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Hardeep Pandhal, 'Konfessions of a Klabautermann', exhibition view, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, September 2017. Photo: Max Slaven; Courtesy: the artistl
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A Q&A with… Hardeep Pandhal, Glasgow International artist

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, screen grab from Instagram post uploaded by the artist 9 October 2017. Courtesy; artist.
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Artists + Instagram: Bruce Asbestos, bread-shoe maker

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.

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Richard Parry, director, Glasgow International. Photo:  Jonathan Lynch
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A Q&A with… Richard Parry, Glasgow International director

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.

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Dover (Kent), Brexit, wallpainting by Banksy. Photo: Paul Bissegger via WikiMedia Commons (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Douvres,_Brexit,_par_Banksy_(2017)_1.jpg), CC-BY-SA-4.0 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:CC-BY-SA-4.0)
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Brexit and the arts: uncertainty and confusion remain as leave date looms

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.

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Claire Barclay at Mission Gallery, Swansea. Photo: Matthew Otten
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A Q&A with… Claire Barclay, artist responding to industrial contexts

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.

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Rachel Howard in her studio in Gloucestershire. Photo: Carla Borel, April 2015
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A Q&A with… Rachel Howard, abstract painter reflecting an unstable world

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.

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SALT+SHAW, Ocean Bestiary, a book of strange and miraculous Medieval-inspired sea creatures. Concertina construction, using letterpress text, acrylic paint, gold foil, whale bone and leather inlay. Unique book, 2017. Photo: Susan Shaw
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Artists’ Books #28: Salt+Shaw, collaborative book makers

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.

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Joe Hill, director, Towner Art Gallery, and former director of Focal Point Gallery. Courtesy: Focal Point
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A Q&A with… Joe Hill, Towner Art Gallery’s new director

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.

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Serena Korda packing up 'Missing Time' for the Baltic exhibition. Photo: Chris Egon Searle
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A Q&A with… Serena Korda, artist working with ceramics and sound

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.

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Clare Woods, Something Bigger, 2017, Oil on aluminium, 300 x 200 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Simon Lee Gallery London / Hong Kong
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A Q&A with… Clare Woods, painter with a sculptural approach

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.

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