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Degree Shows 2017: This week’s openings

For the next couple of months we’ll be presenting a weekly pick of degree shows across the UK as they open to the public, selected from the a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017 listings. We start this week with final-year shows from Falmouth, Lincoln, Oxford Brookes and Chichester.

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Whitstable Biennale Director Sue Jones, The Curation Process (Or – How do I get them to exhibit my work?) at Turner Contemporary, as part of Assembly Margate. Photo: Jason Pay
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Assembly Margate: “Working with artists is a compelling process”

Across two days of talks, workshops and get-togethers, Assembly Margate explored both the specifics of living and working as an artist in a town with a small population where art can be a contentious subject, and the broader picture of how artists deal with issues such as regeneration, gentrification and working with communities.

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Geta Brătescu, Doamna Oliver în costum de calatorie, [Lady Oliver in Traveling Costume], 1980-2012, b/w photography, 38.9 x 39.5 cm. Photo: Mihai Brătescu; Courtesy: the artist
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Venice 2017 preview: Ten must-see national pavilions

This year’s Venice Biennale features 85 national pavilions including four countries exhibiting for the first time. As the three-day preview begins prior to the biennale’s public opening on Saturday, Pippa Koszerek highlights 10 national pavilions that you really shouldn’t miss.

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Lubaina Himid, Naming the Money, 2004, installation view of 'Navigation Charts', Spike Island, Bristol, 2017. Photo: Stuart Whipps; Courtesy: the artist, Hollybush Gardens, and National Museums, Liverpool
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Turner Prize 2017: inclusion of over-50s reflects reality of artists’ careers today

Yesterday’s announcement of the 2017 Turner Prize shortlist saw two artists over 50 nominated – Hurvin Anderson and Lubaina Himid – reflecting the recent decision to drop its longstanding under-50 rule. Fisun Güner welcomes the change, arguing that it better reflects the reality of many artists’ careers while also ensuring a particularly strong line-up for this year’s prize.

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The Royal Standard at NOSOULFORSALE, Tate Modern, 2010
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Assembly Liverpool: focusing on artist-led activity

For the second of a-n’s touring programme of workshops, talks and get-togethers, we’re heading to Liverpool where artist Kevin Hunt has developed two days of activities focusing on the artist-led project spaces that punctuate the city’s institution-heavy gallery ecology.

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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017, cover featuring image by Sheree Naqvi, The Peg, BA Fine Art Painting and Drawing, Swansea College of Art
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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017: Elizabeth Price, students on their shows, UK-wide listings

The just-published a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017 captures the buzz of ideas and activity that this time of year is all about. With an in-depth introductory interview with Elizabeth Price, listings of more than 70 shows across the UK, plus contributions from Christine Borland, Nicolas Deshayes, Laura Oldfield Ford and many more practising artists and final-year students, it’s the perfect degree show season companion.

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Sheyda Porter, Idea Generating Machine No.9 part 1, detail, 2017. Photo: Colin Davison; Courtesy: the artist
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One year on: Sheyda Porter

Currently studying for an MA in curating, the Northumbria University graduate has been busy developing her practice and project-making skills.

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