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Willie Sullivan at Free Market symposium, Market Gallery, Glasgow, 17-19 May 2017. Photo: Chris Sharratt
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Free Market thinking: arts, organising and alternatives to neoliberalism

Market Gallery’s recent Free Market symposium – supported by an a-n Artist Led Bursary – brought together thinkers and doers to discuss issues around ‘cultural resources in crisis’ and was in part informed by the Glasgow gallery’s own precarious situation. Chris Sharratt reports on three days of thinking beyond the usual.

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Cubitt Artists at Goods Way, London 1992. Courtesy: Morgan Quaintance
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Cubitt 25 years: an artist-led history

Morgan Quaintance’ documentary explores Cubitt studios, Cubitt gallery and Cubitt education, taking a look at the history and present of the London-based organisation, its previous curators, artists and others who have been involved, as well as glimpsing into its possible future.

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‘Free Art Party’ by Overdraft as part of EBC004 at ebc, Bristol 2016. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt
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Artist-led: further reading

Kevin Hunt compiles a list of both online and in print reading material about the artist-led sector, as a supplement to his essay People like us and the new Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii).

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Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii) logo. Design: Sam Jones. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt and Sam Jones
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Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii)

Kevin Hunt has created a new Artist-Led Hot 100 to celebrate some of the most exciting artist-led activity that has emerged during the past four years, since his original Hot 100 long-list was produced in Summer 2013. Focusing on projects that are “by artists, for artists”, the list highlights artist-led initiatives around the UK that are visibly active right now.

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Preview of ¿AreWeNotDrawnOnwardToNewEra?: the final closing event at g39’s former Mill Lane home, 2 July 2011. Courtesy: Kevin Hunt
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People like us

Kevin Hunt explores the nature of temporariness and expiration, morphing and longevity in artist-led initiatives. Written to coincide with the launch of the Artist-Led Hot 100 (version ii) and Assembly Liverpool, May 2017.

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Whitstable Biennale Director Sue Jones, The Curation Process (Or – How do I get them to exhibit my work?) at Turner Contemporary, as part of Assembly Margate. Photo: Jason Pay
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Assembly Margate: “Working with artists is a compelling process”

Across two days of talks, workshops and get-togethers, Assembly Margate explored both the specifics of living and working as an artist in a town with a small population where art can be a contentious subject, and the broader picture of how artists deal with issues such as regeneration, gentrification and working with communities.

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The Royal Standard at NOSOULFORSALE, Tate Modern, 2010
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Assembly Liverpool: focusing on artist-led activity

For the second of a-n’s touring programme of workshops, talks and get-togethers, we’re heading to Liverpool where artist Kevin Hunt has developed two days of activities focusing on the artist-led project spaces that punctuate the city’s institution-heavy gallery ecology.

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Keep it Complex – Make it Clear, Unite Against Dividers, a weekend of workshops, debates, questions and networking to equip and activate the arts community after the UK’s EU Referendum, January 2017.
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a-n Artist-led bursaries: six artist-led groups receive awards

In response to a call out earlier this year that sought proposals exploring how artists and artists’ groups adapt to navigate turbulent cultural and political landscapes, six artist-led groups have been awarded bursaries to develop their research.

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Sightseeking or Siteseeking?, guided walk with artist Julia Riddiough and architect David Kitt as part of Margate Festival 2016. Photo: Julia Riddiough
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Assembly Margate: programme of artists’ workshops, talks and events announced

a-n’s touring programme of workshops, talks and get-togethers begins in early May with Assembly Margate, devised in collaboration with Margate-based social artist Dan Thompson. Stephen Palmer reports.

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Moving on up, Moving on out
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The NewBridge Project: end of an era as artist-led community prepares to move out

The NewBridge Project is bidding farewell to its current home in Newcastle city centre with a month-long exhibition and events programme featuring over 80 artist studio holders.

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a-n Artist-led groups bursaries 2017

a-n The Artists Information Company is offering bursaries of £1,500 – £3,000 to artist-led groups seeking to explore how artists and artists’ groups adapt to and navigate the current turbulent cultural and political climate.

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The Royal Standard relocates
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Royal Standard relocates, David Hockney to design stained-glass window for the Queen, and photographer Greg Constantine banned from attending his own exhibition.

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Exhibition Payment: The a-n/AIR Paying Artists Guide
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Paying Artists campaign: a-n and AIR’s Exhibition Payment Guide launched

Following more than two years working and consulting with artists, major public funders and visual arts organisations, a-n and AIR has published new guidelines for paying artists for their contribution to public exhibitions.

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Paying Artists Artist-Led Manifesto
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Paying Artists: Artist-Led Manifesto

Created specially for the Paying Artists Campaign by artist Dan Thompson, the Artist-Led Manifesto sets out the principles of fair payment for artist-led groups and collectives who may be in receipt of public funds, but who may also operate without funds at the directive of the artists involved.

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