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: Welsh Landscapes at dot-art

Review: Welsh Landscapes at dot-art Words, Kathryn Wainwright The Welsh countryside is an unbelievable resource we have right on our doorstep in the North West. I...

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...

Review: Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books at Lady Lever...

Review: Quentin Blake & John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books at Lady Lever Art Gallery Words, Kathryn Wainwright The Lady Lever is currently host to...

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: Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing 1 Feb – 6 May 2019 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Review Words and images by Moira Leonard 12 sketches in 12...

Review: A Different Way of Seeing

Review: A Different Way of Seeing, at 92 Degrees Coffee: Words, Sophia Charuhas It takes an intrepid artist to make a traditional still life subject into a...

Review: Six Memos, a European CreArt Exhibition

Words, Joanie Magill Weaving along the corridors and passages of the catacombs to get to the Bridge Gallery in St George’s Hall, I always feel...

Review: Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures, Tate Liverpool

Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures, Tate Liverpool Words, Louise Emily Sometimes I think in another life I was a moth, or magpie. Bright colours and...

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: Monochrome at Bluecoat Display Centre

Review: Monochrome at Bluecoat Display Centre Words, Kathryn Wainwright Using the word monochrome to describe can give varying reactions, from the somewhat dull or demure to...

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...

Review: Robert Mapplethorpe at The Atkinson

Robert Mapplethorpe at The Atkinson. Samantha Browne on the era defining artist, and what his legacy means in hindsight Words, Samantha Browne “I’m looking for the unexpected....

Between You and Me, Everything Else is Different; Review: Leo Fitzmaurice at Walker Art...

Between You and Me, Everything Else is Different Review: Leo Fitzmaurice at Walker Art Gallery Psamathe (1879-80) by Frederic, Lord Leighton looks away, with her back...

Four Words: Future Alan Dunn’s Channel 4 takeover. Catch up on All4

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...

Review: Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, News from Nowhere

Sci-fi, filmed here in Liverpool, opens up a window on the future as Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho tour their ongoing News From Nowhere...

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...

Interview: Martin O’Brien, on Until the Last Breath is Breathed

Interview: Martin O’Brien, on Until the Last Breath is Breathed and making work about living with cystic fibrosis Interview by Joanie Magill Martin O’Brien is a live artist...

Review: Broken Symmetries

Broken Symmetries, FACT, until March 3 2019 Words & pictures, Julia Johnson Particle physics: undoubtedly astounding, yet frequently utterly bewildering. It’s one thing to understand that...

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

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...

Book review: Post-it: Independents Biennial Writers-in-Residence 2018

Eight writers, four months, two books. What happens when you ask writers to respond to something that is itself evolving? In this case, a...

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...

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...

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...

Preview of Broken Symmetries, a collaboration between FACT & CERN

Super Collider. When art and science met Preview of Broken Symmetries, a collaboration between FACT & CERN Words, Kathryn Wainwright Coming later this month, FACT’s recent collaborations...

Experience Independents Biennial 2018’s Discordia Exhibition in 360

Discordia, by Laura Brownhill was an ambitious multi-media exhibition for Independents Biennial 2018. Captured in 360 by Peter Nelson below, you can watch the...

Conversations with Independents Biennial artists: Paul Mellor and John Elcock

Conversations with Independents Biennial artists: Paul Mellor and John Elcock. Anatomy of an exhibition Interview by Joanie Magill A Long the Riverrun, a painting show curated by...

Interview with Independents Biennial artist Alice Lenkiewicz

Interview with Independents Biennial artist Alice Lenkiewicz. Goddess Trail at Rimrose Valley. By Bernadette McBride, Writer-in-Residence for Independents Biennial 2018.  See it online: https://tinyurl.com/y8kyytma B: How does Gaia,...

What happened at Tate Exchange? Network yourself.

Liverpool Artist Network (LAN) and Contemporary Visual Art Network (CVAN) sit at opposite ends of a spectrum. They each make incredible things happen, and...

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

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 Centre EHU

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

Review: Smoke and Fire at Bridewell Studios

Smoke and Fire at the Bridewell, Prescot St. until 14th October 2018 Words, Ian Fallace Images, courtesy of the artists Six artists have created a multi-disciplined show on...

The power of print; Heart of Glass and Kate Hodgson in conversation

The power of print Heart of Glass and Kate Hodgson in conversation, on their Independents Biennial collaboration Liverpool/St Helens-based artist Kate Hodgson believes in the power...

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

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