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Open School East co-directors Anna Colin (centre) and Laurence Taylor (right), with  Ayaan Bulale, OSE communications and events manager
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2017 – How was it for you? #8: Anna Colin and Laurence Taylor, co-directors, Open School East

Beginning with a move from East London to Margate, 2017 has been an eventful time for Open School East that has included becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in the 2018-22 funding round. With the accessibility of art education becoming an evermore vital issue for the visual arts, its co-directors look back on their first year by the sea.

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Artist Anab Jain of Superflux, with Sadiq Khan, Justine Simons, Jonathan Reekie, at the launch of Somerset House Studios. Photo: Ben Catchpole
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In Brief: other news this week

A weekly briefing featuring national and international art news, including: Cost-effective studios for London artists, winner of Doug Moran prize announced, and new museums opening in France despite state budget cuts.

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Anthony Schrag, Make Destruction, 2014. Photo: Stuart Armitt
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Working in higher education: “Artists bring an independent vision”

From community university partnerships to practice-based PhDs and tenured teaching posts, a new set of resources developed for a-n by artist Steve Pool identifies some key ways artists are working within higher education, and considers the value of such relationships to both artists and institutions.

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Calum Crawford, Turnt Up, 2013. Exhibited as part of ‘Launch Pad: Manchester School of Art 2013’ at Castlefield Gallery Manchester.
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Introduction: Artists working in higher education

Developed by Steve Pool, Artists working in higher education includes a guide and four profiles that explore the ways artists are currently engaging with the HE sector. This introduction highlights the diversity and value of such relationships, and offers some key tips for working in the field.

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festival 2015. Artist Patrick Amber
paints Castlegate, Sheffield.
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Artists working in higher education

Within UK universities, visual artists are working across university departments in many different ways ranging from arts and health initiatives, residencies and cultural heritage projects to commissions, teaching and PhD research. Artist Steve Pool identifies some key ways artists are working within HE and considers the value of such relationships to both artists and institutions.

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Paul Evans, Chaos and Theory with Humanstudio, window projection, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Sheffield, 2010.
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Paul Evans on socially engaged collaborations in HE

Artist Paul Evans discusses how his work became aligned to the research undertaken within universities and how his socially engaged practice has enabled academics and the public to better understand the nature of university research. Based on an interview by artist Steve Pool.

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Aimee Walker, Sādhaka, 2016. Exhibited as part of ‘Launch Pad: Manchester School of Art 2015’ at Castlefield Gallery Manchester.
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Kwong Lee on partnerships between galleries and universities

Kwong Lee of Manchester-based Castlefield Gallery discusses how the gallery works with universities in the city in to provide professional development support to students and contribute to cultural policy research, and offers his views on practice-based research and PhD programmes. Based on an interview by artist Steve Pool.

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Anthony Schrag, Lure of the Lost: A Contemporary Pilgrimage, 2015. Photo: Stuart Armitt
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Anthony Schrag on practice-based PhDs

Having developed a practice based around working with people in a participatory manner, in 2015 Anthony Schrag completed a practice-based PhD exploring the relationship between artists, institutions and the public within participatory public artworks. He discusses his reasons for undertaking a PhD, and gives advice to artists considering this option. Based on an interview by artist Steve Pool.

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Rachel Maclean, Feed Me, Scene 12, 2015, HD video, Courtesy the artist and Film and Video Umbrella (FVU), Copyright Rachel Maclean, 2015
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Rachel Maclean: “There are certain things without which an artist can’t sustain themselves”

What does it mean to be an artist and how does the romantic idea of the creative individual pursuing their passion impact on the reality of an artistic practice? At Creative Scotland’s recent Visual Arts Sector Review event in Edinburgh, Glasgow-based artist Rachel Maclean talked about this and more. Here we republish an edited extract of her provocation.

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Cass dean Robert Mull resigns over relocation plans

As protests continue over the plan to move the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design to a new site in Islington, the faculty’s dean has resigned having earlier been suspended over his disagreement with the relocation.

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