My Five New Friends – Reviewed


Linda Pitwood on an exhibition blurring the lines between Facebook friends, stalkers, and stalkees…. There are, in effect, two exhibitions currently showing in The Royal Standard’s unheated but perfectly formed gallery space. One...

Portrait of Leckey next to BigBoxIndustrialAction

Mark Leckey: Work and Leisure


We chat to the Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey about northerness, infamy and the Liverpool Biennial… Mark Leckey is not really ready to be interviewed. Sleeves rolled up and kneeling on the...

Orpheus 2008, detail, Charline von Heyl

Painting’s Not Dead: Charline von Heyl


There’s a new exhibition opening at Tate Liverpool this week, and shhh, it features a living painter… It’s fitting perhaps that in the lead-up to this year’s John Moores Painting Prize, Tate Liverpool...

Map of Liverpool and Birkenhead

No Map for This Territory


Ahead of the Bluecoat’s forthcoming exhibition entitled Topophobia, C James Fagan attempts to plot a course through the fraught landscape of the 21st century… Where do you come from? It sounds like an...

Beatles Merch - culture as commodity?

What Price Culture?


Kenn Taylor takes a considered look at what an increasing commodification of culture means to a city… On a preserved section of the Berlin Wall, specifically the East Side Gallery, now used as...

Detail of Gordon Cheung’s Neon Shadows (2006)

A Private Affair: Personal Collections of Contemporary Art


Linda Pittwood visits Preston’s Harris Museum & Gallery and asks: what art could you live with and revisit day after day? Fighting the Friday night traffic to escape from Liverpool, we battle through...

TedxMerseyside 2012

TEDxMerseyside – The New Futurism


C James Fagan ponders the wisdom in debates around The New Futurism. Around since the 80s, TED began life as a conference bringing people together from the worlds of technology, entertainment and design....

We Colonised the Moon, Gallery 2, FACT

Out of This World: Kosmica at FACT


Jon Davies hopes for a stellar evening; a quartet of female speakers his guides… Since mid-December FACT has exhibited Republic of the Moon, a series of lunar inspired artworks, augmented by cult sci-fi film...

Mogadishu, Liverpool Playhouse

Mogadishu – Reviewed


Rachael Jones on a play for our times, but can it live up to its reputation… Following stints at the Lyric Hammersmith and Manchester Royal Exchange, Vivienne Frantzmann’s debut play Mogadishu arrives at the...