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Alex Hartley, Nowhereisland Travelling Embassy 2012.
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£10,000 prize celebrates ‘art in the elements’

The winners of The Arts Foundation’s annual awards will be announced later this week, with this year’s fine art category throwing a spotlight on artists who make objects, interventions and installations out in ‘the elements’.

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Thomas Raschke, Ghettoblaster, 2009,  soldered iron wire
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NOW SHOWING #80: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s recommendations find us rock-star gazing in London, contemplating resistance in Manchester, and appreciating the work of two of Jeremy Deller’s heroes in Oxford.

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Alec Soth, from the series, Songbook.
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PICTURED #37: Alec Soth, Songbook

Songbook, the much anticipated photobook from leading photographer Alec Soth, chronicles the solitary experiences of Americans through a blend of lyrical portraits and empty landscapes. Tim Clark considers the images of those longing for connection in an era of virtual networks.

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Grace Schwindt, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, cropped still from HD video, 80minutes, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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NOW SHOWING #79: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selections include contemporary abstract paintings in London, a feature-length film installation in Sheffield, and in Edinburgh a look at two once famous and now largely forgotten Scottish painters of the 1940s.

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Sheila and Hans by Mette Vorraa
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Events #1: The week ahead from a-n’s members

Every week, a-n’s members post details of events and exhibitions across the UK on the site’s Events listings section. In the first of a new weekly series, we pick some of the highlights from the next seven days.

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Edmund de Waal backs ‘Save Our Crafts’ campaign

Ceramicist Edmund de Waal has added his support to the Save Our Crafts campaign, which is fighting the proposed closure of Falmouth University’s well respected Contemporary Crafts degree.

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Charles Avery, Sketch of Two Ghost Circumnavigating a Treefoil Knot, 2014.
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NOW SHOWING #78: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection includes the UK premiere in Manchester of a major piece of Chinese animation, an artist-led exploration of wireless technology in Croydon, and contemporary ceramic art in Gateshead.

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