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Review: Stand Close and Breathe Me In, Oceans Apart, OA Studios, Salford

July 14, 2021 Comments Off on Review: Stand Close and Breathe Me In, Oceans Apart, OA Studios, Salford

On a temporarily blockaded King Street West in Salford, just a mere stride across the river near Blackfriars, is the the red brick building that houses Ocean’s Apart’s gallery and artists’ studios.

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66 Ripped the heart out by Mandy Payne

Precincts and high-rises: BRUTAL, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

May 28, 2021 Comments Off on Precincts and high-rises: BRUTAL, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

Not a single human being populates the paintings and sculpture in BRUTAL, the latest offering from Saul Hay Gallery in Manchester.

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Klara and the Sun

Book Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

May 17, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

What would happen if our ‘what-goes-on-behind-closed-doors’ was witnessed?

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Clown, Bob Crossley, 1961, Castlegate House Gallery

“These are rare paintings.” Steve Swallow, owner of Castlegate Gallery, talks about abstract painter, Bob Crossley

May 2, 2021 Comments Off on “These are rare paintings.” Steve Swallow, owner of Castlegate Gallery, talks about abstract painter, Bob Crossley

“The 1950s is of particular interest to us because it was a significant time in British painting,” says Steve Swallow, co-owner of Castlegate House Gallery in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

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Melanie Goemans Hawthorn (triptych)

Review: John Moores Painting Prize Virtual Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

March 29, 2021 Comments Off on Review: John Moores Painting Prize Virtual Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The John Moores Painting Prize brings together the best in contemporary British painting. 

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Art Review: How to break the humdrum – Obstructions at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

March 12, 2021 Comments Off on Art Review: How to break the humdrum – Obstructions at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

It’s hardly welcoming. A snide, on-screen solicitor is the only semblance of human contact we encounter during Obstructions, the latest virtual exhibition at Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery.

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Hannah Deller_Swings in Lockdown. © The Artist

Review: Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Manchester Art Gallery

December 20, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Grayson Perry’s Art Club, Manchester Art Gallery

It was the swings swaddled in clingfilm-like tied-back curtains that got me.

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