Nicola Naismith is the recipient of the Clore Visual Artist Fellowship, which for the second year is supported by a-n. She explains how she feels about being the 2017-18 fellow, its relevance to her art practice, and what she hopes to get out of the year.
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Our Scene Report series continues with a visit to Dumfries, home to the artist-led Stove Network and a lively visual arts scene with a strong focus on community and participation. Martin Joseph O’Neill reports.
69 works by 65 artists have been selected for the latest edition of the UK’s longest-running annual open drawing exhibition, which will also be Jerwood Charitable Foundation’s final year as the show’s key partner and funder.
Known for her detailed sculptural works that combine everyday objects and materials with meticulously applied precious stones, metals or fine embroidery, Susan Collis is interested in making us consider the real value of what we might at first think is mundane and ordinary. Anneka French talks to the artist about her major new solo show at Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale.
The Minnesota Centre for Book Arts biennial celebration of artists’ books is taking place during July and August with a two-day symposium and book art prize at the centre of the event. Sarah Bodman previews the symposium, which runs from 20-23 July, and highlights the work of British artists involved in the biennial.
Talks, tours, seminars, workshops, DIY building, chopping, cooking, eating: just some of the activities undertaken by artists at a-n’s Assembly events throughout May and June 2017. Here we pull together a collection of images from the events in Margate, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle and Leeds.
Michael Armitage’s vivid and dreamlike paintings are currently on show in his solo exhibition ‘Peace Coma’ at Turner Contemporary in Margate. The Kenyan-born but London-based artist talked to Fisun Güner about how his East African heritage has influenced his work, along with his interest in Western art history and the works of post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin in particular.
Arts Council England’s National Portfolio for 2018-22 includes an overall increase in the number of visual arts organisations receiving funding from 121 to 149. We highlight six organisations who will be joining the portfolio and find out what their new status will mean to them.
For the latest in our Scene Report series, artist and curator Matt Bray reports from Medway in south east England on a scene with a close-knit and independently-minded community spirit.
Made with the artist Jonathan Baldock, the collaborative touring exhibition, ‘Love Life’, takes Punch and Judy as a reference point for exploring the tensions and frustrations of modern domestic life. Emma Hart, winner of the 2015-17 Max Mara Art Prize for Women, talks about the themes of the show prior to her solo Max Mara exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery.
Earlier this year the Leverhulme Trust decided to close its successful Artist in Residence Grant Scheme which has seen artists including Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price and the Scottish artist Alec Finlay working alongside scientists and academics across the UK. Chris Fremantle talks to those lamenting its closure and calls for its return.
Sarah Bodman continues her series with a look at the work of an artist whose ongoing investigation into the workings and history of Paolo Uccello’s The Battle of San Romano has inspired a number of works, with a new publication set to be showcased at this year’s Liverpool Artists’ Book Fair.
A new exhibition and free pop-up summer school from Create London and the William Morris Gallery celebrates the cultural and educational legacy of Walthamstow School of Art, which from 1957 to 1967 became a hotbed of artistic ideas and talent. Lydia Ashman talks to two of the people behind the ‘Be Magnificent’ project.
Taking place every ten years, for 2017 Skulptur Projekte Münster presents work by an international line up of around 35 artists who present work in public spaces and museums across the city. Artist and senior lecturer in fine art at the University of Worcester S Mark Gubb reports.
After launching for the first time in Athens in April, the quinquennial art exhibition Documenta 14 has just opened across 35 venues and numerous outdoor sites in its home city of Kassel, Germany. Ten a-n artist members, who visited Kassel with the support of an a-n Travel bursary, pick their top three works from the vast city-wide programme.
Now in its third year, the Antiuniversity Now festival features over 100 free events and workshops taking place across the UK. Pippa Kozserek talks to co-organisers Shiri Shalmy and Emma Winch.
Market Gallery’s recent Free Market symposium – supported by an a-n Artist Led Bursary – brought together thinkers and doers to discuss issues around ‘cultural resources in crisis’ and was in part informed by the Glasgow gallery’s own precarious situation. Chris Sharratt reports on three days of thinking beyond the usual.
London-based artist Kimathi Donkor is among 12 artists featured in the Diaspora Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, presented by the International Curators Forum and University of the Arts London. He talks about the importance of the British black arts movement in the 1980s, history painting, and the idea of diaspora.
For her Venice Biennale film, Spite Your Face, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean has created a re-working of the Pinnocchio story that explores power, political lies and the rise of populism. Moira Jeffrey talks to her about the themes and form of the work.
We asked this year’s Venice Biennale a-n travel bursary recipients and AIR Council members attending the biennale preview to tell us what their highlights were. They came back with 26 different recommendations – and a few repeats.
Sarah Bodman is knocked out by two new publications from Manchester-based artist Caitlin Akers inspired by Akers’ great, great uncle Billy Marchant and his endeavours in the ring.
London and Scotland-based artistic duo Thomson & Craighead have created a new generative moving image work for the Look Again festival in Aberdeen. They talk to Jack Hutchinson about the impact of the internet on our lives and how splitting their time between rural and urban areas has benefitted their practice.
Keith Piper’s exhibition at New Art Exchange, ‘Unearthing the Banker’s Bones’, explores the idea of what our society’s relics might look like from a future perspective. The founder member of the BLK Art Group talks to Wayne Burrows about the themes contained within the work and the continued importance of political and social questions to his practice.
As conflict and war continues across the world, artists are exploring ways to cut through the mainstream news narrative in order to highlight the ongoing refugee crisis. Lydia Ashman looks at current projects, artworks, and exhibitions that are tackling this urgent humanitarian and political issue.
Artists Alex Hartley and Tom James have created a geodesic dome constructed from reclaimed materials and situated it in the Capability Brown-designed gardens of Compton Verney, a Georgian mansion and gallery in rural Warwickshire. Anneka French finds out about their plans for the future.