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Ria Jade Hartley, artist and founder of ecologies of care, 2018. Image: Dom Moore, Courtesy: Jamboree and the artist
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Artists and wellbeing: Ria Hartley, ecologies of care artist

ecologies of care was initiated by artist Ria Hartley in 2018. The project comprises a growing toolkit of resources designed to support artists who have access requirements to express their needs. Hartley speaks to Lydia Ashman about the toolkit and why artists’ health and wellbeing should be a sector-wide priority. This resource is available in text format and also as a video format sound recording.

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Mentor Anne Ryan talking to Turps Studio Programme artists during her exhibition ‘The Cowboy Paintings’ at Turps Gallery in April 2017.
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Alternative art education: Turps Art School

Turps Art School was founded in 2012 as a medium-specific art school providing year-long studio and distance learning programmes for painters. Co-founder Marcus Harvey talks to Michaela Nettell about the ideas and values behind the school.

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Brendan Burton-Curtis performs at  CABARET event, presented by  performanceClub in association w/ SOTD + TOMA , 2018
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Alternative art education: School of the Damned

School of the Damned is a free year-long alternative, and unaccredited, art school. Each year a new student group comes on board and collectively devises and develops their programme of learning. Laura Davidson finds out more from members of the founding cohort, Class of 2014, and the Class of 2018 graduating students.

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Chris Alton, After the Revolution They Built an Art School Over the Golf Course, textile banners, wooden dowel, 23 x115cm, 230x250cm, 230x115cm, 2017. Installation views of 'You're Surrounded by Me' at TURF Projects, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
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Alternative art education: Kirsty Ogg, New Contemporaries

In 2017, New Contemporaries, an annual exhibition of emerging artists from UK art schools, opened up its application to include artists from alternative learning programmes. Director Kirsty Ogg discusses this decision, the changing climate for emerging artists in the UK, and what artists really need to develop and challenge their practice. Interview by Michaela Nettell.

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Croshare - Motherhood, Masks and Metamorphosis, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud 2017. Credit: Jill MacKeith
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Artist parents: Sharon Bennett, socially-engaged artist

Stroud-based artist and mother Sharon Bennett discusses her work with the Women’s Art Activation System support network which she developed in collaboration with two other Stroud-based artists, taking part in Lenka Clayton’s Artist Residency in Motherhood, and opening the temporary ‘Mother House’ studio.

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Liz Atkin, #CompulsiveCharcoal drawings.
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Artists and mental health: Liz Atkin, #CompulsiveCharcoal artist

London-based artist Liz Atkin creates work both in response to and as way of coping with compulsive skin picking. Alistair Gentry finds out more about her art practice, and the advocacy and education work she undertakes to help others understand and deal with this and other body-focused repetitive behaviour conditions.

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Cornelius Quabeck, 203 Wilton Street (11.1.18), acrylic on linen, 2018, 22“ x 20“
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Why artists move: Cornelius Quabeck

Originally from Germany, Glasgow-based painter Cornelius Quabeck first spent time in the city during a two-month artist residency in 2011. He talks to Dan Thompson about living and working in Düsseldorf, London and San Francisco, and the reasons that brought him back to Scotland in 2016.

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Paul McDevitt, Voll Rath, 224x149cm charcoal, pastel on paper, 2016. Photo: Florian Balze; Courtesy: Farbvision and Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen
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Why artists move: Paul McDevitt

In 2015, Scottish artist Paul McDevitt set up Farbvision, a project space in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district that presents solo exhibitions and is also home to the INFINITE GREYSCALE record label. He talks to Dan Thompson about his reasons for relocating from the UK, and the artistic freedom and financial reality of life in his adopted home.

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David Beales, A New Admission, acrylic on board. Exhibited in ‘Art and the Other’ at The Bethlem Gallery in 2015.
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Artists and mental health: The Bethlem Gallery

The Bethlem Gallery in Bromley provides a professional platform for artists who have experienced mental health difficulties. Alistair Gentry speaks to the gallery’s director Beth Elliot about the organisation and how it fosters a supportive artist-focussed environment.

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Michael O'Reilly, project for the Dining Room, Garnet Ward, Highgate Mental Health Centre. Photo: Tim A Shaw; Courtesy: Hospital Rooms
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Artists and mental health: Hospital Rooms

Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that believes in the enduring power of the arts to instil value, dignity and wellbeing in people. Alistair Gentry speaks to Curator Niamh White about how the project enables access to art and culture for people using secure and locked mental health services.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya, How to work together, installation view, 2014. Courtesy: the artist and Studio Voltaire, London; Photo: Andy Keate
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Artist-led: Studio Voltaire

Founded by a group of artists in south west London as a studio space in 1994, Studio Voltaire currently operates under a multiplicity of different guises. Art researchers Doggerland reflect on the organisation’s hybrid structure, and speak to its head of development and communications Niamh Conneely about the many different modes Studio Voltaire employs to support artists’ careers.

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Kira Freije, The Dark Away, 2017. Photo: Stuart Whipps
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Artist-led: Recent Activity

Based in Birmingham’s growing cultural quarter Digbeth, Recent Activity seeks to contribute to the area’s artist-led scene without replicating the activity of its more established spaces. Art researchers Doggerland speak to one of the organisation’s founders Andrew Gillespie about working within manageable parameters to offer “something a bit different” to the area.

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Cubitt Artists at Goods Way, London 1992. Courtesy: Morgan Quaintance
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Cubitt 25 years: an artist-led history

Morgan Quaintance’ documentary explores Cubitt studios, Cubitt gallery and Cubitt education, taking a look at the history and present of the London-based organisation, its previous curators, artists and others who have been involved, as well as glimpsing into its possible future.

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Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii) logo. Design: Sam Jones. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt and Sam Jones
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Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii)

Kevin Hunt has created a new Artist-Led Hot 100 to celebrate some of the most exciting artist-led activity that has emerged during the past four years, since his original Hot 100 long-list was produced in Summer 2013. Focusing on projects that are “by artists, for artists”, the list highlights artist-led initiatives around the UK that are visibly active right now.

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Symposium 'The giver, the guest and the ghost: the presence of art in public realms'. General views, Oslo Pilot, 2016, Oslo. Photograph: Ane Mari Aakernes
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Oslo Pilot: the giver, the guest and the ghost

Oliver Bennett reflects on the challenges of introducing art into the public realm, following his attendance at Oslo Pilot’s symposium, as the city seeks to challenge the existing biennial format and enable new dialogues with its public space.

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Paul Evans, Chaos and Theory with Humanstudio, window projection, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, 2010.
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Paul Evans on socially engaged collaborations in HE

Artist Paul Evans discusses how his work became aligned to the research undertaken within universities and how his socially engaged practice has enabled academics and the public to better understand the nature of university research. Based on an interview by artist Steve Pool.

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Aimee Walker, Sādhaka, 2016. Exhibited as part of ‘Launch Pad: Manchester School of Art 2015’ at Castlefield Gallery Manchester.
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Kwong Lee on partnerships between galleries and universities

Kwong Lee of Manchester-based Castlefield Gallery discusses how the gallery works with universities in the city in to provide professional development support to students and contribute to cultural policy research, and offers his views on practice-based research and PhD programmes. Based on an interview by artist Steve Pool.

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