Forest Fire

Staring at the X is Forest Fire’s second album following their acclaimed debut, Survival, which received high praise across tastemaking blogs.

Mike Doughty

Doughty’s signature blend of sounds and genres is more present in this album. Known for merging indie, folk, rock, Americana and blues, Doughty creates an overall listening experience.

Cant

Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist Chris Taylor’s first solo project is captivating. Combining an array of sounds and moods, Dreams Come True is an album that will appeal from its first track.

We Were Promised Jetpacks

This second album from We Were Promised Jetpacks is aptly named; their aggressive brand of indie rock delivers a bracing blow.

Kill It Kid

Kill It Kid is many things, but first of all, they’re loud. Since critical response to their first album pigeon-holed the band in with acoustic neo-rock, the second album does well to break free from these labels.

Submotion Orchestra

Submotion Orchestra formed when Ruckspin and hip hop underground label Ranking Records were commissioned by the Arts Council to write and perform a live dubstep piece in York Minster.

Drowning in a Sea of Words

Nothing has hit the world of music writing harder than the social networking explosion. But the ways in which the writing has changed are still up for debate.

Unidentified Discontent

In October 2011, Edward Bond’s seminal play Saved returned to London for the first time since 1984, provoking questions about the nature of violence in our society.

Our Day Will Come

Filmed to the grim backdrop of France’s industrial northern coast Our Day Will Come is clearly intended as an abstract parable for racism and discrimination.

Bal (Honey)

Yakup works in the mountain forests gathering honey, entering a mysterious world in the tree-tops that is an endless source of fascination for the young Yusuf.

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times

Given unprecedented access to the New York Times media desk for a year, Page One follows journalists and editors as they struggle to find captivating stories and defend the newspaper from its critics.

YSL: L’Amour Fou

Whilst other documentaries have focused on the career of the couturier, Thoretton takes an intimate look at the relationship between Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.

Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures is the film that launched Peter Jackson and Kate Winslet’s careers internationally. If it isn’t in your collection, now is the time to add it.

Julia’s Eyes

Dark and genuinely disturbing, Julia’s Eyes is as captivating as you’d expect from a film produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Broken Lines

We chat with acclaimed British director and BAFTA nominee, Sallie Aprahamian, about her new film, Broken Lines.

Iconic Partnerships

UK-based band, Tindersticks, discuss their artistic relationship with fêted French director, Claire Denis, exploring the cross-over between music and film.

Istanbul Biennial

The 12th Istanbul Biennial contemplates a world of abstraction, inviting sober reflection when it is needed most.

Photographic Dialogues

In its representation of a broad spectrum of narratives, PhotoPhnomPenh offers a unique glimpse into contemporary Cambodia and how local modes of artistic production form part of a global dialogue.

Collective Cultural Memory

On the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, an exhibition at Moma Ps1 examines their impact on our perceptions of culture.

Building the Revolution

In autumn 2011, a major survey explored a 20 year period in Soviet art and architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Turner Prize 2011

One of the World’s most defining art prizes opened in 2011 at Baltic. We explore the shortlist with Godfrey Worsdale, Director of Baltic.

Another Language

Silja Magg creates images that evoke another world. Her precise use of light and creates works that cross boundaries including photography, design and fashion.

Frankie Shea

Frankie Shea aims to elevate the status of street related art by referencing the roots of this genre, but also focusing on street art becoming more mainstream

Havana

Acclaimed photographer Michael Eastman’s work focuses on the grandeur of 1950s Havana, but most striking about Eastman’s images is their emptiness.

Mark Wallinger

After winning the Turner Prize in 2007, and then being commissioned for The White Horse, Wallinger has become a part of our current discourse.

Andy Warhol: Headlines

It is a known fact that Warhol was obsessed with contemporary culture, but the feeling was, and still remains, mutual.

1Q84

Murakami is renowned for his exceptional imagination and this book does not disappoint; he weaves a myriad of worlds together in a moving combination.

A Lovesong for India

A Love Song for India is a moving collection of short stories, all with an air of the fantastic, each with its own allegorical message to give.

The Sound of Gravity

From the author of Touching the Void, Joe Simpson’s latest novel is a harrowing account of love, loss and redemption.

Opens Tomorrow, The NewcastleGateshead Art Fair, The Sage Gateshead

The NewcastleGateshead Art Fair opens tomorrow. This year the fair has attracted more galleries than ever before, providing a platform for the work of hundreds of artists represented by 50 galleries.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011, Site Gallery, Sheffield

New Contemporaries is a highly regarded initiative that gives art students and recent graduates essential support and recognition at a crucial stage in their development through a high-profile show.

The Open & Illegible Letter, EJ Major, Love Is…

Between 2004 and 2006, EJ Major undertook a mail art project which involved taking a screenshot of each second of the film Last Tango in Paris and from each one printing a single postcard.

Questioning Documentary Narrative, Others’ Stories, Golden Thread Gallery

Others’ Stories collates artists’ exploration of documentary narrative. When people verbally interact, dialogue can go beyond oral communication via facial expressions and body language.

Bridget Riley: Colour, Stripes, Planes & Curves, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Bridget Riley is one of Britain’s best-known artists. Since the mid-1960s she has been celebrated for her optically vibrant paintings which actively engage the viewer’s sensations and perceptions.

Ingrid Calame, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

The Fruitmarket’s summer exhibition of work by American artist Ingrid Calame whose beautifully-coloured, intricate drawings and paintings have a specific, if abstracted relationship to the world.

Shifting Identities, Entanglement: the Ambivalence of Identity, Iniva

In the back streets of Shoreditch you’ll find the Rivington Place building. Upon entering the black façade, you’ll find yourself inside Iniva, an institute that supports the debate of diversity in society.

Welcome to the Real World, Peering Sideways, Project Space Leeds

Peering Sideways consists of three new exhibitions at PSL. The title suggests at once that the viewer is encouraged to look askance at the familiar and hints at the artist-peers taking part in the show.

Bold Tendencies, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park

The immediate appeal of Bold Tendencies, particularly on a sunny day, irrespective of what the art is like, especially if you haven’t been before, is to visit the venue.

Opening Tomorrow, International Print Biennale, Various Venues, Newcastle

Showing the best in international and British printmaking, the International Print Biennale is a programme of shows, activities and symposium across Newcastle and the North East.

Nedko Solakov, All in Order, with Exceptions, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Ikon presents the first major exhibition in the UK of Nedko Solakov in Cherven Briag. All in Order, with Exceptions is a chronological survey of Solakov’s practice, an amalgamation of four selections.

An Unending Series of Connections, Lost in Lace, Gas Hall, BMAG, Birmingham

Lost in Lace is the first show programmed through the Craft Council’s biennial Fifty:Fifty scheme, through which the Crafts Council co-funds and co-produces an exhibition with a partner organisation.

Equality, Accessibility, Availability, Doug Jones, Caeteris Paribus, ASC

Doug Jones’s new series of work revolve around issues of equality, accessibility and availability. Jones’ show Caeteris Paribus weaves together experiences of personal failure of involvement in public events.

I Can’t Go On. I’ll Go On, Ursula Burke, PS2 Project Space, Belfast

PS² is a gallery dedicated to platforming projects of an experimental socio-political nature. The exhibition by renowned artist, Ursula Burke I can’t go on. I’ll go on confirms the gallery’s vision.

Expanded Self-Portraiture, This Unfolds, Ffotogallery

This Unfolds is a milestone in Ffotogallery’s Wish You Were Here programme, which sees them oscillate between their HQ at Penarth’s Turner House and Dairy, as part of a space-sharing arrangement.

Alternative Delights, Branchage Film Festival, Various Locations, Jersey

If you’ve got a boat it is feasible to sail across to France for dinner and be back in time for supper. For those of us that don’t there’s another reason to visit Jersey at this time of year; Branchage Film Festival.

Compulsive, Obsessive, Repetitive, Towner, Eastbourne

Susie MacMurray, Brendan Jamison, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Jill Townsley, Claire Morgan and Henry Seaton produce work that challenges the belief that repetition is purely a means to an end or a device.

Maybe We’ll Be Soldiers, Gawain Barnard, Ffotogallery

This summer, Ffotogallery turns the spotlight onto new photographic and lens-based media work in Wales. In a series of exhibitions and events across two spaces, Turner House, Penarth and The Dairy.

Out of the Dark Room, PhotoIreland 2011, Various Locations, Dublin

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural edition, the Photo Ireland Festival returned to Dublin in 2011 with a bolstered programme and the duration doubled from two weeks to a month.

Opens Today | Briefly Yours | Maria & Natalia Petschatnikov | WAGNER + PARTNER | Berlin

There are some things we only own for a while, without even noticing it. Following on from the acclaimed installation Sidewalk (2009) WAGNER + PARTNER…

Shift | The Arts University College Bournemouth Postgraduate Show Opens Today

Opening today, the highly anticipated Arts University College at Bournemouth postgraduate show features graduates from fine art, photography, graphic design, and many more, runs until…