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Artist-Led Hot 100

An artwork by Kevin Hunt created as part of Signpost that aims to draw attention to some of the most superb activity being facilitated by emerging independent artists and curators right now in the UK.

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Joe Stevens
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Choice blogs archive 2009 – 2012

Over the course of four years, artists, curators and writers were invited to select blogs from the a-n site. Their choices highlights the range and depth of practice discussed on a-n’s artists’ blogging platform at that time.

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Comment
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Then & Now: Professional practice

In 1999 John Carson made a passionate call for a more rigorous approach to arming graduating art students with knowledge of where their work and practice fitted within the wider world and interfaced with audiences. Sarah Rowles, commissioned by a-n to research the state of professional practice provision on BA fine and applied art courses, offers a perspective on the situation now.

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Installation image at GoMA
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Reviews: June 2012

Critical commentary and contextualisation of contemporary art exhibitions and events across the UK and beyond. Read, comment and post your own reviews at www.a-n.co.uk/interface. This month Kevin Hunt goes to Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (GI) and selects reviews from Interface and beyond, giving a taster of the great things going on in the city and across Scotland.

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Alias/Reveal HubBrewhouse, Taunton, 2012
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Then & Now: Artist-led

Highlighting a-n’s long-running interests and the wealth of historical knowledge held in our archive.

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Installation
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Postgraduate focus

Here, we profile a selection of courses offering postgraduate level study for artists seeking to develop their practice further within creative, supportive and critically challenging environments.

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Chris Brown in g39?s new premises
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Rewards and challenges

Artist S Mark Gubb talks to Magazine Coordinator Chris Brown as he prepares the last ever issue of a-n Magazine.

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Rebuild
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Celebrating a-n’s achievements

We’re proud of what a-n Magazine has achieved over its thirty-two years. On the occasion of the last print edition we invited many of our collaborators and contributors to help us celebrate and mark this moment by giving us a ‘few words’ – a short testimonial of what a-n means to them. Here, they reflect on our significant role for artists and on the value of a-n Magazine, publications or initiatives.

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What The Hell Are You Doing?
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Then & Now: On the cover

Front: David Shrigley, What The Hell Are You Doing? originally featured as the cover image to What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley, published by Canongate, 2010. Back: David Shrigley, Progress.

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Lace in Place
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Art in unconventional settings

A round-up of projects that explore approaches to making and siting art beyond conventional white cube spaces – from travelling fairgrounds and riverboat processions to site-responsive installations and public sculpture.

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Preparatory image for Project for the River Medlock
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Collaborations: definitions and dialogues

A-n Magazine May 1998: Increasingly, interdisciplinary or collaborative working processes are being used by artists, both as a means of extending their knowledge and personal experience and to create partnerships in which artists move beyond the close confines of the art world and can more readily address social, political and environmental concerns, we asked six artists, for whom collaborative working is a driving force, to describe their approaches and concerns and to provide some analysis of the issues an questions which have arisen.

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Milwaukee/Duisburg
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Reviews: May 2012

Critical commentary and contextualisation of contemporary art exhibitions across the UK and beyond. Guest selected each month from the wealth of user-generated reviews uploaded to Interface. This month’s guest selector is Jeremy Millar. You can read all the reviews in full at www.a-n.co.uk/interface

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Crossroads
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#copyrightgreyareas

Masa Kepic helped instigate a-n’s first live Twitter debate, here she gives an overview of the issues raised.

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Screen grab
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Artists and Pinterest

Jack Hutchinson gets to grips with the latest digital networking tool and asks: how and why should artists be using it?

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~Flow
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~Flow

Flow is a tidemill, a floating building on the River Tyne that generates its own power using a tidal water wheel and houses a range of musical machinery that responds to the river. It is one of the twelve Artists taking the lead’ commissions to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. ~Flow is the brainchild of the artist group Owl Project and producer Ed Carter: To bring their fantastical idea to life required the skills and expertise of a diverse range of professionals, including Nicky Kirk, a chartered architect; Amble Boat Company; and David Willcox, a waterwheel designer. Here David, Ed and Owl Project talk about their experience.

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Bigger bounce
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Delivering the mission

Last month’s announcement that June would be the final copy of a-n Magazine in print has generated some questions which we’re responding to here for the benefit of all readers.

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Crochetdermy Royal Crest
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Presenting your ideas

A good proposal is like a conversation. To begin a really good relationship, you’ve got to find out as much as you can about who you’re talking to and what they’re interested in. This is the basis of making a successful pitch.

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Reviews: April 2012

Critical commentary and contextualisation of contemporary art exhibitions across the UK and beyond. Guest selected each month from the wealth of user-generated reviews uploaded to Interface. This month’s guest selector is Tom Hackett. You can read all the reviews in full at www.a-n.co.uk/interface

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Queerer than we can suppose
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Birds of a feather

Artists talking Online Editor Andrew Bryant looks to the Projects unedited blogs to consider the enduring question: Why be an artist?

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Curators? tour
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Art and learning

Profiling two education programmes that provide a variety of entry points to artistic practice and encourage audience participation via tours, symposia, courses and workshops as well as performances and events.

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