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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Sarah Perks, Cornerhouse/HOME’s head of visual arts, has taken up a new professorship at Manchester School of Art which aims to strengthen collaboration between academia and the arts in the city.
In the first of four Reith Lectures for BBC Radio 4 titled Democracy Has Bad Taste, artist Grayson Perry explored the question of who determines what is ‘good’ art, and why.
Andrew Bonacina, Director/Curator at International Project Space in Birmingham, has been announced as the new Chief Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Maurice Carlin reports from the opening weekend of the Curators’ Network event in Madrid which looked at interconnectivity between “decentralised” local networks around the globe, and how curators, artists and organisations across Europe are dealing with economic and political transition.
Now in its final year, Art Fund Collect sees curators competing for funds to purchase a piece from COLLECT – the international art fair for contemporary objects. Crafts Council Director Rosy Greenlees and Yvonne Hardman, one of last year’s winners, talk about the impact of the scheme.
Contemporary Art Society and Whitechapel Gallery announce three curatorial fellowships as part of ACE-funded collaboration.
Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman are appointed joint curators of the UK’s ‘largest contemporary art festival’.
Have digital networks such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs altered the way curators choose artists for exhibitions? A new show opening at APT Gallery in Deptford provides some answers.
The latest interview in Joshua Sofaer’s Artist as leader series for a-n features Sydney-based artist-run initiative First Draft.
Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery is encouraging ‘user-generated’ content via its CG Associates scheme, which includes the Launch Pad series of short exhibitions. We find out more from artist Maurice Carlin and the gallery’s Deputy Director Clarissa Corfe.
a-n Director Susan Jones visited DIY Art School in Manchester where the focus is on collaboration and research.
UK-based curatorial project Open File investigates the distribution and production of art via virtual and digital platforms with an ambitious event at the ICA, London.
Alejandra Labastida of Mexico City has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition.
We report from the opening of this ambitious curatorial project, which explores the complex and often problematic relationship between nature and culture.
Based on interviews with curators Sarah Brown and Laurence Sillars, Lara Eggleton uncovers the nature of their relationships with exhibiting artists and the processes they use in curating two high profile exhibitions with cash prizes and media attention attached.
Kate Phillimore and Matthew de Pulford propose the jester as a vehicle for understanding playfulness, mediation, diplomacy and rebellion within curatorial practice.
Serial collaborators and Artists talking bloggers Alice Bradshaw and Bob Milner co-curate the Project Space at Westgate Studios, Wakefield. Here in the first of two interviews, Alice interviews Bob about DIY practice, collaboration and public funding. Next month, Bob interviews Alice.
Directed by artist, curator and writer Sonya Dyer, the Artists and curators talking programme of practice-led discussions on hospitality, space and contemporary art making, provided much food for thought. Here, Sonya Dyer explores some of the issues and outcomes.
Sonya Dyer reports from ‘Hospitality’ the third event in the Artists and curators talking series, held at East Street Arts: Union 105 in Leeds, and asks ‘What is the relationship between hospitality and intimacy?’.
Sonya Dyer reports from the second event of the series, which confronted the difficulties faced by artists from outside the EU coming to work in Britain. Artists Sinead O’Donnell (UK) and Poshya Kakl (Iraq) used Skype to perform an action with the Cardiff audience, bridging the gap between ‘here’ and ‘there’ – the liminal space.
While the arts continue to face what Jack Hutchinson describes as “ideological attack from all fronts”, the virtual revolution is giving artists, curators, commissioners and commentators the opportunity to expand their work in new, effective and economical ways.
Artists and curators talking in Leeds, Contemporary Art Society in Newcastle and State of the Arts conference in London.
Sonya Dyer reports from the first Artists and curators talking event – Neighbourhoods and Neighbourliness – which explored the landscape and conditions for artists and curators working directly with communities.
“Things are always changing
So don’t be sad and blue
Change can make you happy
‘Cause it brings you something new”.
(Lyric © Sesame Street)