they have already found.
Automata at Hobo Kiosk

Review: Automata – Tristan Brady-Jacobs & Simon Venus at Hobo Kiosk

Automata is a brilliant little exhibition in one of Liverpool’s lesser known retail gems, featuring work from Simon Venus and Tristan Brady Jacobs. The clue is in the name here, they’re all automata; moving devices made by human hands
The Royal Standard / CBS

Review: A Royal Standard Christmas: GIN6 and TRSxCBS=XMAS

Royal Standard concluded their calendar this year with two brilliant summaries of 2015. Not only did this multiple venue event witness most of their studio holders but it included a celebration of the 6GINS project, and the invitation for Crown Building Studios to come and collaborate in their upstairs gallery.
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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.
All that glitters at Bluecoat Display Centre

Review: All That Glitters at Bluecoat Display Centre

All That Glitters is another wonderful exhibition from The Bluecoat Display Centre, combining unambiguous methods with to the point visuals. The exhibition focusses on the indulgent work of Sue Brown and Mikael Nilsson, who take inspiration from ornithological thieves.
Matisse The Snail

Review: Matisse in Focus at Tate Liverpool

Matisse in Focus is an educational introduction to the work of this giant of modern art. It also happens to be the final time the centre piece of this show, The Snail, Matisse’s largest collage work, and one of his last, will ever travel.
Paul Almasy Louvre Paris 1942

Review: Works To Know by Heart: An Imagined Museum at Tate Liverpool

An Imagined Museum takes the importance of art, twists it around hundreds of intricate corners, and delivers us the product as an opportunity. This exhibition has a beautiful sentiment which urges us to remember our experience of art.

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