SnowApes (detail)

Artist of the Month: Alex Mathers

Snow monkeys, volcanoes and Google+; our new Artist of the Month Alex Mathers has forged a career less ordinary… It’s the colour that you first notice about Alex Mathers’ work. His illustrations are...

ArtsHub47/Shaw Street Hope exhibition

Hope at ArtsHub47

At a time when the arts seem under constant threat, a Lark Lane exhibition reminds us of their potential to affect positive change, finds Conal Hughes… There is no getting around the fact...


Wadjda – Reviewed

The first full length feature produced in Saudi Arabia, James Hampson considers Wadjda, a film about a girl and her bike, and so much more…  Wadjda is a film of firsts: it is...

Indika @ Milapfest

Milapfest – Previewed

A world music festival flying under the radar, James Hampson has the low-down on Milapfest, a celebration of classical Indian arts…  Something special is happening at the Capstone theatre this week. A world...

Marina Abramovic still from Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

In Profile: Marina Abramovic

Fred Johnson takes an in-depth look at an artist whose work continues to inspire… Ritual. Power. Human nature. Such words form the creed of Marina Abramovic, the Serbian “grandmother of performance art”, a...

Sanjukta Sinha courtesy Devansh Jhaveri

Culture Diary w/c 29-07-13

Monday – Ranajit Sengupta and Sanjukta Sinha 7.30pm @ the Capstone Theatre £10/£8 It’s not often we see a sarod maestro in full swing here in rainy Britain, so take the opportunity to experience the...

Man Ray L'Enigme d'Isidore Ducasse 1920 1972 © Man Ray Trust (Hicksville, USA) / DACS, London 2013

DLA Piper Series: Constellations

A trawl through some of Tate’s most significant collected works, Constellations is a re-hang with a difference… Amid the perpetual revolving door-like turnover of blockbuster exhibitions, it’s all too easy to overlook and...

Hannah Wooll, Outsider 2010 (detail)

Portfolio NW – Previewed

Celebrating the region’s talent and diversity, Portfolio NW is a new exhibition opening at the Bluecoat this week…  What is the role of an art gallery? In 2013 the answer may not be quite...

Rough Trade East

Rough Trade Records

A label with more peaks and troughs than its average signing, Rough Trade Records has a colourful history…  When the Strokes’ debut, Is This It, surfaced in 2001, it served a dual purpose....