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Artist and ex-chair of AIR, Paul Scott
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A history of AIR

How was AIR formed? What does the future hold? AIR’s former chair Paul Scott, who has been involved since day one, provides a timely insight.

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Feedback session at OpenAIR
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Artists effecting change

February saw the inaugural OpenAIR: Effecting Change members forum take place at Firstsite, Colchester as well as State of the Arts, Arts Council England’s (ACE) annual conference, which had Artists’ Shaping the World’ as its theme. Emily Speed, Jack Hutchinson and Gillian Nicol give their views of these events.

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Artists in discussion at OpenAIR: Effecting Change
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OpenAIR Effecting Change

On 11 February 2012, Firstsite, Colchester, hosted AIR’s first annual members forum. OpenAIR asked participants: how can artists effect change and what will this look like?

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AIR members march for the alternative
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Artists move to effect change

OpenAIR, the first annual members’forum of AIR: Artists Interaction and Representation, offers a unique platform for artists’ dialogue and debate, empowered and enabled through speakers drawn from very different disciplines and fields of work, all committed to campaigning for effective change.

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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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AIR INSIGHTS: Curating at Surface Gallery
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Surface Gallery

Jack Hutchinson speaks to volunteers at Surface Gallery, an independent, artist-led gallery and studio complex in Nottingham. Its expansive programme involves exhibitions, talks and residencies. 

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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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Jack Hutchinson outside the ISEA conference centre in Istanbul
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AIR at ISEA 2011

AIR Communications Officer Jack Hutchinson heads to the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art in Istanbul to explain AIR’s latest collaborations and how they are impacting on the lives of artists.

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The Big Artists' Survey 2011
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Big Artists Survey 2011 – the results!

Results of AIR and a-n’s largest ever artists’ survey. This document provides essential information both for artists actively lobbying for improvements in artists’ working conditions support for artists’ practice and professional development as well as for policy makers and funders […]

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March for the alternative, anti-cuts protests, London
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Making connections

News and updates on AIR’s strategies and activities designed to support professional artists within their practice and working lives.

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Editorial – 2011 October

As part of its ongoing mission to support contemporary visual arts practice, this month a-n publishes two reports in the feature ‘Artists, arts policy and funding’.

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Calls to arms

Artists and supporters of art are being rallied to support final implementation of an important Right for artists, their families and beneficiaries.

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Rich White at the June AIR Salon
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AIR member interview: Rich White

Installation, photographic and multimedia artist Rich White discusses working for free, the public perception of artists and notions of ‘amateur’ and ‘professional’ in the visual arts.

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Andrew Bryant at the June AIR Salon
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The C-word

Artists Talking Online Editor Andrew Bryant explores notions of commodity and compromise following a lively discussion at the June AIR Salon.

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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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The Loli-Con
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Crossing over

That 63% of those currently on contract to a-n are practitioners demonstrates our commitment to providing income for artists.

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