Artist Fiona MacDonald’s Feral Practice is an established mode of visual art production that acts as a conduit between human and non-human interaction. From the sonification of mushrooms to the filming of wood ants, her practice is wide ranging. Richard Taylor finds out more.
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With two Instagram feeds, Nicky Hirst uses the app to observe, collect and re-shift images related to her practice, which deals with the serendipity of found imagery and everyday occurrence. Richard Taylor finds out more.
With the brand new V&A Dundee set to open this weekend on the banks of the River Tay, Dundee-based artist Valerie Norris introduces the city’s lively visual arts community for the latest in our ongoing series looking at art scenes around the UK.
London-based artist Onyeka Igwe has mined colonial-era archives for three new films inspired by all-women protests against British rule in west Africa, currently showing together in the solo exhibition ‘No Dance, No Palaver’, in Hawick, Scotland. She discusses the spectre of the ‘colonial gaze’ and the ethics of archive research with Sonya Dyer.
The £4.5million gallery space designed by Turner Prize-winning architects Assemble opens to the public on Saturday in a redeveloped Grade-II listed building in New Cross, south London. Jack Hutchinson takes a tour of the gallery’s inaugural Mika Rottenberg exhibition and talks to director Sarah McCrory.
The Newcastle-born artist’s current exhibition at Baltic in Gateshead consists of a labyrinthine sculptural installation that is visually arresting and teeming with narrative. Fisun Güner talks to the 2018 Hepworth Sculpture Prize nominee about making work that reflects life outside the art world’s “pool of middle-class light”.
From community projects to land work, Jeremy Hastings has used his many travels and itinerant lifestyle to share skills and learn from landscapes to create painting and photography. Richard Taylor finds out more.
Blackpool is one of the most deprived areas in the UK, so what challenges does that bring for the gallery’s new curator, formerly co-director of Manchester’s The International 3 gallery and Manchester Contemporary art fair? Laura Robertson visits the seaside town to find out.
Between October 2017 and April 2018 Sally Stenton spent time at Anglia Ruskin University, using its facilities and developing a conceptual work that connected the university’s art and science departments. With applications now open for the 20th year of AA2A placements, Pippa Koszerek catches up with the artist to discuss her residency and its impact on her ongoing practice.
The Bradford-born artist’s current exhibition ‘The Sun Never Sets’ at Huddersfield Art Gallery draws on his childhood memories of living in Bangladesh while also exploring the impact and legacy of colonialism. Fellow painter Narbi Price asks the questions.
As Scotland’s capital city embraces the revelry of the annual festivals season, Edinburgh Art Festival’s Commissions Programme asks visitors to take some time out to reflect on urgent political issues. Jessica Ramm reports.
Running parallel to the Liverpool Biennial since its inception in 1999, the peer-led Independents Biennial is currently managed by Art In Liverpool, and aims to cast a fresh perspective on how we see, make and use art in Merseyside. Laura Robertson reflects on how the 2018 festival is highlighting local and national political issues such as regeneration and homelessness.
Christine Borland’s current show ‘to The Power of Twelve’ looks at the history of Mount Stuart, a neo-gothic country mansion on the island of Bute, during the first world war when it was used as a naval hospital. She talks to Jessica Ramm about the project which sees her return to Mount Stuart fifteen years on from her first exhibition at the Grade A listed house.
The tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial has just opened with its theme ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ offered as a chance to reflect upon global uncertainty and change. Bob Dickinson reports from the opening weekend when, amid news of Trump’s visit to the UK and the protracted Brexit negotiations, the notion of a world in social, political and economic turmoil seemed especially pertinent.
Taking place in venues across west Cornwall including an abandoned church, a telecommunications station and a snooker club, the five-month Groundwork programme of international contemporary art is organised by the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust (CAST). David Trigg discusses art and place with the organisation’s influential curator.
Founded in 2014 and inspired by the busy schedule of the Newhaven–Dieppe ferry, the diep~haven project sees artists exhibiting across Normandy and East Sussex as well as the ferry itself. As this year’s festival launches, Dany Louise talks cross-Channel collaboration and life after Brexit with the projects creators and artists.
For his exhibition ‘Fellowship of Citizens’ London-based Icelandic artist Saemundur Thor Helgason is promoting a lottery set up to help fund a campaign to bring about the idea of a basic income for each person in Iceland. Laura Davidson visits the show at arebyte Gallery and talks to Helgason about his plans.
For ‘A Woman’s Place at Knole’, six female artists including 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid have responded to the usually hidden, gendered stories of an historic National Trust property in Kent to produce artworks that span painting, sculpture, film and online. Judith Alder reports.
While its spread-out nature presents plenty of challenges for artists and galleries in the counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and parts of Ceredigion, west Wales nevertheless has a lively and varied visual arts scene. For the latest in our ongoing series, Bob Gelsthorpe provides a snapshot of current activity.
For his exhibition, ‘CAPSID’, John Walter draws on his time as resident artist of infection at UCL where he collaborated with structural virologist Professor Greg Towers. Lydia Ashman finds out how his focus on a protein shell that enables the rapid transmission of viruses has resulted in a riotous, playful mix of film, painting, collage and installation.
A new contemporary art space in Liverpool run by The White Pube co-founder Gabrielle de la Puente is bucking the art world trend for internationalism by only exhibiting work from artists and other creatives living in or from the Merseyside region. Laura Robertson reports.
During this year’s Glasgow International, artists Ailie Rutherford and Janie Nicoll presented In Kind, an action research project using the festival as a case study in order to chart the “hidden economies of the visual arts”. Fellow Glasgow-based artist Jessica Ramm finds out what they discovered and ponders where to go next.
Imran Perretta’s film 15 days focuses on the refugee situation in Calais and Dunkirk and is the result of his Jerwood/FVU Awards commission. He explains to Fisun Güner how the film came about and how his move into art making was shaped by the 2008 financial crisis and an aborted career in architecture.
Nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize and a recent recipient of the European Culture Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture, the London-based independent research agency Forensic Architecture is making political and cultural waves with its evidence-based work. Chris Sharratt talks to artist and filmmaker Simone Rowat, one of the group’s 15 team members.
The 10th edition of the annual Printemps De L’Art Contemporain festival in Marseille coordinates exhibitions by more than 45 venues across France’s second city and includes a strand on artists from Glasgow, with which the city is twinned. Chris Sharratt reports from the port city that is prioritising contemporary art as it prepares to host Manifesta in two years time.