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Festival announces ballet with visuals by Olafur Eliasson

Manchester International Festival, well known for its work with contemporary visual artists, has announced its first shows for the 2015 festival including a new ballet with stage designs by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.

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Alberto Lizaralde, everything will be ok.
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PICTURED #35: Alberto Lizaralde, everything will be ok

Alberto Lizaralde’s self-published book, everything will be ok, is an intensely private journey through grief, hope and recovery. Nominated for this year’s Paris Photo Aperture Foundation First Book Award and co-edited by celebrated photographer Cristina De Middel, it’s quickly turning heads – Tim Clark’s included.

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Anger and dismay at closure of Contemporary Crafts course

Following the announcement that Falmouth University is to close three of its BA (Hons) courses, a petition to oppose the closure of the highly respected Contemporary Crafts degree has reached nearly 6,000 signatories.

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An-My Lê, Ship Divers, USS New Hampshire, Arctic Seas, 2011, from Events Ashore (2005-2014). Courtesy: the artist and Murray Guy, New York
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NOW SHOWING #71: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of must-see shows includes Allen Jones at the Royal Academy, first world war artist CRW Nevinson in Birmingham, and the last chance to catch An-My Lê in Milton Keynes.

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Jo Verrent speaking at engage International Conference 2014, Leeds. Photo: David Lindsay
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engage conference: disruptive, digital and looking for innovation

With its focus on the idea of gallery educators as ‘disruptive influences’, this year’s engage International Conference in Leeds took a close look at the innovative use of digital technologies in gallery education. Mike Pinnington, content editor at Tate Liverpool, reports from day one of the conference.

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Clockwise from top left: Jack Brown, Joanne Bushnell on behalf of Vicky Chapter, Sian Hughes and Ronda Gowland Pryde receive Marsh Awards 2014 from Brian Marsh OBE, Chair of the Marsh Christian Trust. Photo: David Lindsay
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2014 Marsh Awards reward excellence in gallery education

Four gallery educators have been presented with professional development awards in recognition of their dedication to the sector, at an awards ceremony during this year’s engage International Conference in Leeds.

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Rhonda Wilson MBE, 1953 - 2014
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Rhonda Wilson MBE, 1953 – 2014

Rhonda Wilson, the founder of the Birmingham-based photography review festival Rhubarb:Rhubarb, has died following a long illness.

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Ed Atkins, Still from Ribbons, 2014, Three channel 4:3 in 16:9 HD video with three 4.1 channel surround soundtracks, 13 minute loop
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Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists: 20 years of support in tough times

Founded in 1994, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists programme has helped some of the UK’s best-known visual artists with no-strings-attached financial support at crucial points in their careers. On the eve of the announcement of this year’s awards, Chris Sharratt talks to the foundation’s head of arts and to 2012 recipient Ed Atkins.

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Anthony Burrill, Our Future is in the Making, cover design
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Crafts Council calls for change with education manifesto

In response to falling levels of participation in craft-related subjects at GCSE and in higher education, the Crafts Council has launched Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making, as a means to safeguarding craft education in the UK.

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Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, August 2014. Courtesy: HRP
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Blood Swept Lands: artist to plant final poppy before installation tours UK

Following the announcement that parts of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation are to remain on display until the end of the month before setting off on a tour of the UK, artist Paul Cummins is to plant the final poppy at the Tower of London on 11 November 2014 to mark Armistice Day.

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Chris Dobrowolski, Sledge. Photo: Alister Doyle (Reuters); Courtesy: &model, Leeds
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NOW SHOWING #70: The week’s top exhibitions

With Stan Douglas in Edinburgh, Andy Warhol in Liverpool and William Hogarth in London, this week’s selection spans 300 years of art making and includes painting, sculpture, film, drawing, print and more.

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