I must get back that copy of Jack Kerouac’s The Dharma Bums that I lent to my friend Tobias. I keep thinking about it – it’s one of the most significant books I’ve read recently, and here’s why: it cured me of my facebook habit. For the two or three weeks it took me to read (I’m a slow reader) I felt less and less inclined to check in to that ubiquitous forum of trivia and interpersonal grooming that Mark Zuckerberg created.
Nicola Roscoe-Calvert explores one of the 'Constellations' that make up Tate Liverpool's current free exhibition.
I remember visiting the Bluecoat’s Galapagos exhibition and seeing Tania Kovats' Colony, a sculpture made from barnacles. It made me wonder, would people object to an artwork that involved animals that were more obviously “alive”? Helio Oiticica's Tropicalia gives viewers a change to explore this very question, with two live macaws forming part of the installation.
Nicola Roscoe-Calvert provides a brief introduction to a new display at Manchester Museum...
Having spent my day visiting some of Manchester’s many galleries, my mind was firmly in ‘art mode,’ so when I arrived at the opening of Manchester Museum’s From the War of Nature, I think I was geared up for a gallery-style exhibition rather than a museum display. At first this threw me a bit, as the captions and display boards were giving me much more information than I was used to, almost doing the thinking for me, and this led me to consider the different roles that museums and art galleries play, and how they interact differently with their audiences.
The idea for this exhibition came about as a response to the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, a wonderfully original take on a subject that will be the focus in many galleries and museums this year.
We are extremely excited to announce that 'Objections' will be visiting Manchester in just three weeks time!
The Manchester show will include all work from the previous exhibition at Arena Gallery, plus new work and new artists!
The folks from Open Magazine came to see our exhibition 'Objections' at Arena Gallery, and you can read what they had to say about it here:
The Balls to Object
You can also pick up paper copies around Liverpool, in the Bold Street and Baltic areas.
Nicola Roscoe-Calvert shares a little bit of Lancashire folklore...
In the 1889 book ‘Memories of Hurstwood, Burnley, Lancashire’ by Tattersall Wilkinson, otherwise known as the Sage of Roggerham, the author recounts the story of the Barcroft Boggart. Barcroft Hall lies in the parish of Cliviger in Burnley, so the story probably originates from this area, though, as Wilkinson points out, the “tale is a very ancient one, and probably dates to a time long before the present Barcroft Hall was built”.