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Plymouth Art Weekender: an ambitious event in a changing city

The inaugural Plymouth Art Weekender presents work across the city by over 400 local, national and international artists. Artist and AIR Council member Steven Paige welcomes this audacious new festival and looks at how the city’s visual art ecology has developed in the five years since British Art Show 7.

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A Q&A with… Tod Hanson, painter and graphic artist

For the Coastal Currents festival, Tod Hanson has created a site-specific work that covers the entire floor of the historic Durbar Hall in the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Dany Louise finds out about his process, inspiration and influences.

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International: Ars Electronica and the art of global thinking in a local context

While it is known internationally for its annual media arts prize and September festival, Ars Electronica is also firmly rooted in its home city of Linz, Austria thanks to its stunning building and work with schools. Chris Sharratt talks to artistic director Gerfried Stocker who explains how, 20 years after he joined the organisation, the relationship between local and global working remains crucial to its success.

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Manifest, Manchester: an artist-led art festival for the North West

An ambitious new artist-led festival is taking place across Manchester and Salford this weekend, with studio spaces and major venues hosting a number of projects produced especially for the festival alongside, open studios across both cities. Bob Dickinson meets artists and festival directors Elisa Artesero, John Lynch and Roger Bygott to find out more.

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