Saoirse Akhtar-Farren, former writer for the Arts section of The Mancunion and the current Head of Arts and Culture for Fuse FM Radio, is taking a leading on ‘Art in Mancunia’ 2020 and outlines what we should expect to see
In the run-up to the Art in Mancunia exhibition, we present the alliterating pair, Hal Dixon and Hector O’Shea, whose ambient Techno blended with disco and heavy dance music will have those fallow gals stomping in their platforms at Antwerp on Thursday
Saoirse Akhtar-Farren interviews Lawrence, a volunteer for the Jewish Historical society, prior to a talk on Jewish television
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.
In this edition of Artefact of the Week, Saoirse Akhtar-Farren investigates Lemn Sissay’s ‘Rain’ on the side of Gemini Cafe, Waterloo Road
For the finale of the ‘Art in Mancunia’ event, the Manchester-based psyche rock band, Yang Sweeps, will perform in one of Manchester’s most iconic venues
Saoirse Akhtar-Farren reviews the ‘Big Screen, Little Screen’ event, including the work of Robert Vas, which makes up part of Jewish History month, and reflects on the importance of such events in our current political climate which has seen increasing hostility towards minority groups
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