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Ghost, with insomniac passenger: Vange and Holehaven Creek, Essex with Coryton Oil Refinery and DP World Port, 2016. Photo: Simon Fowler
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A Q&A with… Adam Chodzko, Estuary festival artist

The first-ever biennial Estuary festival presents 16 days of art, literature, music and film ‘curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary’. Chris Sharratt talks to Kent-based, water-loving artist Adam Chodzko about his latest iteration of Ghost, featuring a specially adapted kayak with room for one reclining passenger.

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Rachel Anderson (left) and Cis O'Boyle, Idle Women project, Burnley. Photo: Jill Jennings, 2016
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A boat of one’s own: women, art and the wide open canal

Launched on International Women’s Day, the idle women narrowboat will tour the waterways of Lancashire and West Yorkshire until 2017, connecting and initiating art by women throughout the region via a series of floating residencies. Sara Jaspan talks to the women behind the project and finds something to smile about in the midst of Lancashire’s biting council cuts.

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Claire Doherty, director, Situations. Courtesy: Situations
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2015 – How was it for you? #1: Claire Doherty, Director, Situations

This year has seen the Bristol-based public art commissioning organisation, Situations, present one of its most ambitious and high-profile events yet with Theaster Gates’ Sanctum project. In the first of our end of year series, its director looks back on a ‘breakthrough’ year and looks forward to more support for public art that is ‘temporary and unfolding’.

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Jessie Brennan, A Fall of Ordinariness and Light, The Order Land, 2014,  Graphite on paper framed in aluminium, 57.5 x-71.5cm, Commissioned for Progress by the Foundling Museum, 2014
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Brutalist truth: Robin Hood Gardens and the politics of regeneration

For her book REGENERATION!, artist Jessie Brennan spent time on the soon to be demolished Robin Hood Gardens estate in Poplar, London talking to residents and making rubbings of their doormats. She speaks to Chris Sharratt about the nature of her practice, the importance of conversations and the clash of ideologies that the regeneration of the estate represents.

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Rabab Ghazoul, It’s a long way back (Chilcot project), three-channel video, 2015
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A Q&A with… Rabab Ghazoul, Iraq Pavilion artist

Iraqi-born, Cardiff-based artist Rabab Ghazoul is one of five artists featured in the Iraq Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, with a three-channel video piece that focuses on Tony Blair’s testimony to the Chilcot Inquiry. Chris Sharratt finds out more.

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Timber Mirror Walk

Timber Mirror Walk 2013, plywood, acrylic mirror and hand printed felt.     Timber Mirror Walk 2015   Timber Mirrors were carried from the gallery to a heritage site called the Cliffs of Moher. I chose this site because it acted as […]

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Two Weeks Left

And in typical silly fashion, I’ve just realised that I’ve spent so much time faffing about fundraising that I haven’t actually completed either of the modules I’m meant to be sitting in two weeks time (good one jess!). In all […]

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Momentous day

Today is a bit momentous –  my first day as a 100 % fully self- employed artist. A couple of weeks ago I heard that I had been successful in gaining funding from Bradford organisation Two28 to run a participatory […]

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Part II – never underestimate time.

The second of the participatory series required a small group of people to throw paint bombs at projections of abstract drawings layered on top of governmental buildings. By recording this I was hoping to reflect upon media bias and the […]

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Knowing when you’re stupid

“I approach new projects with an attitude of openness and a willingness to embrace my own ignorance, a recognition of my own stupidity” John Wynne sound artist At the end of last month, I went to see photographer Peter Sanders […]

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There is no story that is not true

  ‘There is not story that is not true” Chinua Achebe Working with the parents group at Midland Road Children’s Centre in Manningham, Bradford over the past weeks, I’m struck by their fantastic stories.  They are full of banter and […]

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Make Ugly Beautiful

An intense, overwhelming summer,  good and bad, in which being has been enough, no time or energy to blog. I’ve missed my a-n fellow bloggers and friends, the support and conversation I get here, so I’m back after almost 6 […]

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Reciprocity

What is the relationship between I and we?
How can creativity connect and empower us?

Exploring these questions via a socially engaged art practice to try to effect change

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