• 15 February 2015

    He was born the son of a poor cobbler in Edinburgh in 1796, had little formal schooling and began his working life apprenticed to a house painter before entering the disreputable world of the theatre as a set designer and occasional actor.

  • 14 February 2015

    On a quiet Wednesday afternoon in mid February, the only sign of the new contemporary art gallery in Temple - a village meandering halfway down the road that winds through the idyllic Esk Valley - is a large white balloon, jibbing like a truculent child in the air above a cluster of artists who look as if it might be getting the better of them.

  • 13 February 2015

    Whatever the other cultural offerings available for the feast of St Valentine, there is just one arts story in the city of Manchester.