Review:Dissipated and Isolated Neighbourhoods: Sterile Environment, Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

Review by Angela Darby Belfast‘s reputation is one of a fractured city in which city planning was curtailed or defined by social unrest. However, over…

The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World, Tate Britain, London.

Review by Sarah Richter, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Vorticism was a British Avant…

Two Weeks, Ten Artists, One Objective: Artist of the Day 2011, Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London.

Pioneered by Angela Flowers in 1983 Artist of the Day is an annual event whereby ten selectors choose an artist to each hold a one…

Fundamental Stages of Being: Presence, Absence, Kingsland Road Studio, London.

Review by Alex Tieghi-Walker Tucked underneath an ordinary yellow-bricked housing development, like so many now trailing the canal in East London, is a rather extraordinary…

Pablo Bronstein: Sketches for Regency Living, ICA, London.

Review by Paul Hardman Bronstein is the first artist to have had the opportunity to use all of the ICA‘s available spaces for a solo…

Multi-Sensory Dialogues: Q&A with Russell Hill, Catlin Art Prize Winner 2011.

Established in 2007, the Catlin Art Prize recognises and supports the development of recent art graduates in the UK. Following their final degree shows, artists…

Transformations in the Domestic Realm: Haegue Yang, Teacher of Dance, Modern Art Oxford.

Review by Lucy Hobbs Five tomato cans, elevated on a cylindrical platform boasting tightly-knitted mauve exteriors introduce visitors to Haegue Yang’s foremost solo UK exhibition…

Marjolijn Dijkman: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Spike Island, Bristol.

Review by Regina Papachlimitzou In Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Dutch artist Marjolijn Dijkman offers a fresh and intriguing perspective on the well-trodden but nonetheless relevant and…

Liverpool’s First International Photography Festival: Look11, Various Venues, Liverpool.

Review by Kenn Taylor A new entry on Liverpool’s cultural calendar, Look11, is a vast photography festival encompassing exhibitions, events and projects taking place over…

Photographic Examinations of Femininity: Neeta Madahar & Madame Yevonde, PM Gallery & House, London.

Review by Sarah Richter, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. The Role Play exhibit is…

The Sly and Unseen Day: George Shaw, South London Gallery

Review by Paul Hardman The most important thing to say about this George Shaw exhibition, The Sly and Unseen Day is that the paintings are…

The Quiet Man of the YBAs: Angus Fairhurst, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany

Angus Fairhurst (1966-2008) was one of the most influential members of the group of artists associated with London’s Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s. Fairhurst…

Broadening Access to the Visual Arts: Q&A with Nathan Engelbrecht, Director of EB&Flow Gallery, London.

Interview by Bethany Rex EB&Flow opened this spring in Shoreditch with an aim to build long term relationships with artists from a formative stage in…

Degree Shows 2011: Aesthetica’s Round-Up

Our June/July issue has just hit the shelves, which covers the latest opening at the Guggenheim Bilbao, ArtAngel’s new commission at MIF and features Bruce…

Visual Puzzles: Hannah Starkey, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

Review by Angela Darby Without a doubt, Hannah Starkey, is a prolific and accomplished artist. Her solo exhibition at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast presents…

The Absence of External Frames: Florian Meisenberg, Kate MacGarry, London

Review by Mallory Nanny, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. Currently on view at Kate…

Celebrating Latin American Art: PINTA Art Fair

Presenting the very best in modern and contemporary Latin American art, PINTA follows last week’s record sale of Latin American art at Sotheby’s, New York.

Mark Leckey’s Fusion of Technology and Theatricality: SEE, WE ASSEMBLE, Serpentine Gallery, London.

Review by Mallory Nanny, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London Turner Prize winner of 2008…

Clare Mitten, Cara Nahaul and Corinna Till: Jerwood Painting Fellowships, Jerwood Visual Arts, London.

Review by Laura Bushell Jerwood Visual Arts’ support for painters has morphed over the years from an annual cash prize through to the group show…

Re-examined Territories: the British Council present Mike Nelson, Venice Biennale

Venice is the biggest date in the art world diary and Mike Nelson’s installation, conceived and created in the British Pavilion is no different. Nelson…

The Viewer as Subject: Magical Consciousness, Arnolfini, Bristol.

Review by Regina Papachlimitzou Magical Consciousness examines and negotiates philosopher Vilém Flusser’s postulation that the act of looking carries more intrinsic potential than the object…

Richard Long/Giuseppe Penone, Haunch of Venison, London

Review by Emily Sack, a candidate for the MA in Art History at Richmond the American International University in London. The tree of life, a…

A Knowledge of Things Familiar: David Beattie, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin.

James Merrigan is an artist and art writer based in Dublin. David Beattie’s work has an element of alchemy about it, where banal objects or…

Simon Wallis

In conversation with Simon Wallis.

The Art Guide: New York & London

These books provide fully illustrated guides to the riches of New York and London, and the next volumes will map out Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Madrid.

The Brothers

Elin Høyland, fascinated by two brothers living in rural Norway, photographed them, documenting a way of life that is all but on the brink of extinction.

Paweł Althamer

Althamer is known for provocative pieces, often exploring the communicative powers of art and playing with the boundaries between spectator and artist.

There but for the

There but for the is the new novel from Ali Smith, best known for her acclaimed fiction including The Accidental, Hotel World and Girl Meets Boy.

A Summer of Drowning

Beautiful and haunting, A Summer of Drowning is set in the white nights of an Arctic summer on the lonely and atmospheric island of Kvaløya.

The Uncoupling

When new drama teacher, Fran Heller arrives and chooses Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, a new era begins in the sleepy town of Stellar Plains, New Jersey.

Relinquishing Control

Acclaimed American director, Robert Wilson, presents The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic in a new interpretation of the artist’s life and work.

Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad’s third album White Night Stand is both intense and touching, taking influence from Liars and Radiohead to American alternative rock.

Digital, Online and On-Air

Online radio is helping musicians break free from their reliance on big-name stations. Want to get your album tracks played? There’s a show for that.


After relocating from South Dakota to Los Angeles and with a background in noise bands, it comes as no surprise that Erika M Anderson’s debut solo record takes in a wide range of influences.

Brian Eno

Brian Eno is undeniably a shapeshifter. It’s little wonder, then, that his collaboration with Rick Holland has no limits where style, tempo and mood are concerned.

Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club

Despite their name, there is nothing remotely old-fashioned about The Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club. Their music is fresh, catchy and distinctly now.

Frequent Traveller

Having started out as a producer working with artists like Pet Shop Boys and Talk Talk, Spiro is no stranger to the industry and to our immediate surroundings.

Morton Valence

Without any false pretence, Morton Valence defy categorisation, and as such create astounding diversity in one album.


Inch-time’s album is inspired by the Japanese art movement, Ukiyo-e, which focuses on the “floating world” in contrast to the everyday.


Richard Ayoade’s debut feature film offers an honest but bleak glimpse into the mind of a group of teenagers struggling to come to terms with the reality of life.


Mortality looms in Biutiful; the story of one man’s struggle to set things right for his family on discovering that he has only months to live.


Two ranch hands are charged with bringing 5000+ sheep into the mountains of Montana to graze on public land – all the while this is juxtaposed with some of the world’s most beautiful scenery.

Never Let Me Go

Mark Romanek’s portrayal of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go is a delicate and subtle piece of cinema.

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom tells the story of J, whose mother has just died of a heroin overdose. Alone and unsure, he reaches out to his estranged criminal family.

Russia 88

To appreciate the controversy around Russia 88, one must take into account that were it not for Gorbachev’s Glasnost policy, this film would not have been made.


Launching in autumn 2011, ASFF is a new international film festival that offers visitors the chance to experience independent cinema in the city of York.

The Yusuf Trilogy

The Yusuf trilogy is an intriguing feat of Turkish cinema Taking his cue from psychoanalysis, Kaplanoğlu portrays the microcosm of one man and his world.

Cultural Interfaces

Exploring the boundaries between image and meaning, the 14th PHotoEspaña festival takes place in Madrid, Lisbon, Cuenca, and Alcalá de Henares.

Commissioning Art History

Celebrating 20 years of unparalleled new and innovative work, Artangel shows new work at 2011’s Manchester International Festival and a retrospective too.

Transgressing Boundaries

Kunsthalle Mannheim celebrates Bruce Nauman’s 70th birthday with a retrospective examining the artist’s fascinating body of work.