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General Practice [gP] is an artist-led, experimental project space in Lincoln. Driven by collaborative activity it seeks to promote exchange with wider artist-led initiatives, stimulate critical discourse and through its programme of exhibitions, events and workshops sustain an engaged visual […]

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Group Show: The Liminal Phase

‘The Liminal Phase’ co-curated by Micha Eden Erdész and Rebecca Jewell Supported by Stadium Capital Holdings, Arsenal Regeneration Team, Florence Trust, Royal College of Art, Institute of Ideas, The Big Draw, Targetti, Howden, ADI Solutions & Audiovisual, Ham and High, […]

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Still Life: Caroline Wendling at Kettle’s Yard

‘I search always for this stillness, which penetrates our fullest activity and even our sleep’ [Jim Ede] The absence of a visible kitchen at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is a startling omission in a house which is otherwise convincingly domestic: […]

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Kite Circus

An exhibition of 13 abstract, non-objective, geometric and reductive artists.

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Anatomy of Loss

Exploring ideas of materiality and absence through a combination of sculpture, drawing and text.

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CATCH 22, Logically Unacceptable Conclusions

The debut solo show of artist Dan Southward, a multidisciplinary creative currently based in Stoke-on-Trent. His practice sits somewhere between the worlds of fine art, graffiti, photography and installation.

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Coexistence

‘Coexistence’ is a call for ‘empathy and solidarity that transcends species’ and features works that reflect on issues of humans’ relationship with nature and critique an anthropocentric worldview.

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Sea Garden

A group show inspired by the museum’s seaweed collection, illuminating one of the hidden roles of women in scientific research.

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See Emily(s) Play

A review of Exxxtteeenssioon by Emily Roderick & Emily Warner
Curated by Alex Billingham for Vivid Live, 2nd August 2019

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Group Show: New Magical Realism

‘New Magical Realism’ curated by Micha Eden Erdész Supported by UCC and City of Munich 7 – 30 September 2019, The Minories Galleries, Colchester, GB Colchester in Essex in 2019 is a ‘city’ uncomfortable with the rebellious history of Boudicca […]

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A long engagement –

An exhibition exploring themes of colour, painting and abstraction:
Featuring: Louisa Chambers, Terry Shave, Sheila Ravnkilde, Ryan Heath, Carole Hawthorne, Rob Hart and Lois Gardner Sabet.

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Bus Lane Archaeology

A conversation about the exhibition with Nicole Mollett and the artists Sew N Sew, Mary Hearne and Jakub Rokita.

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B-Wing

A programme of site-responsive artworks in the spaces of B-Wing, Shepton Prison

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You and Me

Will Hughes solo show, work made on residency at Spike Island, Bristol, and funded by prize money from the Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Prize, which they won in 2018.

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THE IMMACULATE DREAM 14 JUNE – 30 OCTOBER 2019

    ‘The Immaculate Dream is an exhibition of fantastical landscapes and constructed spaces, dark fairy-tales and silent stage settings. Works by nineteen artists invite us to explore a looking glass world in which pasts are reimagined and futures projected […]

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Simon Faithfull: Elsewhen

At 51 degrees north – the latitude of Hestercombe House and Gardens – the speed at which the surface of the earth is moving through space is 652mph. I know this because for his earthwork Earth Spin #2: Hestercombe, Simon […]

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SERGE / SURGE

A series of brief, live events, presented over one day by Preston Street Union at different points Exeter’s historic city wall.

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PoArtry

The third incarnation of PoArtry from its originator Rick Sanders in partnership with General Office Gallery in Stourbridge. #Collaborations between #artists and poets culminating in an #exhibition for two weeks with a Sunday afternoon #poets performing.

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Neither Use Nor Ornament

A diverse exhibition of work from a group of neurodiverse artists engaged in Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Performance, Objects, ideas and the self.

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Giacomo

Alex Hetherington’s review of Ally Wallace’s Giacomo residency and exhibition.

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‘Of Stars and Chasms’ – Hannah Luxton and Julie F Hill

‘……..an exhibition that explores contemporary notions of the sublime: the human capacity
of feeling when presented with the vastness, obscurity and the terror of the unknown, subsumed into awe when seen from the safe distance of the viewer’s perspective’.

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Lost you for a sec

Lost you for a sec was exhibited at Phoenix Gallery, Leicester, in September 2018, it is a new collaboration by Paul Hughes (Nottingham, UK), Sam Pardes (New York, USA) and Eunji Sung (Seoul, South Korea).

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“Footfall”

Work from a community project designed to increase public awareness of Kaleidoscope Gallery

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Prospecting Symposium Review by Gabrielle Hoad

Supported by Visual Art South West, Exeter based writer & artist Gabrielle Hoad received writing bursary to review the ‘Prospecting’ Artists Symposium in Somerset. Images by London based artist Léonie Hampton.

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Border Controls

    ‘Border Controls’is an exhibition considered within the shadow of increasingly restricted borders and political controls with regard to migration and the increasing isolationism seen both here in the UK (with Brexit) as well as the wider geographical tensions […]

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The Infinite, Happy Game

The art of iconic Georgian artist, Levan Lagidze whose exhibition ‘Bach Exercises’ runs from 19 November – 8 December 2018

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Looking At Art With Alex Katz

American painter looks at his favourite artists. Never has writing about the great artists been so concise, so precise, and so insightful.

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Patrick Heron

The first major show of Patrick Heron’s work for 20 years has toured from Tate St Ives to Turner Contemporary, where it’s joined by previously unseen work

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Threads Salon, Turner Contemporary, April 2018

“Salons of the same quality as we witnessed on 20th April 2018 in Margate are the reason why these gatherings of restless creative minds generate so much energy and collective knowledge.”

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Weeds in the Cracks

Weeds in the cracks Manifesta12, Palermo, 2018 The planetary Garden is a concept planted in the world by the French philosopher and gardener Gilles Clement. It is this idea that took root with me during my visit to Maifesta12 in […]

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Re-imagine the City

A review of Re-Imagine the City, a residency exhibition at Artcore, Derby. On display until 19th August 2018. Words by Lydia Grey, Images by Artcore.

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Why I’m glad I found my way Home….

In 2016 I attended a creative clinic led by curator and collaborator Annette Moloney. Within 10 minutes, Moloney was quoting Radiohead, and with good humour:   You do it to yourself, you do… And that’s why it really hurts.   […]

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Berlin Biennale X

The tenth Berlin Biennale, titled ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’, “…proposes a plan on how to face a collective madness; it offers a platform for collective dreaming and for action.”[i] In place of a direct curatorial theme or framework, curator […]

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Manifesta 12: Chercher La Femme, Chercher Le Queer

I applied to for a bursary to visit Manifesta 12 partly out of interests for its core themes of migration, and space/place as politically charged, especially as sites of repression, which I explored in my own work (Ghost House, Disciplinary […]

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Sitting on a Man’s Head: Review

An account of ‘Sitting on a Man’s Head’ (2018), a collaboration between Okwui Okpokwasili, Peter Born and a number of Berlin-based artists at the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2018

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Education and learning at Manifesta 12

During my visit to Manifesta preview I concentrated on looking into the work undertaken by the Manifesta education department. I often work on participatory projects with outreach, learning and education departments of museums, art organisations and galleries in the UK […]

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Perspective is Everything

M2AIR host four children’s art residencies as part of #MadeInFoxhill, a community arts programme attached to regeneration of the Foxhill area of Bath.
June and July 2018
Final Group Show July 13th – 14th

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We Don’t Need Another Hero

An experience of ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’, 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. Rossanne Pellegrino was one of 10 a-n Artist members who attended the Berlin Biennale preview.

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power, suits and interventions

The current, high-profile, sexual predator cases are incidental to Sally Barker’s work but the resonances ring clear. Deliberately provocative and inevitable disquieting, Barker’s work challenges the viewer to consider the role assumed by some powerful men in a patriarchal society.  […]

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Cornucopia

A revisited retrospective of Andrew Logan’s work in celebration of a decade since the re-launch of Ruthin Craft Centre

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Threads Micro-Residency 4th April 2018

Threads have teamed up with six partners across East Kent to increase recognition of artist-led activity in the region. Threads have curated a nine month programme of residencies, salons and crits, involving forty eight selected Artists.

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Low-Rise, High-Function

Cornelius Quabeck’s review of Ally Wallace’s residency & exhibition at the Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, 2017.

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Glasgow International 2018: Michelle Hannah – Keener

Rachel Magdeburg, one of eight a-n members selected for the a-n Writer Development Programme 2017-18, reviews Glasgow-based artist Michelle Hannah’s multifaceted and dramatic installation at The Savings Bank, presented as part of Glasgow International 2018.

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KALEIDOSCOPE: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

KALEIDOSCOPE: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art looks at the radical changes that took place in British abstract art during the 1960s, with the use of industrial materials and vivid colour. It focuses especially on the growing cross-fertilization between […]

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Thomas Bock

While all the other writers chose to review the Edmund Clark exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Rachel Magdeburg decided to focus her 600-word piece on an exhibition of works by the 19th century convict artist Thomas Bock.
This is her review.

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Edmund Clark, In Place of Hate

For her 600-word review following the writer development workshop at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, Jessica Ramm chose to write about Edmund Clark’s exhibition.

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Tim Ellis - Eraser in forground, Kelly Chorpening drawing behind.
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A History of Drawing

The new Camberwell Space inaugural exhibition A History of Drawing on the practice and teaching of drawing at the College for over 80 years.

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Revolution and Resonance

A year long developmental project by artist Felicity Truscott supported by the National Lottery with a Grant for the Arts through Arts Council England.

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‘Arp: The Poetry of Forms’

To my right as I enter the exhibition is a large dark brown-coloured rectangular object fixed to the wall. My eye is drawn to white bow-tie shapes that float-hover-drift on a grey surface, offshore of a nasal-peninsula-chef’s head emerging from […]

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Simon Lee Dicker // Prospect

Simon Lee Dicker works with and within nature, to produce work that unravels the stories we attach to place and time, and the emotional weight that we impart upon them. Dicker’s practice has spoken about a distance between humanity and […]

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Xuzhen Supermarket

All is not as it first appears to be as Xu Zhen converts the shop at Sadie Coles Gallery into a functional Chinese supermarket.

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More Lace

Painting on Lace – The great power of lace inspired Fred Fabre’s exploration of the sensuality of iconic fashion accessories.

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Q & A with Emily Peasgood

Emily Peasgood is one of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial commissioned artists. She’s created ‘Halfway to Heaven’, an acoustic piece drawing on both geological and cultural divides, neatly fitting this year’s theme ‘Double Edge’. Peasgood discusses her work with Jillian Knipe.

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Artist – Philosopher

Perhaps I’m unusual as a visual artist but when I visit exhibitions I crave words; and usually I’m frustrated by their absence.

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Parasitical glimpses in Münster and Kassel

A review of Münster Skulptur Projekte and documenta 14, Kassel, with a focus on five artists, through the lens of the parasitical use of other artist’s work within the contemporary artist’s work.

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In The Light of Surrealism#2

Curated by Jo Welsh.
Tony Penrose, Kathleen Fox, Jane Hoodless, Jo Redpath, Jo Welsh, Katherine Reekie, Tim Riddihough and Jacob Welsh, Brian Catling RA, Mick Rooney RA, and Gus Cummins RA reveal the influence of Surrealism in their work.
A mix of local artists and RA members.

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Aalto Natives

What is the point of a national pavilion? This is the question that sticks in my mind whenever I’m at the Venice Biennale. Most specifically in the Giardini, but to greater and lesser extents throughout all the 86 national participants […]

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On the tools; Documenta14

a-n Documenta14 bursary awardee Mat Do talks about his experiences of the Kassel portion of Documenta14

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Signal to Noise

Curated by Charley Peters, Signal to Noise subtly reveals a multitude of relationships between the artists, which oscillate on a spectrum between collusion and tenuous connections.

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Documenta 2017: across cultures

I spent two full days at this year’s Documenta as part of the AN bursary scheme. Amongst the grand set pieces in the main venues I found some of the “quieter” artworks in side rooms to be equally if not […]

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Punctuated3

Punctuated3 is an exhibition by students from the University of Lincoln’s MA Fine Art programme – a kind of test run for their upcoming final show and a crucial opportunity to extend their professional practice within the confines of city’s […]

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Venice Biennale 2017 Review by Raju Rage

In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being’ – Christine Macel, curator of the 57th biennale at Venice. A claim of this year’s […]

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Market Makers

Tired of niche proposal writing? Another exhibition declined? Juneau Projects’ Makers of the Multiverse (13 May – 10 June 2017), commissioned by Spacex, Exeter, refreshingly offset this. An open call by collaborative artists Ben Sadler and Phil Duckworth requested multiples, […]

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Precarious

I arrived in Venice and my first destination by water boat, is the Giardini. Upon my arrival I take a moment to stand and look over the river, placing my hands on the stone wall running by the Giardini Gardens. […]

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Possible Becomings by Louise Dale Chalmers

Speaking with the artist of the Possible Becomings exhibition it is hard not to acknowledge her radiating enthusiasm. Chalmers expresses this enthusiasm as well as joy in the telling of the shows appeal to the youth of today, with a young […]

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Reportrait

Philip Gurrey, Maisie Broadhead, Glenn Brown, Sasha Bowles, Paul Stephenson, Matthieu Leger, Annie Kevans, Antony Micallef, Jasleen Kaur, Samin Ahmadzadeh, Julie Cockburn, James E Smith and Jake Wood-Evans

Curated by Tristram Aver

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Chanel, C-type print mounted to polished aluminium 'snug' framed in American walnut, by Alexander James
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Is Romanticism Gone For Ever?

The artist Alexander James disagrees. He has been producing underwater photographs of flowers and people for the last three decades, always wrapped up in Romanticism: the melancholia of everything being temporary and already gone; the exquisite beauty; the fated end; […]

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Performing Gender

Featuring moving image work by; Matthew Barney, Ana Mendieta, David Wojnarowicz, Ryan Trecartin, Marianna Simnett, Jacolby Satterwhite, Mandy Niewöhner, and Jake Moore.

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Newfoundland

An exhibition featuring the jewellery of Romilly Saumarez Smith & the photography of Verdi Yahooda

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Benjamin Sebastian: BECOMING CONSTELLATION

“Queerness is not and can never be an identity. It is a current, or imperative. Moving through and between our bodies; it is an intersubjective process of becoming. We are more than our bodies. We are relations in time & space.” – B. Sebastian.

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post-trump part i

Group exhibition regarding a future/premonition beyond Trump.
Group review by Robin Woodward. Emma Starkey and Michael Bryan

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HOW MANY ABSTRACT PAINTINGS DO WE NEED TO SEE IN THE WORLD, REALLY?

TESTING 1,2,1,2   The argument over Abstraction in art (especially painting) still drags on. In Elephant magazine, issue 29 (Winter 2016/17), the prestigious American painter Kerry James Marshall makes some interesting, if debateable, comments on “Abstract picture making” as little […]

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The Nine Painters

The nine painters is an exhibition featuring multiple painters, including Sean Cummings, Mali Morris and Michael Simpson.

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Sarah Butterfield: Contemporary Impressionism At Its Best

Sarah Butterfield is one of the best representatives of the current revival of Contemporary Impressionism. Butterfield’s brushes encapsulates the way sunlight changes the patterns over the day by the second with the precision of a skilled surgeon. Her capacity to […]

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Peter Symonds: Flotsam and Jetsam

  Flotsam and Jetsam by Peter Symonds is a show of questioning. It asks us some fundamental questions about the nature of painting, the role of spatial depth and illusion, alongside the parameters of its production – stretcher, canvas, edge, […]

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The inexhaustible middle

Exhibition featuring the work of Clare Rojas and a musical performance by the artist under the guise of Peggy Honeywell.

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Ropewalkers

A rich show curated by Simon Lee Dicker with artists Jo Ball, Andy Parker and Simon Whetham

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Dick Whall’s Return Exhibition

  If ‘Art is personality’ as Lin Yutang suggests in his book the Importance of Living then the work by Dick Whall hanging in the Rumbelow Gallery, Great Yarmouth is an example of a multi layered personality accessed easily from […]

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FIVE-WAYS Autumn Collection 2016

A fresh mix of artists of complimentary styles returns for the fifth showing in Monmouth from sculpture, to fresco, wood engraving (don’t miss the browsers!) to small, evocative landscapes and abstracted forms.

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John Moore’s Painting Prize 2016

As the most recognised painting prize in the UK since its inception in 1957, the John Moores Painting Prize acts as a review of contemporary painting, presenting a survey of dominant themes explored by the medium.

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00040

‘The passing clouds of an Irish day infiltrate French night, establishing a link between two moments of time and place, illustrating the fragility of chance and the subjective nature of reality’

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Amelia Crouch

an exhibition of screenprints, digital films, and wall-based text works by artist Amelia Crouch.

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Beyond Seven Mountains

Perpetuating Myths Once upon a time, beyond seven mountains, beyond seven forests, a black swan came to the town of Corby. The swan was nearly four metres high and looked out on to the boating lake in Thoroughsale Wood. The […]

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The Human Condition

A group of artists respond to the theme ‘The Human Condition’. Garry Barker, Leeds College of Art and Design, writes a review.

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It Fell From Earth

When Alexandra Darbyshire first came to the UK from Canada four years ago she was making paintings that, whilst tending towards abstraction, never quite transcended their starting points in photographic images, sometimes of underwater scenes and, most strikingly, of military […]

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Bill Viola

Bill Viola has a reputation as one of the pioneers of video art. Not only has he been making work since the 1970s, but he is one of the few who have managed to cross over into the mainstream imaginary, […]

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The Brixton Exchange 2

A one-day event led by artists group Anchor & Magnet using creative workshops to discuss and debate heritage, regeneration and loss in the city, that took place on 23rd April 2016. Review written by Oliver Carter. Photographs by Katarzyna Perlak.

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Droppers

Review of Droppers, Andy Webster & Darren Ray’s exhibition at OSR Project Space in West Coker, Somerset. Written by Maddy Hearn as recipient of an OSR Projects Writing Bursary for creative practitioners.

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Review of Holy Chic

Site specific installation by UK-based WESSIELING set in an impressive Grade II listed Dominican Priory church, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Anna Noel – The Language of Clay: Telling Tales

Anna Noël’s voice is filling the room. A film of her being interviewed by the curator, Ceri Jones, plays on a loop from a small, wall-hung monitor in the corner of Ruthin Craft Centre’s (RCC) Gallery Two. Sharpening the sound, […]

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Doug Fishbone’s Leisure Land

As an artist and parent, I spend a lot of time thinking about how art can function to both engage both myself, as a 50’s something artist and my 7 year old daughter. As a show Doug Fishbone’s ‘Leisure land […]

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Ben Rivers – The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers

To enter the space inhabited by Ben Rivers’ The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers – a joint commission by Artangel and The Whitworth – is to walk into a set of a set. The exhibition toys with ideas of narrative, […]

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HOLLOW

Installation by Jenny Hall
Photo by Keith Morris

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War Damaged Musical Instruments

War Damaged Musical Instruments. Susan Philipsz. Fourteen large speakers, strategically placed throughout the expanse of Tate Britain’s Duveen Gallery, emanate evocative sounds. Initially it is difficult to know where the cries are coming from. As you move towards one speaker, you […]

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Travelogue

Ruth Pringle’s review of Ally Wallace’s solo exhibition at Art Gene.

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[safe] at HOME

A visual art exhibition of work directly inspired by, or work considered appropriate to, Todd Haynes’ 1995 film Safe.

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Barthes and Quaife

Artist Magnus Quaife dismantles French thinker and literary theorist Roland Barthes’ heartfelt imitations of painter Cy Twombly’s work.

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Sounds of Home Suite Lecture Recital

Hats off to Paula Boulton 10th August 2015. Paula Boulton wears a fetching pink hat. Those fortunate enough to work with her before and after this date will also know she has many hats in her creative wardrobe: musician; director; […]

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Eddie Peake at the Curve

“This is disgusting” – were the words of a middle-aged man as he fled the scene of Eddie Peake’s solo show Forever Loop at the Barbican Curve. Indeed, Eddie’s work is essentially synonymous with nudity nowadays, so I did expect […]

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Alloys of ‘Wrong’: Lister at the Tate

The first thing to note is that ‘The Tate’ in this instance is a shed in an Ilkley backyard. While it’s not just any shed – but in fact a seasonally open, non-commercial gallery slowly building a good reputation- it […]

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Weary, O.

It is a dreich November day, a day when the whole country is shrouded in mist, perhaps as the aftermath of Halloween or just the reality of autumn. I have the chance to escape and listen to Graham Fagen talking […]

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Unearthed

Review of new work by Simon Lee Dicker in response to a residency at the Twineworks in West Coker

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In a Galaxy far, far away

Slip off your shoes, submerge into a ball pit and watch a film of … well I am not entirely sure. Sometimes, art is just fucking weird, but at Jon Rafman’s solo show at Zabludowicz Collection, I caught a glimpse […]

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Rachel Howard: At Sea

The display of Rachel Howard’s recent work at the Hastings branch of the Jerwood Gallery feels like a strangely divided affair, the paintings falling into two quite distinct groups. The more compelling set, smaller in scale, are mainly concerned with […]

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Plymouth Art Weekender

The inaugural Plymouth Art Weekender took place in a range of venues and public locations throughout the ocean city between 25-27 September 2015. Pippa Koszerek considers projects from the Crafts Council, Karst, The Alamo Project, Plymouth Arts Centre and Royal William Yard.

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American Tan

Cathy Lomax’s artful mining of her own personal mythologia of the
U.S of A

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Mat Collishaw – In Camera

In 2014 GRAIN Photography Hub and the Library of Birmingham approached artist Mat Collishaw, creator of spectacularly crushed butterflies, corrupted, syphilitic flora, and monumental, dark zoetropes, to respond to the rich photography archive held at the Library.

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‘Paper Works’

To 10th October Weekdays 9-6, Late Thursdays to 8pm,Sat 9-5Buckhurst Lane. ‘Paper Works’ is an experimental project that aims to push boundaries, exploring both the nature of collaboration and the parameters of working on paper.

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Caro In Yorkshire

As one might hope, sculpture has been at the forefront of programming at the Hepworth. Recent highlights have included the great Lynda Benglis show earlier in 2015, to which this Caro retrospective is a commanding companion. There is a lot […]

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Weather Station (Part 1)

Weather Station (Part 1) marks a new step towards an ecological rhetoric; one in which our tangential relationship to nature can be made visible.

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Album 31 – Sophy Rickett and Bettina von Zwehl

Album 31, produced by GRAIN and the Library of Birmingham, is a collaboration between artists Sophy Rickett and Bettina von Zwehl. The exhibition developed from a commission which saw the two artists responding to ‘Album 31’ a miscellaneous album by Sir Benjamin Stone.

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NY Show #3

An exhibition featuring work from resident artists in combination with a show-reel from Prague based artists curated by Mariana Serranová.

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Sofltly Overrripe

4-18 July, 2015.

Brings together ten artists exploring an array of ideas through idiosyncratic incorporation and employment of text in various media – ‘text’ being a glyph of a writing system or a mark forming part of printed/written language.

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Once Upon A Time in Hastings

Taking Hastings as their starting point, these three local artists have investigated different aspects of the town’s rich past and have discovered extraordinary stories, both factual and imaginative.

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An Afternoon Tea With Adam Fenton

I went to Copenhagen for the show of artist Adam Fenton. Adam, who often paints landscapes had constructed a tearoom as an all-encompassing ‘Victorian’ experience. The serious nature of a crafted traditional painting staple was expertly contrasted by Adam’s performance […]

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One Year On

A show created by a group of 2014 MA graduates from Norwich University of the Arts

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Gustav Metzger: towards auto-destructive art

Nestled between 1950s self-contained formalism and monumental Henry Moores, is a succinct homage to the visionary artist-activist, Gustav Metzger. Metzger’s approach to art as process, expressed both in paint and the ‘real world’, continues to influence generations of artists and […]

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Ground: Amy Pickles and Townley and Bradby

Ground: Amy Pickles and Townley and Bradby Hosted at ATTIC, One Thoresby Street Curated by Alice Gale-Feeny and Oliver Tirré Exhibition: 4-20 June 2015 Gallery Open: Thu-Sat, 12-6pm Written by Hannah Drake, June 2015 Hidden up the seemingly endless, onslaught […]

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Measuring Tanks and Tablecloths at Plymouth Arts Centre

Tanks and Tablecloths is a long-standing research collaboration between artists Lizzie Ridout and Elizabeth Masterton. Their research examines the parallels between military and domestic spheres. In particular, the artists suggest that the regimentation and control so fundamental to life in the […]

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Palaces of Wonder

For me the most exciting exhibition venues at the Venice Biennale were the ancient palaces, particularly those located on the Grand Canal. The juxtaposition of sumptuous architecture can collide wonderfully with contemporary art. The well considered combinations, such as The […]

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György Kepes: The New Landscape

György Kepes: The New Landscape 15 April – 19 June 2015 Exhibition Research Centre, Liverpool John Moores University In 1951, Hungarian-born polymath György Kepes organised The New Landscape at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he had worked since 1947. […]

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Invisible Achievements

Venice is without doubt one of the biggest and most important Contemporary art events in the calendar. Every year the Biennnale seems to get bigger as more and more countries join together with the curated projects and larger gallery exhibitions. […]

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From Centre

Abstract, largely geometric or reductive art is alive and well in the UK if this exhibition was an indication. Organised in collaboration with the online forum Saturation Point and featuring twenty three artists from every decade from the 1930s to […]

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Between thought and space

Countering Venice Biennale’s narcissistic tone this humble show, set in a deconsecrated Italianate chapel (Dilston Grove), works on you like a transcendental Indian raag; quietly seeping into your whole being. Between Thought and Space is a live interdisciplinary site-research project spanning […]

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Inside/Outside

Jane Lawson reviews Crossing the Tide, the Tuvalu Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale

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Vickie Fear- Art in the Bearpit

‘What on earth is that?’ one might ask upon visiting the Bearpit on during its inaugural event in a new programme of commissioned artworks aimed at rejuvenating the spot at the centre of Bristol. ‘Well…quite.’ The Bearpit played home to […]

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Roadside Museum

Roadside Museum featured a selection of artworks excavated from a twelve-month burial in a roadside field in West Lancashire.

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Revelations: Experiments in Photography

The connections between art and science are always an interesting subject to explore. Added to this, the fact that this is an ‘art’ exhibition at the Science Museum, not an obvious venue for such a show, means that Revelations: Experiments […]

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Dorine Van Meel: Between the Dog and the Wolf

Dorine Van Meel’s exhibition at the South London Gallery considers dualities or dual natures. The intriguing subtitle, ‘Between the Dog and the Wolf’, refers to a French expression, ‘entre le chien et le loup’, which describes twilight, which is neither […]

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Samara Scott
- Silks

Samara Scott
- Silks
, Eastside Projects, Birmingham 16 May – 11 July 2015 Before entering the exhibition I am warned that the show contains pools of liquid and to watch my step, not to touch or disturb the surfaces – most […]

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Collaborate!

Collaborate! is a compact and energised survey show that explores the range of collaborative practice in contemporary art. With its focus on the social relations of production across a broad spread of media and approaches, the exhibition is inevitably diverse […]

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Review

The Fading Afterglow of Creation: Dave Briggs, Jack Squires

There is a scene in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), where, after the eponymous aliens’ discovery by the authorities, the protagonist Elliott’s house is hermetically sealed, covered in plastic and invaded by government agents in boiler suits, quaranting the inhabitants. A […]

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