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Ella Kruglyanskaya, How to work together, installation view, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Studio Voltaire, London; Photo: Andy Keate
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Artist-led: Studio Voltaire

Founded by a group of artists in south west London as a studio space in 1994, Studio Voltaire currently operates under a multiplicity of different guises. Art researchers Doggerland reflect on the organisation’s hybrid structure, and speak to its head of development and communications Niamh Conneely about the many different modes Studio Voltaire employs to support artists’ careers.

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Kira Freije, The Dark Away, 2017. Photo: Stuart Whipps
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Artist-led: Recent Activity

Based in Birmingham’s growing cultural quarter Digbeth, Recent Activity seeks to contribute to the area’s artist-led scene without replicating the activity of its more established spaces. Art researchers Doggerland speak to one of the organisation’s founders Andrew Gillespie about working within manageable parameters to offer “something a bit different” to the area.

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Cubitt Artists at Goods Way, London 1992. Courtesy: Morgan Quaintance
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Cubitt 25 years: an artist-led history

Morgan Quaintance’ documentary explores Cubitt studios, Cubitt gallery and Cubitt education, taking a look at the history and present of the London-based organisation, its previous curators, artists and others who have been involved, as well as glimpsing into its possible future.

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‘Free Art Party’ by Overdraft as part of EBC004 at ebc, Bristol 2016. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt
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Artist-led: further reading

Kevin Hunt compiles a list of both online and in print reading material about the artist-led sector, as a supplement to his essay People like us and the new Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii).

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Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii) logo. Design: Sam Jones. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt and Sam Jones
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Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii)

Kevin Hunt has created a new Artist-Led Hot 100 to celebrate some of the most exciting artist-led activity that has emerged during the past four years, since his original Hot 100 long-list was produced in Summer 2013. Focusing on projects that are “by artists, for artists”, the list highlights artist-led initiatives around the UK that are visibly active right now.

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Paying Artists Artist-Led Manifesto
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Paying Artists: Artist-Led Manifesto

Created specially for the Paying Artists Campaign by artist Dan Thompson, the Artist-Led Manifesto sets out the principles of fair payment for artist-led groups and collectives who may be in receipt of public funds, but who may also operate without funds at the directive of the artists involved.

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Artist-Led Hot 100
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Artist-Led Hot 100

An artwork by Kevin Hunt created as part of Signpost that aims to draw attention to some of the most superb activity being facilitated by emerging independent artists and curators right now in the UK.

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Alias/Reveal HubBrewhouse, Taunton, 2012
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Then & Now: Artist-led

Highlighting a-n’s long-running interests and the wealth of historical knowledge held in our archive.

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Artist-led activity

Chris Brown introduces a rulebook to guide you through the whys and wherefores of artist-led activity.

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Artist-led developments

Artist-led strategies to support professional development have often proved to be the most successful.

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Setting up an artist-led space

Russell Martin’s guide to running your own gallery demystifies the process of setting up an artist-led space and highlights the issues to consider before taking such a step.

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Changing public art practice and artist-led regulation

The evolution of public art is an ongoing process and as an arts practitioner I contribute my share through work with Chrysalis Arts, which is currently celebrating twenty years of live and public art practice. As a co-founder and director I feel it is time for some reflection on the climate for creating artwork in public places and consider what the future holds.

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Nicola Naismith, Artists in Leadership, from an ongoing project A folder called slogans, 2017/18. Courtesy: The artist
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Artists on boards: a guide to becoming a trustee or board member

Joining a board can provide artists with a voice in the decision making room and a way to steer the arts agenda. Nicola Naismith explores what’s involved, and hears from artists and their fellow board members about the important contribution artists can make and why being a trustee matters.

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Ria Jade Hartley, artist and founder of ecologies of care, 2018. Image: Dom Moore, Courtesy: Jamboree and the artist
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Artists and wellbeing: Ria Hartley, ecologies of care artist

ecologies of care was initiated by artist Ria Hartley in 2018. The project comprises a growing toolkit of resources designed to support artists who have access requirements to express their needs. Hartley speaks to Lydia Ashman about the toolkit and why artists’ health and wellbeing should be a sector-wide priority. This resource is available in text format and also as a video format sound recording.

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Chris Alton, After the Revolution They Built an Art School Over the Golf Course, textile banners, wooden dowel, 23 x115cm, 230x250cm, 230x115cm, 2017. Installation views of 'You're Surrounded by Me' at TURF Projects, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
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Alternative art education: Kirsty Ogg, New Contemporaries

In 2017, New Contemporaries, an annual exhibition of emerging artists from UK art schools, opened up its application to include artists from alternative learning programmes. Director Kirsty Ogg discusses this decision, the changing climate for emerging artists in the UK, and what artists really need to develop and challenge their practice. Interview by Michaela Nettell.

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The Paying Artists Manifesto for Artist-Led Work. Commissioned by a-n, original text and design by Dan Thompson
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Artists’ manifestos: making change happen

Writing a manifesto was one of Dan Thompson’s first acts as an artist and he has since written several more including one about using empty shops, and The Paying Artists Manifesto for Artist-Led Work that showed how artists working with their own ecology, economy and excitement ‘make the world around them better’. He explores the history of artists’ manifestos and shares advice and tips on how to write your own.

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David Beales, A New Admission, acrylic on board. Exhibited in ‘Art and the Other’ at The Bethlem Gallery in 2015.
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Artists and mental health: The Bethlem Gallery

The Bethlem Gallery in Bromley provides a professional platform for artists who have experienced mental health difficulties. Alistair Gentry speaks to the gallery’s director Beth Elliot about the organisation and how it fosters a supportive artist-focussed environment.

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Empire - flags, Tasha Middleton and Dan Thompson, Estuary Festival 2016
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Why artists move: a guide to relocating

In recent years many artists have moved from major conurbations to smaller towns or cities in the UK, with access to cheaper work space and accommodation, improved health and wellbeing, and the need for stronger community networks among the factors influencing their decision to relocate. In this guide, Dan Thompson explores the many and varied reasons why artists move to a new place.

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Heather and Ivan Morison, LookLookLook!, a temporary pavilion created in response to the eighteenth century walled garden at Berrington Hall, a neo-classical mansion in Herefordshire managed by the National Trust. Photo: Ivan Morison
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Artist commissions outside of the gallery

Contemporary Arts Programme Manager at the National Trust Grace Davies explores the benefits to non-arts organisations of commissioning artists outside of traditional gallery spaces, and offers some top tips for artists to consider when making an application.

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Lucy Harvey, Mutual Improvement Society. Created following Harvey's residency at Quarry Bank, a National Trust property in Cheshire. Photo: Stephen Iles
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Making a residency proposal to a non-arts organisation

Hannah Pierce, who has held curatorial and programming roles with organisations including The National Trust and Jerwood Visual Arts, offers advice and explores the key issues to consider when applying for a residency with non-arts organisations.

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Preview of ¿AreWeNotDrawnOnwardToNewEra?: the final closing event at g39’s former Mill Lane home, 2 July 2011. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt
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People like us

Kevin Hunt explores the nature of temporariness and expiration, morphing and longevity in artist-led initiatives. Written to coincide with the launch of the Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii) and Assembly Liverpool, May 2017.

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Mass: Lotti V Closs, installation view, SYSON gallery, 2015
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Approaching galleries

Jennie Syson, director of the commercial gallery Syson in Nottingham, offers some advice on approaching galleries, through setting out the different research routes and methods you might use.

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Proposals: exhibitions in galleries

Proactively seeking out opportunities to realise exhibitions and projects is an important strategy in the arts. Adam Smythe, Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, gives some advice on the best methods of approaching galleries with exhibition proposals for your own work or for curatorial projects.

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