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Discussion event at New Art Spaces Federation House, Manchester.
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Artists working in higher education: “Connecting different approaches”

As part of a year-long research programme exploring how artists and academics have worked together, Castlefield Gallery is hosting a discussion event exploring the approaches artists take to working in higher education. Plus, a-n is offering writer bursaries to enable two artists to attend the event and report back.

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Gerhard Richter, Kerze, 1982. Courtesy: V-A-C collection; © Gerhard Richter 2014
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NOW SHOWING #75: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of must-see UK shows stretches from Nestor Armando Gil in Exeter to Alasdair Gray in Glasgow, with detours to London and the North East along the way.

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Young-jeoung Park, researcher at the Korea Culture and Tourism Institute presenting at ‘Working artists: aspects of art and labour’ conference 27 November 2014
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Artists’ livelihoods: a concern shared internationally

While strategies to pay artists better are forging ahead in the UK, this vital issue is also on high on the agenda in some other countries. Susan Jones reports on Working Artists: aspects of art and labour, a recent conference in South Korea which she also spoke at.

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Ursula Mayer
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Ursula Mayer wins 2014 Jarman Award

The winner of the 2014 Film London Jarman Award and the four recipients of Random Acts commissions for Channel 4 have been announced.

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Conrad Atkinson, The Oil Ship, 2013.
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Tate members challenge BP sponsorship at AGM

As part of an action by Liberate Tate, Jon Snow, chair of Tate’s Members Council has been presented with an edition of Conrad Atkinson’s The Oil Ship for display in one of the Tate members’ rooms.

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Howard Hodgkin, Party, hand-painted gouache intaglio impressed Khadi paper, 69.2 x 91.4 cm, 1990–91.

NOW SHOWING #74: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection includes exhibitions marking the 40th anniversary of Aberdeen’s Peacock Visual Arts and 30 years of Manchester’s Cornerhouse, while elsewhere there’s Howard Hodgkin’s India-inspired gouaches in London, Graeme Durant’s playful constructions in Gateshead, and a group show at Chatham’s new art space, Sun Pier House.

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Craft on the new frontier: confidence and courage required

Crafts Council’s recent Make:Shift conference in London addressed how new technologies are driving innovation in craft practice. Inspired by the two-day event, Mike Press of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design reflects on the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead.

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Josh Bitelli and Felix Melia, Place of Dead Roads, 2014, film still. Featured in Castlefield Gallery exhibition 30 Years of the Future
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30 years of Castlefield Gallery: “People decided to club together and do something”

Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery is celebrating its 30-year history with a forward-looking exhibition featuring artists who are ‘shaping the future of contemporary art’. Liz West, an artist based in the city, speaks to the gallery’s director and to fellow Manchester artists, about the important role it plays in the area’s art ecology.

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