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David Brian Smith
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A Q&A with… David Brian Smith, painter

The Shropshire-born artist grew up on a farm, with his childhood experiences influencing everything from the content to the materials of his paintings. Here he discusses the continuing importance of painting and his latest body of work, currently on show at the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Painters’ Painters’ exhibition.

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Fair Cities symposium. Photo: courtesy of The Manchester Contemporary, 2016
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Fair Cities: exploring the ecology of art market centres

What makes a city an art market centre? Hosted by The Manchester Contemporary in September 2016, the Fair Cities symposium brought together a number of speakers to discuss the ecologies and infrastructure of developed art markets in the key cities of Basel, Brussels and London. As a partner in the event, a-n captured the insights of these international art world professionals to produce a new set of video resources.

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The East Quay development in Watchet
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: New artist studios set for the East Quay in Watchet, British Army seeks modern-day Monuments Men, and Malaysian political cartoonist faces prison for allegedly creating ‘defaming’ works.

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The Royal Standard relocates
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Royal Standard relocates, David Hockney to design stained-glass window for the Queen, and photographer Greg Constantine banned from attending his own exhibition.

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Uptin House, Ouseburn, Newcastle
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Resisting gentrification: why we should fight hard to protect affordable creative spaces

Newcastle-based artist Kathryn Hodgkinson believes that the city council’s planning decisions are having a detrimental effect on the area’s creative community. In the wake of the recent decision to demolish the creative space Uptin House to make way for ‘yet another block of student flats’, she argues that local authorities need to embrace the true value of artists.

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