Bastards / Les salauds (2013)

Sociopaths, Sunshine and Shadow: The New Film Noir

As Bastards (Les Salauds) enjoys a nationwide release, Toby Hood investigates the evolution of film noir, and the dangers of veering into pastiche… From its beginnings in German expressionism, film noir flourished during...

Common Bar, Manchester (image courtesy manox)

Our next North-West Writers’ Meet & Greet

Writer? Blogger? Join us, Creative Tourist, Corridor8 and friends for our next meet and greet! We’ve long been of the mind that there’s strength in numbers. That having friends – rather than competitors...

New Eveyman (c) Brian Roberts

Sneak Peek: Inside The New Everyman

Ahead of their re-launch this weekend, we take a sneaky peek behind the doors of the new Everyman… I remember the old Everyman theatre very well. I’ve been an audience member for years;...

Peter Kennard, born 1949. Haywain with Cruise Missiles 1980 (image courtesy artist)

Keywords, Raymond Williams and The Evolution of Language

What does ‘culture’ mean? And can art help us understand? Laura Robertson on a new exhibition exploring the ‘key’ words of the English language… “The fact is, they just don’t speak the same...

Martin Creed, What's the point of it? Hayward Gallery London. January 2014 (image courtesy the Guardian)

Martin Creed: What’s the point of it?

Sarah Creed visits her namesake’s new exhibition and finds a heady mix of crude humour, playfulness and exploration… I arrive at the Southbank on a cloudy Sunday morning, slightly disheveled by the drizzly weather, plus...

Ralph Fiennes, Grand Budapest Hotel

Culture Diary w/c 24-02-2014

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK… Monday – Stranger by the Lake @ cinemas nationwide It seems this is the month...

Sophia Crilly, Walter Hopps, 2011 	   

Launch Pad: The Drawing Project

Emma Sumner appreciates how one artist is exploring drawing whilst utilising Castlefield Gallery’s new launching pad… Since its establishment in 1984, Castlefield Gallery has played a fundamental role in the development of emerging...

Jamal Penjweny

Culture Diary w/c 17-02-2014

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool and the rest of the UK… Wednesday — Saddam is Here Exhibition Preview 6-8pm @ IKON (Birmingham) — FREE “Saddam is here....

Warpaint (image courtesy The Guardian)

Playlist: 10 Best Spring Gigs

Toby Hood compiles a mixtape of his favourite tracks from the best of this Spring’s touring indie musicians… With recent high winds and flooding, it might be hard to see the dawn of...