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...

Kwes, Opera di Peroni

Opera. But not as we know it…


Opera di Peroni is the cunning plan to open the eyes and ears of people who would ordinarily just as soon be elsewhere. Rachael Jones wonders, did it work? The idea behind Opera...


Biennial 2012: 2up2down


Linda Pittwood visits one of Liverpool Biennial’s more ambitious community arts projects … Earlier in the year I escaped from the Sea Odyssey giants and the related monstrous crowds to visit 2up2down at their...

Liverpool Biennial 2012

Biennial Highlights: Our Top Ten


It’s that time again. The UK’s Biennial - a free feast of international contemporary art dotted all over the city – kicks off in Liverpool in just a few short weeks. Known for...

The Press - what are they like, eh?

Too Grim Up North?


With the Biennial and John Moores painting prize around the corner, we consider how Liverpool and the rest of the region’s art output is served by the national media… As 2011 drew to...