Collaborative Relationships - a-n The Artists Information Company

Charlene
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Picture this

In April 2010 six young people from North Glasgow were given the unique opportunity to explore life in a completely different way and to interpret what they saw using photography within contemporary art.

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Table Top Drawing
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Artists as parents as artists

Townley and Bradby have an ongoing collaborative practice. They also have two children. Here they discuss how they used an investigative project to allow their art practice and their parental commitments to inform one another, rather than remaining distinct entities. However, this feature does not look at the existing collaboration between the duo, it looks at the working relationship they initiated with a psychologist who specialises in families.

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Motion Disabled
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Motion Disabled

Motion Disabled is a digital exploration of the bodies of people who are physically different.

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A Little Patch of Ground
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A little patch of ground

Ruth Ben-Tovim and Anne-Marie Culhane discuss two collaborative projects that focus on exchange, community and participation.

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Colour Our Town Design Camp
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Community Facility

Artists David Hood and Seainin Passi introduce their ongoing collaborative practice Community Facility, and reflect on a legacy of nine years’ work and the subtleties of engagement that have emerged.

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from the Saturdads sessions
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Saturdads

Approached by Modern Art Oxford to deliver art sessions at a Sure Start children’s centre in the Rose Hill area of Oxford, artist Jon Lockhart began a four-year residency at the centre as part of MAO’s ambitious Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded offsite programme.

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Everything you need to build a town is here
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Collaborative relationships index

A-n’s Collaborative relationships series exposes the working relationships between artists and the wide range of professionals they collaborate with. Running in its current format since 2008 we now have a rich archive of over thirty articles covering hugely varied projects. Here, some select quotes offer highlights and insights into the nature of collaboration.

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small scale survival (installation view)
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Aid & Abet

Last month Cambridge saw the launch of a significant new artist-run space, Aid & Abet. Artists Sarah Evans, David Kefford and CJ Mahony discuss how the project has developed and how their relationship has graduated from being fellow studio holders to a collaborative working group.

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The Ultimate Painting
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Movement

A-n’s Collaborative relationships series exposes the working relationships between artists and the wide range of professionals they choose to collaborate with. In this article, artists Yoke and Zoom and Susan Miles of ACORP give their accounts of a cultural regeneration project with a difference – converting a railway station’s disused toilets into an art gallery.

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Hill33
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Hill33

A-n’s Collaborative relationships series exposes the working relationships between artists and the wide range of professionals they choose to collaborate with. In this article, artist David Cotterrell and Projects Director Carolyn Black reflect on the realisation of a unique and demanding work for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.

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walkwalkwalk, Bird
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Artsadmin commissions for town hall hotel and apartments

A-n’s Collaborative relationships series exposes the working relationships between artists and the wide range of professionals they choose to collaborate with. In 2009-10 a series of permanent artworks were negotiated for a major redevelopment of Bethnal Green’s former Town Hall into an exclusive hotel. Artsadmin’s Manick Govinda and Clare Qualmann of walkwalkwalk give their account of these negotiations and the work resulting from one of the commissions.

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Signs from Everything you need to build a town is here
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Wonders of Weston

Director of Situations Claire Doherty and artist Stephen Hodge (of Wrights & Sites) give their account of how they developed a contemporary public artwork to reanimate visitors’ experiences of Weston-super-Mare.

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Spontaneous City
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Spontaneous City in the Tree of Heaven

Artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson and curator Emma Underhill discuss their collaboration on a project to create a sculptural ‘habitat’ that will contribute to the life cycle of birds in two urban garden locations.

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Companion Stone at Longshaw Gate
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Companion Stones

Artist Kate Genever and poets Jo Bell and Ann Atkinson discuss their collaboration on a public sculpture project in the Peak District, creating contemporary sculptures in response to early eighteenth-century guidestoops that stand across the Derbyshire moorlands.

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The Big Draw
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The Big Draw at Croft Castle

Kate Raggett and Mandy Fowler give their recollections of an ambitious one-day land art workshop in rural Herefordshire that involved nearly 200 participants, several bales of straw, and a Cessna aircraft.

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Work
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Boyfriend material

LiangWest is a “new prototype of gallery for a new generation of artists whose artistic agendas are relevant to contemporary ideals”. For this month’s Collaborative relationships a-n Magazine Coordinator Chris Brown talks to proprietors Theresa Liang and William West and artist Prem Sahib. They discuss the importance of peer support, and describe how they negotiate their ongoing relationship and their forthcoming exhibition project ‘Boyfriend Material’

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Conversation Pieces
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Random acts of art

In spring 2010 Spacex invited three UK-based artists to develop new work in response to Exeter’s West Quarter, where the gallery is located. The artists facilitated collaborative encounters and conversations with local residents. Amy Feneck interviewed people about the notion of ‘independent spirit’ in order to develop a script for a new film, Epilogue. Operating from her mobile portraiture studio, Lady Lucy documented encounters in her paintings ‘The Court Portraits’. Volkhardt Müller worked with people to create a series of performed actions on video. Majorette Rehearsing centered around the idea of the majorette as a West Quarter archetype; a paradoxical figure of individual aspiration, community celebration and carnival. For this feature, Volkhardt Müller reflects on his project with Spacex Project Coordinator, Martha Crean.

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Crop Marks

Artist Kirsten Lavers and Andy O’Hanlon (Arts Development Officer for South Cambridgeshire District Council) talk about Kirsten’s appointment as community artist for Orchard Park, which led to the ambitious multi-layered collaborative project, Crop Marks.

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Cabin Tactics
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northcabin

Aldo Rinaldi and Katherine Daley-Yates discuss northcabin, a programme of site-specific commissions in an unusual venue in Bristol from 2008-09.

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Speed tour
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Ania Bas: In residence

Artist Ania Bas and Exhibitions Officer Helen Jones reflect on an innovative approach to being an artist-in-residence at The New Art Gallery Walsall.

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North Elevation
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North Elevation

Artist Rona Smith, public art consultant Vivien Lovell and architect Soraya Khan discuss the development of Rona’s ambitious North Elevation work which was permanently installed at Lumen United Reform Church last year.

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Fast Track Detour
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Victoria baths

Alison Kershaw and Gill Wright recount the developments that brought art to a unique Grade II* listed building in Manchester.

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