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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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.
Highlighting a-n’s long-running interests and the wealth of historical knowledge held in our archive.
Special issue: the last a-n Magazine. Then & Now features on Professional practice, Collaboration and Artist-led activity highlight a-n’s enduring concerns and wealth of intelligence in our archive; interview with Mag coordinator Chris Brown; Kevin Hunt selects reviews from Glasgow […]
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.
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.
Artist S Mark Gubb talks to Magazine Coordinator Chris Brown as he prepares the last ever issue of a-n Magazine.
“AN will be an open line communication shared by all interested parties. It has not the resources nor the wish to be a one-way information service. It will be a clearing house for practical information and a means of raising issues significant to visual artists. The format is not fixed and will adapt and change according to the response and opinions of artists.” So wrote founder Richard Padwick in the first ever issue, published in September 1980, price 35p.
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.
Although very many individuals now and in the past have given their best to or contributed hugely to a-n Magazine, with this the very last issue, I’d like to extend some special thanks: firstly to Gillian Nicol who started with […]
Woolgather are Leeds-based artists John Slemensek Annie Nelson and Chris Woodward. They founded the Woolgather Art Prize in 2011 ‘from a need to explore the artist’s role in society and to celebrate the creative lifestyle’.
Newtown-based gallery have announced the winners of its Open 2012 competition.
A selection of artists’ projects taking place through the summer.
With potential to replace the need for specialised and time-consuming grant applications or other more formal and traditional fundraising techniques, the phenomenon of crowd-funding has been quickly embraced by an increasing number of artists as a way to generate and distribute funds.
Unravelling the National Trust, devised by artist-run organisation Unravelled, is a three-year project taking place in Nymans House and Gardens; Uppark House and Garden in West Sussex; and The Vyne in Hampshire between 2012-14. It forms part of the Trust New Art programme taking place at selected National Trust properties across England.
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.
First ever issue of a-n Magazine (September 1980) in downloadable PDF version [size 10 MB]. Requires PDF reader. Issue also available in flip-page format (requires Flash) – including non-Flash version for mobile devices.
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.
Contents include: #copyrightgreyareas and Pinterest; Ladders organisations to close plus Artists’ fund announced in News; Artists taking the lead project ~flow is this month’s Collaborative relationships; Do social media-led projects challenge traditional models of participation? in Debate; Big picture is […]
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
In July 2010 the Rural Cultural Forum (RCF) produced a report, Creative Rural Communities (CRC), that sets out why a Rural Cultural Strategy (RCS) is needed and the form it might take.
Twelve visual arts organisations in the South West have recently taken part in an audience benchmarking project delivered by Audiences South West in partnership with Turning Point South West.
Kirstie Bevan on Neil Armstrong
Masa Kepic helped instigate a-n’s first live Twitter debate, here she gives an overview of the issues raised.
Jack Hutchinson gets to grips with the latest digital networking tool and asks: how and why should artists be using it?