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Ode to Noir

September 13, 2013 Comments Off on Ode to Noir

Now we’ve seen the back of that unexpectedly decent summer, it’s time for the nights to start drawing in and the heating to go back on. Autumn, as Keats once pointed out, is a season of mists.

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Athelstan’s Dream An exhibition of photographs by Robert George Common, Northern Quarter, Manchester Until 26th September

Athelstan’s Dream

September 6, 2013 Comments Off on Athelstan’s Dream

To Common, that bohemian watering hole and eatery in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – the Left Bank of the North – and an exhibition of photography by 27-year-old Robert George, currently on display in the Kestrel Suite.

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Naked Ambition at The Calder

September 5, 2013 Comments Off on Naked Ambition at The Calder

So there I am at the press opening of The Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield’s new contemporary art space, sipping tea and chatting idly with The Guardian’s Martin Wainwright. As casually as you like, a naked young man wanders over and perches yards away from us on an old jet engine.

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Brian Clarke: Born Oldham 1953

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on Brian Clarke: Born Oldham 1953

There can’t be many people who know that the world’s foremost stained glass artist is from Oldham.

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The Pride of Liverpool

August 20, 2013 Comments Off on The Pride of Liverpool

Northern Soul visited Liverpool’s Gay Pride earlier this month. Paul Jamieson was there to record it.

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Art for Everyone?

August 17, 2013 Comments Off on Art for Everyone?

There’s a good chance that sometime during the next week you will encounter something beautiful at a bus stop. That may be a fervent wish harboured by all of us as we wait for the number 7, but in this case it might just be true: Art Everywhere has finally arrived.

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The Naked Truth

August 5, 2013 Comments Off on The Naked Truth

Naturism is much like any other hobby expect trainspotters and Goths don’t let it all hang out.

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Pushing The Boat Out at The Whitworth

July 8, 2013 Comments Off on Pushing The Boat Out at The Whitworth

There’s nothing quite like having an international festival on your doorstep to make you feel a bit of national importance.There’s even people up from London for Christ’s sake, people who’ve got on a train to get here and everything!

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Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester

July 4, 2013 Comments Off on Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester

Once upon a Victorian time, Manchester was a city of cotton mills.

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Yours Sincerely, Effie Gray

June 29, 2013 Comments Off on Yours Sincerely, Effie Gray

An exhibition and conference at a literary gem in Manchester is this weekend exploring the life of Effie Gray through her letters.

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