Northern Soul

Author: Susan Ferguson

Chila Kumari Singh Burman Blackpool Light of My Life (2021). Installed on the Grundy Art Gallery façade 19 Oct 21 – 3 Jan 22. Co-commission by Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool Festival. © the artist and courtesy Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool. Photo: Jonathan Lynch.

Art: Blackpool Light of My Life, Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool

December 23, 2021 Comments Off on Art: Blackpool Light of My Life, Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool

“We’ve all endured difficult times and I speak on behalf of Blackpool Council when I say your words have provided joy and hope to the people of our town.”

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Review: British Textile Biennial 2021

October 19, 2021 Comments Off on Review: British Textile Biennial 2021

The British Textile Biennial 2021 completely inhabits East Lancashire for the entire month of October, weaving stories of the global nature of textiles and re-evaluating histories while continuing to recognise the wealth of continuing relationships.

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The Beatles at Brian Epstein’s home in Belgravia at the launch of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band London 1967

Review: Linda McCartney Retrospective, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

September 7, 2020 Comments Off on Review: Linda McCartney Retrospective, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

The most fascinating photograph in the opening space of the Linda McCartney Retrospective at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery is of Brian Jones and Mick Jagger from her first professional assignment.

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Takeaway Review: The Spärrows, Manchester

April 10, 2020 Comments Off on Takeaway Review: The Spärrows, Manchester

Strange times. Especially if you live on your own and just want a hug.

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These are photographs of Astley Green headgear

Preserving our history: Lancashire Museum of Mining, Astley Green

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Preserving our history: Lancashire Museum of Mining, Astley Green

As you approach the Lancashire Museum of Mining (formerly the Astley Green Colliery), you can’t miss the Grade II listed pit headgear which, like a huge Meccano construction, dominates the skyline.

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Review: British Textile Biennial 2019, Blackburn

October 20, 2019 Comments Off on Review: British Textile Biennial 2019, Blackburn

It feels even colder and wetter than Manchester as I step off the train at Blackburn.

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Barbara Barbara Nicholls, The Turnpike, Leigh

Art Review: Barbara Nicholls, The Turnpike, Leigh

July 3, 2019 Comments Off on Art Review: Barbara Nicholls, The Turnpike, Leigh

Watercolours can get a bad press. For me they conjure up an image of legions of Sunday painters out in the field with their Windsor & Newtons.

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Food Review: Brunch at The Tea Room, Midland Hotel, Manchester

June 8, 2019 Comments Off on Food Review: Brunch at The Tea Room, Midland Hotel, Manchester

When the Northern Soul Editor was called away at the last minute, our willing Opera Correspondent stepped into her shoes and joined me for mid-morning brunch at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

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The Turnpike, Relief by William Mitchell

“It’s absolutely bonkers.” How a Brutalist building is leading Wigan’s cultural revival

May 26, 2019 Comments Off on “It’s absolutely bonkers.” How a Brutalist building is leading Wigan’s cultural revival

So, what’s going on at The Turnpike in Leigh? The answer: loads.

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Naples and Vesuvius

Travel: Vedi Napoli e poi muori (see Naples and then die)

May 19, 2019 Comments Off on Travel: Vedi Napoli e poi muori (see Naples and then die)

Many people flying from the UK to Naples head straight for the Amalfi coast, put off entering the city by stories of the Camorra, handbag snatchers on scooters, crazy traffic and Vesuvius, an active volcano.

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