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Opening Culture: Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival 2013

A glimpse at the visual arts strand of Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival, which celebrates the best local talent alongside internationally renowned artists and is now in full swing A small industrial town flanked by Liverpool and Manchester, Warrington is probably better known for its successful Rugby League team, Warrington Wolves, than for its visual arts Read More

Sudley House, for The Double Negative

Emma Sumner visits a hidden gem from National Museums Liverpool; stately home and art gallery, Sudley House… Sudley House rests on the suburban high ground of Mossley Hill, Aigburth. A house with a history, it was previously owned by George Holt, founder of the shipping line Lamport and Holt. An avid art collector, he was Read More

All the fun of the fair: Zoe Beloff’s Dreamland at Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool

This Grundy Art Gallery exhibition tells a tale of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytical Society – but what’s real, and what is not? Visitors who enter Grundy Art Gallery this autumn are immediately confronted with candy coloured walls and display cases crammed with ticket stubs, badges and old fairground signs. Supposedly taken from the Coney Read More

A Day in the Country: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, for The Double Negative

With artwork sat side-by-side with nature, Emma Sumner finds Yorkshire Sculpture Park is exactly what it’s cracked up to be… There’s no other place in the world like Yorkshire Sculpture Park, or so the flyer drumming up donations states, but truthfully, there isn’t! Located in the 500 acre Bretton Estate in West Yorkshire, it’s a Read More

Art work of the week blog post for Tate

It’s Tate Liverpool’s 25th birthday this week and to celebrate we’re asking visitors to share their memories of the gallery with us in our free display Tate Liverpool is 25. Artist and Tate Directors’ Office Assistant Emma Sumner shares with us here her first experience of Tate Liverpool and how it has created a lasting Read More

National Treasure, for The Double Negative

With the launch of New Works, Walker Art Gallery volunteer Emma Sumner delves into the secret treasures of our public art collection usually kept under lock and key … The Walker Art Gallery sticks in my mind as the sort of place people come to pay homage to their favourite works of art that have Read More

Polly Morgan – Live and Stuffing, for The Double Negative

On the eve of a new exhibition opening a discourse with Audubon, Emma Sumner recounts taxidermist Polly Morgan’s live demonstration… In March it was announced that the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum had won Culture 24’s Connect 10 competition to have Polly Morgan give a live demonstration of her taxidermy process in their Read More

Richard Mosse: Infa – Reviewed, for The Double Negative

Emma Sumner finds darkness and light in a pair of photographic exhibitions depicting the horrors of war… Richard Mosse’s work was first introduced to me last year; on hearing that he was to be exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery I was eager to go and experience it first hand. On show is a new Read More

Gina Czarnecki Retrospective – Reviewed, for The Double Negative

Emma Sumner finds evidence of life at The Bluecoat’s winter blockbuster… The current exhibition at The Bluecoat is a retrospective of multidisciplinary artist Gina Czarnecki. Exhibiting internationally, you may be familiar with her most as a short listed artist for last year’s Liverpool Art Prize. Bringing together for the first time several of her major Read More