Archive / April, 2014

Review of Bruce Nauman, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Given The Harris’s Grade I listed neo-classical exterior, many people often simply associate the gallery with Victorian paintings and historical collections, and although this assumption isn’t entirely wrong, The Harris is rapidly building a reputation for its strong and innovative contemporary arts programme. As part of this programme and in collaboration with ARTIST ROOMS On Read More

SANCHO PANZA — Previewed

How far would you go to prove yourself? Emma Sumner discovers a competitive literary collective with wresting on their mind… Tonight, six of the toughest, most nimble-fingered writers from across the north-west will commence battle. Liverpool-based literary arts collective, The Wild Writers, host SANCHO PANZA, a live writing competition held in a (wait for it) purpose-built wrestling ring. The Read More

Macclesfield Silk Heritage Trust for the North West Federation of Museums

The post-industrial town of Macclesfield, located in the east of Cheshire and close to Greater Manchester was once the world’s biggest producer of finished silk. At the height of Macclesfield’s production in 1832, over seventy mills were in operation and unsurprisingly evidence of the town’s industrial past is still highly prevalent in its architectural character Read More

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 contemporary artists in the north-west and beyond. Eager to help promote artists at key stages of their careers, a recent addition to Read More

Interview: Kwong Lee & Nicholas James

Castlefield Gallery has always had a deep rooted commitment to nurturing new artistic talent in the North West. Part of that commitment has seen them develop New Art Spaces, an initiative which seeks out vacant retail and office units transforming them into project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artist development agencies to work from Read More

Glasgow International Festival 2014: Our Highlights

Don’t know where to start at the GI? Don’t panic! Emma Sumner picks her highlights… Hailed by Adrian Searle as “the UK’s best visual arts festival”, the pressure is on for what will be the sixth edition of the Glasgow International. Since its first edition in 2005, this biennial event has grown in stature, gaining Read More

Review: This Inferior Mirage – Cactus Gallery, Liverpool

‘If you handle a cactus in the wrong way you’re likely to get pricked‘; explains Joe Fletcher Orr, founder and ‘The Boss’ of newly launched Cactus Gallery. Housed within The Royal Standard in Liverpool, Cactus is a gallery that demolishes the hierarchy between artist and curator; a space where the artist and their practice rules Read More