Wednesday -- Exhibition Opens: Ai Weiwei 10.30am-5.30pm @ Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire -- £22.50/18/12.30

Culture Diary w/c 29-09-2014

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK… Monday — Strand Of Oaks On Tour @ venues across the UK Kicking off his...

Chris Evans, Liverpool Biennial, 2014, image courtesy Mark McNulty

Biennial 2014: Implicit Politics Are Not Enough

Laura Harris argues that Liverpool Biennial is unengaged with a political present — missing an opportunity to explore radical political alternatives and encourage dialogue between isolated communities… It is a sad and much-discussed truth that...

Rachel Goodyear, Fawn (2006). From the series Unable To Stop Because They Were Too Close To The Line

Rachel Goodyear: Liminal Truths From An Artist And Patient

What does illness look like when it becomes an artistic encounter? Alice Hughes explores the difficulty of interpreting illness through art and where empathy and interpretation collide… Upon first impression, it is tempting to...

'Childe of Hale' still, Richard Whitby 2014, funded by Arts Council England

Here Be Giants: The Childe Of Hale

Ahead of a special screening tonight at the Bluecoat, visual artist Richard Whitby tells us about the ‘giant’ star of his surreal new film, why folklore continues to fascinate, and whether the Childe...

Ian Tricker’s Flux (2014, detail)

Bloomberg New Contemporaries: Disappointment, Sex & Politics

What do you expect from the next generation of artists? Just don’t look for youthful optimism, says Josie Sommer, as she explores this latest batch of New Contemporaries… This is it: Bloomberg New Contemporaries...

Street artist, Shamsia Hassani

Culture Diary w/c 22-09-2014

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK… Tuesday — Towards Tomorrow: 10th Anniversary Auction Exhibition 10am-6pm @ Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art,...

Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Field Trip: Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Everyman Theatre’s Hayley Greggs braces herself for five days of theatre, comedy and rain (!) at Scotland’s favourite festival… Being an Edinburgh Fringe anorak, my festival field trip really began in June...

Julian Cope

An Evening With Julian Cope

One-part Viking, one-part shaman, one-part biker, and one-part rock star: Nathan Richardson spends an ‘incredible’ and ‘absurd’ evening with Julian Cope… Julian Cope, as an artist, stands alone. He is the only person to...


Time For A New MODEL

What do nine Toms, rave mixtapes and William Blake have in common? We meet MODEL Liverpool… Being surrounded by artists all named Tom is a strangely unnerving experience. We’re in MODEL, a new art space...