a-n Magazine 2011 December - a-n The Artists Information Company

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Reviews: December 2011 / January 2012

This month, Interface editor Rosemary Shirley’s selection highlights recent visual arts activity in the north of England, showcasing both the variety of artistic activity in the region and wealth of user-generated writing by contributors to Interface. 

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Shut Up
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Curating the prize

Based on interviews with curators Sarah Brown and Laurence Sillars, Lara Eggleton uncovers the nature of their relationships with exhibiting artists and the processes they use in curating two high profile exhibitions with cash prizes and media attention attached.

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Editorial – 2011 December

We’ve an opinion-rich issue for December/January – see packed letters page and extended Debate section for evidence of artists taking a stand.

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Artists' Suicide Pills
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Artists, markets and measurement

Artist, educator and AIR Council member Rosalind Davis reports on some recent events for and about artists and contexts for practice.

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a-n Magazine December/January 2011-12

Contents include: This month, Interface editor Rosemary Shirley’s Reviews selection highlights recent visual arts activity in the north of England, showcasing both the variety of artistic activity in the region and wealth of user-generated writing by contributors to Interface; in […]

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Aubergine
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Taking control?

October saw the debut of Sluice, a new art fair described by organisers artist Karl England and curator Ben Street as “an informal and accessible temporary platform for young galleries and project spaces to exhibit their artists’ work, gain exposure and encourage dialogue between artists, curators and audiences.”

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Unearthing artists’ activity

For one evening in October, Edinburgh’s Collective Gallery brought together six artist-led studio groups and galleries for an Artists’ DIY Soapbox.

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All points north

Jon Wakeman asks, is All Points North acting like The Premier League?

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Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK

The Daiwa Foundation exhibition ‘Bite-Size: Miniature Textiles from Japan and the UK’ showcases work by fifty-one contemporary textile artists from Japan and the UK, and exemplifies the positive outcomes that can be achieved when peer groups from the two countries come together in a spirit of cooperation and exchange.

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What are we worth?

Ania Bas reports on the first in a series of discussions under the theme of The New Economy for Art being organised by Artquest, Contemporary Art Society and DACS that addressed how artists can generate income during these challenging economic and social times.

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A Little Patch of Ground
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A little patch of ground

Ruth Ben-Tovim and Anne-Marie Culhane discuss two collaborative projects that focus on exchange, community and participation.

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More ways to make and save money

The continued economic doldrums and uncertainty in public funding make it more important than ever for artists to find ways to make and save money. So here are some tips – old and new – from the a-n community.

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Nightfall
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A good blog

Andrew Bryant on what Projects unedited blogs tell us about artists’ practices and concerns today.

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Debating future arts

‘W/Here: Contesting Knowledge in the 21st Century’, the 5th ELIA Leadership Symposium at Emily Carr University of Art and Design Vancouver, Canada (7-9 December) will bring together leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe for a […]

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Recipients of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation awards for artists 2011
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Winning the prize

Jack Hutchinson reports from the awards ceremony of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards.

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Fair pay for artists

We are an anonymous grouping of national and international artists who campaign on the working conditions of artists in the UK.

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Re: Community development

This is the third letter in the same vein I have sent to a-n since subscribing a year ago. At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, I want to pick up on a few items from recent issues.

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Re: Community Development

In response to Claire White’s letter in the November issue, I want to agree with her analysis of artists and how many find themselves as part of community projects and development.

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