Blackburn is Open

Introducing: Blackburn Is Open

Blackburn in Lancashire is rediscovering its ‘town centre mojo’, boasting a huge rise in manufacturing and a new festival dedicated to making. Sophie Skellern meets its artists and builders to find out why… Situated in...

Algorave at Lancaster Arts (previously Live at LICA), OPEN15 season

Traversing The Digital Frontier: Lancaster Arts’ Network Agora — Reviewed

What is a 21st century art centre? And what part do networks play in their futures? Alix Medlyn Davies goes to Lancaster to find out from artists, producers, social media tutors and ‘algoravers’… In a...

Video still from McLaren’s P1 launch. A stop-motion, long exposure photography light painting animation. Image courtesy Marshmallow Laser Feast

Join Us! Marshmallow Laser Feast, Kin Social, 6 October 2015

Love art and technology? Interested in virtual reality? We’ve invited one of the world’s most pioneering digital artists to share their story with you this October… The Double Negative are joining forces with...

Tuesday – Elsewhere Cinema Presents Tropical Malady (2004) 7-9pm @ A Small Cinema, Liverpool -- £4

Culture Diary w/c 14-09-2015

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the arts listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK… Monday – Last Day: Eva Grubinger: Black Diamond Bay 6-8pm @ Institute Of Contemporary...

Nyaba Ouedraogo: The Phantoms of the Congo River

“In Africa suffering is a source of misery, but also a form of survival”: Nyaba Ouedraogo, The Phantoms Of The Congo River

James West speaks to contemporary photographer Nyaba Ouedraogo about how (and why) his new exhibition is juxtaposed with museum objects taken from the Congo area during British colonial rule, and the controversy of the ‘African...

Malta Festival, Poznan. Photo courtesy Maciej Zakrzewski

Field Trip: Malta Festival, Poznań, Poland

Poznan’s Malta Festival is a diverse and compelling experience set in a city with the same qualities, finds Emma Sumner… Crammed with castles, cathedrals and boasting two clockwork goats as its mascots, the Polish city...

Ryan Gander, Samsons Push or Compositie. Photo courtesy Ken Adlard

“The idea is not to come up from London and tell everyone up North how to do it”: Will Lunn, NORTH

Do artists based in the North of England have an inferiority complex? And what would Venice Biennale look like if it was based in Warrington? We find out from the lead curator of NORTH Contemporary, Will...

Martin Hamblen, Diplomacy (2013). Modern History Vol. II, The Atkinson

Hostages, Apollo 17 & The General Election: Modern History Vol. II — Reviewed

Denise Courcoux finds that the second iteration of Lynda Morris’s exhibition is both characteristic and symptomatic of a recent and turbulent history. But can its artists act as ‘moral agents’? “It is still...

Graeme Durant, Consequence Of Love (2015) - It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Castlefield Gallery

LaunchPad: It Was A Dark And Stormy Night — Reviewed

Bizarre, chaotic and optimistic: Naomi Cull finds that banning the curator at Castlefield Gallery has a liberating and playful effect on the artists… What seems like a conventional group show — a selection of artists...