Tag Archives: The Double Negative


The first thing anyone visiting the Granby Triangle area in Toxteth, Liverpool, will notice is the energy. It’s pouring out of every doorway, window and kerbside garden of this once broken community. Devastated by top-down regeneration plans in the 1990s, and with their Victorian terraced houses earmarked for demolition, a core committee of residents refused to Read More

FIELD TRIP: Malta Festival, Poznan, Poland

Crammed with castles, cathedrals and boasting two clockwork goats as its mascots, the Polish city of Poznań is one of the country’s oldest, largest and most vibrant cities. Situated midway between Berlin and Warsaw, Poznań was once Poland’s capital city and remains a diverse and energetic metropolitan full of character and history. Every June, for around three Read More

FIELD TRIP: ‘The Silicon Valley of India’, Bangalore (Bengaluru)

Perched in the middle of India’s Deep South, the city of Bangalore is probably best known as the country’s aviation and information technology capital, earning it the moniker ‘the Silicon Valley of India’. Having risen to become India’s fifth most populated city, Bangalore has experienced an overwhelming surge in development over the past decade and Read More

FIELD TRIP: Gujarat, ‘The Jewel Of The West’

The city of Ahmedabad in India’s western state of Gujarat is famously known to be the city where Mahatma Gandhi centred his struggle for India’s freedom. Now India’s sixth largest city, Ahmedabad has grown to become a vibrant commercial hub with an exciting cultural offer. However, as host to the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad is Read More

Field Trip: Discovering Delhi’s Art Scene

New Delhi is the rapidly pulsating heart of India; hot, humid, heavy with noise and dust, its fast paced yet laid-back attitude make it a city like no other, somewhere that will excite and entice those brave enough to meet its bustling culture head-on. A thriving art scene can be found, but seeing as the Read More

INTERVIEW: Irresistible Illustration, Stanley Chow’s Takeaway

An illustrator and artist with clients all over the world, you might be surprised to hear that this interview took place in Stanley Chow’s studio, four flights up in a converted Manchester warehouse, and interrupting a session of World Cup football sticker swapsies. Born in 1974 and raised in Manchester after his parents emigrated from 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

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

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

New Art Spaces: The Rise of Castlefield Gallery for The Double Negative

Emma Sumner finds out more about Castlefield’s impressive expansion, and why it’s more important than ever to provide artists with affordable work space… Castlefield Gallery has a real knack for developing emerging creative talent in the north-west. Since it was founded 30 years ago, the organisation has continued to play a central role in the Read More