With Rupert Murdoch funding Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson’s defence, the crown faced an uneven fight. Nick Davies examines how the case embodied its era – and overlooked key issues
Paul Pfeiffer returns to the 1966 World Cup - maybe another example of art being better than real life
I dig a bit of Paul Pfeiffer - great artist and had the pleasure of meeting him whilst studying for my Masters of Fine Art whilst in New York.
Me & Tv’s. Setting up part of my exhibition, Slaughterhouse Five, in the Mezzanine Gallery at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. I am using the redundant audio and visual equipment that the Royal Exchange hides away backstage. The big opening is this Wednesday 28th May - 6pm!
Please feel free to come along! It’s not to be missed … if I do say so myself, if I do say so myself … hah
Once a New Labour heartland, Tory cuts have left the north-east teetering on the brink. Can it avoid becoming Britain’s Detroit? As the era of shiny new galleries and economic swagger recedes, Andy Beckett finds out
They Move the Goalposts (Sketch 2), 2014.
Thatcher Baby. 2014
I was born in England at the beginning of Margaret Thatcher’s reign as Prime Minister, one of the so-called “Thatcher Babies”: the first generation of Britons that had to live with the legacy of Thatcher’s radical neoconservative politics. My current works examine the consequences of British Thatcherism.
In this piece ‘Thatcher Baby’, I have systematically edited Thatcher’s memoir, “The Downing Street Years” using a piece of coal (an allusion to the British coal industry destroyed by Thatcher).If any art world types would like me to read from the book please let me know. Yours, O’Grady.
Jobless must sign on every day: Government to dock money from long-term unemployed if they do not comply →
Harsh rules to drive the long-term unemployed into work come into force today, which state they will only receive their benefits if they either show up at a jobcentre every day or commit to six months of voluntary work.
MASSIVE TELLY, Ardwick, 2014
I have visited several rental accommodations across the Ardwick, Longsight and Levenshulme areas of Manchester taking photos of the living rooms and then using them for a series of digital collages. MASSIVE TELLY focuses on the assumption made by the chattering middle classes, that many if not all poor people (especially those on social welfare) in Britain have large televisions in their homes. This stereotype was heightened further by the TV celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, declaring that the poor have bad diets and “Massive TV’s”.
They Move the Goalposts (Sketch 1)
As part of my 'Northernness' project I want to create an array of football goalposts. Football is an integral part of life in the north of England and played a huge part in my upbringing in Manchester. My ‘goalposts’ will be altered so that you cannot in fact score a goal. A comment on how the goalposts are often moved for those striving for better things in this part of the world only for public spending to be annexed by a London centric government. A good example is how much is spent on public transport per capita. London, £4895, North-East England, £246.
Another example of them ‘moving the goalposts’ is not allowing public spending on a 21st century transport system that would turn the northern cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds in to one interconnected mega-city which would allow for cultural growth and create a genuinely bigger economy. Rather the government would prefer to spend billions on a high speed train line from London to the North so that commuters can get back to London 20 minutes faster.
Greggs Pastiche. Sketch for an idea I have for my ‘Northernness’ project about the North of England and being a ‘Northerner’ and the sterotypes, clichés and prejudices associated with being ‘from up north’. This first piece of work will be based upon pasties (a hot pastry filled with a range of savoury ingredients) from a baker’s called Greggs. There is a stereotype that Northerners/Poor white folk eat many a pasty or pie as part of their diet - colloquially known as “Pie Eaters”. This art work will also be a homage to a piece by the artist William Pope. L - his piece entitled ‘Map of the World’. My title is ‘Greggs Pastiche’ - pasty - pastiche - pasty-iche … you know what I mean!