As he prepares for his Glasgow International solo show at Kelvin Hall, Jessica Ramm – who is also exhibiting during GI – talks to the Glasgow-based artist about authority, control and power, and how his work offsets some of the grandeur of the city’s colonial past.
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Bruce Asbestos is no stranger to social media, blurring the lines between documentation, comment and artwork. For the second in our ongoing series, Richard Taylor takes a look at the artist’s use of Instagram as Asbestos gets his shoes together for a new clothing project inspired by Hansel and Gretel.
Richard Parry was appointed director of the biennial Glasgow International festival in May last year, following a move from Blackpool where he was director/curator at the Grundy Gallery. Chris Sharratt talks to him about the artistic rhythm of Glasgow’s rich and vibrant art scene, and his approach to curating the festival, which is now in its eighth edition.
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.
Jenna Naylor is the latest artist blogger featured on the a-n Instagram. Richard Taylor talks to her about her work combining fact and fiction to make hybrid forms for exhibition display.
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.
This Might Be The Future, funded by an a-n artist-led bursary, stems from AltMFA’s year-long ‘The Future’ programme and features a pleasingly chaotic collection of contributions that AltMFA co-founder Louise Ashcroft describes as a “clear reflection of our values in an object”. Laura Davidson reports.
For the first in a new series looking at artists who use Instagram as a platform for showing and making work, we explore Glasgow-based artist James St Findlay’s world of digital collage, montage and video.
For latest in our ongoing Scene Report series, Bath-based artist Trevor H. Smith takes a look at the contemporary art landscape in his home city and the county of Somerset.
Four years on from the Mayor of London-commissioned Artists’ Workspace Study, which predicted the possible loss of up to 3,500 artists’ workspaces in the capital within five years, Jack Hutchinson explores how three of London’s studio providers are navigating a challenging environment and the impact this is having on artists.
Rachel Howard’s paintings reference an unstable and violent world, drawing on political events and the devastation of war. With two current London exhibitions at Blain Southern and Newport Street Gallery, Fisun Güner talks to the artist about what inspires her work and how her early experience painting spots for Damien Hirst influenced her approach.
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.
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.
Artists, curators and arts organisations are getting involved with a one-day Women’s Strike on 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day. Lydia Ashman speaks to the women behind the planned strike and explores the need to make unseen female labour more visible in the art world and beyond.
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.
For the latest in our ongoing Scene Report series focusing on the visual arts ecology of towns, cities and regions across the UK, artist and writer Wayne Burrows reports from the East Midlands.
Bournemouth-based artist Stuart Semple is aiming to raise awareness of ‘hostile designs’ after he succeeded in getting his local council to remove retrofitted bars from town-centre benches that prevented homeless people from sleeping on them.
Sarah Bodman finds much to be excited about at the forthcoming two-day Artists’ BookMarket event, which this year sees Fruitmarket Gallery partnering with Stills for a focus on photography.
A year after it launched in the Devonshire Ward of the East Sussex town, the Devonshire Collective is hosting its second Digital Weekender as it continues to work with artists to develop and strengthen the local scene. Eastbourne-based artist Judith Alder reports.
Ahead of the deadline on 12 February for a-n members to apply for the 2018 Artist Bursaries, Richard Taylor takes a look at how six members used their 2017 Travel bursaries for research and artistic activity.
Currently featured on the a-n Instagram, the work of a-n member Dr Catherine Baker involves collaborations with clinical science practitioners and patients, and contributes to different fields of study. Richard Taylor finds out more.
The Herefordshire-based painter Clare Woods has developed a series of eight large-scale oil on aluminium works for her new show at Warwick Arts Centre’s Mead Gallery, reflecting an ongoing move away from abstraction towards more figurative paintings. Anneka French talks to the artist about scale, process and her photographic source material.
After a number of short-term pilot schemes, Mother House has partnered with Create London to launch a new studio space for women with children in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham which, if the three-month pilot is successful, will become a permanent fixture. Lydia Ashman reports.
A year on from its Unite Against Dividers weekend, Keep It Complex’s recent Organise With Others event was designed to build on the initial weekend’s aim to equip and activate the arts community after the UK’s EU Referendum. Julie McCalden reports on a productive and informative day.
For the latest dispatch in our ongoing Scene Report series, artist, curator and founding director of the Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ryan Hughes, offers a snapshot of visual arts activity in the 2021 UK City of Culture.