“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's Love is the Message, The Message is Death, 2016

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...

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Update: See What’s Inside Our New Book, Present Tense!


In our latest Kickstarter update, we share the story behind the book – including a sneaky peek of (drumroll…) the contents!   The brief The brief for Present Tense was simple: consider what Liverpool’s...

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Beckman & Simnett @ FACT – Reviewed


Part and parcel of our childhood, FACT Liverpool’s Ericka Beckman & Marianna Simnett exhibition puts fairy tales under the microscope. Mike Pinnington reviews… “What can fairy tales tell us about modern-day society?” This is...

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“The art world has a hierarchy”: Your Responses To Class IS A Big Deal


It was difficult and complicated, but you told us what it feels like to be working class and work in the arts. Last year, after much umming and ahing, hand wringing, and conversation amongst...