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Platforms for change: what do artists really want from arts organisations?

The UK has the most highly developed arts infrastructure in the world. But, asks 2016-17 Clore Visual Artist Fellow Maurice Carlin in the first of two short provocations, imagine if it all disappeared overnight. Would it make a difference to your career? Would you still make art? And what do we want this infrastructure to do?

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a-n launches five-year Valuing Artists strategy

The new strategy will tackle the growing challenges artists face in sustaining their careers, with a fundamental aim of ensuring policy makers and commissioners value the artist as well as the art.

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Assembly Margate: “Working with artists is a compelling process”

Across two days of talks, workshops and get-togethers, Assembly Margate explored both the specifics of living and working as an artist in a town with a small population where art can be a contentious subject, and the broader picture of how artists deal with issues such as regeneration, gentrification and working with communities.

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A Q&A with… Guerrilla Girls, feminist artists

For over 30 years, New York’s Guerrilla Girls have been the feminist conscience of the art world, exposing sexism through protests and original research on posters, stickers, billboards and artwork. Fisun Güner spoke to two of the founding members about their new Whitechapel Gallery show, ‘Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?’

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Paying Artists campaign: a journey from consultation to guidance

As a-n/AIR’s Paying Artists campaign prepares for the launch of its Exhibition Payment guide on Wednesday 12 October, we take a look at some of the key moments in the campaign’s history, highlighting the rich and varied dialogue with artists and the wider visual arts sector that has informed its recommendations.

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Artist Research- Chuck Close

Whilst writing my dissertation ‘Contemporary Portraiture: the Influence of Primary and Secondary Sources’, one of the artist’s I looked at was Chuck Close. Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close is an American painter and photographer, renowned for his large-scale photo based portraits. […]

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Primary research trips to Scotland and The Netherlands

Primary is an artist-led space in Nottingham. Through the A-N Go & See bursary, we went to visit artist-led spaces and arts venues in Scotland and the Netherlands to learn about different organisational models, approaches to public programming and supporting artists.

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Reviewing my work so far 3/3 Artist research

Francis Alÿs Sometimes ‘Making Something Leads to Nothing’ (1997) My Recent performance/Video work has been looking at the absurd; I have been doing rather than having done to me. I have looked at two contemporary artists who in their own […]

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Comprehensive new study: Artists’ Livelihoods survey needs your views

Launching today, a-n is a lead partner in a comprehensive survey into how visual artists in England live and work, part of a new Arts Council England research project that will shape future support and initiatives for artists. Take part and share your views on the day-to-day realities of being a professional artist and the challenges and barriers you face.

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Art/Work – A Research Project

Since 2014 myself and Lydia Catterall have been developing a research based project initially titled ‘Art/Work’ – looking at the relationships between the arts and the systems that contain it. Speaking to working artists and freelance professionals, deciphering relevant literature and […]

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