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Buy art for Christmas – part one

As Christmas approaches, we’ll be veering off the High Street to offer a snapshot of gift ideas from across the UK that support the work of artists and arts organisations. This week, take your pick from handprinted wrapping paper, artist-designed beach towels and bags, and specially produced print editions and publications.

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A Creative Scotland in waiting

A year on from the implosion of Creative Scotland and a year before the independence referendum, where do things stand at the funding body? Johnny Gailey attends a recent Open Session event in Glasgow hosted by CEO Janet Archer, and finds the organisation caught in a curious state of flux.

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NOW SHOWING #21: The week’s top exhibitions

Our selection of not-to-be-missed shows this week includes a celebration of Dylan Thomas’ most enduring work by Sir Peter Blake in Cardiff, international artists examining the human form in London, and an exhibition of drawings and paintings in Bristol by an artist best known for his vividly-coloured sculptural installations.

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Art Party provocation: A feast for sore eyes

In her provocation for the Art Party Conference in Scarborough, a-n Director Susan Jones argues that while it’s widely stated that artists are the main menu in the gallery and exhibition process, new approaches are needed to provide the financial support they need. Here, we publish an edited version of her full presentation.

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Congrats Hull, but ‘culture city’ status is no guarantee of revival

As Hull celebrates becoming the 2017 UK City of Culture, Dave O’Brien, originally writing for The Conversation website, cautions against focusing on short-term economic benefits when what’s needed is a long-term cultural strategy.

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PICTURED #13: Marie Angeletti, HOTEL 11a 1bis

For the latest in our series on art books, Tim Clark turns his attention to Marie Angeletti’s HOTEL 11a 1bis, an ambiguous and uneasy decontextualisation of the surfaces and spaces of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Shoreditch.

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Elizabeth Price receives the award from Mark Wallinger
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Elizabeth Price wins Annual Award

The £60,000 Contemporary Art Society Annual Award has been won by Elizabeth Price, in conjuction with an Oxford-based partnership led by the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

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Arts funding debate: accessing new ideas

Manick Govinda was one of six panelists at a recent debate in London titled, All Change in arts funding: crisis or opportunity? Here he provides a commentary on what was discussed and questions the agenda of ‘access’ in relation to arts funding.

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AD:uk conference presents recipe for change in the arts

This month’s AD:uk national conference in Birmingham is offering up ‘recipes for change in the arts’ through its World Café forum slot, specially developed for the event by artists in residence SSoCiaL. We find out more from artists Sophie Cullinan and Sally Lemsford.

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Life before Wikipedia: Encyclopaedia of ‘not-always-expert’ opinions

Originally released on CD-ROM, Alan Currall’s Encyclopaedia could be seen as a forerunner of today’s information and social networking sites. Now available online as part of Film and Video Umbrella’s 25th anniversary programme, we speak to the artist about his encyclopaedia of “apparently ‘certain’ knowledge”, while FVU Director Steven Bode explains the thinking behind the organisation’s celebrations.

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Art Turning Left: politics and process at Tate Liverpool

Art Turning Left, a new and wide-ranging exhibition at Tate Liverpool, explores how artists have incorporated political beliefs in their work and how this has changed the way it is produced. The artist and AIR Council member Emily Speed reviews the show and reflects on its relevance to her own practice.

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