a-n Research editor Dany Louise highlights reports and evaluations from several UK-based art festivals and biennials that provide useful insight into the continued investment in large-scale art presentations and projects.
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Rachel Magdeburg, one of eight a-n members selected for the a-n Writer Development Programme 2017-18, reviews Glasgow-based artist Michelle Hannah’s multifaceted and dramatic installation at The Savings Bank, presented as part of Glasgow International 2018.
For its 10th edition, Liverpool Biennial’s theme asks ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’. The 2018 programme offers diverse answers in the form of artworks including healing gardens, ‘plein air’ paintings, politically-charged video work, New Wave cinema, and ancestral-style stencilled wall drawings.
What does 2018 have in store in terms of exhibitions, art fairs, festivals, conferences and other events? We take a month-by-month look at what the year ahead has to offer.
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.
Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art has announced the appointment of CCA Derry-Londonderry’s Matt Packer as its new director.
Artists including Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Mark Leckey and Krzysztof Wodiczko feature in Liverpool Biennial’s inaugural touring programme of exhibitions at galleries across the north of England.
This year’s biennial, the first under its new director, includes an exhibition celebrating the visual legacy of Joy Division and New Order, plus a film performance by Phil Collins that will bring a Soviet-era statue of Friedrich Engels to Manchester.
Oliver Bennett reflects on the challenges of introducing art into the public realm, following his attendance at Oslo Pilot’s symposium, as the city seeks to challenge the existing biennial format and enable new dialogues with its public space.
New festival artistic director John McGrath announces a snapshot of the 2017 programme, which includes new commissions by prominent visual artists.
The Cardiff Contemporary festival, with its broad theme of ‘communication’, continues throughout Wales’ capital city until 19 November. Pippa Koszerek picks out some works for a closer look.
The ‘Points of Departure’ exhibition at the inaugural Estuary biennial explores the sights, sounds and histories of the Thames Estuary through a range of works utilising sculpture, video, photography, performance, and sound. Patrick Langley reports.
The first-ever biennial Estuary festival presents 16 days of art, literature, music and film ‘curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary’. Chris Sharratt talks to Kent-based, water-loving artist Adam Chodzko about his latest iteration of Ghost, featuring a specially adapted kayak with room for one reclining passenger.
For just 10 days, the Whitstable Biennale transforms the seaside town on the Kent coast with its intelligent art-led approach and unusual new commissions. Dany Louise reports from a biennial like no other.
The largest contemporary art festival in the UK returns for its ninth edition with 42 artists paying homage to Liverpool’s history and future through themed ‘episodes’.
In 2016 I was awarded an AN Travel Bursary to go to Fotofest: one of the oldest Photography Biennials in the world. The outcome was new friendships, new contacts and a whole new comprehension about the inner workings of the museum world.
Curated by Bergen Kunsthall director Martin Clark, the Art Sheffield 2016 festival is alive with the city’s industrial and political history, with gallery spaces and culturally significant sites hosting newly commissioned and older works. Cathy Wade feels the reverberations.
This year’s Glasgow International sprawls across 75 venues, features the work of over 200 international and local artists, and features a curatorial theme focusing on the city’s post-industrial status. Chris Sharratt reports.
The programme for the sixth edition of the biennial festival Art Sheffield will include a number of site-specific installations and a focus on 1980s ‘scratch video’.
57 internationally-exhibiting artists will take part in Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art, with exhibitions taking place in both gallery and non-gallery spaces.
Polemical 1937 book The Road to Wigan Pier is the thematic framework for the next two editions of North East festival of art, music and film.
What does 2016 have in store in terms of conferences and events, exhibitions, art fairs and festivals? We take a month-by-month look at what the year has to offer – and we’ll be adding new events for later in the year as they’re confirmed.
The biennial art festival is aiming to raise funds for a new project and social space for the 2016 edition, with rewards for pledgers including studio visits, limited edition artwork, workshops and behind the scenes tours.
The British Ceramics Biennial has selected the winner of its 2015 FRESH award for recent graduates.
On Tuesday, I went to an artists meeting – set up by fellow blogger Josie Jenkins ( https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/skygroundbeing/post/52429535 ) It was wet and miserable, it had been a horrible day in work (half term – loads of kids ) and we […]