Steve Dutton discusses the outcomes of a-n’s Artist-led bursaries, which were awarded to six artist-led groups in 2017, and explores how artists and artists’ groups adapt to navigate turbulent cultural and political landscapes.
Artist-led group bursary 2017 - a-n The Artists Information Company
Founded in 2010 by a group of London-based artists, AltMFA is a free, nomadic, alternative art school whose fluid content and structure morphs around the needs of its members. Lydia Ashman speaks to co-founder Louise Ashcroft about the project and why radical inclusivity and a little bit of anarchism are essential to its existence.
Hack & Host in Hull was established in 2015 by three local arts workers as a public forum for structured conversations about contemporary art. Lydia Ashman reflects on how the project has been impacted by Hull City of Culture 2017 and speaks to associated artist, Clare Holdstock, about Hack & Host’s ongoing appetite for debates about art and politics.
Formed in 2016 in the run up to the EU referendum, Keep It Complex: Make it Clear is a loose collective of London-based artists and cultural workers. Its members aim to challenge apathy and fear by providing people with ‘tools and ideas to get involved with everyday politics’. Lydia Ashman reflects on the ways in which the group use their skills and networks as artists to facilitate conversation in a divided world.
Market Gallery has been part of Glasgow’s artist-led ecology since 2000. The gallery is led by a volunteer committee and operates from a shop unit in the working-class neighbourhood of Dennistoun, where it presents a varied programme of exhibitions, events and residencies. Lydia Ashman talks to artist and committee member Catalina Barroso-Luque about how the gallery is responding to a reduction of resources through its programme and structure.
Rhubaba is a studio provider and a project space in Edinburgh. Led by a volunteer committee, it presents an interdisciplinary programme of exhibitions, workshops and events. Lydia Ashman speaks to committee member Ben Callaghan about Learnin’ Broke my 💔, Rhubaba’s research project on radical pedagogy and self-organisation, and the challenges and rewards of operating in an artist-led context.
Treeline is a Birmingham-based artist-led investigation into how artists can influence our relationship with nature. In 2017, members of Vivid Projects’ Black Hole Club visited Norway and Spain to research and develop an international network of artists, sustainability practitioners and academics for Treeline. Lydia Ashman speaks to Jaime Jackson, one of Treeline’s founders, about why artists are best placed to facilitate positive change.
Learnin’ broke my 💔 is an ongoing research project concerned with experimental and self organised educational practices. The research is a multifarious activity held in common by the individuals who, collectively, constitute Rhubaba as a space. They have and are […]
Salt road & Black Hole Club A-N artist bursary ecology climate change artist project between Oslo, Birmingham and the Basque Country.
this is a blog run by the keep it complex collective to document our a-n bursary funded DIGESTING POLITICS series
A forum that sought to address our increasingly fragile ecology of arts, culture & media from a range of perspectives.
A year of public talks and collective research and practice themed around ‘The Future’. AltMFA is a free, open alternative art school run by its peers.
Manifesto is the end product of our a-n funded project exploring artists as political activists.
The exhibition is being supported by Hull City arts and Hull 2017.