Adam Scovell Can’t See The Trees For The Forest In The latest Beautiful Exhibition...

The Comma Project is a quaint public arts initiative encouraging interest in the wildlife and specifically the butterflies found in the New Ferry Butterfly Park...

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you (working title)

Liverpool Biennial 2018: Beautiful world, where are you (working title) Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Beauteous world, where art thou gone? O, thou, Nature’s blooming youth, return once more! Ah,...
Victorian Treasures, Walker Art Gallery 2017. © Dave Jones

Review: Victorian Treasures at Walker Art Gallery

Victorian Treasures Walker Art Gallery, 27th January - 7th May 2017 Words, Carol Emmas Hot on the heels of the Waker Art Gallery’s recent exhibition., Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion,...

Review: Suzanne Treister HFT: The Gardener – Liverpool Biennial 2016

Software plays an increasing role in our lives, but the line between lived reality and that presented to us by lines of code is increasingly difficult to define.
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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)

Review: David Holmes, Werewolf in a Jetpack

Review: David Holmes, Werewolf in a Jetpack Huyton Gallery, until 28th October Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Huyton Gallery proves that libraries and fine art go perfectly hand in...

Syndrome Session 2.1: CHOROS

Words by Frankii Phoenix The atmosphere in 24 Kitchen Street was one of quiet anticipation and intrigue when I arrived at Syndrome: CHOROS on 21 August. As you walked...
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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.
Clare Flinn at Editions Ltd

Review: Cityscape to Landscape: Clare Flinn at Editions Ltd

This is a fantastic choice for Editions to open 2016 with. Taking an artist who has always had a place there and giving them the exhibition they deserve. If it was crucial to choose an audience for this... who really stops and looks; at art; at their city; at the sky.

Shelagh Cullity Interviews Wirral Couse Leader Vinny Lavell on this Years Fine Art Degree...

On a rainy Friday afternoon in the charming foyer of the Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead I met with Vinny Lavell, Course Leader for the...

Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail – Kayleigh Davies

The scale of the upcoming event was proven as a mass of eager spectators entered the Anglican Cathedral to see the performance of ‘A...

Review: Neist, Zap Graffiti

Review: Neist solo show Zap Graffiti, 4th March – 4th April Words, Leyla Gurr Walking down towards Zap Graffiti is an exercise in restraint on a sunny...

Andy Johnson Explores the Art of Book Making with Elizabeth Willow

I visited and really enjoyed ‘For the Love of Books’ at the Huyton Gallery, Huyton Library (which runs to 30/6/12 & has been reviewed...
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Remembrance Day 2015: Liverpool Remembers

These exhibitions are celebrations of people tragically lost to war, and all focus on specific elements of our local identity. For anyone hoping to better understand their heritage these are a must see.

Review: Scouse Style: Alternative Guide to Liverpool

Scouse Style: Alternative Guide to Liverpool SWAP: UK/Ukraine artist residency programme Words by Patrick Kirk-Smith While I can’t advocate SWAP’s alternative guide to Liverpool as a genuinely...

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Grosvenor Park, Chester

Words by Sinead Nunes, Editor Now this is how theatre is supposed to be. We are seated under a Roman style canopy, sipping wine and breathing...

Across the Threshold: Festival Diary

Across the Threshold: Festival Diary 2018: the year that Threshold wasn’t, or so the organisers thought. Described as a “fallow year”, Across the Threshold was a...

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...

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...

Review: Protégés, Bluecoat Display Centre

Review: Protégés Bluecoat Display Centre, Saturday 29th April 2017 - Saturday 3rd June 2017 Words, Leyla Gurr I had a wonderful art teacher in High School. She...

Simeon Barclay: Jolly Lament in Four Movements Concerning A Hamlet By The Sea

Words by Jack Welsh In today’s fast-paced digital society, what role does the humble postcard play? As people increasingly use smartphones and apps such as Facebook...

Review: ‘REALITY: Modern and Contemporary British Painting’ at The Walker

Words by Patrick Kirk-Smith. REALITY, the current exhibition at The Walker, curated by Chris Stevens has big ambitions, seeking to explore 60 years of British painting with one simple subject – Britain.

Art of Football: World Cup 2018 through the eyes of artists

Coinciding with the greatest footballing event across the globe, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Art of Football will see Liverpool host three major exhibitions,...

Review: Michael James O’Brien, His Tender Heir

Michael James O’Brien, His Tender Heir The Gallery Liverpool, 8th-30th April 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith As part of LOOK/17, The Gallery Liverpool are summing up 30 years...

70 Years of Wedding Dresses for Heritage Weekend

Sinead Nunes, Editor Heritage Weekend has got to be one of the best additions to the annual arts calendar: an opportunity to learn more about...
War, Art and Surgery – Julia Midgley

Review: Julia Midgley – War, Art & Surgery at The Brindley

This is an insightful exhibition from a talented artist, exposing the process of training some of the bravest doctors in the country.

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.

Would I Kiss a Cy Twombly? – Shelagh Cullity

In 2007, an artist named Rindy Sam was convicted of ‘voluntary degradation of a work of art’ for kissing a Twombly painting at an...

November Film Roundup

November Film Roundup Words, Ilona Walker November sees a number of exciting film events in Liverpool, including the launch of a new monthly indie film festival,...

A Look Back at FACT’s Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age

Words by Sufea Mohamad Noor As FACT looks set to open their next exhibition Build Your Own: Tools for Sharing tomorrow, we take a look...

Preview: Meow Meow, Rita Riot (Rita Requiem)

Meow Meow, Rita Riot (Rita Requiem) The Oratory, Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitain Cathedral, Hope Street Sat 10th & Sun 11th June 2017 Words, Patrick Kirk-Smith Meow Meow, otherwise known...

Disappointing Adaptation of Orwell’s 1984 at Liverpool Playhouse

George Orwell's masterpiece and classic socio-political statement novel is no doubt one of the most challenging pieces of literary fiction to be adapted to...

Review: Physical Fest Launch, 2017

Review: Physical Fest Launch 26th May 2017 Words by Moira Leonard Images, courtesy of Physical Fest Physical Fest: the 14th International Festival of Physical Theatre launched in Liverpool...

Review: Looking North, through the Arts Council Collection

Looking North Walker Art Gallery,  until 26 February 2017 Words, Jessica Greenall From sketchbooks and paintings to sculptures and film, Looking North is a diverse and impressive...
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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.

Wendy Richmond reviews Street Scenes at Liverpool Academy of Art

Street Scene is a two-person exhibit currently showing at the Liverpool Academy of Arts featuring artist Emma Worth and photographer David Graves. From the...
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.

Review: Abacus, at Bluecoat

Abacus can only be seen as successful if its users are comfortable.

Review: Stalwarts, Bluecoat Display Centre

Review: Stalwarts, Bluecoat Display Centre 4th February 2017 - 18th February 2017 Words and photography, Shaneka Williams Stalwarts presents work by a selection of master ceramicists, all...

Review: ‘Bodhisattva’ by Simon Adam Yorke

Words and photographs by Patrick Kirk-Smith. Simon Yorke’s Bodhisattva is a mesmerisingly calming exhibition. Often exhibitions in public meeting places get over looked as decoration, but in this case, the work displayed suits its scenario perfectly