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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2016 cover image: Sam Petherbridge, BA (Hons) Fine Arts, UWE Bristol.
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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2016

At 58 pages, this year’s a-n Degree Shows Guide is the biggest yet and features interviews with artist Bedwyr Williams and mima director Alistair Hudson, plus contributions from artists including Ruth Ewan, George Barber and Marianna Simnett. Available on issuu and as downloadable pdf.

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BP or not BP? protest the British Museum’s BP-sponsored exhibition ‘Sunken Cities’. Photo by Kristian Buus, courtesy BP or not BP?
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news. This week includes a debate on museum free entry policy, the mismanagement of EU funds for Italy’s cultural heritage sites, and a Boston artist who has created ‘the smallest house in the world’ – available to rent on Airbnb.

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Photo from In The Shadow of the Pyramids, Laura El-Tantawy. http://www.lauraeltantawy.com
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A Q&A with Laura El-Tantawy, Deutsche Börse Prize shortlisted photographer

In the Shadow of the Pyramids – a searing study of the impact of the Egyptian revolution on everyday people – has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016. Tim Clark catches up with Laura El-Tantawy on the occasion of her exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

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Emily Roderick, Microscope Performance, USB microscope, Java applet and performance. Photo: Ryan Hughes
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Digital-oriented practice: two-year initiative explores new models of working

The Office for Art, Design and Technology is a new two-year programme of residencies, events, exhibitions and professional development for new and more established artists with digital practices. Anneka French talks to the artist leading the programme as well as artists and mentors involved in Post-Modern Plant Life 2, the recently completed first stage of the initiative.

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Sainsbury’s ‘opportunity’: ludicrous, misguided and all too common

A recent advert by Sainsbury’s in Camden asked for an artist to ‘volunteer their skills’ to refurbish the branch’s staff canteen, with the resulting social media storm prompting press articles and an apology from the supermarket. a-n Executive Director Jeanie Scott considers what the incident says about the barriers and misconceptions artists face.

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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news. This week includes the latest on Tate/BP sponsorship secrecy, the Japanese artist charged with obscenity, and censorship of the arts in Egypt and Turkey.

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