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...


Probably Just A Wrong Number: On Kirsty Harris’ Cold Call

In an essay excerpted from the catalogue for Two Plus Two Makes Four – an exhibition ‘rooted in the lived experience of mental illness’ – Mike Pinnington responds to anxieties found in the...

Rachel Goodyear, Trance copyright the artist. Photo Michael Pollard

Rachel Goodyear: Stirrings – Reviewed

“The spirit of surrealism is alive and well.” Mike Pinnington on Rachel Goodyear’s Stirrings, an exquisite exhibition of drawings and animation at Salford Museum & Art Gallery…  “I began to read the surrealists...

Horace Lindezey, Alice Merida Richards and Dominic Pillai, Falling; A Memory of Her, 2022. Image ©Michael Pollard-web

Venture Arts: NARRATIVES – Reviewed

“A convincing argument for collaboration.” Mike Pinnington on Venture Arts’ new exhibition, NARRATIVES, at Salford’s waterside Lowry gallery… We cling stubbornly to the romantic cliché that an artist toils away in solitude day...

Lakwena Maciver, A green and pleasant land (HA-HA), installation view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2022. Courtesy the artist and Vigo Gallery, London. Photo © Jonty Wilde, courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Lakwena Maciver’s A green and pleasant land (HA-HA) – Reviewed

Who’s laughing at who? Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou finds poetry, beauty and manifold meanings in Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s new exhibition… The taxi turns into the expansive grounds of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) and my eye catches...


“A richly layered love letter” – Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground

“They burned with brilliant intensity; an intensity that couldn’t be sustained.” Mike Pinnington on The Velvet Underground, and how a new Criterion Collection release captures their story alongside the hyperbole… In his expansive...