The Alchemist- Nicolas Tennant Joshua Higgott Ian Bartholomew & Lara Rossi (c) Tristram Kenton_web

The Alchemist – Reviewed


The Alchemist, first show of the new season at the Playhouse, proves beyond any doubt that all that glitters isn’t gold…  The con, the grift, the scam. Along with alchemy, they’re amongst the...

Courtesy, Tom Saxby

Guided By Voices: Mercy’s Biennial Podcast


C James Fagan talks to writer and academic Vanessa Bartlett who has been commissioned to produce Mercy’s Biennial podcasts… This is it. There’s no denying it, the Biennial is here, announcing itself across...

Doug Aitken - Sky Arts Ignition: Doug Aitken - The Source 2012 intallation view outside Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool. © Doug Aitken. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Image © Charlie Coleman, Infinite 3D

Biennial 2012: Doug Aitken & David Adjaye in conversation


Liverpool-based architect Matthew Ashton sits down for tea, biscuits and a good chat about creative ideas in art and architecture with Doug Aitken and David Adjaye … Tate Liverpool’s big Biennial commission, Sky...

Sarah Pickstone, Stevie Smith and the willow

Biennial Bulletin: It’s On!


Welcome to the first in an occasional, and some would say gossipy, bulletin rounding-up our Biennial experience…  Today saw the official opening of Biennial 2012, the seventh edition of the largest international contemporary art...

James McLardy with work Re-Handsoming Enhancer, 2012. Image courtesy The Double Negative

Biennial 2012: Countdown to CAVE


Glasgow-based sculptor James McLardy tells us just why we should take shelter at CAVE Art Fair … Just one of around 45 UK artists exhibiting work for sale at the debut CAVE Art...

Living With Macbeth @ Unity Theatre

Living With Macbeth @ Unity Theatre


A deadly duo of anger and guilt were perfectly executed under the spotlights at the Unity Theatre last weekend … Two broken characters, a Shakespearean actor (Number One) and a comedian (Number Two), sit next...

John Moores Painting Prize Judges l-r Yentob, Shaw, Banner, Blaswick

The Big Interview: George Shaw


We met painter, Turner Prize 2011 nominee, and John Moores Painting Prize 2012 judge, George Shaw, to talk honestly about prizes, other artists and being misanthropic … The Double Negative: Alongside judging the...

Aaron Williamson - The Eavesdropper

Aaron Williamson: The Eavesdropper and Other Stories


Aaron Williamson: an artist operating with all the chaos, confusion and trouble-causing of the avant-garde tradition… On Tuesday afternoon, the Bluecoat played host to a conversation between artistic director of the Biennial, Sally...

Stuart Maconie

Blog North Awards: Judges Revealed


With the deadline fast approaching for nominations, Blog North Awards confirm their judging panel… On Friday, the judging panel for October’s Blog North Awards was announced, and it’s an impressive list. Much loved...