Real Painting at Castlefield Gallery: Foreground – Simon Callery, Wiltshire Modulor ll, 2010 Background – Adriano Costa, Piece, 2014

Paint, Activated: Castlefield Gallery’s Real Painting — Reviewed

On visiting Castlefield’s new show, Daniel McMillan finds artists that shed the illusory surface of painting in favour of the actuality of the ‘stuff’ from which it is comprised… “One must remember that writing...

Untitled, 1950.  Photograph by Hans Namuth Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona © 1991 Hans Namuth Estate

Portrait Of An American Dream: Jackson Pollock & Glenn Ligon Revealed

Tate Liverpool’s summer show re-evaluates the archetypal heroic American artist, finds Laura Robertson; a presentation that wrestles with its tragic past and troubling present… Where is there to go once you’ve reached the top?...

Forum (detail) Rome, by Robert Walker

“I like things that have a bit of texture and substance”: Robert Walker’s The Classics

Sara Jaspan meets the latest artist to grace the book-lined walls of the The Portico library in Manchester, and finds herself transported to city streets of a more sun-kissed variety… The Portico library is...

G. F. Smith factory in Hull: this paper wall was created by members of staff and represents all 50 shades of Colorplan

G. F. Smith Papers: 130 Years Of Excellence

As their new selecta, The Collection, is admired at design studios across the land, we take a peek behind the scenes at the G. F. Smith factory in Hull: a monument to quality,...

Sunday – Still The Enemy Within (2014) 6-9.30pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool -- £4/£3

Culture Diary w/c 22-06-2015

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK… Monday — MA Conservation Summer Show 6-9pm @ Camberwell Space, London — FREE A chance to enjoy...

LIV-BCN (Barcelona): Marnie. All images courtesy Dani Cantó

“Two cities that relentlessly draw in and export talent”: LIV-BCN (Barcelona) — Reviewed

Alex Harrington enjoys Marnie, Univers and more at the first leg of this year’s LIV-BCN summer festival… A ship sliding along the horizon towards Barcelona and a ship on the Mersey heading for...

Digital Catapult Centre, London Technology Week

There Is A UK Innovation Revolution — But Not At London Tech Week

At London Technology Week, serial digital entrepreneur Laura Brown makes an entertaining yet compelling argument for us to look beyond the corporate gloss and consider the real drive behind the 21st century’s fastest growing economy…...

Ed Atkins will exhibit new work at MIF 2015 (image courtesy the artist, Ribbons)

Manchester International Festival (MIF) On A Budget — Our Highlights

Short on spends, but keen to sample some of this year’s hotly anticipated MIF programme? Look no further than Emma Nuttall’s guide to the best discounts and free events… Well-known for showcasing this...

Lucy Beech: Me and Mine (Cannibals)

“Vibrating pads and gargling salt water”: Lucy Beech’s Me And Mine — Reviewed

Tupperware, networking and Weight Watchers: Amelia Crouch finds herself drawn into the world of female self-help groups via Lucy Beech’s “ambitious” new solo exhibition at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery… “You’ll be...