Saoirse Akhtar-Farren reflects on Manchester born Chris Ofili’s ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’, which featured in Charles Saatchi’s exhibition ‘Sensation’ in 1997, in relation to challenging the nature of art and conventional reverence associated with religious imagery.
In this instalment of Art in Mancunia, Saoirse Akhtar-Farren reviews Priya Ray’s ‘Absence’ Project: a photographic series exploring loss and life after bereavement
Saoirse Akhtar Farren reviews a Sexpression talk, part of Sex Week, discussing the relationship between art and sex, considering the male gaze and historical context
Saoirse Akhtar-Farren reviews Venture Arts’ PERSPECTIVES at The Whitworth: a show to open the discussion of ‘outsider’ art and its relevance in contemporary culture
Saoirse Akhtar-Farren visits the British Muslim Heritage Centre to observe a talk on the celebration of ‘Art, Culture and Science of Islamic Civilizations’ hosted by the festival ‘MACFEST’
Some of his works are inspired by those in the Manchester Art Gallery
Saoirse Akhtar Farren speaks with student artist, Maya Sharp, looking at how her photography reconnects with literary classics and powerful landscapes, in her deeply mysterious photographic series.
Saoirse Akhtar-Farren reviews the plentiful Pre-Raphaelite exhibition currently on show at The Lowry, and explores L. S. Lowry’s admiration of the avant-garde Victorian student group.