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The Tetley: “A space where art can be created”

A new centre for contemporary art and learning has just opened in a landmark heritage building in Leeds. Tina Jackson paid a visit to The Tetley’s opening weekend to find a “buzzing and inclusive event” that pitched agitprop public discussion and an artist’s open studio alongside a selection of curated artefacts from the the building’s former life as a brewery, and provided a fascinating perspective on the relationship between art and labour.

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NOW SHOWING #22: The week’s top exhibitions

For this week’s selection of must-see shows, we’re watching ‘superb video works’ in London and Derry, exploring the radical side of Conservatism in Manchester, and experiencing performances at the ‘limits of knowledge’ in London.

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The Arts in Austerity: artist as entrepreneur 2.0

The idea of an ‘American Model’ of arts funding is gaining traction in the UK along with growing calls for artists to be ‘entrepreneurial’. But, writes American critic and curator Andrew Horwitz, the funding system in the US is deeply problematic, while those who espouse entrepreneurship miss the point that the real ‘business of art’ is not for profit.

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Queer Zine Fest London: “a bright, bold bricolage”

A day of screenings, talks and workshops that celebrate queer DIY zine culture is taking place at Space Station Sixty-Five artist-run space in London this Sunday, organised by journalist, writer and zinester Charlotte Richardson Andrews.

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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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October Drawing
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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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