Christine Borland’s current show ‘to The Power of Twelve’ looks at the history of Mount Stuart, a neo-gothic country mansion on the island of Bute, during the first world war when it was used as a naval hospital. She talks to Jessica Ramm about the project which sees her return to Mount Stuart fifteen years on from her first exhibition at the Grade A listed house.
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Following a call-out asking artists to submit their ‘preparations, patterns, neuroses, speculations, and procrastinations that surround the production of art in the studio’, the four-day Inventory of Behaviours event at Tate Modern saw these submissions turned into instructions that were carried out by volunteer artists, students and members of the public. Trevor H. Smith explores the value of the transitional space between not making and making art.
For his exhibition ‘Fellowship of Citizens’ London-based Icelandic artist Saemundur Thor Helgason is promoting a lottery set up to help fund a campaign to bring about the idea of a basic income for each person in Iceland. Laura Davidson visits the show at arebyte Gallery and talks to Helgason about his plans.
While its spread-out nature presents plenty of challenges for artists and galleries in the counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and parts of Ceredigion, west Wales nevertheless has a lively and varied visual arts scene. For the latest in our ongoing series, Bob Gelsthorpe provides a snapshot of current activity.
Trevor H. Smith, one of eight a-n members selected for the a-n Writer Development Programme 2017-18, reviews the GI group show ‘Second Nature’ and Glasgow-based artist Sarah Forrest’s short film, Again, it objects.
For the latest in our ongoing Scene Report series, Preston-based artist Martin Hamblen provides a tour of the city’s visual arts activity and asks whether the much vaunted ‘Preston Model’ of inward investment stretches to investing in the artists living and working in the area.
Laura Davidson, one of eight a-n members selected for the a-n Writer Development Programme, reviews two Glasgow International exhibitions that foreground the importance of marginalised histories in our current discussions about race, class and gender.
The 80-year-old Spanish artist Esther Ferrer presented two performances during this year’s Glasgow International. Artist and writer Jessica Ramm, one of eight a-n members selected for the a-n Writer Development Programme 2017-18, was at The Pearce Institute in Govan for the MINIMAL/POOR/PRESENT event.
Rachel Magdeburg, one of eight a-n members selected for the a-n Writer Development Programme 2017-18, reviews Glasgow-based artist Michelle Hannah’s multifaceted and dramatic installation at The Savings Bank, presented as part of Glasgow International 2018.
With nearly 100 exhibitions and featuring more than 250 artists, the eighth Glasgow International festival, which continues until 7 May, is a bustlingly busy affair taking place in venues across Scotland’s largest city. To help you navigate it, seven writers on the a-n Writer Development Programme 2017-18 offer their recommendations following an intense and varied opening weekend.
As he prepares for his Glasgow International solo show at Kelvin Hall, Jessica Ramm – who is also exhibiting during GI – talks to the Glasgow-based artist about authority, control and power, and how his work offsets some of the grandeur of the city’s colonial past.
This Might Be The Future, funded by an a-n artist-led bursary, stems from AltMFA’s year-long ‘The Future’ programme and features a pleasingly chaotic collection of contributions that AltMFA co-founder Louise Ashcroft describes as a “clear reflection of our values in an object”. Laura Davidson reports.
For latest in our ongoing Scene Report series, Bath-based artist Trevor H. Smith takes a look at the contemporary art landscape in his home city and the county of Somerset.
The former director of Southend-on-Sea’s Focal Point Gallery takes up his new role in Eastbourne at a difficult time for the gallery, as local council cuts mean a 50% reduction in funding over the next four years. Judith Alder finds him relishing the challenges ahead, and with a focus on opportunities for the gallery to play a more central role in the life of the East Sussex town.
With reference to Edmund Clark’s current Ikon Gallery exhibition ‘In Place of Hate’ – the result of three years as artist in residence at the therapeutic prison HMP Grendon – a recent symposium in Birmingham explored the role of art and its use as a rehabilitative tool. After a day of talks and presentations, Carrie Foulkes finds her belief in socially-engaged practice reaffirmed.
In the last of eight reviews stemming from the writer development workshop at Ikon Gallery in December, Trevor H Smith finds many questions left hanging in Edmund Clark’s exhibition, ‘In Place of Hate’. I am led down a strip-lit corridor, […]
A year after it launched in the Devonshire Ward of the East Sussex town, the Devonshire Collective is hosting its second Digital Weekender as it continues to work with artists to develop and strengthen the local scene. Eastbourne-based artist Judith Alder reports.
For his review of Edmund Clark’s ‘In Place of Hate’, Martin Hamblen is struck by an absence on the inside. A walk-in, waist-high light box, constructed in the shape of a right angled capital C. On the exposed Perspex surface […]
For her 600-word review following the writer development workshop at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, Jessica Ramm chose to write about Edmund Clark’s exhibition. For the exhibition ‘In Place of Hate’, Edmund Clark offers up the culmination of his three-year residency at […]
A video of ornamental goldfish swimming through feathery weed plays on the screen of a large box TV near the entrance to Edmund Clark’s exhibition, ‘In Place of Hate’. It reminds me of time spent watching goldfish in an aquarium […]
Following on from the writer development programme workshop at Ikon Gallery, which was led by Frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock, Laura Davidson reviews Edmund Clark’s “refreshing utopian” exhibition, ‘In Place of Hate’. Oscar Wilde pressed flowers he found in the […]
At the third writer workshop led by Frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock, the participants were asked to file a 600-word of one of the two current exhibitions at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. This is Carrie Foulkes’ review Edmund Clark’s ‘In Place of […]
While all the other writers chose to review the Edmund Clark exhibition at Ikon Gallery, Rachel Magdeburg decided to focus her 600-word piece on an exhibition of works by the 19th century convict artist Thomas Bock. This is her review. Thomas […]
During the third writer development workshop at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, all the writers visited the current exhibitions at the gallery (‘In Place of Hate’ by Edmund Clark and ‘Thomas Bock’). Frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock led the workshop and asked […]
Stemming from the second writer development workshop at Jerwood Space in London, Carrie Foulkes decided to write a profile of the Newcastle-based artist Nicola Singh – one of three artists chosen for the 3-Phase programme. Working across performance, sculpture, installation […]