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Feature: Casey Orr on her latest project with Alternator Studios –...

Translating the street – The Hive, Birkenhead Casey Orr on her latest project with Alternator Studios Translating the street has been a project I’ve wanted to...

Review: 209 Women – from Parliament to Open Eye Gallery

209 Women - from Parliament to Open Eye Gallery An exhibition of women in power, in a system dominated by men. It is unity, more than...

Review: Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style

Review: Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an artist with his eyes open. The exhibition at Walker...

Art in Liverpool Magazine, issue #14: April 2019 editorial

Since 2008, Liverpool has been so palpably linked with Europe, leading by example for cities hoping to put the arts and culture at the...

RISE up!: Diverse programme of events launched to mark International Women’s Day

RISE up!: Diverse programme of events launched as part of RISE season TO mark International Women’s Day, Liverpool is announcing a season of events which celebrate inspirational...

Art in Liverpool Magazine, issue #13: March 2019 editorial

Last week, we lost our car. Seven years, and jointly, mine and my partner’s first car, and the vehicle that enabled this paper to...

Review: Bluecoat Display Centre at 60

Bluecoat Display Centre at 60 60 @thebdc, open until 2nd March 2019 In sixty years, the Bluecoat Display Centre has probably done more for local makers...

Review: The Art Schools of North West England, at Bluecoat

The Art Schools of North West England, at Bluecoat I don’t remember the days when there was an art school in every town, I can...

Review: Artist Rooms: Alex Katz, at Tate Liverpool

Artist Rooms was part of Nicholas Serota’s outgoing legacy at Tate. When the long serving Director of the national gallery group stepped down in...

Preview: Gray Ⓖ at Kirkby Gallery, and the 18th Knowsley Open

Preview: Gray Ⓖ at Kirkby Gallery, and the 18th Knowsley Open Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Historically, open exhibitions were revered, highly judged, highly commended, monetised affairs that...

Six Memos (on art and writing); Italo Calvino’s future becomes reality

Six Memos (on art and writing); Italo Calvino’s future becomes reality on display at St George’s Hall Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Writing credits for ‘The Quick Guide’...

Review: Jade Montserrat, Instituting Care

Review: Jade Montserrat, Instituting Care “The quiet in this library is a sound in itself.” A statement scrawled across the walls of the gallery seems...

Blue Room at Ten, Review

Blue Room at Ten, Review Blue Room has, for ten years, been working with learning disabled artists not just in creating new art, but creating...

Review: Stirling Prize Shortlist exhibition 2018, at RIBA North

Review: Stirling Prize Shortlist exhibition 2018, at RIBA North 2018’s Stirling Prize Winner is Bloomberg’s European Headquarters. The annual award is an unlimited, uncategorized prize...

Review: Jasmir Creed, Dystopolis at the VGM

Review: Jasmir Creed, Dystopolis at the VGM Victoria Gallery & Museum has hosted some wonderful multimedia installations over the years, one was, I think, the...

Four Words: Future Alan Dunn’s Channel 4 takeover. Catch up on...

Four Words: Future Alan Dunn’s Channel 4 takeover. Catch up on All4 You know how those adverts on facebook target you? Or down the side of...

Art in Liverpool Magazine, issue #11: January 2019 Editorial

Increasingly, we’re trying to find a reason for art. It might be education, wellbeing, discovery, freedom of thought, cultural understanding, community growth, etc. etc. Key...

Review: Knowsley Book Art; Liverpool Book Art’s graduation, 2018

Earlier this year, the Hornby Room at Liverpool Central Library hosted Frankenstein 2018, a celebration of 200 years since the first publication of Mary...

Review: Fernand Léger at Tate Liverpool

At Tate Liverpool until 29 March 2019 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Léger’s early work is really fairly disappointing to see. Le Jardin de ma mère, painted as...

Rarely heard voices; how the women of St Helens provoked a...

Review: TORCH, by ANU Productions Nervously fidgeting with a box of ink in my pocket for an hour spent in a terraced house in St...

Art in Liverpool Magazine, issue #10: December Editorial

It’s been a pretty big year for Art in Liverpool, given that this time last year this newspaper didn’t exist, and we’d just started...

Spectacular light show to round off St Helens 150th anniversary celebrations...

Spectacular light show to round off St Helens 150th anniversary celebrations and Borough of Culture A dazzling light projection made up of 200,000 lumens of...

Independents Biennial, a diary

Independents Biennial, a diary Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith I’ll start where I mean to end; something happened this year that clarified a new responsibility for Art in...

Review: Liverpool Biennial 2018

Review: Liverpool Biennial 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Beautiful World, What Are You?, rather than Beautiful World, Where Are You? seems to be more appropriate title. What...

Review: Test! The programme of trial and error taking chances for...

Test! The programme of trial and error taking chances for Independents Biennial There’s an important layer to the visual arts that rarely gets seen. It’s...

Preview: Dragons of the Pool, coming later this month to Arts...

Believing they had been deserted, the families of Chinese seamen who had been secretly deported back to the Far East tell their somewhat unknown...

Farewell Victoria Street; a sad goodbye to a cultural hub, and...

Without agenda or pretence, I want to commemorate a building which has been an invaluable support to Art in Liverpool, the Independents Biennial and...

Art in Liverpool Magazine: Issue #8, 2018 – Editorial

Our final Independents Biennial issue is here. In November, we’re back to normal, returning to routine. But that, in no way, means things are...

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It’s the Travelling Life – new exhibition depicts life in Liverpool’s...

It’s the Travelling Life - new exhibition depicts life in Liverpool’s Irish Traveller community A new exhibition, curated by American artist Jona Frank, provides a...

Liverpool Biennial’s strongest card? Open Eye Gallery’s Madiha Aijaz

Liverpool Biennial’s strongest card? Open Eye Gallery’s Madiha Aijaz One of Liverpool Biennial’s loudest, and aptly, quietest, statements about globalism and the impact of individualism...

How Liverpool’s Metropolotian Cathedral grew new limbs. Ryan Gander’s Liverpool Biennial...

How Liverpool’s Metropolotian Cathedral grew new limbs. Ryan Gander’s Liverpool Biennial commission Time Moves Quickly, the message from Ryan Gander to Liverpool. On the platform outside...

Review: Haegue Yang’s surreal escape at Tate Liverpool

Haegue Yang’s surreal escape at Tate Liverpool Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith On my way in to Tate Exchange to visit our writers-in-residence this month I stumbled across...

Water deserves more credit. Aurora shows us why.

Water deserves more credit. Aurora shows us why. Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith “We aim to open up a dialogue about the value of water on a global...

Art in Liverpool Magazine: Issue #8, September 2018 – Editorial

You know at the Docks, where people leave their padlocks hanging from chains overlooking the Mersey? Behind Tate, on those lovely benches? Well there...

George Henry Lee’s: A note on getting to know a gem

Over the last few weeks, I’ve come to love this building. I don’t know if I did before, certainly not beyond its beauty. My own...

Pier Head Village Festival Showcases Local Art

Pier Head Village Festival Showcases Local Art Liverpool Art Fair will be offering affordable art from its residence on the city’s iconic waterfront (26th July –...

Call Out for Stallholders – Motorfest

DEADLINE: 26th August 2018

Ari Benjamin Meyers rethinking musical portraiture for Liverpool Biennial

Ari Benjamin Meyers rethinking musical portraiture for Liverpool Biennial Lord of the Flies was the last thing I saw at the Playhouse. It was ok,...