Archive / January, 2014

A Review of Radical Conservatism at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Castlefield Gallery in Manchester is an organisation whose ethos is routed in the development of emerging contemporary artists and their practice. Their latest exhibition offering, Radical Conservatism, has been curated by London-based artist, curators and writers, Pil and Galia Kollectiv.  An exploration of the pair’s interest in the relationship between art and politics, it examines Read More

Why Are Regional Arts Festivals Important?

Are regional arts festivals important, and if so, why? Emma Sumner investigates what a festival can do for a town’s community spirit… A small industrial town in-between Liverpool and Manchester, Warrington is probably better known for having the first UK IKEA store than for having any sort of cultural offer; but since its establishment in Read More

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

Why do we make the aesthetic choices we do? What influences where we choose to live, what we eat, what we read or wear? In 2012, artist Grayson Perry embarked on a three-part documentary series, All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry, with the purpose of finding out. The result? A series of Read More

Review of Alvin Baltrop & Gordon Matta-Clark

As one of the UK’s leading photography spaces, Open Eye’s latest offering explores the work of two very different artists in an exhibition that opens up their works parallels and shared interests. Alvin Baltrop and Gordon Matta-Clark both captured, in their own unique way, the emerging gay subculture and creative community who found refuge on Read More

Collections Show @ Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

Blackpool is a town known for its knickknack shops and bizarre paraphernalia, something that the latest exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery is fully embracing. Looking to explore the idea of the collector, an open call out was sent to residents of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast to display their personal collections. The result has Read More