Two recent reports highlight the need for leading galleries and museums to better support contemporary artists and their practice.
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From subsidised studio and accommodation to one-on-one mentoring sessions, here we spotlight a selection of residencies that provide support to artists across the UK and beyond.
Jennifer Picken has been working with a-n since her MFA studies at Newcastle University, and continues her role in the Communications and Partnerships team working remotely from Amsterdam – where she has a studio. Here she maps her alternative working routes through undergraduate study, from volunteering to mentoring and beyond.
Becky Hunter is a freelance art writer whose blogs demistify, with honesty and intelligence, the processes of making art, writing about art, and finding a place in the wider world of art. Here she talks to Andrew Bryant about criticality and affect, the prickly subject of money, and why we need idealists.
Pippa Koszerek, a Campaigns Researcher at a-n, lets us in to her early career developments with Hull Time Based Arts.
Ania Bas reports on the first in a series of discussions under the theme of The New Economy for Art being organised by Artquest, Contemporary Art Society and DACS that addressed how artists can generate income during these challenging economic and social times.
Artist, educator and AIR Council member Rosalind Davis reports on some recent events for and about artists and contexts for practice.
Richard Taylor, online editor of a-n’s Students community and Degrees unedited, maps his journey over four years and shares insights from one invigilator’s chair to the next.
Over the past five years, the words Turning Point have been read, heard, written and spoken with increasing frequency by people in the visual arts in England, but for many individual arts practitioners, in particular, the origins and activities of Turning Point remain a bit opaque. This briefing paper is for them and for anyone interested in understanding more about what Turning Point is and does.
The key finding of this study reveals that shockingly few individual artists apply for funding in their own right, and even fewer are successful. What this means is that there is little direct funding being given to artists to pursue and develop their own projects, under their own control – under 20% of available funding for the visual arts in England, 14% for Northern Ireland and around 18% for Scotland and Wales in 2009-2010.
Auto Italia South East, London
25 – 28 August
News and updates on AIR’s strategies and activities designed to support professional artists within their practice and working lives.
A selection of post-graduate study routes on offer across the UK.
Becky Shaw explores the dangers of the concept of ‘continuous practice’ and gives thought to the key factors that enable longevity if artists choose it.
Evidence-based recommendations on: Identifying the ‘new practices’ model, Valuing peer networks, Redefining public accountability, Supporting location and community and New ‘brand image’ for artists.
To play their part in the economic recovery, many workers who have retained employment are being asked to do more, for less.
Anna-Marie Gray scrutinises unpaid internships and questions their impact on one’s career prospects.
The Islington Mill Art Academy was set up by students for students. It is an unaccredited, collectively run higher education experience.
In these times of austerity, a-n Magazine has compiled a catalogue of money-saving ideas for freelancers that have been tried and tested by our readers.
9 September – 6 November 2010
Once upon a time, bohemians were considered a sub-culture, an alternative group of individuals moved by lifestyle choices and artistic endeavours.
2010 Fine Art Photography graduate Joanna Waclawski talks about studying at Glasgow School of Art (GSA), and reflects on how re-sitting a year amplified her perspective on photography as a medium.
Thoughts from artists and arts professionals about how cuts in public spending will affect their future working pattern. Plus April Britski gives an account of how recent governmental decisions to cut arts funding have affected Canadian artists.
12 Visual art representatives address the damage that will be inflicted by proposed spending cuts, in a letter to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.
Ryan Riddington reflects on doing an MFA at The Slade, eight years on from his first degree, his reasons for doing the course, the challenges of working in a communal studio space and where he is now.