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Don’t say the ‘r’ word

This week I have been firming up dates and plans for my artist parent residency research event at Manchester Art Gallery in November. I wanted to use a space that can accommodate everyone with activities for the children and adults […]

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The Golden Age has gone

This past week has been about listening and taking snapshots of residencies popping up on social media. A good listen was Susan Jones lecture about artists pay since the 90s up until today and it seems that back then it […]

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Its Official

Finally after part self-funding a research trip to Finland, developing the idea over the past 18 months and a second attempt of applying to Arts Council England my project has been funded. I have to start by giving my thanks […]

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Review

NY Show #3

An exhibition featuring work from resident artists in combination with a show-reel from Prague based artists curated by Mariana Serranová.

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MIF 2015: Richter / Pärt – a moving and surprising experience

Following an introduction by Manchester International Festival Director Alex Poots and its Artistic advisor Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2013, artist Gerhard Richter and composer Arvo Pärt were inspired to make new work dedicated to each other. Bob Dickinson attended the premiére of this new collaboration at Mancheter’s renovated Whitworth, and discovered one of the highlights so far of MIF 2015.

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MIF 2015: Performance Capture – “I don’t want it to run totally smoothly”

Over the course of this year’s Manchester International Festival, the top floor exhibition space of the Manchester Art Gallery will be occupied by Ed Atkins’ Performance Capture, a durational project revolving around the ongoing production of a single computer-animated video. Luke Healey takes a tour of the exhibition and speaks to the artist.

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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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MIF 2015: Tree of Codes – a mesmerising total artwork

Continuing its cross-artform commissioning process, the Manchester International Festival production Tree of Codes teams choreographer Wayne McGregor with visual artist 
Olafur Eliasson and musician Jamie XX. Bob Dickinson is mesmerised.

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New territory: Manchester’s HOME creates meeting point for the arts

As HOME, Manchester’s new space for art, theatre and cinema, fully opens to the public, Bob Dickinson looks at its place in the city’s arts ecology, the significance of its cross-disciplinary approach to commissioning, and where it sits in the city’s wider regeneration plans and the creation of a ‘northern powerhouse’.

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Preview Photos from ‘A Question of Landscape’ Show

Last Friday’s preview was a mix of great company alongside a compelling display of ‘New Generation Landscape Art’ allowing viewers to explore the complexities of interpreting landscape and the world we live in. My new solo show ‘A Question of […]

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International Cover-Up

Oil Pastel, Pencil, Felt Tip, Emulsion, Oil and Watercolour on Canvas 59 x 90 x 4.5 March 2015   There is almost always a painting once considered finished underneath my works. They have been painted over. Sometimes completely, sometimes enough […]

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Themes Running Through My Recent Work

I make paintings that reference pictorial qualities associated with landscapes and sometimes portraits, but with no conscious intension to do so. They all seem like simplified versions of something else, or partially covered versions. I’m interested in surface tension, build […]

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Found Paintings

I’m really interested in the idea of ‘found paintings’. Coming across painterly incidents within the non-art arena of functional painting. Within badly painted fences and botched half jobs I see shapes and compositions that are really interesting when viewed in […]

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13th April

Painted over one of the wood stain paintings. Looking at it in context with the rest of my recent work, there seems to be a dialogue developing between them and a series starting to form. Part of what I’m enjoying […]

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Wood Stain Paintings

  Wood stain battles with the canvas, I have to force it on. When I begin the process of removal I can see how vulnerable and fragile it is. It’s clear that it’s not designed for this surface. The paintings […]

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