Reality Is What You Make It

‘A’ to ‘Z’ Project, at BALTIC, is the latest exhibition from Japanese artist, Yoshitomo Nara, and creative design team, graf.

Pop Art & Mass Culture

Mashups features five of the UK’s most exciting artists, offering an intriguing insight into how a new generation is making sense of mass culture.

Games Theory & Art

Games and Theory explores the radical potential of play as a form of resistance and expression of freedom, examining emotional interaction between people.

Defining the Art of illustration

Illustrative hosts Illustrative 08 in Zurich, Switzerland, an event which plays a critical part in the debate surrounding contemporary visual culture.

Bloodaxe Celebrates 30 Years With a Groundbreaking New Collection

In Person 30 Poets, gives readers the opportunity to not only experience words that inspire, but also to see the people behind the ideas.

Holding up a Mirror to Society

Alex Wheatle’s work is not only an expose of violence and gun-crime, but also an account of how identity and personal history changes after immigration.

Modern History: Theatre That Tackles a 60 Year Conflict

Al-Harah, in their recent production, Born in Bethlehem, explore the shocking reality of Palestinian life today sixty years after the formation of Israel.

A Long Way From Home and Heading for British Charts

The irreverent Born Ruffians have just completed several tours, culminating with the launch of their debut album, Red, Yellow and Blue.

A Musical Athlete & World Class Entertainer

It must be said that Gonzales is an interesting man; a bit of a mystery, but with the recent success of many of his collaborators, Gonzales is on the radar.

Here, Kitty Kitty

Try to squeeze the love out of something and you’ll find its essence vanishes. So it is with Free Kitten’s latest pirouette, Inherit, a decade apart from its closest sibling.

Away from the Mainstream

Malcolm Middleton has been a very busy man. With the release of 2007’s A Brighter Beat, Malcolm has developed a new era for “happy music for sad people.”

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival

In summer 2008, Rushes Soho Shorts Festival brought the best in short film by celebrating the genre over ten days. 2008 marked their ten year anniversary.

The Escapist

The Escapist is the spectacular feature film debut from co-writer and director, Rupert Wyatt. The film examines prisons, harsh and unforgiving places.

Forgiveness, Chance & the Death Penalty

When two strangers’ lives cross they ultimately changed forever. Take explores the complex feelings of forgiveness, chance and the death penalty.

Want to See More of Me?

Want to See More of Me? confronts current debates over diversity in the entertainment business and opportunities for ethnic minorities.

Sculpting Identity

In 2008, Korean artist Gwon Osang made his UK debut with Deodorant Type, a thought-provoking exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery.

Showcasing the Country’s Student Art Talent

Housed in Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery in London, Free Range 2008 is a showcase dedicated to the best in UK student talent.

Common Humanity

Shirazeh Houshiary’s current exhibition at the Lisson Gallery will be her sixth solo show with Lisson and her first project in their new exhibition space.

Art Loves Fashion & Fashion Loves Art – But Do They Really Get Along?

Art and fashion are intrinsically linked. This attraction and repulsion of the pursuit of commodity, glamour and icons envelops our daily existence.

Diversity, Creativity & Charisma

The Room of Lost Things was inspired by Duffy’s surroundings. “Faisal, our local dry cleaner said, ‘You should write about a dry cleaner. We know people’s secrets’.”

Social, Cultural and Political

Sean’s latest collection, The Drowned Book continues his critical success, winning both the prestigious Forward and T S Eliot Prizes in 2007.

Performing Against Censorship and Control, and for the Freedom of Speech

Imagine if your latest performance could subject you to violence and oppression from the state? This is the reality for all involved with the Belarus Free Theatre.

More than Harmless Beauty

Surrounded is back with a second album, Nautilus Years. The songs made by these talented musicians are simultaneously haunting and beautiful.

Shrugging Off the Spectre of that Daunting Second Album

Aaron Mullan exudes equal parts maturity and enthusiasm for the creative environment that has culminated in Tall Firs’ second release Too Old to Die Young.

Funk, soul and rhythm: An insight into Jim

Jamie Lidell’s funk and soul are energetic and exhilarating. His classic influences are fused with songwriting, meticulous production and a powerful voice.

Exposing the talent of the short film

Running for five days, Glimmer: The Hull International Short Film Festival screens around 300 films, including an eclectic and energetic mix from all over the world.

Dismissing the taboo: Gender, identity and inequality

XXY is the assured and stunning debut from Lucía Puenzo, tackling intersexuality, a topic not often explored in creative art forms, or even spoken about in society.

Family crisis, revolution and conflict

My Brother Is An Only Child is the spectacular new film from writer-director Daniele Luchetti, who was discovered at Cannes in 1991 with his film, The Yes Man.

Twenty Artists With Great Futures In One Exhibition

The Jerwood Contemporary Painters Exhibition highlights 20 emerging artists in one vibrant collection. Each artist exhibits one work, which is concerned with the debate of what painting is.

Nigel Hall

Nigel Hall has redefined his work to articulate a sophisticated understanding of space, and how sculptural object and viewer may occupy it.

The Design Awards

The Design Awards 2008 offers a means for understanding the contemporary world, and demonstrates a huge field of creativity and diversity.

Exploring Ethics, Performance & Authenticity

Double Agent is a group exhibition featuring seven artists who use other people as a medium, raising questions of performance and authorship.

Strangely Familiar

Project Space Leeds hosts this unique exhibition by photographers, Eric Jaquier and Peter Mitchell. Their work illustrates how Leeds has changed since the 1960s.

Unravelling the Myths

In winter 2008, Iniva presented one of the year’s most exciting exhibitions: States of Exchange, looking at the reliability of history in an age of global communication.

From the Modern Economy to Ancient Mythology

Gordon Cheung’s show at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, Death By A Thousand Cuts, highlighted hybrid cultures and the rise of a new superpower.

Against Nature

Against Nature continues the Henry Moore Institute’s ethos to promote the appreciation of sculpture as a pertinent art form with a rich and varied history.

Crossing Boundaries and Reaching New Dimensions

Saturated was the inaugural solo show by Sølve Sundsbø, the first in a new cross-cultural programme at Spring Projects, a new gallery space at at Spring Studios.

Sony World Photography Awards 2008

The 2008 SONY World Photography Awards in Cannes, France, showcases over 330 images, and includes the work of some of the greats of photography.

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters has brought the genre of lesbian historical fiction into the mainstream. In 2003, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Writers

Daljit Nagra

The words of Daljit Nagra illuminate his emotional perception. “Poetry allows you to be intense, because to some degree people expect it.”

Vicky Jewson

Vicky Jewson’s first foray into feature-length film is a modern re-imagining of the Lady Godiva legend, re-written as a quirky romantic comedy.

Cinema’s Secret Masterpieces

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) has launched a new programme that supports artists’ filmmaking, and brings new works and classics back to the public domain.

Thao

With a voice as sweet as cherry pie, Thao Nguyen lilts and sighs her way through songs in a way that makes you instantly fall in love with her.

Peggy Sue and the Pirates

Armed with just one guitar between them, Rosa “Rex” Slade and Katy “Klaw” Young’s songs exude the passion and mischievous vibrancy of such self-confessional music.

Tunng: Not Your Standard Band

The song writing process for a band which transcends the label “folktronica” can be daunting. Tunng are not your standard band with vocals, guitar, bass and drums.

Ant Macari

Ant Macari has a benevolent philosophy tow­ards his work. Neither possessive nor exalted in his approach, he places emphasis on the response of his audience.

Philippe Anthonioz

Often described as a “furniture sculptor,” Philippe Anthonioz’s work appeared in a dual exhibition at Galerie Tino Zervudachi in Paris and at Lefevre Fine Art in London.

Will Tuck

Tuck’s paintings speak to us about sex and celebrity, hyper femininity and neutered masculinity. He manipulates and teases his subjects and the language of paint.

Diana Scheunemann

Diana Scheunemann’s photography is alive with sensuality and emotion. She spent a decade travelling and capturing scenes with provocative honesty.

Video Art Gallery

Chris Meigh-Andrews re-imagines some of the earliest examples of photography for the modern world, thanks to digital editing, video, and the addition of sound.