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...

Review: Here & Now, at Open Eye

Review: Here & Now, at Open Eye Gallery (2019) Open Eye Gallery, 19th February (event finished) Words & Images, Michelle Pratt Open Eye Gallery’s collaborative pop-up exhibition,...

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,...
Detail of 'Too Expensive' by Claire Dorsett

Review: Claire Dorsett – ‘Too Expensive’ at A Small View

What is most interesting is Dorsett’s ability to tell a story employing only the complete minimum. She uses assured lines and colours that help tell the story, elevating this to something far beyond colour composition work.
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Review: ‘Dear Liverpool’ Exhibition at dot-art

This new gallery has the potential to be a truly interesting setting for these artists based in Liverpool to explore their practice with all the support they need, and that shows in this introduction.

Review: The Dark Side of Light Night at 104 Duke Street

The work scaling the walls mixed humour with seriousness, but all took the subject seriously enough to tie it all together. And in doing so held up the idea of the overlooked side of human experience.

Preview: Basements Connected, at Basement Projects

Basement Projects started in 1996 when three artists living in the same building decided to make use of forgotten space. This year marks twenty years since then

Review: Sleeping Giants: Theories of Sleep in Art, Liverpool Biennial 2016

Sleeping Giants: Theories of Sleep in Art and Philosophy from Ancient Greece to the Present Night Tate Liverpool, 14th October (Liverpool Biennial 2016) Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith If...

Review: WHITEOUT, Barrowlands Ballet. LEAP Dance Festival 2017

WHITEOUT, Barrowlands Ballet. LEAP Dance Festival 2017 Make. Liverpool, 4th March 2017 Words by Moira Leonard LEAP Dance Festival is keen to engage, inspire and create discussion,...

Review: Ceramica at RIBA North

  Review: Ceramica RIBA North, until 10th February 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Completely enthralling. That’s Ceramica at RIBA North. I had no idea what to expect walking in....

Review: Sefton Open 2018

Sefton Open 2018 The Atkinson, Galleries, Southport 28th July – 27th August 2018 Words, Samantha Browne The Sefton Open 2018 proves once again that artistic talent in Merseyside...

A Small View of A Small Group of Idiots Ruining It for Everyone Else

Words by Kyle Nathan Brown On entering A Small View exhibition place, dimly lit only by the lights from the corridor outside, one is confronted by...
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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.
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.
Nicole Bartos at Domino Gallery

Review: Colour Rhymes and lyrical parallels at Domino Gallery

An insight into her own quiet contemplations on her surroundings. It invites you in to those contemplations. A fitting exhibition for such an inviting space.

Review: Of Angels and Demons by Ernesto Muniz

These works have all been created since Ernesto Muniz arrived in the UK in July, and the results are a delight for the senses.

Review: Will Self: The Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture

Will Self: The Roy Stringer Memorial Lecture FACT, 10th November 2016 Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines It’s about the point where he’s comparing artists who collaborate with...

Review: John Armstrong: Dream and Reality

John Armstrong: Dream and Reality The Atkinson, Southport until 3rd September 2017 The Atkinson, Southport’s home of the arts is currently hosting an exhibition of paintings...

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...

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...

Corke Gallery – ‘Fusion’ by M. Vaerio

Words by Breda Whyte At first glance this exhibition is charming - spend time looking at the pieces and it is so much more. There...
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Review: Darkly Demon – Christine Enright at The Gallery Liverpool

Enright’s illustrations bring this story to life. They are fantastically funny, carefully crafted and delightfully dark visuals for a book that aims to haunt and entertain.
Outsiders View by Henry Woodley at Unit 51

Review: Outsiders View: Photographs of Japan – Henry Woodley at Unit 51

In Outsiders View, Woodley seeks to capture the varied cultural shifts happening today in Japan, and what we are given is a summary of very human, very modern relationships touching on tradition and contemporary influences.

Review: Peter Cameron at Editions Ltd

With a style that has the energy of the abstract, the precision of portraiture, and the comedy of cartoon, it’s difficult to put a label on any of the work in this exhibition.

Review: Aftermath Dislocation Principle, Jimmy Cauty

A simple celebration of the tiny significance that this history has now, using tiny people and tiny lights. There’s nothing closer to the truth of what the 80s is now than that word: history.

Review: Joseph Cotgrave – BTM

His work has gone from eye catching explorations of space in 2015, to playful LGBT focused installations through 2016, to work that puts his focused ideas into well considered spaces.

Lecture Review: Alphonse Mucha & Auguste Rodin ‘A Lasting Friendship’

Lecture: Alphonse Mucha (1866 – 1939) & Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1947) ‘A Lasting Friendship’ Walker Art Gallery – Rex Makin Lecture Theatre Words and Photographs,...

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: She’s Eclectic – Women Artists of the VGM Collection

In the short time I have been living in Merseyside, I have already established a routine of popping into the Victoria Gallery & Museum...

Review: Niamh O’Malley – Glasshouse at Bluecoat

The exhibition is exciting, engaging, entertaining, and above all that, it hits some truly meditative notes; this is the perfect exhibition to break up the city centre drudgery of trudging between Primark and M&S this season.
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Review: Blonde Sinner: Diana Dors in the 1950s at The Gallery Liverpool

The Gallery Liverpool have done such a brilliant job of displaying this archive that I learned more about Diana Dors than I learn on most trips to the museum.
The Creative Process - film by Ryan Garry

Review: The Creative Process: A Film by Ryan Garry

This is a compact example of why the creative process is exciting (both to the artist and the audience), and its takes that sample swiftly. That is what makes this such an accessible film.

Review: 1 Minute: Vol. 3-9 at A Small Cinema for Light Night

There are few more promising introductions to a space than being forced to sit on the floor. Small Cinema Liverpool delivered exactly that for Light Night 2016. So busy, so popular, so quick and so quirky that the public seemed to have flocked there.

Review: basement present, ‘basements connected’

Take any basement, they’re never simple things, with rooms to the left or the right, and supporting walls you never knew your house even needed. It’s hardly a layout a curator would ordinarily jump at, but its success is in its flaws, allowing artists with little in common to exhibit with each other

Review: Ed Bruce, Stations Ends

Ed Bruce, Stations Ends Bridewell Studios Words, Josie Jenkins I’ve known about Ed Bruce's work on the ‘Station Ends’ monoprints for a while. Earlier in the year...

Review: Culture Shifts: Global, at Open Eye, Look/17

Culture Shifts: Global, at Open Eye, Look/17 until 18th June 2017 (LOOK/17 continues until 14th May all over Liverpool) Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Hong Kong and Liverpool have long...

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,...

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...