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Rachel Maclean pictured at  Chiesa di Santa Caterina where her film, Spite Your Face, 2017, is being shown. Photo: Patrick Rafferty; Courtesy: Scotland + Venice
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A Q&A with… Rachel Maclean, Scotland + Venice artist

For her Venice Biennale film, Spite Your Face, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean has created a re-working of the Pinnocchio story that explores power, political lies and the rise of populism. Moira Jeffrey talks to her about the themes and form of the work.

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a-n 2017 General Election Artists’ Toolkit
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2017 General Election Artists’ Toolkit

Advocacy toolkit to support a-n members to make the case for visual art and artists in the run up to the 2017 General Election on 8 June. Provides key messages, ideas for communicating and a sample letter.

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Mark Titchner, HANDS OFF. Courtesy: the artist and Vilma Gold
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Hands Off Our Revolution: global art project confronts rising populist right

More than 200 artists, musicians, writers and art professionals including Anish Kapoor, Yinka Shonibare, Mark Titchner and Iwona Blazwick have pledged to take part in exhibitions and art projects around the world confronting the rise of right wing populism in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

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Midwestern blues: Trump, a polarised America, and the curse and opportunity of ‘interesting times’

As Washington DC prepares for the 20 January presidential inauguration and the rest of the world is gripped/appalled by the latest predictably narcissistic Donald Trump Twitter outburst, London-based artist Sonya Dyer – who was on a residency in Nebraska during the election – reflects on her US experience and considers what the new era means for art and artists.

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Mia Frostner and Rosalie Schweiker, You Brexit You Fix It, 2016
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Artists respond to Brexit: “It’s important to make a stand, to be direct”

With scrutiny of the government’s Brexit plans intensifying as Theresa May’s end of March deadline for triggering Article 50 to leave the EU gets nearer, artists are responding to the uncertain climate in a variety of ways. Pippa Koszerek, who as an artist is herself involved in Brexit-related events, takes a look at some forthcoming projects.

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Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern
Photo: Hugo Glendinning 2016
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2016 – How was it for you? #1: Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern

This year saw Frances Morris become director of Tate Modern and in June the gallery’s £260m extension, The Switch House, opened to positive reviews. She reflects on what has personally been an “amazing year” while lamenting a period in which “respect for difference and individuality” has been vigorously attacked.

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Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka, performance of Made To Be Broken as part of the Platform exhibition at Edinburgh Art Festival 2016.
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2016 in view: “Out of the messiness came solidarity and collaboration”

a-n’s Executive Director Jeanie Scott reflects on an incredibly busy year for the organisation that has seen the publication of the Paying Artists Exhibition Payment Guidance, wide-ranging support for artists through a-n bursaries, and membership reach a record high. And, despite an increasingly messy global situation, says there’s much to look forward to in 2017.

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