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Glenn Ibbitson, Human Bridge, 122x122cm, Acrylic and oilon canvas, L5200

Review: New Light Prize Exhibition – Shining a Light on Northern Art, Tullie House Museum and Gallery, Carlisle

November 12, 2018 No Comments

A metaphorical torch is now shining its ‘New Light’ in some of the North of England’s artistic corners, and a few of them are surprisingly dark and desolate.

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It's OK not to be Perky 1, The Perky Painter, Helen Gibson

Photo Gallery: It’s OK Not to be Perky, Love Arts Festival 2018, The Arch Cafe, Leeds

October 29, 2018 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: It’s OK Not to be Perky, Love Arts Festival 2018, The Arch Cafe, Leeds

Leeds artist Helen Gibson – professionally known as The Perky Painter – shares her strange world of entwined forms expressed in bold colours and textures in her first solo exhibition at The Arch Café this month.

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Manchester G-Mex, Contemporary Six Gallery

Picture Gallery: This is Manchester – a Michael Ashcroft exhibition at Contemporary Six

October 22, 2018 Comments Off on Picture Gallery: This is Manchester – a Michael Ashcroft exhibition at Contemporary Six

A collection of highly-regarded paintings of Manchester’s cityscape by artist Michael Ashcroft, entitled This is Manchester, are coming to Manchester’s Contemporary Six in November.

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Little Girl with Toy Pram in Large Shoes, Manchester 1966. Photograph by Shirley Baker (1932-2014)

Painting the North: Autumn Exhibition, Colourfield Gallery, Poynton

October 22, 2018 Comments Off on Painting the North: Autumn Exhibition, Colourfield Gallery, Poynton

In the latest instalment of Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, shares striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North of England. As the weeks progress, Ant will bring you his image or exhibition of the week from the popular social media page. This week it’s the Mixed Autumn Exhibition at Colourfield Gallery in Poynton.

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Tony Baker - Blasphemy 1

Review: Room 103 – a tribute to George Orwell, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Room 103 – a tribute to George Orwell, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

George Orwell had relatively little comment on the subject of the visual arts save to say that he didn’t much care for Salvador Dali whose autobiography he described as “simply a strip-tease act conducted in pink limelight”.

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The Egyptian Collection, Bolton Museum

Review: Bolton’s Egypt, Bolton Museum

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Bolton’s Egypt, Bolton Museum

I have visited Bolton museum many times in the past 30 years. So when I learned about its £3.8 million refurb I was expecting the usual neat display cases.

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Post Fine Art

Painting the North: 1st Year Anniversary Exhibition, Post Fine Art, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

October 17, 2018 Comments Off on Painting the North: 1st Year Anniversary Exhibition, Post Fine Art, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

In the latest instalment of Painting the North, Ant Cosgrove, the man behind The Northern Art Page on Facebook, shares striking works of art, sketches and drawings from around The North of England. As the weeks progress, Ant will bring you his image or exhibition of the week from the popular social media page. This week it’s the 1st Year Anniversary Exhibition at Post Fine Art in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. 

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I Shout for The Fall, Ruth Sykes and Emily Wood

Review: i Shout For The Fall! – Pictures of Words by Mark E Smith, Bury Art Museum

October 12, 2018 Comments Off on Review: i Shout For The Fall! – Pictures of Words by Mark E Smith, Bury Art Museum

Every Fall fan’s story has a different beginning, but sadly they all have the same ending.

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Day sketch for an architect's retreat Gordon Hodkinson

Review – Drawing The Modern: The Work of Gordon Hodkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Review – Drawing The Modern: The Work of Gordon Hodkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University

Over the past decade, there’s been a parabolic swell of a very particular appreciation for modernist architecture, best exemplified by Manchester’s (and now Sheffield’s) Modernist Society.

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Nathaniel Pitt

Art: Nathaniel Pitt, curator at The Manchester Contemporary

October 6, 2018 Comments Off on Art: Nathaniel Pitt, curator at The Manchester Contemporary

Now in its tenth year, The Manchester Contemporary positions itself as the UK’s only invitation art fair for critically engaged contemporary art outside of London.

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