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a-n Magazine May 2011
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a-n Magazine May 2011

Contents include: Special Spotlight on arts funding section examines changes to the funding climate in Scotland, England and Wales; John Plowman unpicks a new book on collaborative practice in Debate; Big picture is Jack Strange; Plus new Collaborative relationships a-n Collection […]

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Everything you need to build a town is here
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Collaborative relationships index

A-n’s Collaborative relationships series exposes the working relationships between artists and the wide range of professionals they collaborate with. Running in its current format since 2008 we now have a rich archive of over thirty articles covering hugely varied projects. Here, some select quotes offer highlights and insights into the nature of collaboration.

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lone worker: Ellie Harrison's desk at her studio in Glasgow
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Work-a-thon for the self-employed

Ellie Harrison’s latest project ‘Work-a-thon for the Self-Employed’ will take place at Toynbee Studios, London on 13 June as part of the Two Degrees festival.

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Investing in Scotland?s Creative Future
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New vision for Scotland

Launched in March, Creative Scotland’s first corporate plan presented an ambitious vision for the nation’s arts, culture and creative industries. This is backed by core Treasury financing of £35.5m with £14.5m of Scottish Government funds for specific initiatives, unspent reserves from the interim between Scottish Arts Council/Scottish Screen and Creative Scotland, some lottery funding back after diversion to the Olympics and reduced overheads due the merger that included a 30% staff cut.

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Culture Committee surprized, disappointed and… puzzled

Select committee reports are an acquired taste, but anyone with access to the internet and half a day to spare will find the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s recent report, Funding of the Arts and Heritage, and the evidence that informed it, an illuminating read. Published just two days before English arts organisations received results of their applications for Arts Council funding from 2012, it attracted a quick flash of publicity for some of its bolder conclusions and recommendations.

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TrasHeaD
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ACE Wednesday

On 30 March, Arts Council England announced the winners and losers in the new National Portfolio Organisations (NPO) for funding 2012-15. Here’s a-n’s take on what’s happened, the likely impact on artists, independent arts professionals and the arts ecology as well as highlights from some of the many comments and discussions that are in train.

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AIR members march for the alternative
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Future art and design under threat

In March, AIR – Artists Interaction and Representation – put its weight behind calls for art education to be accessible to all, following a survey in which 95% of its members gave hearty support to the view that art education should be accessible “irrespective of background and financial status”. Here we outline AIR’s campaign and the survey’s key findings to provide evidence for artists to use.

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State of Play ? Art and Culture in Scotland Today
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Art and culture symposium

AHM (Sam Ainsley, David Harding and Sandy Moffat) presented the second of three one-day symposiums across Scotland in April.

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How to work with artists
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Arts development UK launches

National Association of Local Government Arts Officers (NALGAO) re-launches this spring as Arts Development UK (ADUK), to reflect the changing nature of arts development and those involved. Lorna Brown, Head of Arts & Cultural Strategy West Sussex County Council and NALGAO Chair, reports.

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Digital collecting

A collaboration between Harris Museum and Gallery and Folly, ‘Current’ is an experiment into collecting digital and new media artworks, on show at Harris Museum until 4 June.

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Modes of Practice in an Age of Austerity
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Modes of practice

In March, artists got together to discuss and share their strategies for surviving the cuts without compromising practice, ethics or professionalism.

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Travelling hopefully

The end of the art and design academic year is often the time for travel and other ways of broadening horizons. Here’s a few of the many options around and about.

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RFO visual art organisations
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A new landscape for Wales

In December 2010 the Arts Council of Wales announced its new portfolio of revenue clients. From 116 existing clients more than thirty were lost. Five months on we asked the sector what the impact has been and how the visual arts in Wales has reacted, and what England might anticipate following last month’s ACE announcements.

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The Eat Me
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On the cover

Iain Andrews, The Eat Me, 50x60cm, acrylic on canvas, 2010.

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Editorial – 2011 May

As the UK’s cultural sector braces itself for the most radical changes in recent history, a-n has been following the situation as it develops and presenting the most up-to-date news and information.

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Re: Hill33

Having seen the sagging pile that currently represents David Cotterell’s Hill33 in the Forest of Dean I was surprised to see the carefully selected photograph that accompanied the article ‘Collaborative relationships’ (a-n Magazine March 2011 issue).

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Live Art UK

The Live Art UK network writes in response to the announcement by Arts Council England (ACE) of its National Portfolio Organisation awards for 2012-15.

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Chasing the Shadow

John Plowman unpicks a new book on collaborative practice by Nuno Sacramento and Claudia Zeiske.

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