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Calum Crawford, Turnt Up, 2013. Exhibited as part of ‘Launch Pad: Manchester School of Art 2013’ at Castlefield Gallery Manchester.
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Introduction: Artists working in higher education

Developed by Steve Pool, Artists working in higher education includes a guide and four profiles that explore the ways artists are currently engaging with the HE sector. This introduction highlights the diversity and value of such relationships, and offers some key tips for working in the field.

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Open exhibitions

A collection of material relating to open exhibitions, including top tips on assessing and applying for open exhibitions and on setting one up.

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Artists in empty shops

Dan Thompson from The Revolutionary Arts Group reveals how artists are once again making use of empty spaces as a means to kick-start both the cultural and economic well being of town centres, and suggests seven steps to enable this area of practice to flourish.

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Reverse Karaoke
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Curatorial practice

An overview of curatorial practice, highlights profiles and other resources on this topic.

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Splat, Holland Park
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Artist-curator relationships

Growth of independent curators and curatorial agencies within the UK over the last decade is no accident. Generated in part as a response to inherent constraints within the traditional gallery and museum world and development of specialist curatorial courses, it has undeniably brought fresh perspectives to artist-curator relationships and, increasingly, supports those practitioners seeking to move across into curation as a natural extension of their visual arts practice.

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Peckham Space proposed visual of new building on Peckham Square, by Penson Ltd, 2009.
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Independent perspectives

Emily Druiff and Sophie Hope discuss independent practice in relation self-initiated curator and artist-led projects.

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Family
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The art world

An overview of the types of private and public galleries and organisations that constitute the UK’s art world. Examples demonstrate what drives them, as well as the imperatives of some of the artists who exhibit and develop work for them.

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Waiting Room (Video Still)
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Contemporary gallery practice

Paulette Terry Brien reveals how a number of national public-funded galleries and organisations have expanded notions of exhibition programming beyond pristine white-walled gallery spaces, and are commissioning artists to make new and challenging work within the institution, as well as off-site.

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DIWO
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Curatorial organisations

Beyond the curatorial work established by and presented from within art museums and galleries, a plethora of curatorial organisations operate in order to support and develop the practice of curating. This tour, by Charlotte Frost, examines some of the different remits addressed by curatorial organisations, providing an initial orientation in their hugely diverse activities.

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Somewhere Else
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Support schemes

Kate Brundrett draws on her knowledge of national and regional support schemes for artists revealing the range of business and professional development advice available. In addition, she suggests key questions and issues that an artist might consider in assessing the most relevant support at a particular point in their career.

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Origin 2008, exterior of Somerset House
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Markets for designer-makers

How does a maker reach the market? Freelance consultant and Market Development Manager for Cockpit Arts Abigail Branagan highlights the key routes.

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Auction #1
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Selling initiatives

Independent curator Jeni Walwin looks at issues relating to selling work and examines a number of different ways that artists can engage with the art world on a commercial basis.

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Viewing Platform: a workshop for artists to map their art world.
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Art markets

Sarah Thelwall reveals that there is not one art market but several different ones. These markets are very different in terms of the artists, gallerists and collectors who participate and develop them. This Art market tour articulates the main markets and looks at what drives them.

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A weight of stone carried from China for you
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Commissioning views

Mark Gubb asks public art commissioners and consultants their views on how they select artists for commissions and what they expect artists to prepare for interview.

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The Pit
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Commissions

Jane Watt delves into the process of commissioning and looks at the organisations and bodies offering opportunities to artists at all stages of their careers. Fully updated for 2008.

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Shipwreck 3
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Academic research

Jane Watt looks into the world of academic research and examines research opportunities for artists within institutions and the UK higher education system.

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Studio at the British School at Rome
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International residencies

Paul Stone explores the wide range of International residency options available to artists and offers a framework for considering what you might want from a residency.

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Device #7
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Artist-led activity

Chris Brown introduces a rulebook to guide you through the whys and wherefores of artist-led activity.

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Case
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Awards by nomination

Manick Govinda on the often secretive processes behind awards by nomination as well as the benefits for artists in terms of recognition and critical acclaim.

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Brian
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Prizes by competition

Nina Madden gives an overview of some of the visual art prizes selected from open submission competitions.

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working in the studio she shares with fellow artist Naomi Leake at Occupation Studios in London
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Artists & studios

Stephen Palmer explores the issues surrounding artists and their studios – from finances, time and work patterns and location to group set-ups and DIY options.

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One of the studios
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Group studios

Paul Glinkowski looks at the UK studio landscape, highlighting successful new studio models. He also offers advice to artists wanting to set-up their own group.

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