If you ever get the chance, on one of those occasional open weekend things they have, take a visit to the Arena artists’ Elevator home, down Baltic way. Their warren of studios always offers something wonderful. Last time we went, one of the cells just had a massive punch bag in the middle of it. [...]
Pillow fights, the Arab diaspora and anti-war hula-hoop weaving. FACT’s Biennial offerings are nothing if not eclectic.
Liverpool’s longest standing arts space, the Bluecoat is the civilised heart of Liverpool ONE (yes, it is in Liverpool ONE, but not what you’d call of it). Its stunning new extension is home to Biennial exhibits both powerful and delicate and, as far as tight-trousered critic Adrian Searle is concerned, it’s home to the Biennial’s [...]
The Biennial’s feast of art has highlighted a growing trend, says Sinead Nunes: cafes and restaurants are becoming art galleries.
Hospitality is woven into the narrative of many a spooky story: Dracula’s entrances were ‘by invitation only’ and Lurch always had a warm welcome. However, the price of hospitality is often a costly one, and many a victim has found themselves in a fix in their quest to get their head down for the night. [...]
On a stormy night last October artist Robyn Woolston placed 124 lights inside Deane Road Cemetery in Kensington, Liverpool. Woolston described ‘Shadow/Light’ as “A temporary, site-specific, light installation that illuminated a point of ‘connection’ and reverence between past and present, between the history of the location and the legacy that remains as a result of [...]
So, what do you think about Mann Island? And, more importantly, have your views changed since the development has opened, and is now home to the ace new Open Eye gallery? Ours have, if we’re honest. This Wednesday, Liverpool Biennial artist Sinta Tantra and the architect behind the Mann Island development, Matt Brook from Broadway [...]
We’ve enjoyed a roll call of excellent exhibitions up William Brown Street of late. So we’re hoping their Biennial strand keeps the standard high. We caught up with them to discover what’s in store over the next few months. What’s Happening? The John Moores Painting Prize is an eclectic display of themes, techniques and approaches [...]
They’re in and out within a week, so be sure to catch the insanely inventive Souvenir Collection at Camp and Furnace. Showcasing the collective’s keen eye for capturing what it is that makes us us ‘Be Hospitable’ fuses the tripartite’s latest work, inspired by the Biennial’s ‘unexpected guest’ theme. Based in Liverpool, London and New [...]
Away from the big tickets, and the bursting lifts, there are quiet wonders too. The Independents Biennial is hosting illuminating and beautiful work from around the globe, featuring everything from wild Arctic seascapes to intimate and iconic photographs. Here, then, is a quick tour of some of our favourites. ERNESTO MUNIZ: Colourful Darkness This prolific [...]
Earlier this summer we helped put out a call for guitarists to play their part in the Biennial’s epic opener, a Crimson Grail. Now it falls upon us (almost literally) to put another call out to the city’s musicians… Simply put – we want your bird shit. This coming Long Night of the Biennial (next [...]
It’s almost made us love Mann Island. Open Eye’s new home is a triumph, and reason enough to risk your life crossing the Strand. Since its opening, a year ago, it’s staged some of the city’s most engaging exhibitions – so we’re in no doubt its Biennial offering is going to be another must see. [...]
So, let’s get visual for a moment. Some say a picture paints a thousand words. Actually, it was Telly (Kojak) Savalas who said it, in his smash hit single of 1975, but he also said ‘everyone should have a little Greek in them’, so we’re not completely sure of its veracity. But let’s assume the [...]
Talk to us about art. We know as much about it as you. Possibly less. But we know what moves us, prods us and pokes us. What stays with us. And we bet you do too. That’s why we want to hear what you have to say about the amazing, the confusing and the compelling [...]
Something very special happened both for me and for my adopted city this weekend. Rhys Chatham’s A Crimson Grail has only been performed twice before, in Paris 2005 and New York 2009. This time was different, with the UK premiere performed in the country’s largest cathedral, and I was privileged and honoured to be there [...]
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