Three paid residencies for emerging artists and one paid art writer commission at new artist-led project space in Cornwall, Rame Projects CIC.
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Jane Boyer pays tribute to the artist Rebecca Fairman who, alongside her own practice, ran artist-led gallery Arthouse1 in Bermondsey, London.
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.
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).
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.
Five Years is a collaborative artist-run project in London. Its activities include exhibitions, a reading group, publications and workshops in local libraries. This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Thamesmead, with Five Years member Phill Wilson-Perkin, who outlines the project’s aims and explains why its co-operative and collaborative nature has contributed to its longevity.
Laura Yuile is a London-based artist whose practice is concerned with issues around domestic and urban space and how changes in the built environment and technology affect our everyday lives. This profile includes a video recorded at a-n’s Assembly Thamesmead event in October 2019.
Art Licks is a London-based platform that supports artist-led activity and grassroots visual culture in the capital. This profile includes a video recorded at a-n’s Assembly Thamesmead event in October 2019, in which Director Holly Willats introduces the organisation she founded in 2010.
Bow Arts Trust is an arts education charity which provides affordable work space to artists and creative businesses in London, alongside an award-winning education programme that works with over 100 schools. This profile includes a video interview with project manager Joss Taylor, recorded at Assembly Thamesmead in October 2019.
The award from National Lottery Heritage Fund activates a grant of almost £1m from Arts Council England, which will help transform historic Islington Mill into a 21st century community art space.
We take a look back at some of the highlights from the recent a-n Assembly, which focused on activism in the arts and the artist as activist, activator and change maker.
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This week’s selection includes exhibitions in London, Washington, Glasgow and Edinburgh – all taken from our busy Events section featuring shows and events posted by a-n members.
Taking place 17-20 October 2019, the annual Art Licks Weekend highlighting London’s artist-led and non-profit project spaces returns to venues across the city. We preview some of the events and exhibitions taking place under this year’s theme ‘Interdependence’ including some of the projects from outside London that are being hosted by partner spaces within the capital.
Our 2019 programme of one-day artist-led events continues with Assembly Thamesmead addressing how artists, drawn by opportunity and affordability, are living and working in new parts of the city, while Assembly Stoke-on-Trent throws into focus the idea of the artist as activist, activator and change maker.
Underpinning is the project of Aberdeen-based artist Kirsty Russell. This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, in which Russell introduces her practice, which often involves ‘creating spaces where there’s room for other people and ideas.’
D2 is a DIY event space in Aberdeen with a focus on experimental music, performance and immersive club experiences. This profile includes a video interview recorded at Assembly Aberdeen with D2 member Jack Ryan, who highlights the importance of building relationships and sharing skills.
A+E is a Glasgow-based multi-disciplinary collective who work at the intersection of art and ecology. This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, with A+E members Lucy Watkins, Maria Sledmere and Finn Arschavir, who introduce their practice and describe the benefits of working with others to find new perspectives.
Dundee-based project Dain’ Hings was initiated by Duncan of Jordanstone fine art students Jek McAllister and Saskia Singer as a way to invite fellow artists to ‘just dae hings’ This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, in which they explain how they got started using readily-available resources, including their local pub.
Gaada Projects works in venues across Shetland, offering platforms and support to local communities. This profile includes a video interview, recorded at Assembly Aberdeen, with Gaada’s co-directors Daniel Clark and Amy Gear, who outline the challenges and opportunities of setting up an artist-led initiative in a remote, rural location.
Naoko Mabon, who works under the name Wagon, is an Aberdeen-based freelance curator. This profile includes a video interview recorded at Assembly Aberdeen in which Mabon introduces her work and offers advice to artists thinking about setting up their own initiative.
Dartmoor-based artists Tabatha Andrews and Tim Bolton will collaborate with former Jaeger seamstresses for their sculptural project Make It Up, which draws on the port city’s textile and naval history.
The new fund from Jerwood Arts awards nearly £185,000 of grants to enable a ‘step-change’ in the practice and profile of those involved.
Creative Scotland is running a £400,000 pilot programme to support five of Scotland’s artist-led spaces to explore the best ways to sustain artist-run and collectively organised activity. Glasgow-based artist and writer Jessica Ramm considers the questions that will be asked.
Artist Jane Simpson, who runs Swansea gallery GS Artists, describes the challenge of maintaining relevance as an artist-led initiative and her optimism for the future. In a video interview recorded at a-n’s Assembly Swansea event in May 2019, which was programmed in collaboration with Simpson and explored the difficulties and advantages of running artist-led projects in the city.