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“An exciting time to be an artist in Hull.” – When Art School goes Feral


As Hull’s provision for BA Hons Art & Design looked doomed, artist Paul Collinson outlines exciting new initiatives waiting in the wings…  This time last year I was writing about the sad demise of...

Sketchbook drawings by Yin Ying Kong; on Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave at the British Museum, London, 16 June 2017

Seven Hours with Hokusai


When we visit an exhibition, what exactly are we paying attention to? Yin Ying Kong opens one of her sketchbooks, made while at the British Museum’s major Hokusai show, to think about the duration,...

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Madiha Aijaz and Reetu Sattar – Reviewed


A new presentation of Biennial works at a pair of venues in Lancashire triggers fond memories while foregrounding urgent cultural issues, finds Siobhán Forshaw… When we were kids, our mum used the local library...


“A showcase and a kind of challenge.” Survey – Reviewed


How to test the water of contemporary art? Jerwood Art’s Survey, on display at the Bluecoat, sets out to do just that. Mike Pinnington reviews…  Opening last year at Jerwood Arts, Survey –...

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“Drawing was his gift.” Keith Haring – Previewed


Vibrant, colourful and packed with signs and symbols, Keith Haring’s work resonates to this day. Mike Pinnington recounts meeting his friend, confidant and Executive Director of his Foundation, Julia Gruen… “I know that...

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Evidence & Empathy – Thoughts on Sixteen


What does it mean to be sixteen now? Joshua Turner explores a photographic project looking to get to the very root of that question…  Portraiture is a mysterious pursuit. In Sixteen, a photographic...

The Double Negative Fellowship 2018 (L-R): Ellie Wiseman, Jacob Bolton and Denise Courcoux

Thoughts on The Double Negative Fellowship – Denise Courcoux


“I wanted critical feedback that would challenge me to produce the best writing I can.” Denise Courcoux on her time on The Double Negative’s inaugural Fellowship, how it has affected her writing and raised...


“I feel passionate about getting diverse stories and voices out there.” The Big Interview: Matt Cain


His latest novel The Madonna of Bolton was rejected more than 30 times by mainstream publishers for, among other things, being “too gay”. Author Matt Cain chats to Mike Pinnington about the book, the...

Arthur Jafa Love is the Message The Message is Death 2016 [02]

Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death – Reviewed


Arthur Jafa’s Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, is a film that needs to be seen, absorbed and understood – by white audiences in particular, says Mike Pinnington… It’s an almost unseasonably warm...