Liz West, A Familiar Variant, 2020 © Jussi Tiainen, Hyvinkää Art Museum

“I am in love with colour”: In Physical Reality With Liz West

Currently enjoying her first solo exhibition in Finland, artist Liz West talks to Laura Robertson about being deeply in love with colour: on creating vivid sensations through hue and saturation, and the technical...


Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay – A Conversation with Jeff Young

“I think the city is a book and we can read it and re-read it.” Mike Pinnington spoke with author Jeff Young about his memoir, Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay, our philosophical attachment...

Sean Edwards - Undo Things Done - The Bluecoat 2020 (November) © Rob Battersby 20-web

Undo Things Done: Sean Edwards

“I was thinking about what a working-class voice looks like in visual art.” As his Wales in Venice show arrives at Liverpool’s Bluecoat, artist Sean Edwards speaks with Mike Pinnington… “The estate stayed...

Toby Taylor, Josh Aitman and Kate Hazeldine from Melodic Distraction (1)

Playlist: Melodic Distraction

Beloved purveyors of “independent, community driven radio”, Melodic Distraction have news. We caught up with the gang to talk about their exciting new plans, and hear more about what they do…  The Double...


“It was always going to be a Liverpool story” – A Conversation With Writer-Director Victoria Fayne

“I want this film to be a real love letter to the 90s.” Mike Pinnington speaks to writer-director Victoria Fayne about getting her new film and passion project, Local Hero, made…  “It was...


Kicking Down The Barriers – On Invigorating and Diversifying Museum Displays

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery’s South Asian collection was trailblazing in its day, but opening the conversation up to new generations and stories has long been required, finds Emma Sumner…  Tucked into the...


“Objects can be used to explore contrasts or boundaries”
A Conversation With Artist Charlotte Dawson

“It was good to get the two sides of Blackpool.” Mike Pinnington speaks to artist Charlotte Dawson about her Work/Leisure residency with the seaside town-based Abingdon Studios…  What really strikes me about Charlotte...

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Isolation Nation:
Music is a Time Machine

“If music is a time machine, the clubs, bars, and many other dives we frequented in our youth, are cathedrals of memory.” Mike Pinnington reflects on the haunting power of songs encountered in...

Early shift, West Hartlepool steelworks, County Durham 1963 © Don McCullin

Bearing Witness: Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool – Reviewed

Don McCullin’s career, celebrated in Tate Liverpool’s retrospective exhibition, reads like a document of key 20th Century events. Armed with her Student Art Pass, granting 50% off major exhibitions, Hazel Maria trains her...