We are amidst a global mental health crisis. To bring about policy and culture change, we must think outside the pillbox. Through an ACE-funded Unlimited commission #MagicCarpet, we argue for ‘lofty arts’ in effecting cultural change in mental health.
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The touring project will involve events at 25 coastal art venues, with participants invited to sculpt beaches into thousands of mounds of sand based on five of the world’s mountain ranges.
Prior to its relocation to a new space, Peckham Platform gallery is celebrating its work since launching in 2010 with a retrospective show featuring its 20 artist commissions to date, all co-created with local people in the south-east London neighbourhood. Lydia Ashman reports.
New festival artistic director John McGrath announces a snapshot of the 2017 programme, which includes new commissions by prominent visual artists.
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.
As part of the touring project idle women (on the water), idle women launch Stories in the Skies, a summer programme of theatre, visual art and writing in Lancashire.
For her Clipping the Church project in Erdington, Birmingham-based Czech artist Tereza Buskova has combined idiosyncratic customs and community workshops to create a public procession involving baked goods, live music, elaborate costume and the local church. Anneka French speaks to the artist and parish priest Reverend Freda Evans.
For her co-commission from Brighton Festival and HOUSE 2016, Gillian Wearing has created the film piece, A Room With Your Views, consisting of nearly 700 moving image “views” from windows around the world, sourced via a call-out for submissions. Dany Louise speaks to the artist.
At the recent two-day Social Making symposium in Plymouth, socially engaged practice was discussed in relation to Arnstein’s Ladder, a theory of citizen participation devised in the 1960s. Carolyn Black explores its relevance.
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.
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’.
The final conversation in Artquest’s System Failure series took the opportunity to unpick the different approaches of education versus exhibition departments within galleries and museums.
Situated on a rubble-strewn plot opposite Glasgow’s Tramway, Pollokshields Playhouse is opening its gates for film screenings in a shipping container, storytelling and soup made over an open fire. Richard Taylor visits the Albert Drive site to hear more about this community project.
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.
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.
Timber Mirror Walk 2013, plywood, acrylic mirror and hand printed felt. Timber Mirrors were carried from the gallery to a heritage site called the Cliffs of Moher. I chose this site because it acted as a backdrop of everything and nothing. The […]
ArtWorks Alliance, a new body backed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and with a-n amongst its founding members, has been formed to promote the strategic and developmental interests of participatory arts.
Artist Anthony Schrag is walking to Venice and invites artists and members of the public to join him along his route. Organised by Deveron Arts, Lure of the Lost: A Contemporary Pilgrimage questions the temptations of La Biennale.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In collaboration with Ikon gallery, Birmingham-born artist Gillian Wearing has immortalised a local family, consisting of two sisters and their children, in a bronze artwork sited in Centenary Square outside the new Birmingham Library.
“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 […]
‘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 […]
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 […]