Mike Pinnington on Vallisaari island, Helsinki. Photograph by Laura Robertson

Field Trip: Helsinki, Finland – Happiness and Cultural Guardians

Taking in climate change at Helsinki Biennial, diversity at the Ateneum, and visiting contrasting new galleries in an art school and bar toilets (!), Mike Pinnington’s return to Finland’s capital city is a timely reminder...


Field Trip: Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre – Bringing Forth Other Worlds

“One can use art to create new instruments and different spells.” Mathilde Grandjean takes a trip back to the future to visit the repurposed Bidston Observatory in Birkenhead… Edward Clive’s morning brew is...

Stéphane Vigny, Reconstituer. Courtesy Denise Courcoux, 2019

Field Trip: Nantes, France – Où est Steve?

On a recent visit to Nantes to see Voyage à Nantes and the ‘Island of Machines’, the more sinister story of a missing man unfolds, reports Denise Courcoux… I first saw it as...

Helena Nikonole Deus X Mchn - Kunsthaus Bethanien © Camille Blake

Field Trip: CTM Festival 2019, Berlin

Ice skating rink stunts, underground culture and opportunism. At Berlin’s festival dedicated to electronic, digital and experimental music, Jacob Bolton finds cynical cool-hunting, but also fertile ground, rich with pushed boundaries…  On pretty...

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, image courtesy Linda Pittwood

Field Trip: Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

On a recent trip to Bilbao for the final days of controversial exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Linda Pittwood found a complex fermentation of global and local politics… Before...

Barbara Kruger, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto. Photo by Mike Pinnington.

Field Trip: Nuit Blanche Toronto

On a trip to Toronto to visit public realm art festival Nuit Blanche, Mike Pinnington finds a common thread emerges, of words and the power they wield…  ‘Less sleep, more art’ is the...

Flags, Istanbul, 2018, courtesy Laura Robertson

Field Trip: “Sweetness overlaying toxicity” — Istanbul, Turkey

Laura Robertson recalls a disorientating visit to Turkey’s ancient city during a time of crisis… Your hotel room overlooks an enormous crater. It’s where Istanbul Modern art gallery used to be. Some giant...

Conor Rogers. Courtesy of artists and BJCEM

Field Trip: Mediterranea 18 (Young Artists Biennale), Albania

Niki Russell boards a ferry in order to reach the Young Artists Biennale in Albania, and finds that the festival’s larger themes — of history, conflict, dreams and failure — stimulate dialogue between different cultures… Mediterranea...

Frank Benson, Juliana (2014-2015). GOSH! IS IT ALIVE? The human body takes over ARKEN, Denmark, with warts and all. 4 February to 6 August 2017. Images courtesy Pete Goodbody 2017.

Field Trip: Gosh! Is It Alive? ARKEN Museum Of Modern Art, Denmark

Why is it that hyperrealistic depictions of the human form are so unsettling? Pete Goodbody travels to Denmark to experience unnervingly realistic sculpture at ARKEN…  Designed to resemble a beached ship, the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art...