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The Drawing Year

The Drawing Year is a full scholarship postgraduate-level course offering up to thirty students the opportunity to focus on drawing from observation for one academic year. There are no tuition fees for The Drawing Year and all students receive a free studio space.

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Getting It Across: Communicating Your Art Practice.

A four-week, tutor-led online course that will give you practical methodologies, insights and constant feedback to make it easier for you to talk and write about your practice in every kind of situation in the art world. Led by leading figures in the art world.

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Cycling and reflecting

Cycling to the gym this morning for the year’s last workout I reflected on the year and surprised myself with how much I have achieved: sold three works; my first ever sales! Two pieces were purchased for local authority collections […]

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Knowing my status

I have long admired, and been more than a little envious of, artists who are able to gather their practice around a single word, phrase, or concept. Not only does this concise summary of a practice ease communication but in […]

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Seeking depth …

I think that I might be what you call ’an artist’s artist’. Other artists at the studio have really responded well to the two Rest (companion pieces), and not only artists but also a very well regarded known curator and […]

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Thinking aloud

  So I’m mulling things over. At this point in the global pandemic almost everything looks different, and I’m really beginning to sense that the Arts are opening up to neurodivergent creatives in ways that were previously unimaginable. For the […]

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What does autistic professional art practice look like?

(This photograph was taken during my commission by Aidan Moesby for the Thresholds Online Exhibition at MIMA, but doesn’t form part of the final selection for my photographic series Safe as Houses.)    How does it feel to be an […]

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A rewarding week …

Exciting news – I will be taking over as Meetings Coordinator for Supermarket – Stockholm’s Independent Art Fair! Katarina is stepping down after seven very successful years of bringing together artists, curators, activists and producers. The meetings programme is a […]

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Kitty Bew on Mark Leckey’s Felix Gets Broadcasted

Mark Leckey’s Felix Gets Broadcasted (2007) Mark Leckey keeps things. More than just an artist, he is a hoarder of epic proportions. His 30-year career is littered with the objects, images and detritus of 20th century popular culture, a lexicon of cultural […]

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Valerie Zwart on Lorna Simpson’s Five Day Forecast

Uncrossing my arms: Lorna Simpson’s Five Day Forecast at Tate Liverpool American artist Lorna Simpson (1960) is one of the first black female artists to achieve critical, institutional and art market success. But none of that counts much when you’re […]

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Orla Foster on Hito Steyerl’s How Not to Be Seen…

Hito Steyerl: How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013) “Whatever is not captured by resolution is invisible” intones the narrator of Hito Steyerl’s How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013). […]

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Isaac Nugent on Mark Leckey’s Felix Gets Broadcasted

Mark Leckey’s Felix Gets Broadcasted (2007) In the blue, flickering half-light, two large oval eyes, a perfectly round nose and upturned crescent smile emerge briefly, before revolving out of view. The scene cuts to a spinning disc, pierced towards the […]

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Workshop 3: Tate, Liverpool

The third and final workshop of the a-n Writer Development Programme 2019-20 took place on Friday 21 February at Tate Liverpool. Hosted by Liverpool-based writers/editors and co-founders of The Double Negative website Laura Robertson and Mike Pinnington, the afternoon was […]

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Review: Joy Labinjo at Baltic by Isaac Nugent

In the last of the 600-word reviews filed following the second workshop at Baltic in Gateshead, Isaac Nugent looks at London-based painter Joy Labinjo’s recent exhibition. Review #8: Joy Labinjo at Baltic Through a series of large, brightly-hued paintings and […]

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Review: Judy Chicago at Baltic by India Nielsen

Each of the eight participants on the a-n Writer Development Programme 2019-20 was asked to submit a 600-word review of a current exhibition at Baltic, Gateshead. Half chose to review the Judy Chicago show. Here’s what India Nielsen thought. Review […]

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Review: Judy Chicago at Baltic by Orla Foster

As a follow-up task from the second a-n Writer Development Programme workshop at Baltic in January, the eight participants were tasked with filing a 600-word review of one of the current exhibitions are Baltic. Four of the writers chose the […]

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Review: Joy Labinjo at Baltic by Joanna Byrne

Following the second workshop in the programme, led by frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock, three of the participants chose to write about British-Nigerian painter Joy Labinjo’s exhibition at Baltic, ‘Our histories cling to us’, her first major solo show. Here’s […]

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Review: Judy Chicago at Baltic by Kitty Bew

Four out of the eight writers on the a-n Writer Development Programme 2019-20 chose to review the Judy Chicago exhibition at Baltic, curated by Irene Aristizábal. To follow is Kitty Bew’s 600-word piece. Review #4: Judy Chicago at Baltic Is every man […]

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Review: Animalesque at Baltic by Rachel Marsh

The third 600-word review stemming from our workshop at Baltic is by Rachel Marsh, the only writer to choose the group show ‘Animalesque – Art Across Species and Beings’. Review #3: Animalesque at Baltic Finding the line between human and […]

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Review: Judy Chicago at Baltic by Jamie Limond

Following the second writer programme at Baltic, each of the participants was tasked with writing a 600-word review of one of the current shows at the gallery. Jamie Limond chose the Judy Chicago ‘mini-survey’. Review #2: Judy Chicago at Baltic  ‘Will […]

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