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Ros Faram, The Charioteer, watercolour, A2, 2015.
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Events #54: The week ahead from a-n’s members

This week’s selection, chosen from listings posted by a-n members on our Events section include a festival of light in Cambridge, a symposium on the future of the high street in Cheltenham and three exhibitions exploring painting and photography.

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Tonico Lemos Auad
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A Q&A with… Tonico Lemos Auad, artist

London-based Brazilian artist Tonico Lemos Auad has his first solo exhibition for a UK public gallery at the De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex, featuring existing works and a new commission. Dany Louise finds out more.

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The Beginning of that Freedome, Westminster Hall, London. Photo: UK Parliament/Roger Harris
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Pictures of… artist-designed banners reflecting UK constitutional history

Featuring banners by commissioned artists including Alinah Azadeh, Ruth Ewan, Rachel Gadsden and Ross Sinclair, The Beginning of that Freedome exhibition formed part of the Houses of Parliament’s 2015 programme marking anniversaries of both the forming of the first elected parliament and the sealing of Magna Carta. Now the banners have been gifted to organisations across the UK.

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Art education in school. Image courtesy of Bow Arts
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EBacc and the arts: “We are increasingly having to justify our existence on the curriculum”

The government’s plans for the English Baccalaureate, or EBacc, remains an ominous presence for art departments across England, with many describing it as hugely detrimental to the teaching of creative subjects in schools. With a Department for Education consultation on its implementation looming, Lydia Ashman talks about its impact to campaigners and those on the frontline of art education.

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Utopian flag, Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge
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A Q&A with… Ruth Potts, artistic advisor, UTOPIA 2016 festival

The UTOPIA 2016 festival is a year-long celebration at Somerset House, London marking 500 years since the publication of Thomas More’s influential text. Initiator and artistic advisor Ruth Potts explains how the festival came about, and explores the relationship between its programming and More’s groundbreaking ideas.

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