Busy and fast-paced event providing information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters. Organised by a-n. Open to practising visual and applied artists in the South West.
10 January 2014, 3-5pm, KARST, Plymouth.
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London Art Fair
The 26th edition of the London Art Fair, the UK’s largest fair for Modern British and contemporary art. This year’s fair includes a partnership with The Hepworth Wakefield, which will present an exhibition of British Modernism, and a new series of international ‘Dialogues’, curated by Adam Carr of MOSTYN, that mark the 10th year of the Art Projects section. Other highlights include Photo50, the fair’s annual showcase of contemporary photography, curated by Charlie Fellowes and Jeremy Epstein, Directors of Edel Assanti.
15-19 January, Business Design Centre, London. Tickets: £13 (plus £1.50 booking fee) in advance; £17 on the door. www.londonartfair.co.uk
Application deadline for a-n Re:view bursaries 2014. Designed to support artist-to-artist or curatorial critique and professional development at strategic points in artists’ careers, these bursries of £500-£1,000 provide artists with opportunities to take stock and inform the development of future work.
Application deadline: 20 January 2014
Beyond Blue Symposium
Symposium bringing together leading academic researchers, industry experts and artists to discuss underglaze tissue ceramic printing. Paul Scott and Charlotte Hodes will discuss their Arts Council England-funded project researching the Spode Copper Plate Archive at the Spode Museum Trust. Professor Stephen Hoskins and David Huson will be discussing their Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project in collaboration with Burleigh Pottery, Combining Digital Print Technologies with 18th century Under-glaze Ceramic Printing to retain an Industrial Heritage Process.
23 January, 10.15am-4.15pm, V&A, London. Free. www.uwe.ac.uk
Let’s Argue for the Arts: creating a manifesto for the arts within learning
Free event hosted by Lewisham Education Arts Network (LEAN) looking at different opinions and implications regarding the new curriculum and its impact on the arts. The event will include an exploration of current issues relevant to arts education sector, plus networking opportunities to chat with other practitioners. Let’s Argue for the Arts is aimed at all of those involved in arts education in Lewisham including teachers, creative practitioners and cultural organisations, youth workers, council officers and health professionals.
30 January 2014, 4.30 – 7.30pm, Laban Building, Creekside, London, SE8 3DZ. www.leanarts.org.uk
Annual cross-arts exploration of the culture and meanings of landscape returns for its fourth edition with a wide-ranging investigation into what it means to hold your ground and occupy a place, a theme that takes on a special resonance with the centenary of the First World War. The programme includes a new series of commissions, ‘Stay Where You Are’, produced in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella and funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, with contributions by artist Jem Finer, poet Lavinia Greenlaw, essayist Jay Griffiths and film-maker Ben Rivers.
1 – 2 February 2014, various venues Aldeburgh. www.aldeburgh.co.uk/events/place-occupation
Southwark Arts Conference: The Art of Making Money
Creative professionals share their successful experiences on how to establish a career in the creative industries. Presentations include: practicalities of running a creative enterprise; stepping out as a new artist; how to save money; and how technology can power your business. Plus there will be workshop sessions on freelance-fitness kit; the resource-full artist; and building your confidence in your work and your skills. Southwark Arts Conference is an annual event hosted by Southwark Arts Form (SAF).
6 February 2014, CLF Arts Cafe aka Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST. Tickets: £15 students; £25 SAF members; £35 non-members. www.southwarkartsforum.org/
Ask the Audience – The Arts Funding Debate
Question Time-style panel debate Chaired by Cluny MacPherson, Chief Officer of Culture and Sport at Leeds City Council. Speakers include Dr Kara McKechnie, making the case for balanced arts funding which includes large ‘flagship’ arts organisations; a-n’s Director Susan Jones, speaking for an increased emphasis on funding for solo artists and freelancers; Jamie Sefton, in support of investment in arts that can be commercialised; and Adrian Sinclair, making the case for increased funding of community arts. Following the discussion, members of the audience will be given the chance to invest ‘Monopoly money’ into the arts.
12 February, 6-9pm, The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds. Free but booking required.
SUPERMARKET 2014 – Stockholm Independent Art Fair
Annual artist-run art fair that aims to provide a showcase for artists’ initiatives from all over the world and to create opportunities for networks in the Swedish and international art scene. The ninth edition of SUPERMARKET will include over 80 exhibitors from 35 countries.
14-16 February, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden. Tickets: One-day entrance, SEK 120; Run of Show Pass (3 day) including catalogue/magazine, SEK 240. www.supermarketartfair.com
RSA New Contemporaries 2014
A curated annual exhibition with its focus on emerging artists and architects in Scotland. Now in its sixth year, the show has evolved out of the long standing RSA Annual Student Exhibition which was first held in 1976. This year’s exhibition includes 62 graduates selected from the 2013 degree shows, and will see the presentation of the first ever Fleming-Wyfold Bursary, sponsored by the Fleming-Wyfold Foundation. The recipient will receive a bursary of £10,000 plus an additional £4,000 towards project production costs, along with mentoring from curator Susanna Beaumont. Additionally, the Foundation is supporting a newly developed exhibition of works by artists selected from RSA New Contemporaries, to be held at the Fleming Collection in London.
15 February – 12 March 2014, The Royal Scottish Acadamy of Art, Edinburgh. royalscottishacademy.org/
Go and see bursaries
Application deadline for a-n Go and see bursaries 2014. Specifically for artists working collectively and through artists’ initiatives, these bursaries enable artists to visit other initiatives, to improve communication and knowledge exchange, and foster joint developments.
Application deadline: 17 February 2014
This open symposium on the role of culture in 21st century society aims to provide a fresh model for generating discussion among leaders and innovators in arts and culture, and to help find positive approaches to influence change and support the sector’s growth. Delegates can choose to attend No Boundaries at either of two locations, Bristol or York, with each venue providing unique experiences and a live link to broadcast talks between both spaces.
25-26 February, Watershed, Bristol and The Guildhall, York. Delegate passes start at £60 (independent artist, or arts practitioner). More information here or nb2014.org
The second edition of ‘the city’s global art fair’ will feature over 170 galleries, with European modern and contemporary galleries exhibiting alongside leading spaces from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Two curated sections complement the main fair: London First is advised by Belgian-based Mai Abu ElDahab and will include 16 young galleries who have not exhibited at an art fair in London before; Emerge is advised by Lisa Le Feuvre of the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, and includes galleries isuch as London-based space Edel Assanti, showcasing the work of Gordon Cheung, and El Museo from Bogota, which will show work by the Brazilian artist Mauro Piva.
28 February – 2 March, Olympia Grand Hall, London. Ticket: £12. www.artfairslondon.com
AV Festival 14: EXTRACTION
The north east England-based biennial of contemporary art, film and music takes the idea of extraction as the curated theme of its 2014 edition, to ‘reflect the subterranean map of the region’. Many of the commissioned works will make a direct reference to the region’s geological features and resources and to contemporary concerns about their exploitation. The festival programme includes 11 exhibitions, 36 film screenings, 10 concerts and 11 new commissions by international and nationally-renowned artists. The festival takes place at venues across Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and beyond.
1-31 March, various venues across north east England. www.avfestival.co.uk
Loitering with Intent: A Feast of Research
Conference organised by Switzerland-based, independent, non-profit research hub the Society for Artistic Research (SAR), which also produces the Journal for Artistic Research (JAR). The conference is followed by the annual Members’ Meeting on 8 March.
5-7 March, Stockholm University of the Arts, Stockholm. Full details will be announced at www.societyforartisticresearch.org/
2014 Whitney Biennial
The 77th Whitney Biennial will take on a new form as three curators from outside the museum – Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago) – each oversee one floor, representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies. This will be the last biennial to take place in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street before the museum moves downtown to a new building in the spring of 2015.
7 March – 25 May 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, USA. whitney.org/Exhibitions/2014Biennial
International Biennial Of Photography And Visual Arts
The ninth edition of the International Biennial Of Photography And Visual Arts in Liege will showcase a selection of artworks under the curatorial theme, ‘Pixels Of Paradise – Image And Belief’.
15 March – 25 May 2014, various venues, Liege, Belgium. www.bip-liege.org
New Collaborations bursaries
Application deadline for a-n New Collaborations bursaries 2014. Supporting artists’ critical and artistic development through buying time to research into new collaborations. Bursaries of £500-£1,000 available.
Application deadline: 18 March 2014
Using Light as Infrastructure: Heritage and Regeneration
Two-day Conference exploring commissioning light to create infrastructure in cities with a historic context. Speakers include Hervé Descottes, founder of New York based L’Observatoire International; Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of Derry-Londonderry City of Culture 2013; multi-media artist Nayan Kulkarni; and installation artist David Cotterrell.
25-26 March 2014, Grosvenor Museum and Riverside Innovation Centre, Chester. Tickets: £45 www.chester.ac.uk
The international festival of digital culture and ideas returns for its 19th year with the theme ‘tools for unknown futures’, exploring possibilities for collaborating using new tools, devices and systems ‘to transform many spheres of life, from the arts to democracy’. Alongside world premières of participatory artworks, and a city-wide programme of innovative live music, there’s also a two-day conference at Manchester Town Hall (31 March – 1 April) so expect plenty of discussion and debate.
27 March – 1 April, various venues, Manchester. Early bird conference tickets £75 + £5.15 booking fee. futureeverything.org
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art
The biennial festival of contemporary art returns for its first edition under new director Sarah McCrory, previously at Frieze Projects. Highlights include major new commissions from Bedwyr Williams (Tramway), Aleksandra Domanovic (GOMA), Sue Tompkins (GOMA) and Simon Martin (Kelvingrove Museum).
4-21 April, various venues, Glasgow. glasgowinternational.org
Glasgow Open House Art Festival
Programme of visual arts, performance and music that includes the work of over 80 artists scattered across 32 venues in every corner of Glasgow. Venues include flats, gardens, sheds and other unexpected locations, reflecting the work of individual artists, collaborative groups and organisations. This artist-led project aims to generate discussion around the way art is exhibited and consumed both in and out of doors.
11-21 April 2014, various venues, Glasgow. glasgowopenhouse.co.uk
A 12-week programme of exhibitions and events taking place place across Limerick City. The 2014 edition of ‘Ireland’s Biennial’ will be curated by Bassam El Baroni and form part of the Limerick City of Culture 2014 celebrations.
12 April – 6 July, various venues, Limerick City, Ireland. www.eva.ie
Art Across The City
The LOCWS International Public Art Programme across the City of Swansea continues into 2014. Commissioned artists will include Jon Burgerman, Jeremy Deller, Craig Fisher, Thomas Goddard, Nick Jordan, Jeremy Millar, Lisa Scantlebury, Ross Sinclair, Bob & Roberta Smith and Ultimate Holding Company. While three of these commissions will celebrate the Dylan Thomas centenary (Burgerman, Dellar and Ultimate Holding Company), acclaimed writers and poets Rachel Trezise, Rhian Edwards and Niall Griffiths will also produce new stories and poems to appear across the city and act as inspiration for the Tawe Mega Poem, an interactive online poem with participants from all over the world providing one line.See our feature on the 2013 edition by Kathryn Ashill.
12 April – 1 June 2014, various locations across the City of Swansea. www.locwsinternational.com/
London Gallery Day 2014
24 galleries based in London’s EC1 and WC1 postcodes host two days of special events. Galleries taking part include Ancient and Modern, Charlie Smith London, Maria Stenfors and WW Gallery.
25-26 April 2014, various locations, London. londongalleryday.com
The Other Art Fair
Artist-led fair offering a platform for 100 selected, emerging artists to independently present their work to an audience of collectors, critics and gallerists.
24-27 April 2014, Ambika P3, London. Admission: £12. www.theotherartfair.com
The London Original Print Fair
Returning for its 29th edition, The London Original Print Fair covers all periods of printmaking from the early woodcuts of Dürer and his contemporaries to the graphic work of contemporary artists such as David Hockney and Damien Hirst.
24-27 April 2014, Royal Academy of Arts, London. Admission: £12. londonprintfair.com
Coordinated by Stroud Valley Arts (SVA), the Site Festival presents a programme of visual arts, performance, music, screenings, open studios and talks. The 2014 edition will include a curated programme in SVA’s new gallery and studios in John Street and the Goods Shed, plus Open Studios and the Site Festival Fringe programme for events and exhibitions in the Stroud District.
1-31 May, various venues, Stroud and surrounding district. www.stroudvalleysartspace.org.uk/
Turn the Page artists’ book fair 2014
Exhibiting and selling platform for artists who create work inspired by the structural and conceptual properties of the book form. Selectors for the 2014 edition include Simon Goode, founder and Director of the London Centre for Book Arts, Susan Johanknecht, Subject Leader of MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, and Jules Allen, artist and founder member of the Turn the Page artists’ book fair.
2-3 May, The Form, Norwich. turnthepage.org.uk
Curated and commissioned visual arts festival in Brighton and Hove that sites works in domestic and unusual spaces throughout the city during the Brighton Festival season. HOUSE 2014 will be curated by Celia Davies, Director of Photoworks.
2-25 May, various venues, Brighton and Hove. www.housefestival.org
COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects
The Crafts Council’s annual art fair brings together a host of international galleries representing the best of contemporary practice. For the fourth consecutive year, the Project Space will present an alternative exhibition space featuring presentations by solo artists and makers.
9-12 May 2014, Saatchi Gallery, London. www.craftscouncil.org.uk/collect
Event drawing together exceptional talent from the worlds of technology, media, science, industry and the arts.
20-22 May, The Sage, Gateshead. Tickets from £249+VAT. thinkingdigital.co.uk
Extensive programme of film and performance events, screenings, talks, seminars and workshops that make use of unusual spaces throughout Whitstable. The 2014 edition will include new works by Open Submission Award winners Louisa Martin and Rachel Reupke.
31 May – 15 June, various venues, Whitstable. www.whitstablebiennale.com
Scotland will celebrate the last 25 years of contemporary art making in the country with this landmark series of exhibitions. Featuring new and existing work across more than 50 venues, GENERATION will include artists who came to attention working in Scotland from 1989 to the present day. Full programme details are still to be announced, but artists already confirmed include David Shrigley, Ross Sinclair, Lorna MacIntyre, Toby Paterson, Douglas Gordon and Cathy Wilkes.
June to October, various venues around Scotland. www.nationalgalleries.org/aboutus/special-projects/generation
Celebration of the art and business of documentary making, now in its 20th year. Includes pitching opportunities, controversial discussion panels and in-depth filmmaker masterclasses, as well as a wealth of inspirational documentary films from across the globe.
7-12 June, various venues, Sheffield. sheffdocfest.com/
Artist-led curatorial project held annually to coincide with Sheffield Doc/Fest, that encourages creative collaborations between the contemporary art and documentary communities.
7-12 June, Bloc Projects, Sheffield. sheffieldfringe.com/
Dublin Biennial 2014
Second edition of this international contemporary art exhibition featuring over 50 international and Irish artists. The inaugural exhibition in 2012 featured 55 artists from 20 countries including Yoko Ono (USA) and Christina Oiticica (Brazil).
12-22 June, The Point Village, Dublin, Ireland. www.dublinbiennial.com
International Print Biennale 2014
Coordinated by printmaking studio and gallery Northern Print, the International Print Biennale celebrates the role of print in contemporary artists’ practice. The centrepiece exhibition, The 2014 International Print Awards, is selected from an international open call to artists working with contemporary print processes including 2D, 3D, video, installation and site-specific work. Selection panel for the awards is Stephen Coppel, Modern Prints and Drawings, British Museum, David Nash RA, artist, and Susan Tallman, Editor-in-Chief, Art in Print, Chicago.
27 June – 8 August, Hatton Gallery and Northern Print, Newcastle upon Tyne, plus various venues across north east England. www.internationalprintbiennale.org.uk
Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme
Visual arts will feature widely in the Cultural Programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In the East End of the city, David Dale Gallery will work with artists across the six Commonwealth territories to present a series of exhibitions under the title International Artist Initiated, presented both at the gallery and across other venues. Commissioned works will include a special outdoor screening of a new film by the artist Phil Collins and a new public artwork as part of a collaboration between artist Ruth Ewan, Create London and architects Assemble, while at Tramway, a ‘performers’ village’ designed by visual artist Richard Layzell will host a new multi-media performance piece by choreographer Janice Parker.
Culture 2014: July – August; Festival 2014: 19 July – 3 August, various venues, Glasgow. www.glasgow2014.com/join/cultural-programme/highlights
Liverpool Biennial 2014
New summer opening slot for the the eighth edition of the Liverpool Biennial. This year’s lead exhibition, which is curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman, will unfold across the city at venues including the Bluecoat, FACT and Tate Liverpool, while commissioned works will interact with the urban landscape. Partner exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the John Moores Painting Prize, Open Eye Gallery and the Exhibition Research Centre.
5 July – 26 October, various venues, Liverpool. liverpoolbiennial.co.uk
Edinburgh Art Festival
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival brings together exhibitions in the city’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public commissions by establised and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. Read Edinburgh Art Festival Director Sorcha Carey’s look back at the past year in 2013 – How was it for you?
31 July – 31 August, various venues, Edinburgh. www.edinburghartfestival.com
The Art Party! How do you tell one man he has got it wrong?
Part documentary, part road movie and part political fantasy that captures the spirit of the 2013 conference of the same name and champions the importance of art and its place in education and politics. This film by Bob and Roberta Smith and Tim Newton will be a kaleidoscopic mix of performance, artist interviews and imagined scenes, and will be released at a series of simultaneous art parties across the UK on GCSE results day 2014. Features John Voce as Michael Grove MP and Julia Rayner as his parliamentary aid, with work and comment by artists Mark Wallinger, Cornelia Parker, John Smith, Haroon Mirza, Jeremy Deller and Jessica Voorsanger.
UK, 2014 / Mins TBC / In English / UK release 21 Aug 2014. www.artpartyconference.co.uk
Organised by independent arts charity The Creative Foundation, this third edition of the Triennial, which invites artists to create works that reflect issues affecting both the town and the wider world, will be curated by former Liverpool Biennial Director Lewis Biggs, under the title ‘Lookout’. Speaking about his vision for the 2014 programme upon on his appointment to the role, Biggs commented: “Folkestone can be a lens through which we look out at the world and question what’s happening now and what’s coming next.”
30 August – 2 November, various venues, Folkestone. www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk
Alt_Cph 14 ‘Assemble’
Copenhagen’s alternative art fair and a meeting place for experimental artist-run spaces and initiatives. Under this year’s theme ‘Assemble’, and taking place as part of Copenhagen Art Week, artists will present bio-art labs, hacker spaces and new media projects at the FABRIKKEN (Factory of Art and Design), a production and resource centre that is home to professional artists and designers working in 53 studio spaces. A conference focusing on interdisciplinary and collective work practices in art will take place alongside the fair
5-7 September 2014, FABRIKKEN for kunst og design, Copenhagen, Denmark www.altcph.dk
Biennial festival organised by Weymouth-based artist-led organisation b-side multimedia, who work with and commission artists to make new site-responsive works revealing the marginal, often forgotten and less commercial aspects of this coastal area. Commissioned artists for 2014 include Agnieszka Kozlowska, Alex Hartley and Alistair Gentry.
5-14 September, various sites and venues, Isle of Portland. www.b-side.org.uk/festival-2014
Making the City Playable Conference
The Making the City Playable Conference brings together thinkers, makers, planners and civil disobedients to look at cities as playable places, asking what it might mean for citizens, urban planners, tech giants, small companies, artists and designers in imagining and making the cities of the future. Speakers include architect, artist and Umbrellium founder Usman Haque, Director of Google’s Creative Lab Tom Uglow and the makers of the inaugural Playable City award-winning project Hello Lamp Post, alongside an academic strand convened by the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE.
10-11 September 2014, Watreshed, Bristol. Tickets: £60.00 private individuals; £125.00 companies/local authorites/academics www.watershed.co.uk/playablecity/conference14/
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
The tenth edition of this international celebration of the art of film will once again transform the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big cinema screen through film premieres, site-specific installations and live events. For 2014, the festival will take Berwick’s position at the heart of what was once known as the ‘debatable lands’ as its starting point, having identity neither English nor Scottish but all of its own, and explore border identities all over the world.
17-21 September 2014, various venues, Berwick-upon-Tweed. www.berwickfilm-artsfest.com/
The Manchester Contemporary
The self-styled largest fair of critically engaged visual art outside of London returns to Manchester for its sixth edition. Its more commercial sibling, the Buy Art Fair, will also takes place in the city over the same weekend.
26-28 September 2014, Spinningfield, Manchester. www.themanchestercontemporary.com
London Art Book Fair
Sixth edition of this annual event that celebrates the best of international contemporary art publishing and showcases a diverse range of work from individual artist publishers, galleries, magazines, colleges, arts publishing houses, rare book dealers and distributors.
26-28 September 2014, Whitechapel Gallery, London. londonartbookfair.org/
Outing number 12 for this annual contemporary art fair housed in a bespoke structure in Regent’s Park, London. Alongside a seemingly infinite array of international commercial art galleries, visitors will be able to experience the Frieze Projects programme of artist commissions, and Frieze Talks, a programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures. Expect plenty of fringe activity from other art fairs during ‘Frieze week’ too (see below).
16–19 October 2014, London. friezelondon.com
The Other Art Fair
The ‘artist-led’ fair that enables artists to showcase their work to gallerists, curators, critics and collectors returns for its seventh edition during ‘Frieze week’. Exhibitors for the 2014 edition were selected by a panel that included Anita Zabludowicz, founding director of the Zabludowicz Collection, Omar Kholeif, curator at Whitechapel Gallery, Sophie O’Brien, senior curator at the Serpentine Gallery, and the artist Polly Morgan.
16-19 October 2014, Old Truman Brewery, London. Tickets £4.40-£8.80 www.theotherartfair.com/
Artes Mundi 6 exhibition
The Cardiff-based international art prize returns with its biggest shortlist yet. Ten artists are in the running for the biennial prize, which in 2012 was won by Mexican artist Teresa Margolles. The shortlisted artists are: Carlos Bunga (Portugal), Omer Fast (Israel), Theaster Gates (USA), Sanja Iveković (Croatia), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), Sharon Lockhart (USA), Renata Lucas (Brazil), Renzo Martens (The Netherlands), Karen Mirza and Brad Butler (UK).
25 October – February 2015, Wales’ National Museum of Art, Cardiff. www.artesmundi.org
Expect a hotly debated shortlist, an emerging odds-on favourite, and a shock underdog victory as the Turner Prize heads back to its London home for 2014.
18 November 2014 – 22 March 2015, Tate Britain, London. www.tate.org.uk
Disruptive Influences? Innovation & Gallery Education, engage Conference 2014
The 2014 engage International Conference takes place in Leeds and will explore the broad and inspiring theme of innovation in the context of education and learning in galleries, museums and the visual arts. The programme will consider gallery education, examining where practice has been innovative in the past, in the present, and how it can continue to innovate in the future. There will be a focus on the potential of digital technologies to encourage new ways of engaging with art and ideas, and discussion about the importance of innovation, provocation and disruption in learning and education across different art forms.
10-12 November 2014, Northern Ballet, Leeds, with breakout sessions at cultural venues across the city including Leeds Museums and Galleries and The Tetley. Attendance fees are discounted for engage members, with early bird reductions are available until Monday 15 September 2014. See www.engage.org/conference2014