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A Q&A with… David Brian Smith, painter

The Shropshire-born artist grew up on a farm, with his childhood experiences influencing everything from the content to the materials of his paintings. Here he discusses the continuing importance of painting and his latest body of work, currently on show at the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Painters’ Painters’ exhibition.

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Resisting gentrification: why we should fight hard to protect affordable creative spaces

Newcastle-based artist Kathryn Hodgkinson believes that the city council’s planning decisions are having a detrimental effect on the area’s creative community. In the wake of the recent decision to demolish the creative space Uptin House to make way for ‘yet another block of student flats’, she argues that local authorities need to embrace the true value of artists.

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Hotel Elephant: “A spring board for artists in Elephant and Castle”

A new development in south London that will provide between 80 and 100 workspaces for emerging artists and creative entrepreneurs is in the final stages of construction, with a hot desk space, gallery and café already open. Artist and Hotel Elephant co-director Emily Woodhouse speaks to Jack Hutchinson about how the project, established in 2009, found its new home.

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The city problem: “Artists are not highly regarded”

The second in Artquest’s System Failure series of conversations took place earlier this week, with a discussion looking at how artists can benefit from urban regeneration. We report from the event at Block 336, an artist-led space in Brixton, London.

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Artist’s studios: creating public benefit

With forewords by David Lammy MP, then Minister for Culture, and Sarah Weir, then Chief Executive Arts Council England, London, this report provides in-depth information about the public benefit of affordable studio providers in London.

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