A Year of Ghost Wishes (2020) by Lara Cobden, JMPP 2020

John Moores Painting Prize 2020: Wishing Tree


In a new series commissioned exclusively for us by the John Moores Painting Prize, playwright and Costa prize-shortlisted author Jeff Young presents a new text on one of this year’s selected artworks: Lara Cobden’s A...


Duty Of Care: Why Support Parent Artists?


“Structural inequalities exert pressure upon individuals.” Elaine Speight on a necessary and urgent rethink in considering the needs of cultural workers with children… Early last February, I was invited to give an online...

Osteoclast (2021) by Teresa Solar at Exchange Flags. Photograph by Mark McNulty-web

Liverpool Biennial 2021 Public Realm – Reviewed


With the postponed Liverpool Biennial now underway, Mike Pinnington set off in search of meaning, and five new public realm artworks…  As you’re no doubt aware, this week marked a full year since...


Liverpool’s River Of Light
– In Pictures


“River of Light is a tonic.” Pete Goodbody on the festival we need after a challenging twelve months… One year after lockdown was imposed, Liverpool slowly emerges, with tiny steps to take a...

Alberta Whittle  Celestial Meditations, 2018  © the artist. Courtesy of Alberta Whittle and Copperfield, London.

At A Glance: British Art Show 9


From Windrush heroes to club culture to talking dogs: all you need to know about the upcoming British Art Show 9… Name: British Art Show 9 (#BAS9). As in, the ninth version: it’s...


“It’s Worth Fighting For” – Denise Courcoux Takes A Trip To Ron’s Place


Victorian red-brick semi or visionary environment? Denise Courcoux finds Ron’s Place, in Birkenhead, is both… The Victorian red-brick semi appears unremarkable at first glance. Set back from a side road in Birkenhead, and split up...


The Mirror and The Palette: Rebellion, Revolution and Resilience – Jennifer Higgie


In this extract from Jennifer Higgie’s forthcoming new book, The Mirror and The Palette, the author addresses centuries of sexism by omission in the art world… “Anyone who wanted could cite plentiful examples of exceptional women...


New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival – Reviewed


What can the writings of Octavia E. Butler tell us about today and, as it happens, tomorrow? Mike Pinnington reviews New Suns, the literary festival exploring the work and message of the visionary...

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Utopia, Depravity and Trauma: German Revolution Expressionist Prints – Reviewed


Art, to be relevant, must say something about the times in which it was created. In between lockdowns, Flora Zajicek made for an exhibition of prints at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, to find...