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Schwitters’ Merz Barn: “We have an obligation to see through his vision”

Despite a major Kurt Schwitters’ show at Tate Britain last year, the future of the German artist’s Merz Barn in Cumbria remains uncertain. Ian Hunter of the Littoral Trust, which bought the dilapidated barn building in 2006, explains how things stand with the project and why the continued involvement of artists is key to its future.

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Derry-Londonderry and the City of Culture legacy

From the Turner Prize to the recent Lumiere festival, the visual arts has played an important role in Derry-Londonderry’s 12 months as the first UK City of Culture. But as the year draws to a close, what will its legacy be for art and artists in the city?

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British Ceramics Biennial: history and contemporary practice collide

The third British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent highlights both the importance of artistic creativity to the industry and the appeal of ceramics to the fine artist. We report from the Potteries, once the world’s centre of china production and now struggling to find its place in a global market.

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Beautiful ArtSOUTH: new commissions and unusual collaborations

ArtSOUTH brings together 15 organisations and ten artists for a series of new art commissions across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Winchester and Bournemouth. Curator Judy Adam discusses the rationale and process behind the commissions, while artist Graham Gussin explains how he pulled off a tricky collaboration with a collective of choreographers and the British Army.

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SUMMER SERIES #4: Zoe Beloff’s Dreamland in Blackpool

For her solo show at the Grundy Art Gallery, New York-based artist Zoe Beloff has created a Freudian dreamland that draws on the famous psychoanalysts visits to Coney Island and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The result, reports Bob Dickinson, is a thrill ride into a fictional past.

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SUMMER SERIES #1: FACT gets fracked

For its summer shows celebrating the building’s 10th anniversary, Liverpool’s FACT has invited artists to pick apart the very fabric of the venue. For the first in a short series of features focusing on summer exhibitions across the UK, we talk to Helen Evans of HeHe and architectural artist Katarzyna Krakowiak – and hear from FACT’s Director why allowing artists to drill a fracking well in your gallery is a good thing.

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Iraq in Venice: “This really is opening up the Iraqi art world”

For only the second time, Iraq has a national representation at the Venice Biennale. Curated by Ikon Gallery Director Jonathan Watkins, what sets it apart from the 2011 pavilion is that all the artists featured still live and work in the country. S Mark Gubb takes a look at the work on show and finds out how you pull off an exhibition from a country that has no curators, and of which curators on the outside know nothing about.

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Working internationally: no reputation without representation?

Working internationally is key to the development of many artists’ practice, but without gallery representation the hurdles are considerable. With the 55th Venice Biennale soon to open, we speak to three artists – including one showing in Venice – about the challenges of working abroad without a gallery, and also get the views of an independent curator.

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Venice Biennale: a selective process

The Venice Biennale is the world’s biggest and most important international art event. But how do the exhibiting artists get chosen to represent their country at the national pavilions or collateral exhibitions and how does the process differ from one country to the next? We take a look and find that, although in differing forms, the open call is becoming increasingly popular.

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Conference report: Cr8net does digital diversity

The third Cr8net creative industries conference, themed around ‘Digital Diversity’, started badly for our correspondent. But thanks to adept chairing and a whirlwind visit from Ed Vaizey, this annual one day event managed to transcend its achingly cool Shoreditch venue to explore some genuinely important issues.

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Margaret Thatcher from The Twelve Apostles (or the Last Laugh) series, Sean Taylor,
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Thatcher and a-n: exploring the archives

As the debate continues around Margaret Thatcher’s legacy ahead of her all-but state funeral, one thing is sure – the influence of her actions and ideas continues to be felt across the UK. Formed in the midst of her first term, a-n is no exception. Here, Director Susan Jones remembers the dawn of Thatcherism and trawls the a-n archive for pertinent references to the Iron Lady and her policies.

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Craft + Technology Residencies: from ideas to tangible prototypes

In January, three UK makers began Watershed’s Craft + Technology Residencies, bringing together making and design with digital, networked technologies. Taking place in Bristol, Plymouth and Falmouth, we talk to the participants and discover how digital technology is influencing their practice.

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Putting the contemporary into London Art Fair

The venerable London Art Fair is playing host to some interesting interventions in its Art Projects strand, enabling unrepresented artists to get a piece of the art fair action. We look at some of the methodologies being employed and test the temperature of the art market in 2013.

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Liverpool Biennial: Big, ambitious and of the city

Unlike many international art biennials, Liverpool Biennial has deep roots in its host city’s contemporary art scene. As the festival reaches an intriguing point in its 13-year history, with a new director and considerably reduced budget, we assess its importance to the city’s visual arts infrastructure.

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