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

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a-n Magazine November 2011

Contents include: Pointing North highlights the festivals, events and exhibitions taking place across the North of England this season; Katriona Beales reports from the Apha-ville festival symposium in London; in Debate Emma Geliot asks are disabled artists more in the […]

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Worlds in the Making
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Make digital

Artists and designers embracing digital learning, production and distribution.

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Metatopia
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Prize launches

October saw the opening of the John Moores Painting Prize 2012. Judges this year are artists Fiona Banner, Angela de la Cruz and George Shaw with Whitechapel Art Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick and Creative director of the BBC, Alan Yentob.

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Editorial – 2011 November

Digital capabilities have revolutionised artists’ working practices, from transforming the kind of works they make to how they interact with each other and audiences.

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Bookish commission

Emily Speed – already well known for her Artists talking blog ‘Getting paid’ and her regular reports for a-n Magazine – added curatorship of an artists’ books project to her portfolio of skills last month, through a commission from a-n.

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Less is not always more: art education on the back foot

On reading Mitra Memarzia’s report on diminishing resources in undergraduate courses (‘The future of art education’, a-n Magazine September 2011) I was moved to both endorse the findings and speculate further on the continuing erosion of specialist teacher training in art education.

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Central Line ‘Barman’ fabric designs by Wallace Sewell

Textile designers Wallace Sewell’s ‘Barman’ seating fabric was launched this summer as part of the TfL Investment Programme to refurbish Central Line trains in London. The first phase of the new seating is in situ and over time all Central […]

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Community development

I have been reading some interesting comments recently in your magazine about the issue of artists when they leave education and enter employment. I feel I would like to comment on this issue. As an arts graduate I am now […]

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Jayne Knight
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Pushing ahead

With September’s forecast of a one in six chance of another recession burning in our ears, it’s vital that non-profits like a-n maintain their critical edge.

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New opportunities

I have recently responded to a couple of exhibition opportunity announcements and followed them through – the most recent: Calling all artists for a group exhibition at The Brick Lane Gallery.

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Planning rules should promote the arts

Through a letter published in the Sunday Telegraph, 2 October, a consortium of arts bodies including a-n called for inclusion of arts and culture in National Planning Policy Framework.

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To Let
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Pointing North

Highlighting just some of the festivals, events and exhibitions taking place across the North of England this season.

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Camp Dag
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Aspire to inspire

It’s sixteen years since the Disability Discrimination Act came into force; so are disabled artists more in the mainstream now, or have the goal posts just moved sideways asks Emma Geliot.

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A Question of Movement
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Siobhan Davies Commissions

This month sees the culmination of a two-year project at Siobhan Davies Dance, one of the country’s most distinctive dance companies. Choreographer Davies has paired dance artists with visual and applied artists to bring their creative practices together and create new works ranging from performance to film and installation. The commissioned dance artists are Henry Montes, Sarah Warsop, Gill Clarke and Deborah Saxon who are partnered respectively with Marcus Coates, Tracey Rowledge and Lucy Skaer. Henry Montes and Deborah Saxon have also made a piece together with Bruce Sharp. Here, three of the visual artists relate their experiences.

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Artists by and large

The continued squeeze on arts funding is throwing up some interesting solutions to supporting artists, whilst raising some serious debates about the future of the profession.

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We're no longer seeing, but reading
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Artists talking… talking!

Andrew Bryant discusses a new series of events that take Artists talking ‘out of the virtual and into the actual’.

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Arts funding cuts

In October, Eden District Council announced a cut of 70% to Eden Arts by 2014.

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