Still, Koki Tanaka, film for Liverpool Biennial 2010, at Open Eye Gallery

“History in itself is a kind of fiction, right?” — The Big Interview: Koki Tanaka


Time travelling with Koki Tanaka: Jack Roe tracked down the Japanese artist to ask him why an obscure student protest from the Liverpool history books was so key to his film installation for...

Bathers (2006), Ella Kruglyanskaya on display at Tate Liverpool

“Humour is really important in my work” — The Big Interview: Ella Kruglyanskaya


As her exhibition at Tate Liverpool comes to a close, and ahead of a new show at Tramway, Ella Kruglyanskaya talks us through the humour of her painted protagonists, and what it feels like...

Alketa Xharfa-Mripa, Thinking of You (2015)

“Britain symbolises the hope and the welcome”: Alketa Xharfa-Mripa On Refugees Welcome


Ahead of a major solidarity march in London this weekend, Bob Dickinson speaks to Kosovo-born artist Alketa Xharfa-Mripa about her special truck-based installation; what it feels to be a student-turned-refugee; and how her artwork is...

Buy Art Fair 2015

How To Buy Contemporary Art: Buy Art Fair’s Top Collecting Tips


Want to start your own art collection, but have no idea where to begin? Ahead of Buy Art Fair 2016 at Manchester’s Old Granada Studios, its CEO Thom Hetherington takes the pain out of...

Behind the lights: All blonde people should be shot, Stephen Sheehan (still)

Stephen Sheehan’s New Film On Why All Blonde People Should Be Shot


Pooping mushrooms out onto roundabouts, the philosophy of dead fish, and sounds within the walls: Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist Stephen Sheehan has made a bizarre new film about his time in Finland… Entitled Behind the lights: All...

St Helens College: Helena Denholm

Acknowledging Future Talent: Class Of 2016 Goes Live


Inspired by our annual article, Class of 2016: The North-West’s Top Fine Art Graduates Revealed, the featured artists — nominated by their tutors — have teamed up to put on their own exhibition!...

David Ferry. Henry VII (detail). Faces and Places

The Dead King In The Car Park, David Ferry, And His Cutting Knife


In his new photomontage exhibition The Invader’s Guide to the British Isles, David Ferry revels in the historical inaccuracies of picture books, Hollywood blockbusters, BBC comedies and Shakespeare, finds Stephen Clarke… The body...

Flour Tables by artist Audrey Cottin and illustrator Simon Turner, for Liverpool Biennial 2016

Greetings From Party Town & Other Stories: A Liverpool Biennial Comic Strip


“Uncover the city’s unconscious”: Inspired by Margaret Lowenfeld and Dora Kalff’s “sand-play” therapy, Liverpool Biennial artist Audrey Cottin has invited the general public to tell stories using a simple installation of flour and dough. Illustrator...

Ian Cheng, Something Thinking of You, 2015. Installation view at Hondo Chinese Supermarket for Liverpool Biennial 2016. Photo: Mark McNulty

“Struggling to connect the dots”: Liverpool Biennial’s Chinatown Episode — Reviewed


Sampling Sichuan cuisine amongst time-travelling sea monsters, bathers, and a Pokémon-Go-style app, Katrina Houghton hopes for an insight into Chinatown’s slow and expansive evolution at Liverpool Biennial 2016. But does it deliver? Liverpool’s been a...