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Egon Schiele, 1890-1918 Self Portrait in Crouching Position 1913 Gouache and graphite on paper 323 x 475 mm Moderna Museet / Stockholm Photo: Moderna Museet / Stockholm

Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Tamar Hemmes

May 14, 2018 Comments Off on Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Tamar Hemmes

I remember my first trip to Liverpool well.

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Ken Simons with Sutherland's Entrance to a Lane

Review: Ken’s Show, Tate Liverpool

April 7, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Ken’s Show, Tate Liverpool

It’s 30 years since I first came into contact with the work of Ken Simons at Tate Liverpool and I must have been witness to his handiwork many times since then.

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Sting brings The Last Ship home to Newcastle - photo credit Mark Savage for Northern Stage

Musicals, Geordies and coming home: Northern Soul meets Sting

December 11, 2017 Comments Off on Musicals, Geordies and coming home: Northern Soul meets Sting

It always helps an interview along when you discover a family connection to the global mega-star sitting in front you.

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John Piper, Harbour Scene, Newhaven 1936-1937

John Piper at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Darren Pih

November 14, 2017 Comments Off on John Piper at Tate Liverpool: Northern Soul chats to curator Darren Pih

There are many reasons to feel a surge of joy at the sight of the Liverpool skyline.

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Salzburger Festspiele 2014- Golem -Landestheater Salzburg

Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

October 23, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Golem, Liverpool Playhouse

Many people of a certain age will remember the suburban wonders of a living-room slideshow. It was cinema you could do yourself with the lights out, curtains pulled, and head-cut-off holiday portraits beamed against the woodchipped wall.

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Wall Explosion II 1965 by Roy Lichtenstein on display in ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, © Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek

Review: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, Tate Liverpool

October 8, 2017 Comments Off on Review: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus, Tate Liverpool

A long time ago (the late 1970s) in a galaxy far, far away (Sheffield), I had a number of talismanic images on my bedroom wall.

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The Tin Drum, Liverpool Everyman, Steve Tanner.

Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

October 4, 2017 Comments Off on Review: The Tin Drum, Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

I’ve never attempted to adapt a novel for the stage, but if I did, I can tell you a few things I’d look for when choosing a suitable book.

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OK The Musical 2 - © Tate Liverpool, Jake Ryan

OK – The Musical: Northern Soul meets Christopher Kline, creator of Tate Liverpool’s new show

April 11, 2017 Comments Off on OK – The Musical: Northern Soul meets Christopher Kline, creator of Tate Liverpool’s new show

Back in a time before touchscreens and Tinder, there was Tiswas. Innocent, inexplicable Tiswas. At the turn of the 1980s, this Saturday morning TV chaos-fest was the hectic, hydrophilic yang to Multicoloured Swap Shop’s somewhat less water-logged yin.

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Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

October 18, 2016 Comments Off on Back to the Future: Sheffield’s Hole in the Road

I feel as though I’m about to die. Not in a horrific, life flashing before my eyes kind of way, but in a dreamlike, out-of-body experience. Except, if I really was about to die, I would hope that a failed 1960s underpass might not be the last thing on which I rested my earthly gaze.

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Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

October 17, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Made in Sheffield, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

We’ve all heard it said that Britain doesn’t make things any more. We’re a service economy apparently, although I’ve never been quite certain what that entails. Does it mean we’re now merely the kind of country that waits at traffic lights to wipe the world’s windscreens, then hustles for a few coins in return?

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