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blown glass and copper wire
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Strategies and resources

The UK’s seen a noticeable increase in professional development schemes for artists, encompassing training, mentoring, networking and information services. There is an obvious cross-reference to the government’s endorsement of ‘lifelong learning’ as a principle, encouraged through the offer of individual learning accounts for all. These moves increase opportunities for the kinds of artistic development that incorporates developing and honing skills, accessing facilities and ultimately furthering career strategies. The results are more than just CV embellishment. By providing points of crossover between artists, such schemes contribute to peer support systems and help to address the potential isolation of artists. Here, three individuals involved in artists’ professional development matters describe some of the resources around, and discuss how artists are making the most of them.

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Go On Make His Day
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Birmingham Art Trust

The trust’s coordinator Leila Dawney explains the organisation’s artist-led ethos and its work to support the arts in Birmingham.

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Something Beautiful Something Free # 27 (U Look well interesting)
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In it to win it

Louise Coysh visited ‘Fresh Art’ at the Business Design Centre, London to find out how the fair met with the exhibiting artists’ expectations.

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Mary Kirk
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Mary Kirk

My art practice is focused on the process of making, and with my involvement in that process.

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The Interrogators' Garden
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Paula Rego

In the first of a series of articles focusing on the career development of well-established artists, Emma Safe meets Paula Rego to discover how she has steered her career to such celebrity.

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Forbidden Path
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Researching Japan

Fiona Rutherford reports on her experience of a Crafts Council research trip to Japan and the lasting contacts she made.

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Blue Soap
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Continuous currents

This month Kate Fowle has been talking to Christopher Cozier about his experiences as an artist in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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Untitled
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EMACA Visual Arts

Akinbowale Sankofa of East Midlands African-Caribbean Arts (EMACA) discusses the aims and objectives of this East Midlands-based organisation.

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Heads I win, Tails you lose
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Funding mole

Brigid Howarth investigates the world of arts funding and reveals a network of funding routes available to emerging artists.

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Found/Lime Green
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Varvara Shavrova

I have been painting for over fifteen years, and I always feel there is something new around the corner, waiting to be discovered.

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The Studio Window
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Art fair for new artists

Some 150 emerging artists will feature in ‘Fresh Art’, the Business Design Centre’s promotion of new and recent art graduates running 27-29 July in London. Bringing together independent artists, fine art studios and colleges showing the best of this year’s […]

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Bird Lake Museum project
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The Arts Catalyst

Nicola Triscott expands upon The Arts Catalyst’s mission to extend, promote and activate a fundamental shift in the dialogue between art and science and its perception by the public.

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Celebrating Children's Ideas in the Year 2000
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Celebrating children’s ideas

In January 2000, all West Sussex schools were invited to participate in an art and design project in celebration of children’s ideas about their environment. The aim was to encourage four to sixteen-year-olds to contribute pen drawings, which showed their […]

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Kemp Town places

Artists’ open houses aren’t a new concept in Brighton. Originally started in the Fiveways district of the town some twenty years ago, during last year’s Brighton Festival there were over 100 open house exhibitions and studios to choose from. As […]

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Black Rage
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Suitable space

With a breadth of approaches to finding the perfect workspace, Brigid Howarth talks to artists about their different needs and experiences and explores a variety of studio set-ups.

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Lads
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Trading places

The rise of independent artist-run spaces across the UK, and a seemingly impenetrable gallery circuit in London, appear poles apart. Gordon Dalton in Edinburgh and Tim Birch in Manchester visit two young, ‘commercially-minded’ spaces that have picked up on this, and are encouraging an art market in exciting and challenging contemporary work outside London.

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Open Channel
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Not so flat in Holland

Wendy Murray gives the lowdown on support structures and organisations for artists in the Netherlands.

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Death at the Intersection
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Inside out

This is the first of a series of articles that focus on artists living and working in different cities across the world. Each gives insight into the artist’s practice, the influence of the city and their thoughts on the relationships between the two. The artist’s have also been asked to identify places they recommend for visitors, as well as key arts organisations to contact for further information.

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Work in progress on the gallery space at Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness.
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Barrow boils with art

Art Gene, a new initiative with artists and performers at its core, is set to make a significant intervention into the life of Barrow-in-Furness, a town perhaps presently better-known for its industrial scope than for its arts scene. Thanks to […]

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Tower Bridge Approach #11
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New artists at Fire Station

Twelve artists have been selected from a national open submission to get space at Acme’s Fire Station project in east London. John Askew, Sonia Baka, Stephen Conning, Stevie Deas, Elizabeth LeMoine, Gordon McKenna, Pat Naldi, Hayley Newman, Stuart Parkinson, Tim […]

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Creative collective

Brigid Howarth talks to recipients of the Clerkenwell Award showcased in the ‘Creative Collective’ exhibition. Run by Clerkenwell Green Association the scheme assists the start up of small creative businesses in a supportive environment.

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