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Opening event at Live Art Development Agency's new home, The Garrett Centre. Photo: George Hunt
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Live Art Development Agency: new space provides a context for collaboration

The recent relocation of the Live Art Development Agency to a former Unitarian mission in Bethnal Green heralds a significant new chapter for the organisation, with new commissions, two ‘thinkers in residence’, and a search for local collaborators. Lydia Ashman finds out more from its co-founder and director Lois Keidan.

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A Q&A with… Helen Cammock, artist shortlisted for Max Mara Art Prize for Women

The artist Helen Cammock’s exhibition ‘Shouting in Whispers’ at Cubitt Gallery, includes an hour-long film of the same title that features historical footage of protest and explores the idea of multiple histories. Fisun Güner talks to her about photography, the importance of words in her work, and discovering the writing of James Baldwin.

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Blogger Q&A: Hannah Rose Thomas, painter exploring refugee stories

Following a project this year working with Yezidi women who escaped ISIS captivity, Hannah Rose Thomas continues her MA studies in London. Richard Taylor finds out how her interest in the diversity of people and cultures, as well as her commitment to relief work, drives a unique approach to portraiture.

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Assemble and Simon Terrill, The Ostrich and the Kipper, 2017, installation view, 'Parallel (of Life and) Architecture, The Edge, Bath. Courtesy: The Edge
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Art and architecture: the Smithsons – their legacy and ideas explored

Culminating in a day-long symposium on the ‘ideas, impact and architecture’ of Robin Hood Gardens’ architects Alison and Peter Smithson, the group show ‘Parallel (of Life and) Architecture’ includes a collaboration between Assemble and London-based artist Simon Terrill. Chris Sharratt finds out more.

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Bedwyr Williams.
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A Q&A with… Bedwyr Williams, multimedia artist and Dylan Thomas fan

For the inaugural visual arts commission at Storyhouse in Chester, Bedwyr Williams has transposed 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 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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Angie Butler in her studio, selecting printing materials for the book from Bristol-based paper supplier Arboreta Papers
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Artists’ Books #24: Making Books in Bristol

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.

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Aidan Moesby, Between Stillness and Storm, 2017. Photo: Aidan Moesby
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A Q&A with… Aidan Moesby, artist exploring weather and wellbeing

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.

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Laura Ford, A King's Appetite, 2017, detail. Photo: Nigel Green
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A Q&A with… Laura Ford, sculptor

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.

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FRESH 2017, British Ceramics Biennial 2017. Photo: Joel Fildes. Courtesy: British Ceramics Biennial
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“Almost respectable”: the resurgence of ceramics

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.

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Keith Harrison, site visit, Cannock Chase Forest, part of Keith Harrison’s Jerwood Open Forest commission Joyride, a Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Forestry Commission England initiative. Courtesy:  Jerwood Open Forest
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Keith Harrison’s Joyride: “I don’t know what will happen when the car goes down the ramp”

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.

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Taus Makhacheva. Photo: Aleksandr Vainstein / Eto Kavkaz
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A Q&A with… Taus Makhacheva, video artist and Venice hit

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.

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