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Peter Wachtler, Untitled, 2014, Digital offset print, 50 x 40cm
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Buy art at Christmas: 10 artists’ prints, t-shirts and other presents

Looking for Christmas present ideas, want to support artists and/or organisations that promote contemporary art? There are loads of opportunities to buy unusual or limited edition works online, while also putting some much-needed money back into the visual arts ecology. Here’s 10 ideas to start you off.

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Corridor Arts walking the Silurian Way.
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Go and see bursaries: latest round of a-n awards launched

The latest round of a-n’s Go and see bursaries – supporting the exchange of knowledge and fostering joint developments between artist-led groups – is now open for applications. Here we explain how to apply and profile some of the successful projects from the previous round.

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Chris Alton, English Disco Lovers. See: Collyer Bristow Student Award
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NOW SHOWING #72: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s must-see shows include a billboard in Sheffield, a new graduate group show in London and a sculptural event at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

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Slow-motion shadow in colour © Olafur Eliasson
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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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