Richard Hawley live

“No standing up. No dancing. No smiling – we’re from the North.” opens Richard Hawley, after taking the stage at Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday night. “Although I wouldn’t mind seeing some jiving down the front.” There aren’t many more pleasant ways to spend a Tuesday evening. Hawley moves between disarming audience interaction and a steady…

Human, Nature

Most evenings I spend too much time scrolling through iPlayer, 4od, YouTube and pointless internet sites only to find myself becoming easily distracted from anything I finally put on. So when I received a recommendation from a friend to watch HUMAN, along with the warning from her that I would probably cry, I was thankful…

The 16th Bedroom

The cozy gallery, at the ground floor of The Hospital Club, seemed ready to burst during the private view of the group show The 16th Bedroom last Friday. Accommodating the needs of the fifteen wildly diverse practices of the featured artists must have been a curatorial nightmare, but elbowing my way through the Champaign fueled…

The Truants

The Truants will be Aaron Dunleavy’s final project for his university course, and will follow on with similar themes and filmmaking styles from his award winning short film Throw Me to the Dogs – including two of its previous cast members returning to play the lead roles. Not only will the film showcase original talent…

Throw Me to the Dogs

After studying foundation art at Blackburn College, Aaron Dunleavy moved to London to pursue filmmaking at University of the Arts and in doing so says “moving away made me realise just how interesting my hometown actually was”.  He returned to Blackburn in 2015 to make Throw Me to the Dogs a short film inspired by…

The Girl in Red

The Girl in Red is the debut film by Aaron Dunleavey which he made while on foundation at Blackburn College. I taught him there and broke my own rules about “crossing the streams” and allowed him to use one of my own band’s songs – tompaulin’s This Desire, I even recorded new guitar parts for…

Song For Insane Times

From March 1967 to November 68, the home of gallerist Paul Keeler – on Balls Pond Road in North London – became the headquarters of an art collective called the Exploding Galaxy, and a bona fide hippie commune. Here, Gemma de Cruz quizzes Jill Drower, author of a memoir, 99 Balls Pond Road: The Story…