Review: The Female Gaze: Elizabeth Brownsword and Lois Tierney

The Female Gaze: Elizabeth Brownsword and Lois Tierney ROAD Studios, until Sunday 29th January 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith A studio gallery on the top floor of a listed building,...

Andy Johnson’s Light Night Adventure

I had an enjoyable evening enjoying the cultural delights of Light Night. I had worked a rough plan for the evening which varied as the...

Review: Wirral Met Fellows Show 2015

Words by Breda Whyte The Wirral Met Fellows Show 2015 features works by Rachel Perry, Anna Clark and Jay Chesterman and there is a strange cohesion...

Why #writecritical?

Words by Sue Flowers Much has been written about the visual arts over the last few centuries, maybe as a way of defining it, by attempting...

Review: Threshold Exhibition at Constellations

‘The rebirth of the lens’ is probably a fair blurb to assign to Constellations’ current exhibition, running as part of Alchemy Visual Arts festival this weekend. There’s a savoury peep show, a photographic montage of appetite whetting stationary, and a stage projection to re-light the energy of anyone starting to wither.
Di-Andre C. Davies, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner V2, courtesy the artist

Review: Di-Andre Caprice Davies and Leasho Johnson, Jamaican Pulse at Bluecoat

When it comes to Jamaican visual art, our understanding is more limited. Most of what we are familiar with as Jamaican visual culture comes from album covers or postcards. Why don’t we know about what’s going on in the studios, or on the streets?

Review: Contemporary Construction at Bluecoat Display Centre

Bringing an essence of architectural design into our interiors are the Bluecoat Display Centre’s latest exhibitors

Review: Walter Keeler at Bluecoat Display Centre

Walter Keeler Bluecoat Display Centre Words, Shaneka Williams Walter Keeler’s pottery history is as diverse as the work he creates. Inspired by the tradition of pottery, and...

Review: Portals to Uncertainty, Road Studios

Portals to Uncertainty Road Studios, 16th-23rd June 2017 Words, Kirsten Hawkins Portals to Uncertainty concentrates on the eerie side of our every day, that doubt you experience when...

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: 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...

Review: Emma Gregory – Semi-Permanent Collections at VG&M

An exhibition as widely appealing as this is a rare and refreshing sight. It ties in museology, fine art, print production, ceramics, millinery, design, local history, archival work, personal histories and genealogy in a small, very revealing show.
editions Michael Lacey

Review: Michael Lacey – New Mythologies at Editions Ltd

New Mythologies works fantastically with its name, and equally well with its city. The landscape collages use bits and pieces from every day memories of Liverpool, combined with recognisable landmarks and popular imagery.
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Review: Node 9 – LJMU MA Fine Art

This is the new show by students of Liverpool John Moores University’s MA in Fine Art. It’s not particularly looking at any unifying theme, but it does provide an insight into the workings of an MA that is going from strength to strength, largely through appointing the right people.

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.

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'

Review: Sojourn(al), Eimear Kavanagh & Eilis Ní Fhaoláin

Sojourn(al), Eimear Kavanagh & Eilis Ní Fhaoláin Road Studios, 29th September – 1st October 2016 Words & Pictures, Patrick Kirk-Smith Eimear Kavanagh & Eilis Ní Fhaoláin have...

Review: Public View at Bluecoat: A Love Letter

Review: Public View at Bluecoat: A Love Letter Words, Leyla Gurr Bluecoat kicks off its 300th year in style this February with Public View. A uniquely...

Review: Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus

Artist Rooms: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus Tate Liverpool, until 10th June 2018 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Tate’s Artist Rooms give everyone the chance to see great art, or...

Review: Tom Wood & Cian Quayle at The Williamson

Photographer, Tom Wood seems to be on-trend currently having had a plethora of exhibitions over this past year. His exhibition at the Williamson Art...

Review: Ericka Beckman & Marianna Simnett, FACT

Ericka Beckman & Marianna Simnett, FACT, until 16th June Words, Julia Johnson, Messy Lines These five works by Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett cover over three...

A Treasure Hunt, pieces of eight, and a chance to capture the artist-led Soup...

Words by Deborah Laing The Soup Collective was set up in 2001 as an independent artist network. The use of the noun ‘Soup’ was inspired...

Review: Metal Presents: Beach Huts

Located between the entrances to the Exhibition Centre and the Albert Dock, twenty Beach Huts curated by Metal have arrived to showcase the best in British art, culture, design, DIY enterprise, and digital technology during the International Festival for Business 2016.
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.
L for Leather

Review: L for Leather at Bluecoat Display Centre

Leather is all around us; our shoes, sofas and jackets are all constructed from it, but we often overlook it because of the too familiar form it generally takes. This is leather - not as we know it.

Tour: Liverpool Biennial 2016: Public Works, an unofficial guide

Art in Liverpool’s highlights and a suggested tour of how to get around them in one day. And while I’m aiming to tell you about public spaces, one or two other things might slip in, like the Oratory, which do, strictly, have a roof on their heads.

Review: North West Fashion Festival 2016

North West Fashion Festival 2016 Words, Melissa Dowell One of the many things Liverpool and its people are known for is how serious it takes its...

Interview: Sally Tallant on Liverpool Biennial 2018

Sally Tallant on Liverpool Biennial 2018 Interview, Patrick Kirk-Smith Liverpool Biennial announced their 2018 title in February: Beautiful world, where are you? (You can listen to the...

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: 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...

Diane Welford: Materialising Thought @ Domino Gallery by Sinead Nunes

Diane Welford’s Materialising Thought is a highly conceptual exhibition, and relies strongly on knowledge of the artist’s method and motivation in order to be fully appreciated. What...

So was it the Best, or the Worst of Times?

Both Sides Now: It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst of Times? is a cross-continental exhibition which brings together artists from China, Hong Kong and the UK.
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
Hillsborough Quilt by Linda Whitfield (Detail)

Review: Hillsborough Tributes at Museum of Liverpool

From a lifelong fan, to the reactions of a newcomer to Liverpool, these new additions provide a reassuring nod to anybody looking for a little support, or wishing to pay their respects, and will remain in the gallery for the foreseeable future.
Michael Portnoy, Relational Stalinism: The Musical, 2016. 9 July 2016 at the Black-E, as part of Liverpool Biennial 2016. Photo: Rob Battersby

Reviews: Liverpool Biennial: Michael Portnoy, Relational Stalinism – The Musical

Think David Lynch meets the Coen Brothers and sprinkle a little weary pessimism on top and you will get the flavour of this unflinching collection of performances.

Review: Home, at ArtsHub47

Arts Hub second Annual Open exhibition opened in South Liverpool last week. Arts Hub is a small independent arts collective based at 47 Lark Lane.

Review: Collaboration: Out of the Blue, the story so far

Collaboration: Out of the Blue, the story so far Bluecoat Words, Shaneka Williams Collaborative practice in art is nothing new. During the renaissance, masters and apprentices...

Review: Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933, August Sander and Otto Dix

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933, August Sander and Otto Dix Tate Liverpool, until  15th October 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith This is an exhibition that received rave reviews...

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: 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...