Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, interior (image via wiki)

Playlist: Cathedral Soundwalk

Plug in your earphones and let Anthony Ellis takes you on a special ‘sound walk’ along Hope Street… Being from Manchester, I’ve always said that Liverpool has three things, amongst others, that Cottonopolis...

Benedict Drew: Heads May Roll 19 February–20 April 2014, Matt's Gallery

Field Trip: Riflemaker and Matt’s Gallery, London

Drawing inspiration from independent art spaces in London, Laura Robertson asks why smaller cities like Liverpool aren’t providing enough of a varied art offer… Think of anything missing from the Liverpool art scene? Ask artists,...

Mark Devereux Projects @ Federation House, Manchester

New Art Spaces: The Rise of Castlefield Gallery

Emma Sumner finds out more about Castlefield’s impressive expansion, and why it’s more important than ever to provide artists with affordable work space… Castlefield Gallery has a real knack for developing emerging creative talent in the north-west....

Joyce Pensato: Joyceland, Lisson Gallery, Wednesday

Culture Diary w/c 24-03-14

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK… Monday – Robin Tarbet 10am-6pm @ Upper Vide Spaces, the Bluecoat Liverpool — FREE Looking at Robin...

The Crucible, Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

The Crucible — Reviewed

Joseph Viney finds that Milller’s 1953 play has as much to say about a world of growing religious fundamentalism and ‘trial by media’ as it does the McCarthy witch trials era… Accusations of anti-intellectualism,...

Spaced Out: The Very Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner

Playlist: Sounds of Science Fiction

Ahead of FACT’s new science fiction inspired exhibition, C James Fagan listens to the skies… Science fiction and music have had quite a flirty relationship over the years. Musicians draw inspiration from the...

El Fantastico Mundo de Juan Orol (Mexico, 2012)

Fast-Paced, Bold and Beautiful: ¡Viva! Festival 2014

As ¡Viva! film festival celebrates 20 years of bringing us the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema, Toby Hood is on hand to gauge 2014′s vintage…  Arriving at this year’s ¡Viva! film festival launch,...

Ankoku 12 (Index Infected Flower) 2012 (detail), Collage, © Richard Hawkins. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York

Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist

Tate Liverpool’s Exhibitions and Displays Curator Darren Pih explains the ‘dirty avant-garde’ thinking behind Richard Hawkins’ new show… Since emerging in the early 1990s, Richard Hawkins has evolved an emphatically diverse practice that defies easy categorisation. Working...

CAA (image courtesy Joe Zhu)

In Pictures: The Chinese Art Factory

Chinese journalist Joe Zhu shares a fascinating glimpse into the big business of studying art in Hangzhou city… When Walter Benjamin wrote about art and reproduction, I wonder if he had thought about...