Don McCullin – The Sublime amid the Maelstrom

Don McCullin’s has been a career spent documenting anguish. But, finds Mike Pinnington, his lens is equably capable of capturing quotidian, humane scenes…  There is something of the sublime about the black and...

Queer Contemporaries @ Air Gallery, Altrincham – Reviewed

Connection, alienation and domesticity: Lucy Holt reviews Short Supply’s latest exhibition that speaks directly to a broad spectrum of queer experience… There’s an ongoing conversation around the Cheshire town of Altrincham that things are...

“Short Supply has really gained traction” – Prospering Post-Graduation

The period immediately after graduation can be bewildering. Outside of the university bubble, the question for many is “What next?” Short Supply – AKA Mollie Balshaw and Rebekah Beasley – has you covered…...

Towards Inclusive Curating: Who gets to Curate Exhibitions?

How do we open up the field of curating – a position of gatekeeping and complicated power dynamics? With the publication of her new book, Inclusive Curating in Contemporary Art, Jade French talks to Bluecoat’s...

“Artists can’t be expected to act as cultural leaders for free”
– Interview: Garth Gratrix

Many artists and independent spaces have suffered as a result of lockdown, and a lack of support centrally. Mike Pinnington caught up with Abingdon Studios’ Garth Gratrix, who is looking to buck the...

“The last few months have emphasised what we’ve been missing” – Cinema after Lockdown

Cinemas in England opened more than a month ago and lockdown continues to ease. But, asks Mike Pinnington, can the silver screen reclaim the droves of audiences lost to over-performing streaming services? During...

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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18/08/2020
Rakhi Singh and Adam Szabo. Photo by Robin Clewley (2) (1)

Playlist: Manchester Collective

The last few months have been a tremendously difficult, stressful time for us all, not least events organisers. But Manchester Collective are looking to buck the trend with the release of Recreation, their...

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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...