Blue Monkey Network meets Psychotherapy Sussex
Artists from Blue Monkey NetworkNikki Davidson-Bowman, Cat Ingrams, and April Yasamee – speak about their work and its relationship to the concepts of longing, desire and the unconscious. The session is led by psychotherapist and conceptual artist Mandy Wax who is a member of Psychotherapy Sussex. As the three artists discuss their work, themes related to psychoanalysis will unravel through interconnections in art practice. The event will also feature a panel discussion including psychotherapist Jennifer Leeburn.
Thursday 18 July 2019, 6pm, Towner Art Gallery, Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ.

Rights and Arts Engagement
An event by Autograph‘s Rights in Focus Network, exploring ‘how social justice agendas can inform the challenges, practice and discourse of arts engagement’. The programme will focus on structural powers that shape how arts engagement takes place, with particular consideration of how ‘ethically aware forms of participatory projects’ can initiate systemic change within the legal, civic, and human rights of participants. Featuring guest speaker Charlotte Weinberg, Executive Director of Safe Ground, the event is aimed at arts professionals, socially engaged artists, curators, commissioners, workshop facilitators, educators, and those working in community settings.
Saturday 13 July 2019, 12pm, Autograph, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA.

Homeland: publication launch and discussion
The launch of Homeland, a workshop-developed publication investigating ‘notions of the home’ in written and photographic practices. By formulating personal, political and historical narratives, the included artists reflect on ‘roots and routes’ that shape both individuals and nations. By focusing on vernaculars as well as archival material, Homeland seeks to reveal a constructed nature of collective memory. It also imagines a wider history of ‘mark-making and orientation’ within landscape, through ancestral impact on land use. The event includes a discussion between artists Dafna Talmor and Martin Seeds.
Saturday 20 July 2019, Take Courage Gallery, 1st floor, 388 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6TY.

NAE Open
50 artists selected from nearly 700 submissions exhibit work in New Art Exchange‘s 2019 open exhibition. Including painting, drawing, video, live art, sculpture and installation, the exhibition provides ‘a snapshot of contemporary fine art practice today’. The call for artwork was open to artists living in Nottinghamshire and to practitioners UK-wide, exploring diversity within their practice. Prizes will be awarded on Friday 23 August, including a £1,500 Public Choice Prize, and a number of the artworks are for sale.
13 July – 8 September 2019, New Art Exchange, 39-41 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 6BE.

Stoke on Trent based mixed media artist Mark Edmonds uses paint to make ‘sculpture on canvas’ based on his conscious and unconscious thoughts. He takes the approach that dreaming ‘makes perfect sense as you dream it’, with the works operating somewhere between external and internal reality, creating images that can be considered beyond the rational mind. He describes the artwork in the show as ‘an aspect of a realised concept, pushed into public view to capture what seems impossible’.
Until 22 July 2019, Chester Art Centre, 132 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HT.

All of the above are taken from a-n’s Events listings section, featuring events posted by a-n’s members

1. Nikki Davidson Bowman, Fragile
2. Autograph, Rights in Focus Conference: The Politics of Engagement, Canvas(s) project, 2016-17
3. Homeland, 2019, publication launch image
4. New Art Exchange, ‘NEA Open 2019’, exhibition image
5. Mark Edmonds, ‘Impossible’, 2019, exhibition poster image

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