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Sonia Boyce, Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Photo: George Torode; Courtesy: the artist and Eastside Projects
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A Q&A with… Sonia Boyce, artist, academic, and improviser

With a solo show at ICA and as part of a group exhibition at Eastside Projects, Sonia Boyce is exploring ideas around play, improvisation and sculpture – including a collaborative project with ukuele-playing skateboarders. Anneka French talks to the artist during the first of two lively, nerve-wracking performances in Birmingham, as skaters fly by and instruments are played.

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Holly Hendry. Photo: Courtesy Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
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A Q&A with… Holly Hendry, sculptor and rising star

Having graduated from the Royal College of Art last year, London-based artist Holly Hendry has won numerous awards and just opened her first solo show in a UK public gallery at Baltic, Gateshead. Anneka French talks to her about her whirlwind career so far.

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Laura Oldfield Ford
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A Q&A with… Laura Oldfield Ford, artist and urban explorer

For her current show at The Showroom, London-based artist Laura Oldfield Ford has constructed a disorientating visual, textual and sonic journey that draws on her experiences of navigating the gallery’s surrounding area, weaving together multiple voices and alternative histories and futures. Lydia Ashman finds out more.

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Kirkgate Market, Leeds, Personal Shopper, Katy Etheridge and Simon Persighetti
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Walk this way: Compass Festival brings live art to Leeds’ streets

This year’s Compass Festival of live art features 18 events, many of which have walking at their heart as performers and participants infiltrate and interact with the city around them. Lydia Ashman finds out more from the festival’s director and some of the artists taking part.

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Marc Renshaw, Europarc Project: In Search of Utopia, installation view, The Courtyard Gallery, The Collection, Lincoln. Photo: Marc Renshaw
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A Q&A with… Marc Renshaw, Europarc artist

The Europarc Project has seen North East Lincolnshire-based artist Marc Renshaw researching the strangely detached world of the region’s ‘flagship’ business park. a-n Writer Development Programme participant James Steventon talks to him as an exhibition of his work goes on show at The Collection, Lincoln.

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Nicholas Monro, King Kong, for the City Sculpture Project, 1972, the Bull Ring Birmingham. Eight cities were loaned sculptures by emerging artists with the option to buy them. Only one of the 16 pieces commissioned was kept in situ. Some were even deliberately destroyed highlighting the negative attitude to ‘modern’ art. © Arnolfini Archive
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Our post-war public art: questions of taste, time and commissioning

Out There: Our Post-War Public Art focuses on the period 1945-85 including 1972’s City Sculpture Project, which saw artworks temporarily sited in eight cities across the UK. After attending an event featuring Sculpture Project artists Garth Evans and Liliane Lijn, a-n Writer Development Programme participant James Steventon considers the notion of ‘shelf life’ in public art.

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Gerard Byrne: 1/125 of a second, Mead Gallery, 16 January – 12 March 2016. Photo: © Francis Ware
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A Q&A with… Gerard Byrne, artist filmmaker

Irish artist Gerard Byrne is known for film installations that deal with the presentation, manipulation and perception of narratives. For his show at Warwick Arts Centre he’s premiering a new work filmed with one unbroken panning shot in Stockholm’s Biologiska Museet. He talks to Anneka French about location, light and methods of display.

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Art education in school. Image courtesy of Bow Arts
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EBacc and the arts: “We are increasingly having to justify our existence on the curriculum”

The government’s plans for the English Baccalaureate, or EBacc, remains an ominous presence for art departments across England, with many describing it as hugely detrimental to the teaching of creative subjects in schools. With a Department for Education consultation on its implementation looming, Lydia Ashman talks about its impact to campaigners and those on the frontline of art education.

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Workshop 3, Ikon, Birmingham

The third and final workshop in the first a-n Writer Development Programme took us to Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery on Thursday 19 November for a session led by The Arts Desk‘s visual arts editor, Fisun Guner. All five programme participants braved train delays and […]

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Workshop 2, Home, Manchester

The second workshop in the a-n Writer Development Programme took place at Manchester’s newest arts venue, Home, on Wednesday 28 October 2015. The afternoon session was led by Frieze magazine reviews editor Amy Sherlock and the focus was on reviewing […]

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Workshop 1: Jerwood Space, London

As part of the first workshop in the new a-n Writer Development Programme, the five participants each produced a piece of writing in response to the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015, now available as an A5 printed booklet, a downloadable pdf, […]

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Lee John Phillips, The Shed Project: Volume 1 (2014/15), ink in sketchbook. Image shows one page from sketchbook
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Following the progress of the five writers taking part in the first a-n Writer Development Programme.

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