For the latest in our ongoing Scene Report series, Preston-based artist Martin Hamblen provides a tour of the city’s visual arts activity and asks whether the much vaunted ‘Preston Model’ of inward investment stretches to investing in the artists living and working in the area.
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Julie Lomax, currently Director of Development at Liverpool Biennial, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of a-n The Artists Information Company.
With ongoing demands for greater equality in the arts, the need to reimagine a more inclusive visual arts sector is increasingly urgent. On the eve of the European Outsider Art Association Conference at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Lydia Ashman makes the case for a new approach to ‘outsider’ artists and their art.
Five museums have been shortlisted for this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year prize with the winning museum set to receive £100,000 in prize money.
In Brief: News briefing with national and international stories, including: protesters occupy Brooklyn Museum to highlight issue of gentrification and decolonisation; French museum discovers most of its collection are counterfeit works; Grimsby-based artist Annabel McCourt to present site specific performance at Dakar Biennale.
This week’s selection of recommended shows includes film and photography at Maureen Paley, London, sound art assemblages at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, and walking data turned into abstract forms at Vane in Newcastle.
Highlights for the week ahead selected from a-n’s Events section posted by members, with exhibitions and events in Exeter, Lichfield, London and Stoke-on-Trent.
In Brief: News briefing with national and international stories, including ‘national treasures’ worth £12m saved from export; UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows announces 21 awards for artists; new website uses film to promote contemporary art.
Survey of cultural workers highlights risks of receiving sponsorship from unethical businesses, with potential issues including damage to an organisation’s reputation, censorship of artwork and ‘artwashing’ to improve public image.
The shortlist for this year’s Turner Prize, which will be exhibited at Tate Britain, has been announced and includes three individual artists and the collective, Forensic Architecture.
With the recent announcement by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland that both QSS and Paragon Studios in Belfast have lost all their annual funding, Damian Magee addresses the impact of the decision on the city’s artist community and argues that it is indicative of a general lack of support for artists living and working in Northern Ireland.
The 60 paintings were selected from over 2,700 entries by a panel of jurors consisting of the artists Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Lubaina Himid MBE, Bruce McLean and Liu Xiaodong, and curator Jenni Lomax.
In Brief: News briefing with national and international stories, including: Roger Hiorns secretly buries plane near Ipswich; Sophia Al-Maria wins first major US award for contemporary Middle Eastern art; selectors announced for Jerwood Makers Open 2019.
With nearly 100 exhibitions and featuring more than 250 artists, the eighth Glasgow International festival, which continues until 7 May, is a bustlingly busy affair taking place in venues across Scotland’s largest city. To help you navigate it, seven writers on the a-n Writer Development Programme 2017-18 offer their recommendations following an intense and varied opening weekend.
This week’s selection of recommended shows includes Glasgow International, photography in Bath, complex landscapes and warping prints in London, and Claw Machines in Northampton.
Four projects from a-n members, selected from a-n’s busy Events section and including exhibitions and events in Birmingham, Cheltenham, Eastbourne and Thurrock.
IN BRIEF: News briefing with national and international stories, including: Collector sues Gagosian and Jeff Koons non-delivery of sculptures; UK arts councils launch cultural cities enquiry; Chris Ofili painting, once called “Degenerate” by Donald Trump, gifted to MoMA by Trump supporter.
Calling artists and organisations to take part in a new sector-wide survey to collect essential data and produce a benchmark for Exhibition Payment.
As he prepares for his Glasgow International solo show at Kelvin Hall, Jessica Ramm – who is also exhibiting during GI – talks to the Glasgow-based artist about authority, control and power, and how his work offsets some of the grandeur of the city’s colonial past.
A new study, Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries, shows the sector to be lacking in diversity with much more needing to be done to address endemic issues around social mobility.
Bruce Asbestos is no stranger to social media, blurring the lines between documentation, comment and artwork. For the second in our ongoing series, Richard Taylor takes a look at the artist’s use of Instagram as Asbestos gets his shoes together for a new clothing project inspired by Hansel and Gretel.
News briefing with national and international stories, including: Chris Dercon and Volksbühne theatre part ways following protests; BP Portrait Award 2018 announces shortlisted artists; IXIA seeks views from public art sector.
The London-based artist is the seventh winner of the award, a collaboration between Whitechapel Gallery and the Max Mara Fashion Group.
Two artists’ studios in Belfast are among the seven dropped, with 100 arts organisations sharing £13.1m as the Arts Council struggles to deal with a £23m reduction in public spending on the arts over the past six years. Arts Professional’s Christy Romer reports.
This week’s selection of recommended shows includes an exploration of the beauty, fragility and resilience of the heart in Newcastle upon Tyne, paintings by the late St Ives modernist Trevor Bell in Plymouth, and an architectural perspective on the paintings of Monet in London.