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Author: Matthew Graham

A-ha at Manchester Arena

Review: a-ha, Manchester Arena

April 8, 2016 1 Comment

Back in 2009, a-ha fans around the world wept a fjordful of tears as the Norwegian trio called time on a staggeringly successful 25-year career.

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Self-portrait. Angelica Kauffmann, c.1770-75 © Matthew Graham

Artists in the Frame: Manchester Art Gallery

August 27, 2015 Comments Off on Artists in the Frame: Manchester Art Gallery

At a time when computer mainframes across the world heave with the visages of almost everybody who has a mobile phone and subscribes to social media, Artists in the Frame, an exhibition of self-portraits at Manchester Art Gallery, might be tempted to draw shallow parallels with this zeitgeist of digital vanity

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In the Footsteps of Master exhibition room shot. Photo by Matthew Graham, 2015.

Emily Allchurch: In the Footsteps of a Master at Manchester Art Gallery

June 3, 2015 Comments Off on Emily Allchurch: In the Footsteps of a Master at Manchester Art Gallery

Masterpieces of art have received a respectful digital makeover at Manchester Art Gallery courtesy of photographer Emily Allchurch in a fascinating exhibition that unites old and new artistic techniques.

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ChameleonsVox

Review: ChameleonsVox at Manchester Academy 2

January 10, 2015 2 Comments

In the musical re-rooting of the early 1980s where punk met poetry, a wellspring flowed and the mystery of melody was finally unlocked by a serendipitous gathering of Mancunians called The Chameleons.

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Robinson's, by Caroline Johnson

Caroline Johnson: Northern Routes

December 11, 2014 Comments Off on Caroline Johnson: Northern Routes

Over the weekend I spent an hour in a regional art gallery I hadn’t visited before that turned out to be a bit of a gem.

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John Lydon in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

October 23, 2014 Comments Off on John Lydon in Conversation at The Albert Hall, Manchester

Since 1976, John Lydon has been using words and music to question the inhabitants of the corridors of power, those untutored in the rhythms of popular culture who tut-tutted at the so-called degenerative influence of music’s equivalent of TNT – punk rock – on the nation’s youth.

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Vena Portae © Johan Bergmark

Review: Vena Portae

October 6, 2014 Comments Off on Review: Vena Portae

For the successful recording artist, a side project offers a creative breathing space, the chance to flex muscles otherwise constrained by the commercial demands of an established outfit.

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Photography: getting back to basics

June 20, 2014 Comments Off on Photography: getting back to basics

As a keen photographer and art lover, I’ve often asked myself which of the two I prefer.

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On the Trail of the Great Artists at Manchester Art Gallery

May 23, 2014 Comments Off on On the Trail of the Great Artists at Manchester Art Gallery

On a recent trip to Manchester Art Gallery, it struck me how little attention the gallery draws to the more famous names who populate its permanent collection.

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Jeremy Deller

All That is Solid Melts into Air: Jeremy Deller and the Industrial Revolution

December 1, 2013 Comments Off on All That is Solid Melts into Air: Jeremy Deller and the Industrial Revolution

There’s a strong sense of commemoration about All That is Solid Melts into Air, the latest Hayward Touring exhibition currently showing at Manchester Art Gallery.

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