06/02/2024
(WEB SIZE) OPEN EYE - Look Climate Lab (JAN 2024) ©Rob Battersby-web

Visions of the Anthropocene: LOOK Climate Lab – Reviewed

In an age of images, how can photography respond to environmental catastrophe – both impending and historical? An exhibition at Open Eye Gallery wrestles with the question… How can we use photography to...

24/01/2024
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News: Liverpool Biennial Announces 2025 Curator

Marie-Anne McQuay is to curate the 2025 edition of Liverpool Biennial it was announced yesterday. The appointment breaks with recent tradition, which has tended to see curators living and operating away from the...

24/01/2024
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Over the Rainbow: Richard Crooks’ Tokyo Dayz

Artist Richard Crooks translates his phenomenological wanderings into dynamic colourful collage. Here, Stephen Clarke, curator of Crooks’ current show, finds parallels in the making of his work with the odyssey undertaken by Dorothy...

19/01/2024
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Abstract Thinking: Fanchon Fröhlich & Her Contemporaries – Reviewed

With two exhibitions in quick succession, Liverpool-based artist Fanchon Fröhlich has been subject to much recent recuperation. The latest show, at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, places her in conversation with her peers and...

12/01/2024
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Tim Spooner: A New Kind of Animal – Reviewed

“In A New Kind of Animal can be discerned the travails and obstacles of life that we all come up against and endure.” Mike Pinnington tries to make sense of Tim Spooner’s Bluecoat show…...

12/01/2024
Mike Pinnington on Vallisaari island, Helsinki. Photograph by Laura Robertson

Field Trip: Helsinki, Finland – Happiness and Cultural Guardians

Taking in climate change at Helsinki Biennial, diversity at the Ateneum, and visiting contrasting new galleries in an art school and bar toilets (!), Mike Pinnington’s return to Finland’s capital city is a timely reminder...

10/01/2024
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Radically Empowering:
Lizz Brady on Art & Mental Health

“My girlfriend told me I should open my own gallery someday.” With plans for a new arts space in Liverpool and a crowdfunder launched to help get things off to a flying start,...

08/01/2024
Winning portrait, Portrait of Britain Vol. 6, Roxana Allison, from Hope. Despair. Miracles. (2019 - 2023). L-R: Nasima Begum, Shireen Sobhani and Safina Islam from the Manchester Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation (Ananna)

The Big Interview: Portrait of Britain Winner Roxana Allison

Winning this year’s Portrait of Britain award for her images of Manchester’s community superheroes, photographer Roxana Allison tells us what she’s learned about trust, ethics, and what, of course, makes an award-winning portrait… ...