Kicking Down The Barriers – On Invigorating and Diversifying Museum Displays


Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery’s South Asian collection was trailblazing in its day, but opening the conversation up to new generations and stories has long been required, finds Emma Sumner…  Tucked into the...


“Objects can be used to explore contrasts or boundaries”
A Conversation With Artist Charlotte Dawson


“It was good to get the two sides of Blackpool.” Mike Pinnington speaks to artist Charlotte Dawson about her Work/Leisure residency with the seaside town-based Abingdon Studios…  What really strikes me about Charlotte...

Early shift, West Hartlepool steelworks, County Durham 1963 © Don McCullin

Bearing Witness: Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool – Reviewed


Don McCullin’s career, celebrated in Tate Liverpool’s retrospective exhibition, reads like a document of key 20th Century events. Armed with her Student Art Pass, granting 50% off major exhibitions, Hazel Maria trains her...

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Over My Shoulder – Hollywood and the Photographs of Stephen Clarke


A new exhibition of photographs by Stephen Clarke reveals Hollywood’s lingering afterimage on all our psyches, says Mike Pinnington… A nerve-wracking encounter that sometimes gets forgotten owing to the early crescendo of the...


“The vinegars are my characters. They’re the celebrities.”
A Conversation with Artist James Choucino


“I’m not really sure how to explain why I want to do this!” What does an artist residency look like during lockdown? We spoke with James Choucino, midway through his time on Abingdon...

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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...

Three lads on bikes, Maud Street and Elaine Street, L8, 1979, courtesy Ian Clegg

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...

Lubaina Himid, NML, Walker Art Gallery. Images by Gareth Jones

“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...