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'Hope to Nope' exhibition at Design Museum, London, installation view showing work by Keep It Complex and other exhibitors including Company Drinks, Photo: Company Drinks; Courtesy: Keep It Complex and Company Drinks
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Seen but not heard: artist activism and the ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition

The recent ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition at The Design Museum ended in controversy earlier this month when artists and designers removed their work in protest at the museum hosting a private hire event by an arms manufacturer. One of those activist groups to remove their work was the artist-run organisation Keep It Complex, who share here what they learned from the experience.

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Liz Atkin, Silent Lament, 2014. Exhibited in Liz Atkin, ‘Curdled’, at the ORTUS learning and events centre, London, commissioned by Bethlem Gallery as part of the Anxiety Arts Festival 2014.
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Artists and mental health: a conversation that needs to get louder

When artist and writer Alistair Gentry first shared his experiences of depression earlier this year it resulted in a flood of private feedback and led a-n to commission a series on artists and mental health for our Resources section. Drawing on the conversations he’s had with artists and arts workers, he argues for more openness about mental illness and wellness in the arts.

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Sausage vs mince artist. Drawing by Rosalie Schweiker
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More mince, less sausage: making art that doesn’t look like art

At the recent Jamboree 2018 event on the Dartington Estate in Devon, the London-based German artist Rosalie Schweiker presented an improvised slide show about the difference between being a conventional ‘sausage’ artist and a hard to pigeonhole ‘mince’ artist. Here she turns that talk into a short explanation of her thinking – with added drawings of sausages, mince, and mince-based products.

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Jamboree 2018. Photo: Andy Ford
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Seven things that Jamboree 2018 taught us, including the difference between ‘Mince’ and ‘Sausage’ artists

Taking place on the idyllic Dartington Estate in Devon the a-n-supported Jamboree 2018 brought together 150 artists, curators and programmers from across the UK for lively discussion and the exchange of ideas. Hannah Pierce, a-n’s external programmes and partnerships manager, shares the key things she learnt from the event’s four days.

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Instruction no.1: Cry, Inventory of Behaviours, 19-22 June 2018, Tate Modern. Photo: Raine Smith; Courtesy: Inventory of Behaviours
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Inventory of Behaviours: finding value in the things artists do when not making artworks

Following a call-out asking artists to submit their ‘preparations, patterns, neuroses, speculations, and procrastinations that surround the production of art in the studio’, the four-day Inventory of Behaviours event at Tate Modern saw these submissions turned into instructions that were carried out by volunteer artists, students and members of the public. Trevor H. Smith explores the value of the transitional space between not making and making art.

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Zheng Bo, Pteridoohilia 1, 2016 – ongoing, Video, Duration 17min 14sec. Photo: Wolfgang Trager; Courtesy: Manifesta 12 Palermo and the artist
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International Report: Manifesta 12, Palermo – ‘cultivating coexistence’ but who’s doing the gardening?

Titled ‘The Planetary Garden: Cultivating Coexistence’, for its twelfth edition the roving European art biennial explores ideas around how life forms meet and adapt to coexist, while also aiming to put down roots in its host city of Palermo, Sicily. Eva Rowson, one of 10 a-n Artist members who attended the Manifesta 12 preview, reports from the Italian island.

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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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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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a-n Research: a focus on education

a-n Research editor Dany Louise highlights content that focuses on education in schools and universities in our growing, free-to-view index of visual arts cultural policy and strategy documents.

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A self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh with a bandaged ear. On display at The Courtauld Institute, London.  Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:VanGogh-self-portrait-with_bandaged_ear.jpg)
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Artists and mental health: depression is neither romantic nor inevitable

Do the pressures of being an artist, with the precariousness of funding, the demands of unrealistic deadlines and the need to be seen to succeed and deliver consistently, make talking about depression and mental health tantamount to career suicide? Artist and writer Alistair Gentry, who has suffered with depression since a teenager, thinks the answer is ‘Yes’ – but that the issue is too important to keep quiet about.

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Where do we go from here?RedBoard by RCA, artist: Larissa Monterio .Photo: Paul Collinson
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Hull and the 2017 City of Culture legacy: where do local artists go from here?

Writing for a-n News in August 2016, Hull-based artist Paul Collinson called on the City of Culture legacy team to “set foot outside their fortress and talk to those who will be left behind to carry on the good work”. Now, after the city’s high-profile year of cultural activity, he looks back over the year and asks, “Where next?”

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