Before Summer Ends (Avant la fin de l'été)

Culture Diary w/c 20-11-2017

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the North of England and the rest of the UK – and most of it’s free! Monday — Manifesto (2017)...

Ceramica: Nojan wireframe.

“The design object should also be a piece of art”: Architecture Meets Ceramics At RIBA North

Liam Peacock speaks to two of the designers testing the limits of pottery, porcelain and glass in RIBA North’s new exhibition Cerámica – and discovers how their cutting-edge production techniques could bring about a more sustainable future… RIBA North,...

AND A 123 22 September 2017 — 5 November 2017 Artists: Nina Chua, Noel Clueit, Russell Hill, Maeve Rendle, David Rickard, Oliver Tirré and Lisa Watts

“It playfully suggests the potential magic of everyday objects…” AND A 123 – Reviewed

Jack Welsh finds mundane objects imbued with drama at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester… Lisa Watts is kneeling on the floor, slicing wine gums on a small plywood box. She pops them in her mouth before...

Poster for Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Culture Diary w/c 30-10-2017

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events from around the North of England and the rest of the UK – and most of it’s free! PICK OF THE WEEK:...

C. H. R. Bailey, south perspective view. A New Cathedral, 1960, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 2017. All images courtesy liverpoolcatholic.org.uk

“Anxiety as captured in concrete”: A New Cathedral, 1960 – Reviewed

Ed Montana-Williams finds that the competition to design a new cathedral for Liverpool in 1960 received architectural ideas not of veneration, but of commemoration; referencing Cold War anxiety, rocket-like structures and concrete bunkers…...

Police horses join The Army of Beauty in St Helens for Mark Storor's Baric: Have You Any Pull? 2017. Images courtesy the artist and Heart of Glass

“People congregate in shop fronts to catch a glimpse of the spectacle”: Mark Storor’s Baa Baa Baric

Jack Welsh joins bemused locals in St Helens to report on artist Mark Storor’s epic residency, Baa Baa Baric. Marking two years into his 12 year project for Heart of Glass, Welsh finds...

New Blade Runner 2049 - still

Me, Replicant? The Cultural Impact Of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982)

How can Denis Villeneuve’s new Blade Runner 2049 live up to Ridley Scott’s original? A film that took Philip K Dick’s famous source novel, and went on to spawn its own mythology, as...


The Ultimate Test: Blade Runner & Voight-Kampff Cinema

What would happen if Blade Runner’s Voight-Kampff test – a polygraph-like machine used to determine its subject’s humanity – was applied to the cinematic form itself? Nik Glover dons his best Deckard trench...

Manchester Left Writers at Castlefield

Critical, Much? Castlefield Gallery Calls For Critical Writers (D/L 25 Oct)

As they seek applications for their Spring 2018 Launch Pad exhibition, Bob Dickinson sings the praises of the Manchester-based, contemporary art gallery who love to work with writers… Castlefield Gallery’s Launch Pad exhibitions have...