Kicking Down The Barriers – On Invigorating and Diversifying Museum Displays

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery’s South Asian collection was trailblazing in its day, but opening the conversation up to new generations and stories has long been required, finds Emma Sumner…  Tucked into the...

“Objects can be used to explore contrasts or boundaries”
A Conversation With Artist Charlotte Dawson

“It was good to get the two sides of Blackpool.” Mike Pinnington speaks to artist Charlotte Dawson about her Work/Leisure residency with the seaside town-based Abingdon Studios…  What really strikes me about Charlotte...

Isolation Nation:
Music is a Time Machine

“If music is a time machine, the clubs, bars, and many other dives we frequented in our youth, are cathedrals of memory.” Mike Pinnington reflects on the haunting power of songs encountered in...

Bearing Witness: Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool – Reviewed

Don McCullin’s career, celebrated in Tate Liverpool’s retrospective exhibition, reads like a document of key 20th Century events. Armed with her Student Art Pass, granting 50% off major exhibitions, Hazel Maria trains her...

Over My Shoulder – Hollywood and the Photographs of Stephen Clarke

A new exhibition of photographs by Stephen Clarke reveals Hollywood’s lingering afterimage on all our psyches, says Mike Pinnington… A nerve-wracking encounter that sometimes gets forgotten owing to the early crescendo of the...

“The vinegars are my characters. They’re the celebrities.”
A Conversation with Artist James Choucino

“I’m not really sure how to explain why I want to do this!” What does an artist residency look like during lockdown? We spoke with James Choucino, midway through his time on Abingdon...

Beyond Liverpool...
Blazing a trail through
the big wide world
30/08/2019
Stéphane Vigny, Reconstituer. Courtesy Denise Courcoux, 2019

Field Trip: Nantes, France – Où est Steve?

On a recent visit to Nantes to see Voyage à Nantes and the ‘Island of Machines’, the more sinister story of a missing man unfolds, reports Denise Courcoux… I first saw it as...

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07/10/2020
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What I Do When I Don’t Know What To Do: Nicholas Mortimer on Mixtape Pedagogy

How do you overcome creative block? Designer Nicholas Mortimer talks Yin Ying Kong through his process in this audio love-letter to the mixtape… In October 2017, I was a third-year design student at Goldsmiths University, back in class...

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05/09/2019
Present Tense. Publish by The Double Negative, 2019.

Present Tense (2019) // Paperback // £14.99

Present Tense A decade since Liverpool EU Capital of Culture… What now?  Edited by Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington ISBN 978-1-5272-4281-4 Published August 2019. Very limited edition run of 250 copies. Paperback, 96...