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Resource Guide

What is a contract?

A contract is an agreement between two or more people that is legally binding. It can be verbal or written. This guide by Sheena Etches and Nicholas Sharp outlines the essential ingredients of a contract, offer and acceptance, and implied terms.

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Commission agreements

This checklist by Sheena Etches and Nicholas Sharp covers many issues relevant to small-scale private and public art commissions, with questions to consider and further explanation of issues arising in the notes.

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Resource Guide

Applying the age discrimination law

An overview of the current Age Discrimination law in Great Britain under the Equality Act 2010, followed by a set of action points for arts employers, and guidance for individuals who might want to challenge a decision or a practice.

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The contracts toolkit

This toolkit is an introduction to the contractual process, enabling artists to assess contracts and to build their own.

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Resource Guide

Associate programmes for artists

What are artists’ associate programmes and what do they offer within the broad landscape of artists’ professional development? What should artists consider before applying? Based on extensive research into sixty arts organisations across England, Scotland and Wales, this guide by Dany Louise offers artists help in thinking through the various options available to them.

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Artists’ work in 2013

Susan Jones’ analysis and commentary of Artists’ work in 2013 uses data drawn from a-n.co.uk/jobs to track current trends in artists’ employment.

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A guide to research into artists fees and payments
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A guide to research into fees and payments to artists

Susan Jones introduces a collation of key documents and evidence that informed a-n’s publication of fees and payments guidance and good practice documents. This report aims to widen understanding of the history and prior good practice thinking and attitudes around payment to artists.

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Blogger profile: Ali Reed

Ali Reed joined the Degrees unedited blogs in November 2012, since then we have seen her work develop site-specifically and professionally. Here she tells us of her plans for degree shows at Staffordshire University.

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Blogger profile: Jasper Weinstein Sheffield

After joining Degrees unedited in March 2013 Jasper Weinstein Sheffield has showed us there’s much more to his conceptual approach than a blade of grass. He tells us more as prelude to degree shows at Northumbria University.

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Richard Layzell and Hunt & Darton

Video of the artists, Richard Layzell and Hunt & Darton in conversation on the commonalities of their practices, working immersed in business environments, building community and embracing risk and uncertainty.

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Reflections on collaboration

Chris Fremantle highlights key themes and issues around collaboration making use of a-n’s extensive archive of texts on the subject.

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Rebuild
Resource Archive Feature

Celebrating a-n’s achievements

We’re proud of what a-n Magazine has achieved over its thirty-two years. On the occasion of the last print edition we invited many of our collaborators and contributors to help us celebrate and mark this moment by giving us a ‘few words’ – a short testimonial of what a-n means to them. Here, they reflect on our significant role for artists and on the value of a-n Magazine, publications or initiatives.

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Lace in Place
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Art in unconventional settings

A round-up of projects that explore approaches to making and siting art beyond conventional white cube spaces – from travelling fairgrounds and riverboat processions to site-responsive installations and public sculpture.

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Resource Profile

Ania Bas and Ruthie Ford

Artists and co-mentors Ania Bas and Ruthie Ford explore socially engaged issues, language and practice. Here they talk to Andrew Bryant about the importance of process, their collaborative blog and the artists’ relationship to critical reading, writing and debate.

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Artists work in 2011
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Artists’ work in 2011

This Research paper forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists. Drawing on data published on www.a-n.co.uk/jobs, this series set out in 2007 to track […]

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Artists work in 2011
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Artists’ work in 2011

This Research paper forms part of a series that looks specifically at the nature and value of openly-advertised work and opportunities for visual and applied artists. Drawing on data published on www.a-n.co.uk/jobs_and_opps, this series set out in 2007 to track on an ongoing basis the key categories of awards/fellowships, academic posts, art vacancies, commissions, exhibitions, residencies and competitions/prizes, and by doing so, to identify any trends arising, and provide commentary and contextual evidence and analysis from other related sources, to contribute to arts and cultural consultations and policy.

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Artists and Pinterest

Jack Hutchinson gets to grips with the latest digital networking tool and asks: how and why should artists be using it?

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~Flow
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~Flow

Flow is a tidemill, a floating building on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal water wheel and houses a range of musical machinery that responds to the river. It is one of the twelve Artists taking the lead’ commissions to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. ~Flow is the brainchild of the artist group Owl Project and producer Ed Carter: To bring their fantastical idea to life required the skills and expertise of a diverse range of professionals, including Nicky Kirk, a chartered architect; Amble Boat Company; and David Willcox, a waterwheel designer. Here David, Ed and Owl Project talk about their experience.

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Prizewinners announced

Thirty-eight artists have been selected from more than 600 hundred applications for the 5th Oriel Davies Open exhibition (Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, until 27 June). “Works presented use diverse materials and visual techniques to push boundaries – such as challenging […]

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Exhibitions are not enough: Publicly-funded galleries and artists? professional development

Reyahn King explores the role of galleries within professional development for visual artists. In the current climate, how can professional development for visual artists be continued and improved? This paper suggests that one answer lies in the relationship between publicly-funded regional galleries and visual artists becoming wider, deeper, and more strongly valued.

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