Bedwyr Williams’ latest commission for Storyhouse in Chester sees him transpose stories collected from a local newspaper archive onto a digitally animated recreation of the town’s former Roman Fortress Bathhouse. Speaking to Fisun Güner, he laments the the loss of British awkwardness, and describes how this new work will take the viewer on a journey to “a space that’s out of time”.
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Sarah Bodman previews Angie Butler’s new artist’s book which she has created as part of a research residency exploring the diverse creative practice of artists making books in Bristol and the physical production of books in the city.
Ten artists and a-n members were awarded an a-n bursary to visit to the 57th Venice Biennale. They have been sharing their views via a-n Reviews and Blogs. AIR Council member Binita Walia, who visited the Venice Biennale at the same time, presents a collection of their thoughts and reflections.
Aidan Moesby has just finished a tour of festivals in the north of England, using his new weather-based installations to test responses, locations and situations for visual arts in festival contexts. Trish Wheatley talks to the artist about this work and how it sits with his practice.
Sculptor Laura Ford’s new commission for Brighton’s House Biennial draws on the history of town’s Royal Pavilion and in particular that of its early 19th century commissioner King George IV, who lived there as Prince Regent prior to taking the throne. Dany Louise talks to the artist about her work and finds out why Donald Trump has a starring role in her installation, A King’s Appetite.
Recent years have seen a renewed interest in clay as many contemporary artists embrace the medium in their work. As the British Ceramics Biennial continues in Stoke and Tate Modern hosts Ceramics Factory, Pippa Koszerek talks about its renewed appeal with the biennial’s artistic director and artists Clare Twomey and Jesse Wine.
Hull-based artist Clare Holdstock is this week’s featured a-n blogger on the a-n Instagram feed. She talks to Richard Taylor about her practice and where she places it.
The first Falmouth Art Publishing Fair takes place at Falmouth Art Gallery from 29 September to 1 October featuring artists’ books, editions, posters, leaflets, multiples, audio and ephemera. Sarah Bodman previews the event.
In November 2016 artist Keith Harrison was announced as the winner of Jerwood Open Forest, a £30,000 commission opportunity to produce a new public work for a forest context. He talks to Anneka French ahead of his sculpture-cum-performance, Joyride, which will see a full-size replica of a Rover 75 ‘launched’ from a ramp in the Staffordshire countryside.
Working with fifth generation tightrope walker Rasul Abakarov within the vast landscape of Dagestan, artist Taus Makhacheva’s film Tightrope has been lauded by critics following its exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Pippa Koszerek talks to the artist about the processes and risks involved in her work.
As Stoke-on-Trent welcomes the British Ceramics Biennial, artist, writer and AirSpace Gallery associate Selina Oakes provides an introduction to the polycentric city’s art scene.
Katriona Beales’ ‘Are We All Addicts Now?’ exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery is part of a cross-disciplinary investigation into the lure of digital technology which she instigated three years ago. Lydia Ashman talks to the artist and her collaborators, which include the clinical psychiatrist and addiction expert Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones.
For the Folkestone Triennial, London-based artist Richard Woods has created a series of six cartoon bungalows around the Kent coastal town, each painted in different vibrant colours and placed in improbable settings. He explains why to Fisun Güner.
A new online platform for selling unlimited editions will feature affordable artwork by high-profile names including Matthew Darbyshire, Santiago Sierra and Thomson & Craighead, with prices starting at just £30.
As part of their travel bursary to visit Documenta 14 in Kassel, a-n members have been sharing their views on the quinquennial via a-n Reviews and Blogs. AIR Council member Joseph Young, who visited Documenta at the same time, presents a snapshot of their thoughts and reflections.
London-based Spanish artist Maria Arceo uses installation to explore the human manipulation of the natural world. Her latest work for the Totally Thames festival features a giant footprint constructed from thousands of plastic objects found along the river. Jack Hutchinson visits her studio and discusses the environmental issues her work highlights.
Sarah Bodman previews new book works by Déirdre Kelly and Rosie Sherwood that explore our experience of place through the use of collage and mapping.
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.
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.