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Resource Guide

Disability arts as practice

Colin Hambrook provides an introduction to the history of, and current practices in the field of disability arts, including an overview of key organisations that support disabled visual artists.

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Resource Profile

Assembly 2019: Underpinning

Underpinning is the project of Aberdeen-based artist Kirsty Russell. This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, in which Russell introduces her practice, which often involves ‘creating spaces where there’s room for other people and ideas.’

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Assembly 2019: D2

D2 is a DIY event space in Aberdeen with a focus on experimental music, performance and immersive club experiences. This profile includes a video interview recorded at Assembly Aberdeen with D2 member Jack Ryan, who highlights the importance of building relationships and sharing skills.

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Assembly 2019: A+E

A+E is a Glasgow-based multi-disciplinary collective who work at the intersection of art and ecology. This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, with A+E members Lucy Watkins, Maria Sledmere and Finn Arschavir, who introduce their practice and describe the benefits of working with others to find new perspectives.

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Assembly 2019: Dain’ Hings

Dundee-based project Dain’ Hings was initiated by Duncan of Jordanstone fine art students Jek McAllister and Saskia Singer as a way to invite fellow artists to ‘just dae hings’ This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, in which they explain how they got started using readily-available resources, including their local pub.

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Assembly 2019: Gaada Projects

Gaada Projects works in venues across Shetland, offering platforms and support to local communities. This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, with Gaada’s co-directors Daniel Clark and Amy Gear, who outline the challenges and opportunities of setting up an artist-led initiative in a remote, rural location.

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Assembly 2019: Wagon

Naoko Mabon, who works under the name Wagon, is an Aberdeen-based freelance curator. This profile includes a video interview recorded at Assembly Aberdeen in which Mabon introduces her work and offers advice to artists thinking about setting up their own initiative.

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Assembly 2019: Jo Capper

Jo Capper is an artist educator and Collaborative programme curator at Grand Union in Birmingham. This profile includes a video interview recorded at Assembly Aberdeen in which Capper introduces her work and describes the importance of collective action.

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Resource Archive Document

a-n Degree Shows Guide 2019

Includes an extensive interview with London-based artist Larry Achiampong – a graduate of the University of Westminster and Slade School of Fine Art – plus insights from graduating students, lecturers and visual art professionals. Available on issuu and as downloadable pdf.

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Resource Research paper

Pivotal moments in artistic practice

Sonya Dyer considers the key challenges facing mid-career artists and makers in this essay written in response to Pivotal Moments, the conference she organised in September 2018 in collaboration with the SPACE-led professional development programme London Creative Network.

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Assembly 2019: Jane Simpson, artist and programmer of Assembly Swansea

Artist Jane Simpson, who runs Swansea gallery GS Artists, describes the challenge of maintaining relevance as an artist-led initiative and her optimism for the future. In a video interview recorded at a-n’s Assembly Swansea event in May 2019, which was programmed in collaboration with Simpson and explored the difficulties and advantages of running artist-led projects in the city.

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Assembly 2019: Thomas Goddard, artist, Cardiff

With a background in gallery education and working with communities, and in research, Cardiff-based artist Thomas Goddard introduces his practice and describes the necessity and benefits of working with other people.

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Assembly 2019: John Byrne, Arte Útil

John Byrne introduces the aims of Arte Util, an international body that promotes ways for art to work effectively in ordinary life. Recorded at a-n’s Assembly Swansea event in May 2019.

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Assembly 2019: Tendency Towards, artist-run initiative in Aberdeen

Members of Aberdeen artist-led project Tendency Towards – Yvette Bathgate, Jessica Barrie and Jake Shepherd – describe the challenges and opportunities of working in a place that “people pass through on their way somewhere else”. Includes a video interview recorded at a-n’s Assembly Swansea event in May 2019.

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Resource Research paper

Social Art Summit

A collection of reflections on Social Art Network’s two-day event in Sheffield, November 2018.

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Resource Guide

Rules of Engagement

Ten guiding principles for artists working in social contexts, including a downloadable poster with illustrations by Rebecca Davies.

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Resource Research paper

Possible Utopias. Totally, sometimes.

Steve Dutton discusses the outcomes of a-n’s Artist-led Bursaries, awarded to six artist-led groups in 2017 to explore how artists and artists’ groups adapt to navigate turbulent cultural and political landscapes.

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Artist-led: AltMFA

Founded in 2010 by a group of London-based artists, AltMFA is a free, nomadic, alternative art school whose fluid content and structure morphs around the needs of its members. Lydia Ashman speaks to co-founder Louise Ashcroft about the project and why radical inclusivity and a little bit of anarchism are essential to its existence.

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