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SALT+SHAW, Ocean Bestiary, a book of strange and miraculous Medieval-inspired sea creatures. Concertina construction, using letterpress text, acrylic paint, gold foil, whale bone and leather inlay. Unique book, 2017. Photo: Susan Shaw
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Artists’ Books #28: Salt+Shaw, collaborative book makers

Sheffield-based artists Paul Salt and Susan Shaw have been making books together for more than 15 years. For the latest in her series on artists’ books, Sarah Bodman celebrates their approach to the format which sees them responding to natural and urban environments to create unique pieces or small editions.

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Faith Ringgold, Jazz	Stories: Mama Can Sing,Papa Can Blow #8: Don’t Wanna Love You, 2004, acrylic on canvas with pieced border, 205.7 x 162.6 cm, 81 x 64 in, H8935. Courtesy: the artist, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery and ACA Galleries
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NOW SHOWING #235: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of recommended shows includes: An exploration of folklore and the occult at Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, Faith Ringgold’s painting and quilts at Pippy Houldsworth, London, and a group show exploring Gypsy, Roma and Traveller lives at g39, Cardiff.

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Joe Hill, director, Towner Art Gallery, and former director of Focal Point Gallery. Courtesy: Focal Point
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A Q&A with… Joe Hill, Towner Art Gallery’s new director

The former director of Southend-on-Sea’s Focal Point Gallery takes up his new role in Eastbourne at a difficult time for the gallery, as local council cuts mean a 50% reduction in funding over the next four years. Judith Alder finds him relishing the challenges ahead, and with a focus on opportunities for the gallery to play a more central role in the life of the East Sussex town.

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Great Exhibition of the North opening event. Courtesy: Great Exhibition of the North
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Great Exhibition of the North announces 80-day programme

Starting on 22 June, visual art exhibitions, new offsite commissions, as well as an art trail, will take place across NewcastleGateshead, joining other parts of the Great Exhibition of the North programme to focus on the identity and rich cultural history of northern England.

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Serena Korda packing up 'Missing Time' for the Baltic exhibition. Photo: Chris Egon Searle
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A Q&A with… Serena Korda, artist working with ceramics and sound

Serena Korda has for the last two years been based in Newcastle as the Norma Lipman/Baltic Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture at Newcastle University, culminating in a show at Baltic, Gateshead. Laura Robertson talks to her about this and her current exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, exploring how she draws on local myths and rites for her ceramic and sound pieces.

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Sculpture Placement Group, (L-R) Kate V Robertson, Michelle Emery-Barker and Martin Craig
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In Brief: Glasgow artists launch sculpture ‘adoption’ scheme; Peckham’s Arcadia Missa to relocate due to gentrification

News briefing with national and international stories, including: We Are Not Surprised call on Tate to sever all links with art dealer Anthony D’Offay, Marta Moreira De Almeida appointed deputy director of Serralves Museum Of Contemporary Art in Porto, and Ikon Gallery director Jonathan Watkins to curate Quebec City’s ninth Manif d’art biennial.

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Edmund Clark, 'In Place of Hate' exhibition, installation view, Ikon Gallery, 2017. Photo: Handover Agency
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The art of incarceration: representation and rehabilitation in UK prisons

With reference to Edmund Clark’s current Ikon Gallery exhibition ‘In Place of Hate’ – the result of three years as artist in residence at the therapeutic prison HMP Grendon – a recent symposium in Birmingham explored the role of art and its use as a rehabilitative tool. After a day of talks and presentations, Carrie Foulkes finds her belief in socially-engaged practice reaffirmed.

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Picture shows A visitor looks at Doubling Back, 2003 by Anthony McCall, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield. 
The exhibition Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works opens 16 Feb - 3 June 2018 at The Hepworth WakefIeld. 
Picture taken 14/02/2018
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NOW SHOWING #234: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of recommended shows includes: light installation at the Hepworth, Wakefield; sound, video and installation at Chapter, Cardiff; and moving image and photographic works at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea.

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Blogger Q&A: Michael Borkowsky, artist and perfumer

This week’s featured artist blogger on a-n’s Instagram is Michael Borkowsky. Over recent years the Sheffield-based artist has adopted the craft of perfumery in his visual art practice leading him to, amongst other things, work directly with other artists in portraiture. Richard Taylor finds out more.

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Mark Dion, Tate Thames Dig, 1999, Wooden cabinet, porcelain, earthenware, metal, animal bones, glass and 2 maps, 266 x 370 x 126 cm. Installation view of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2018. Photo: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire
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NOW SHOWING #233: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of recommended shows includes a cabinet of curiosities at Whitechapel Gallery, London, an exhibition inspired by Virginia Woolf’s writings at Tate St Ives, and a reimagining of public sculpture and monuments at Spike Island, Bristol.

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