Contents include: Features include ‘How to save money’, ‘Commission and create’ plus ‘The biennial’s radical heart’ in Debate; In Collaborative relationships director of Situations Claire Doherty and artist Stephen Hodge on the wonders of western public art commission; plus News, […]
a-n Magazine 2010 December - a-n The Artists Information Company
The British Art Show (BAS) returns to Nottingham five years on for its seventh manifestation, only this time Nottingham plays host as the launching city and the show has a subtitle – ‘In the Days of the Comet’.
Turning Point, a national network of regional visual arts groups, is taking the lead in placing artists at the centre of their activities.
With bids starting at just £200, the UK’s first Chinese contemporary art auction aims to be accessible both to established collectors and those looking to start a collection.
Given the voracious and swift nature of the cuts brought in by the current government, it is unsurprising that artists are already feeling the effects.
In these times of austerity, a-n Magazine has compiled a catalogue of money-saving ideas for freelancers that have been tried and tested by our readers.
This month’s bites.
This month we profile a selection of open exhibition and public art commissioning projects, from applied arts opportunities to innovative site-specific works.
Mission Models Money (MMM) has published a seminal guide on collaboration following their in-depth research.
Director of Situations Claire Doherty and artist Stephen Hodge (of Wrights & Sites) give their account of how they developed a contemporary public artwork to reanimate visitors’ experiences of Weston-super-Mare.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a major new national initiative for the visual arts on 21 October. Plus Tate is designed to broaden and deepen engagement in modern and contemporary art across the country.
China is moving fast, very fast
Subtitled ‘Women mapping Birmingham’, Craftspace’s ‘Routes to Revolution’ exhibition explores responses of refugees and newly arrived women to Birmingham and its industrial and craft-based heritage.
Alex Ball, The Obstacle, oil on linen, 31×23.5cm, 2010.
Social media is never out of the headlines, whether we’re talking about privacy issues or how it has allowed niche political groups to reach a wider public.
University of the Arts London has recently launched a new venue, the Arts Gallery on High Holborn, with a solo show by Catlin-prize winning painter Alex Ball.
Throughout this year the nation’s attention has been focused first on the prospect of a new government, and then on the shifting messages emanating from the resulting coalition – messages about how we are expected to address the nation’s debt alongside visions of a ‘Big Society’ and coupled with swingeing cuts to public services.
Polly Morgan, Morning, taxidermied robin, plate glass, 2007.
Having worked in the public realm since 2004, I regularly consider who is my primary audience when curating a project.
It’s a peculiar sign of the times that the announcement by the Arts Council of Wales at their annual conference today of a 4% cut to the arts over three years was greeted by the audience of arts professionals with enthusiastic applause and pats on the back all round for securing such a good settlement from the Wales Assembly Government.
“Things are always changing
So don’t be sad and blue
Change can make you happy
‘Cause it brings you something new”.
(Lyric © Sesame Street)
Steve Dutton reflects on the exhausted Biennial model and gives his account of how curators are finding ways to overcome this syndrome.
New Art Exchange, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary
23 October 2010 – 9 January 2011
Various locations, Nottingham
22 October – 18 December
Collyer Bristow, London
22 September – 1 December