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Dover (Kent), Brexit, wallpainting by Banksy. Photo: Paul Bissegger via WikiMedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Douvres,_Brexit,_par_Banksy_(2017)_1.jpg), CC-BY-SA-4.0 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:CC-BY-SA-4.0)
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Brexit and the arts: uncertainty and confusion remain as leave date looms

The recent Brexit Conference organised by the Creative Industries Federation gathered together Leavers and Remainers, political journalists and politicians, and a wide range of delegates working in the arts and culture, in an attempt to make sense of what Brexit will mean to the sector. Dany Louise reports.

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Damien Meade, Untitled, 65x49.5cm, oil on wood, 2018. Courtesy: Peter von Kant
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Now Showing #239: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of recommended shows includes: new works by Karen Cunningham in Dumfriesshire, Damien Meade’s paintings based on clay maquettes in London, William Copley’s mail art project in Sheffield, and Jenny Saville’s portraits in Edinburgh.

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Claire Barclay at Mission Gallery, Swansea. Photo: Matthew Otten
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A Q&A with… Claire Barclay, artist responding to industrial contexts

For ‘Deep Spoils’, the Glasgow-based Scottish artist’s first exhibition in Wales, Claire Barclay has responded to the history and architecture of Swansea’s Mission Gallery by reconfiguring existing works alongside new elements. Anneka French discovers more about her distinctive practice that draws on industrial motifs to explore materiality and memory.

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Make Your Own Art World symposium, OSR Projects. Photo: Julie McCalden
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Dissatisfied with the art world? Then build your own

Build Your Own Art World was a one-day seminar at OSR Projects in Somerset that considered what it means to be artist-led and if there is an alternative to a global gallery system. For Julie McCalden, it highlighted the need for artists to resist the behaviours the art world encourages them to adopt.

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Linder, You search but do not see, 1981-2010. Courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Dependance, Andrehn Schiptjenko, Blum & Poe.
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Now Showing #238: The week’s top exhibitions

This week’s selection of recommended shows includes: Linder’s photomontage in Nottingham, the AV Festival in Newcastle and Gateshead, film essays in London, painted linguistics in Edinburgh, and polymorphous milk in Birmingham.

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Pat Monroe, one of the contributors to the Sensibility festival - medium res
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In Brief: Birmingham to host disabled-led arts festival; Shenzhen Biennale curator fired over sexual misconduct allegations

News briefing with national and international stories, including: Sonia Boyce speaks out about Hylas and the Nymphs controversy ahead of Manchester Art Gallery retrospective; Nesta recommends arts organisations should create a ‘culture of digital experimentation’; London-based arts and textile tutor named ‘world’s best teacher’.

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