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Experts say government should highlight the arts’ impact on health; Birmingham’s arts organisations told to prepare for more cuts

In Brief: news briefing featuring national and international stories, including: Birmingham City Council tells arts organisations to prepare for further 30% cut, Nesta launches £3.7m fund offering small repayable loans to arts organisations, plus video suggests Banksy originally planned to shred entire Girl With Balloon artwork.

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Eastside Projects reopening: “A lot of positives have come out of what at first seemed a very bad situation”

Last June, Birmingham based arts organisation Eastside Projects unexpectedly closed its gallery space, with rumours circulating as to the reasons why. Director Gavin Wade speaks to Jack Hutchinson about the real reasons for the closure, how it highlighted the support for Eastside Projects from Birmingham’s art scene and the organisation’s plans for the future.

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The art of incarceration: representation and rehabilitation in UK prisons

With reference to Edmund Clark’s current Ikon Gallery exhibition ‘In Place of Hate’ – the result of three years as artist in residence at the therapeutic prison HMP Grendon – a recent symposium in Birmingham explored the role of art and its use as a rehabilitative tool. After a day of talks and presentations, Carrie Foulkes finds her belief in socially-engaged practice reaffirmed.

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2017 – How was it for you? #6: Grand Union, Birmingham

The Birmingham gallery and artists’ studios was added to Arts Council England’s national portfolio this year, marking a new chapter in its development. Programme director Kim McAleese and associate curator Seán Elder map out the before and after of “a pretty incredible year”.

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Digesting Politics at Grand Union, Birmingham

Keep it complex headed up to Birmingham to have some tea and Teressa May cake at Grand Union. Our local supermarket had refused to print Teressa May on a Cake, we’re not sure why, something about not being able to […]

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A Q&A with… Sonia Boyce, artist, academic, and improviser

With a solo show at ICA and as part of a group exhibition at Eastside Projects, Sonia Boyce is exploring ideas around play, improvisation and sculpture – including a collaborative project with ukuele-playing skateboarders. Anneka French talks to the artist during the first of two lively, nerve-wracking performances in Birmingham, as skaters fly by and instruments are played.

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A Q&A with… Roger Hiorns, artist with youth and beauty on his mind

Best known for Seizure, his 2008 Artangel commission for which he covered the interior of a South London flat with copper sulphate, Roger Hiorns’ current show at Ikon Gallery sees him back in his home city, where he also hopes to soon bury a decommissioned Boeing 737. Fisun Güner talks to the artist.

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A Q&A with… John Stezaker, collage artist and first-time curator

John Stezaker, known for his photographic collages constructed from found images, has turned curator for ‘Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud’ at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Anneka French talks to the artist about his new departure, how he selected works for the show, and where his own art fits in.

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Digital-oriented practice: two-year initiative explores new models of working

The Office for Art, Design and Technology is a new two-year programme of residencies, events, exhibitions and professional development for new and more established artists with digital practices. Anneka French talks to the artist leading the programme as well as artists and mentors involved in Post-Modern Plant Life 2, the recently completed first stage of the initiative.

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