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Adam Scovell: On Nettles

Adam Scovell’s latest novel, Nettles, tells the tale of a boy – relentlessly bullied at secondary school – who takes refuge in nearby marshland. As with his previous works, Nettles is punctuated and...

Radical Landscapes:
Routes and Roots

“A nuanced and diverse expression of landscape art.” In an essay excerpted from Tate Liverpool’s Radical Landscapes exhibition catalogue, journalist and writer Anita Sethi explores how identity is shaped by our relationship to place…...

The Shining: A Visual and Cultural Haunting – In Conversation with Craig Oldham

“I think my favourite remark of Kubrick’s [is] about the belief in ghosts as a fundamentally optimistic point of view.” Ahead of a new publication addressing the enduring fascination with The Shining, we...

Lucy McKenzie, Animals and Beggars

“I perceive myself to be inhabiting a place that is more than the installation alone.” In our third text in response to Lucy McKenzie’s retrospective exhibition at Tate Liverpool, artist Roy Claire Potter...

“Fresh and energising.” Light Sensitive Area Ahead – Reviewed

“It remains a powerful and nuanced visual language.” Mike Pinnington explores Gareth Kemp’s Light Sensitive Area Ahead, a new body of work in conversation with the past, present and future of abstract art…...

“A provocation and a lens.” Future Ages Will Wonder – Reviewed

FACT’s exhibition Future Ages Will Wonder serves as both provocation and lens by which to address historical wrongs and to consider how we’ll be remembered by generations to come. Via the writings of...

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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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02/02/2022
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Playlist: Bluedot 2022 – Previewed

After a pandemic-enforced two year gap, July sees the return of Bluedot, a festival celebrating ‘music, science, and cosmic culture.’ Mike Pinnington plots a course through some of the acts announced this week…...

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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...