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Art, Life & Mental Health – In Conversation with Across the Pond

Our mental health is increasingly on the agenda, but the dialogue needs to continue should awareness, effective care – and destigmatisation – prevail. Mike Pinnington speaks to the co-founders of new international arts...

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In Pictures: Tell It Like It Is, Liverpool, 1978-80

They’ve been gathering dust under a bed for forty years. Now, over 100 photographs of Liverpool are forming part of a new exhibition at Open Eye Gallery and a series of creative workshops. Artist Ian Clegg...


Peninsula – Final Part in South Korean Zombie Trilogy Lacks Bite

In the midst of a pandemic, a new addition to the zombie canon can’t help but feel timely. But, asks Mike Pinnington, does TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA stand out from the horde?   In...

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Culture Diary – On Our Radar

Our pick of this week’s arts, design, film and music events looks a little different. Gone for now is the strict(ish) adherence to daily openings/closings – we’re keeping it simple with what’s on...

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“Developing more representative art collections could not be more urgent”:
Dr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton on the need to diversify the narrative

Art institutions in the North-West of England have been pivotal in exhibiting Black British artists over the decades, writes Dr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton. So why do our public art collections remain so white? It’s time for...


Smoke & Mirrors: Cars, Photography and Dreams of the Open Road

At once iconic and anachronistic, cars remain “vehicles for our deepest hopes, dreams and desires.” We invited author Adam Hay-Nicholls to talk us through a selection of key images from his new book, Smoke...

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What I Do When I Don’t Know What To Do: Nicholas Mortimer on Mixtape Pedagogy

How do you overcome creative block? Designer Nicholas Mortimer talks Yin Ying Kong through his process in this audio love-letter to the mixtape… In October 2017, I was a third-year design student at Goldsmiths University, back in class...

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Mystical and Mystifying: Krabi 2562 – Reviewed

The modern day and the past overlap in this dreamlike collaborative feature from directors Ben Rivers and Anocha Suwichakornpong, finds Mike Pinnington…   Detective story, ghost story, travelogue; a eulogy to cinema and a...


Despair, Hope and ‘Doomscrolling’ in Paul Schrader’s First Reformed

“Someone has to do something.” Luke Penny on the eerie parallels in Paul Schrader’s 2017 film, First Reformed, with our compulsive doomscrolling of social media… We’re six months into a global pandemic and...