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Peter Heslip: “The public need to understand and value the work artists do”

Peter Heslip, Arts Council England’s new Director of Visual Arts, oversees a portfolio of 144 funded visual arts organisations and leads on museum funding in London. Two months into his new job, and on his first day in the office after a trip to Venice, we talk to him about supporting artists, communicating with the public and the realities of the current funding environment.

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Paying artists: funding, frictions and the future

As the first results from AIR’s Paying Artists Survey make clear, artists are finding themselves at the end of the arts food chain as funding cuts bite. Here, a-n’s Director looks at how things stand and suggests a future where practitioners determine the status of their art and of artists.

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Craftivism: making things happen, slowly

The recent Craft and Social Change conference looked at how craft can affect a ‘soft revolution’ by turning away from top-down structures towards a more DIY culture. But, as Sharon Mangion reports, the ‘slow’ logic of the Craftivism movement is combining once solitary practices with new media technologies to reconnect communities and mobilise global audiences.

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Iraq in Venice: “This really is opening up the Iraqi art world”

For only the second time, Iraq has a national representation at the Venice Biennale. Curated by Ikon Gallery Director Jonathan Watkins, what sets it apart from the 2011 pavilion is that all the artists featured still live and work in the country. S Mark Gubb takes a look at the work on show and finds out how you pull off an exhibition from a country that has no curators, and of which curators on the outside know nothing about.

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Survey says public supports arts cuts

A recent YouGov survey reveals that more people see cultural value as a justification for arts funding than arguments based on economics, but only a small minority want to see the sector protected from further cuts.

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Venice review: The Encyclopedic Palace at Arsenale and Giardini

S Mark Gubb, one of 23 artists who received a Venice Go and see bursary from a-n to visit the Biennale during the preview period, reviews The Encyclopedic Palace exhibition at the Arsenale and Giardini – and pops his head in at a few national pavilions, including Jeremy Deller’s English Magic show.

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