a-n Magazine 2010 June - a-n The Artists Information Company

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New Culture Secretary

Jeremy Hunt MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport. He was Shadow Culture Secretary 2007-10.

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AIR members get Payback

Sarah Burgess, David Cotterrell, Peter Hill and David Watson were amongst 186 AIR members who successfully claimed Payback in 2009, the first year that AIR has been a recognised collection agency for this scheme run by DACS – Design and Artists Copyright Society.

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Pendants
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Further research

Exploring research options on offer to post-graduate students at a selection of UK-based universities and art schools.

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Conversation Pieces
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Random acts of art

In spring 2010 Spacex invited three UK-based artists to develop new work in response to Exeter’s West Quarter, where the gallery is located. The artists facilitated collaborative encounters and conversations with local residents. Amy Feneck interviewed people about the notion of ‘independent spirit’ in order to develop a script for a new film, Epilogue. Operating from her mobile portraiture studio, Lady Lucy documented encounters in her paintings ‘The Court Portraits’. Volkhardt Müller worked with people to create a series of performed actions on video. Majorette Rehearsing centered around the idea of the majorette as a West Quarter archetype; a paradoxical figure of individual aspiration, community celebration and carnival. For this feature, Volkhardt Müller reflects on his project with Spacex Project Coordinator, Martha Crean.

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Fiona MacDonald, Cumulissa, 2009.
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a-n Magazine June 2010

Contents include: Post-graduate research options plus art fairs and open studios features; The new politics in Debate; Collaborative relationships features artist Volkhardt Müller and Spacex project coordinator Martha Crean discussing a participatory project in Exeter. PDF version [size 5 MB]. […]

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The Beauty from Within
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Strong voice for artists

AIR – Artists Interaction and Representation will later this year be providing a much-needed platform for artists to identify and lead campaigns to improve their professional status and economic conditions, supported by a secondment to AIR from Canadian Artists Representation.

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Digital practices

‘Digital Continuities: from the history of digital art to contemporary transmedial practices’ formed a key strand at March’s Association of Art Historian’s conference. Organised by Nick Lambert from Birkbeck’s CAT project, his vision was to assemble a group of interested academics and think through some of the more contemporary aspects of digital arts activity.

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Cultural workforce snapshot

The NCA has launched its Cultural Workforce Survey in order to gather data from everyone who works in the cultural sector, including CEOs, Chairs, Board Members/Trustees, Employers, Employees, Freelancers, Interns and Volunteers. With this data, they hope to create a snapshot of what the cultural workforce looks like today and find out how people really feel about the work that they do.

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Away from home

Artquest’s international practice seminar held in March at A Foundation London coincided with the ‘Journeys with No Return’ exhibition. Speakers included: artist and exhibitor Kiran Kaur Brar, whose residency in Istanbul was part of this three-city project; project curator Alice […]

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Rules of engagement

The rules of collective art: social engagement and collaboration in contemporary art, hosted by Head of Education Outreach at National Galleries Robin Baillie and Glasgow School of Art’s Ken Neil formed a strand in this year’s conference for the Association of Art Historians.

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Gift of time and space

A UK-wide scheme that enables artists and makers to work alongside students in universities and colleges for mutual benefit is launching a digital portfolio of stories from artists who’ve taken part in these ‘mini residencies’.

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Skillmarket event
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Skill swap

In April, Liverpool-based artist and curator-led group TAXED held an experimental event at A Foundation in Liverpool: TAXED No10: Skillmarket, an exchange for practical skills and useful information.

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Art Sheffield 2010

Art Sheffield 2010 – Life: A User’s Manual, Various venues, Sheffield, 6 March – 1 May
Art Sheffield 2010: Over To You, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 6 March – 1 May

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Editorial – 2010 June

Whether you are an artist or someone who works with artists, to be able to fully realise the creative ambition of a project you need to be able to negotiate effectively. This is the ongoing focus of our Collaborative Relationships series, which aims to expose the nuts and bolts of how artists work with their collaborators, whether that is another artist, a curator, commissioner or another type of creative partner.

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Re Intellectual bankruptcy

JB is too quick to dismiss the value of higher education at art school (Letters, a-n Magazine, May 2010), and I hope you’ve had an overflow of protest to his letter. In my experience, it has a multitude of failings, […]

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