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Good Guys Don't Make Decent Artwork
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Bob Milner

Serial collaborators and Artists talking bloggers Alice Bradshaw and Bob Milner  co-curate the Project Space at Westgate Studios, Wakefield. Here in the first of two interviews, Alice interviews Bob about DIY practice, collaboration and public funding. Next month, Bob interviews Alice.

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Flora
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Big picture – 2011 July

Phoebe Cummings, Flora, detail from the floor of the residency studio, Victoria & Albert Museum, unfired clay, 2010. Photo: Sylvain Deleu

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VAN Gallery, Shrewsbury
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What is professional development?

Artists and arts organisations had the opportunity to debate current and future professional development needs and aspirations in June as part of strategic planning by Turning Point West Midlands.

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Cuts in Culture: The impact on creativity conference
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Culture cuts

Report from the recent conference held in London.

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"Forgotten"
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Ann Shaw

Blogger Ann Shaw talks to Andrew Bryant about working in the virtual realm, her career development from journalist to artist, and current concerns.

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House & Garden
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Digital cuts

In the recent ACE funding review, a shocking number of organisations working at the leading edge of digital and new media arts were cut.

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Supporting artists’ sustainability

Although ‘sustainability’ is much vaunted in terms of how arts organisations should go forward, artists’ needs in this respect are rarely considered by funders. Futurific bursaries were developed by NAN to model routes for sustainability amongst artists’ groups and networks in the UK. Here, some of the bursary recipients give insights into their progress, through excerpts from their blogs.

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Play
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International relations

Supporting the international activities of artists and arts organisations is a key function for many national arts funding agencies. In order to investigate this area of arts policy and identify key issues affecting the programs and priorities of such agencies, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) conducted a worldwide survey in English, French and Spanish, the results of which have been analysed and supplemented by other research and presented in a report.

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Graduate interview: Jac Mantle

Jac Mantle writes critically about art. In 2010 she reviewed the Glasgow School of Art degree show, she has contributed to a-n Reviews and writes for The Skinny in Scotland. Richard Taylor catches up with her to find our more about her reviewing process and ways to follow suit.
 

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Richard Proffitt 'Feels Good to Burn'
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Liverpool Art Prize

Lauren Healey interviews the artists shortlisted for the Liverpool Art Prize about making work, support structures for their practice, and their reasons for basing themselves in the North West.

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Changing face of artists employment
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Changing face of artists’ employment

Explores the affect of the economic recession on the livelihoods of artists in terms of access to employment and career opportunities and raises concerns about how artists’ practice is likely to fare in this period of arts austerity. [HTML format]

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small scale survival (installation view)
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Aid & Abet

Last month Cambridge saw the launch of a significant new artist-run space, Aid & Abet. Artists Sarah Evans, David Kefford and CJ Mahony discuss how the project has developed and how their relationship has graduated from being fellow studio holders to a collaborative working group.

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TrasHeaD
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ACE Wednesday

On 30 March, Arts Council England announced the winners and losers in the new National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) for funding 2012-15. Here’s a-n’s take on what’s happened, the likely impact on artists, independent arts professionals and the arts ecology as well as highlights from some of the many comments and discussions that are in train.

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Travelling hopefully

The end of the art and design academic year is often the time for travel and other ways of broadening horizons. Here’s a few of the many options around and about.

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Fiona Long making 'Pylon Idol' for 'Away Day', POST artists' site-based show
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Keep moving

The weeks and months after graduation can be a daunting time. After three years or more of support and guidance suddenly it’s time to go it alone. There are many different ways to pursue your career as a professional artist and no two people will follow the same path. Here, four recent art graduates describe their journeys: from joining a peer-led network to working as an artist’s assistant, they each have a different story to tell.

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Investing in Scotland?s Creative Future
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New vision for Scotland

Launched in March, Creative Scotland’s first corporate plan presented an ambitious vision for the nation’s arts, culture and creative industries. This is backed by core Treasury financing of £35.5m with £14.5m of Scottish Government funds for specific initiatives, unspent reserves from the interim between Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen and Creative Scotland, some lottery funding back after diversion to the Olympics and reduced overheads due the merger that included a 30% staff cut.

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lone worker: Ellie Harrison's desk at her studio in Glasgow
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Work-a-thon for the self-employed

Ellie Harrison’s latest project ‘Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed’ will take place at Toynbee Studios, London on 13 June as part of the Two Degrees festival.

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AIR members march for the alternative
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Future art and design under threat

In March, AIR – Artists Interaction and Representation – put its weight behind calls for art education to be accessible to all, following a survey in which 95% of its members gave hearty support to the view that art education should be accessible “irrespective of background and financial status”. Here we outline AIR’s campaign and the survey’s key findings to provide evidence for artists to use.

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