a-n’s Assembly programme of workshops, talks and networking returns with a new series of one-day events taking place in four cities around the UK. With events in Salford and Birmingham already confirmed, we take a closer look at the Assembly Salford programme which will explore how artists can maintain their presence within a city region undergoing rapid development.
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a-n is partnering on a new four-year programme led by East Street Arts that aims to put artists in control of how and where they work.
Build Your Own Art World was a one-day seminar at OSR Projects in Somerset that considered what it means to be artist-led and if there is an alternative to a global gallery system. For Julie McCalden, it highlighted the need for artists to resist the behaviours the art world encourages them to adopt.
Taking place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March, the artist-run Next Term Festival in Manchester brings together local communities, artists, educators and policy makers to celebrate creativity and debate the future of art in schools.
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.
Following an artist-led community engagement intervention on the Trees Estate, Preston
Nine artists share their stories and advice on how to make the most of moving your home and practice to a new location. In this follow up to Dan Thompson’s guide to relocating, artists working across a range of practice areas discuss how they found new networks, refuelled their practice and sought out support mechanisms following a move.
An open letter to Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has criticised Creative Scotland’s handling of arts funding in the country and called on the Scottish government to give artists and arts organisations a bigger say in funding decisions.
Thanks to Plymouth College of Art, PAC Home at Plymouth Arts Centre, Extra Special People at Eastside Projects, CG Associates at Castlefield Gallery, WARP at g39, Spike Associates at Spike Island, Visual Art South West, Somerset Art Works, and CVAN […]
The committee of the artist-run Glasgow gallery, which last week was dropped from Creative Scotland’s portfolio of regularly funded organisations, has issued a strongly-worded statement lambasting the decision.
Artists and visual art professionals have been expressing their shock and concern over Creative Scotland’s decision to cease its regular funding of Transmission, the artist-run Glasgow gallery that has had key role in the city’s contemporary art scene since 1983.
A year on from its Unite Against Dividers weekend, Keep It Complex’s recent Organise With Others event was designed to build on the initial weekend’s aim to equip and activate the arts community after the UK’s EU Referendum. Julie McCalden reports on a productive and informative day.
Artist duo LOW PROFILE discuss the impetus for and ideas behind Jamboree As artists with quite a few years of experience behind us, who have chosen to base our lives and arts practice outside of an established visual art “hub”, […]
A blog giving a behind the scenes look at Jamboree 2018, an artist-led gathering of 150 artists and curators
Projects from a-n members selected from a-n’s Events section, including exhibitions and events in Chester, Grimsby and London.
A group of artists in Bristol has coordinated a united front in the face of an Arts Council England visual arts review in which they feel they weren’t offered an equal seat at the table. They outline their intervention in a recent public consultation event while proposing a new approach for the city’s art ecology.
Emerging activity in the city’s medieval gateways, towers and vaults complements Southampton’s new Cultural Quarter development.
Alongside the launch of its first curated programme, this week Tendency Towards opens its inaugural exhibition – an interdisciplinary showcase of graduate artists from four Scottish art schools. Richard Taylor finds out more about this new artist-run initiative in Scotland’s ‘Granite City’.
In the exhibitions ‘Queer Art(ists) Now’ and ‘Notes on Queerness’, the idea of queer art is presented in an artist-led context, with work ranging from painting to film. Alistair Gentry speaks to some of those featured and explores what the amorphous, contested term ‘queer’ might mean for artists in the UK.
The advisory service for artists in the south west of England announces it will be ceasing all activities after a second application to Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme was unsuccessful.
Commissioned to write a 500-word comment piece, artists Kerri Jefferis, Sophie Chapman and Rosalie Schweiker started thinking about the words we use in the visual arts and the need for new ones. This is what they wrote.
The inaugural Coventry Biennial takes as its theme ‘the future’ and has as its main venue a relic of the city’s past – the former offices of the Coventry Evening Telegraph. Selina Oakes reports.
Artist-led spaces and pop-up shows take place throughout London this weekend as part of the fifth edition of Art Licks’ popular festival.
Hull-based artist Clare Holdstock is this week’s featured a-n blogger on the a-n Instagram feed. She talks to Richard Taylor about her practice and where she places it.
Following a successful pilot in 2015, Plymouth-based LOW PROFILE has announced that the first full edition of its Jamboree event will take place in June 2018, with a bespoke, four-day programme of artist-led professional development activities supported by a-n.