Author: Alexandra Ward

24 Kitchen Street loses battle with developers

Well loved Baltic Triangle nightclub 24 Kitchen Street has lost it’s on-going battle against developers. Plans by developer Songbird to build a new apartment complex in Blundell Street have been controversial since they came to light. Despite strong objections from Kitchen Street, the £40m development to build 200 flats was today given the go ahead by a planning committee meeting, passed by eight votes to one. 24 Kitchen Street fear they will be forced into closure due to noise complaints from residents of the two-block scheme if plans for the apartments were to go forward. This verdict opens up...

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Getting to Know You: Jonathan Tonge

“I was a mod, I was a scooter riding mod” Our ongoing ‘Getting to Know You’ series of interviews with prominent members of the academic community at the University of Liverpool is an attempt to bridge the sense of distance often found between lecturers and students but more importantly, these interviews are prime opportunities to learn a bit more about the people paid to teach us week in, week out and delve into who they really are. As part of this series I recently met with Professor Jonathan Tonge, a well known figure of the Politics department specialising in British...

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Constellations and Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool today unveiled it’s latest display – Constellations: Highlights from the Nation’s Collection of Modern Art.  Featuring over 60 pieces from the Tate Collection, the exhibition seeks to explore the collective affinity between the works of modern and contemporary art. Artists on display include L.S Lowry, George Grosz, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Sarah Lucas. This latest exhbition at the Tate Liverpool is the result of a collation of two new groupings, or ‘constellations’ of artworks stemming from and linking back to two particular pieces of contemporary art: L. S Lowry’s Industrial Landscape and George Grosz’s Suicide. These two...

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TellTale Theatre’s ‘1984’ at Constellations – Review

“We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness…” TellTale Theatre’s latest undertaking – George Orwell’s dystopian classic ‘1984’, proves to be a dark and electrifying success. Directed by Leanne Jones and Emma Whitley, this play is very much true to the original text, telling the story of Winston Smith, a member of the outer party who works in the Ministry of Truth, re-writing and distorting records of the past, whose desperate struggle against the immersive and tyrannical ‘Big Brother’ society in which he lives leads him to commit a simple and yet a foul crime: starting a...

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Yves Klein: ‘Theatre of the Void’ at Tate Liverpool – Review

Tate Liverpool is playing host to the UK’s first solo exhibition of the works of French artist Yves Klein (1928-62) in over 20 years, opening to the public tomorrow. One of the most influential and ground-breaking artists of the post-war era, Klein produced an expansive and bold body of work during seven sustained years of artistic production until his untimely death aged just 34 in 1962, across a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, performance, theatre and film. Theatre of the Void, this latest display at the Tate, features around 30 of Klein’s major works and breathes new life...

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