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Nicola Naismith, Artists in Leadership, from an ongoing project A folder called slogans, 2017/18. Courtesy: The artist
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Artists on boards: a guide to becoming a trustee or board member

Joining a board can provide artists with a voice in the decision making room and a way to steer the arts agenda. Nicola Naismith explores what’s involved, and hears from artists and their fellow board members about the important contribution artists can make and why being a trustee matters.

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Amy Leung, AltMFA Poster, 2018. Courtesy: the artist
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Alternative art education: choosing a programme that’s right for you

Alternative art education programmes come in a range of formats, from entirely self-organised to more structured offerings. Lydia Ashman hears from seven artists who discuss how they chose a programme which would develop their practice and fit with their lifestyles, and offer advice on selecting the right one for your needs.

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The Paying Artists Manifesto for Artist-Led Work. Commissioned by a-n, original text and design by Dan Thompson
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Artists’ manifestos: making change happen

Writing a manifesto was one of Dan Thompson’s first acts as an artist and he has since written several more including one about using empty shops, and The Paying Artists Manifesto for Artist-Led Work that showed how artists working with their own ecology, economy and excitement ‘make the world around them better’. He explores the history of artists’ manifestos and shares advice and tips on how to write your own.

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Quick guide to using a-n Blogs

a-n Blogs is a great place to share the process of your practice or the progress of a residency or project you’re working on. We’ve pulled together a few tips on blogging on www.a-n.co.uk to help you get started.

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Coaching or Mentoring: which is right for you?

a-n’s External Programmes and Partnerships Manager Hannah Pierce offers advice on the benefits to artists of mentoring and coaching, and highlights some of the differences between these two approaches to interaction and personal, professional development.

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Empire - flags, Tasha Middleton and Dan Thompson, Estuary Festival 2016
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Why artists move: a guide to relocating

In recent years many artists have moved from major conurbations to smaller towns or cities in the UK, with access to cheaper work space and accommodation, improved health and wellbeing, and the need for stronger community networks among the factors influencing their decision to relocate. In this guide, Dan Thompson explores the many and varied reasons why artists move to a new place.

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Chiara Williams, Hush (detail)
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Why artists move: top tips on relocating from artists, gallerists and tutors

Nine artists share their stories and advice on how to make the most of moving your home and practice to a new location. In this follow up to Dan Thompson’s guide to relocating, artists working across a range of practice areas discuss how they found new networks, refuelled their practice and sought out support mechanisms following a move.

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Transparency template

Guidance for organisations on how to shape policy statements on Exhibition Payment. Produced in support of a-n/AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide, which calls for organisations to be transparent in their working practices with artists by publishing clear and transparent payment information.

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Heather and Ivan Morison, LookLookLook!, a temporary pavilion created in response to the eighteenth century walled garden at Berrington Hall, a neo-classical mansion in Herefordshire managed by the National Trust. Photo: Ivan Morison
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Artist commissions outside of the gallery

Contemporary Arts Programme Manager at the National Trust Grace Davies explores the benefits to non-arts organisations of commissioning artists outside of traditional gallery spaces, and offers some top tips for artists to consider when making an application.

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Lucy Harvey, Mutual Improvement Society. Created following Harvey's residency at Quarry Bank, a National Trust property in Cheshire. Photo: Stephen Iles
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Making a residency proposal to a non-arts organisation

Hannah Pierce, who has held curatorial and programming roles with organisations including The National Trust and Jerwood Visual Arts, offers advice and explores the key issues to consider when applying for a residency with non-arts organisations.

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At the entrance to the Venice Biennale - Giardini. Photo: Shaun Badham
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Top tips for the Venice Biennale

12 a-n members share their experiences of attending the Venice Biennale. Discover top tips for navigating over 100 exhibitions, gate crashing parties and making your stay affordable.

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Mapping what a guide for artist parents could be: workshop as part of Assembly Bristol, June 2017. Photo: Rich Broomhall
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Top tips for artist parents

A motivational list of practical ‘to-dos’: artist parents share their top tips and ‘survival’ strategies on raising children whilst maintaining and developing an art practice.

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Tony Heaton: Great Britain from a wheelchair, 1994, constructed from two ex-ministry Vessa wheelchairs. Courtesy: Colin Hambrook
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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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‘Free Art Party’ by Overdraft as part of EBC004 at ebc, Bristol 2016. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt
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Artist-led: further reading

Kevin Hunt compiles a list of both online and in print reading material about the artist-led sector, as a supplement to his essay People like us and the new Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii).

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Preview of ¿AreWeNotDrawnOnwardToNewEra?: the final closing event at g39’s former Mill Lane home, 2 July 2011. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt
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People like us

Kevin Hunt explores the nature of temporariness and expiration, morphing and longevity in artist-led initiatives. Written to coincide with the launch of the Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii) and Assembly Liverpool, May 2017.

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Juan Bolivar: 'Geometry Wars', solo exhibition at John Hansard gallery, 2008. Photograph: Steve Shrimpton. Courtesy: Juan Bolivar
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A guide for new curators 

Juan Bolivar, an artist and curator, explores the history and practice of curating, and provides ten key questions for independent curators and artists to help guide you in developing your first exhibitions. Bolivar’s painting practice runs parallel to his curating practice; first initiating TRAILER (2001-05) – an artist collective utilising temporary locations to stage exhibitions – and since, going on to curate over 40 exhibitions as an independent curator.

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