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Post EU referendum: enabling conversations or the flight of cultural capital?

We asked artists, arts organisers and writers to comment on how leaving the EU might affect culture and creativity in the UK. Here, writer and researcher François Matarasso, mima’s Alistair Hudson, Katrina M Brown of the Common Guild, Modern Art Oxford director Paul Hobson, and artists Haroon Mirza, Joseph Young and Gordon Shrigley give their views.

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Venice and Northern Ireland: No show at Biennale is holding country’s artists and curators back

With the announcement last week that James Richards is to represent Wales at the 2017 Venice Biennale, joining Rachel Maclean for Scotland, Phyllida Barlow in the British Pavilion and Jesse Jones for Ireland, Belfast-based curator Hugh Mulholland laments the continuing absence of a Northern Ireland presence at the world’s longest running art biennial.

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Sainsbury’s ‘opportunity’: ludicrous, misguided and all too common

A recent advert by Sainsbury’s in Camden asked for an artist to ‘volunteer their skills’ to refurbish the branch’s staff canteen, with the resulting social media storm prompting press articles and an apology from the supermarket. a-n Executive Director Jeanie Scott considers what the incident says about the barriers and misconceptions artists face.

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EU referendum: An artist responds in Newcastle

A recent artists’ discussion at The NewBridge Project, Newcastle saw three pro-EU speakers stressing the importance of voting to remain in the forthcoming EU Referendum. North East-based artist Lesley Guy reports.

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EU referendum: In or out – two opposing views on what the vote means to the arts

On Thursday 23 June, the EU Referendum will ask UK voters whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave. As the debate for and against Brexit intensifies, Munira Mirza makes the case for artists and those in the arts to vote to leave, while Clymene Christoforou argues that the UK should remain ‘at home’ in Europe.

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Rachel Maclean: “There are certain things without which an artist can’t sustain themselves”

What does it mean to be an artist and how does the romantic idea of the creative individual pursuing their passion impact on the reality of an artistic practice? At Creative Scotland’s recent Visual Arts Sector Review event in Edinburgh, Glasgow-based artist Rachel Maclean talked about this and more. Here we republish an edited extract of her provocation.

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Turner Prize 2015: Small shock prompts big questions

The Turner Prize is no stranger to cries of ‘Is it art?’, but this year even those who live and breath contemporary art have been sceptical about awarding the £25,000 prize to the architecture collective, Assemble. Chris Sharratt welcomes the question.

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What is the point of the Istanbul Biennial?

The Istanbul Biennial has had a troubled few years. In 2013 it was embroiled in controversy over its reaction to political demonstrations in the city’s Taksim Square, while the current 14th edition arrived at a time of growing political tension in the country. As it draws to a close this week and Turkey prepares to go to the polls in a snap election, Dany Louise argues that this international biennial has failed to respond to the urgent and compelling context it finds itself in.

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Turner shortlisted artist: the prize machine stifles art

In a piece originally published by The Conversation, artist and 1997 Turner Prize nominee Christine Borland, professor of art at Northumbria University, argues that the prize needs to transcend its own ‘structures of power’ and instead find a way for the art itself to be centre stage.

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No Boundaries arts symposium: two views from Bristol and Manchester

This year’s Arts Council England and British Council-supported No Boundaries – billed as a symposium on the role of arts and culture – took place over two days at the end of September at Watershed in Bristol and HOME, Manchester. Featuring talks and discussion from an international cast of contributors, it once again had a live link between each venue and was also live streamed. Artist Julie McCalden reports from Bristol, while arts consultant Mark Robinson presents a view from the rainy city.

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