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Rodney Graham, Smoke Break 2 (Drywaller), 2012, © Rodney Graham. Courtesy: the artist and Hauser & Wirth
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A Q&A with… Rodney Graham, artist, musician, and lapsed filmmaker

Vancouver-based artist and musician Rodney Graham is best known for his large-scale photographic lightbox works, in which he features in a variety of guises. A new show at Baltic, Rodney Graham: That’s Not Me, presents work from 1994 to 2017 and includes a whole gallery dedicated to his varied and experimental film pieces. Fisun Güner asks the questions.

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Laura Purseglove
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A Q&A with… Laura Purseglove, project curator, Art and Christianity Enquiry Trust

As a member of Artangel’s production team, Laura Purseglove is used to site-specific working and navigating the complexities of staging art projects in historic buildings. All of which will be useful experience for her role at ACE Trust, where over the next two years she will be developing a programme of exhibitions and commissions for churches and cathedrals throughout the UK. Pippa Koszerek finds out more.

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Sonia Boyce, Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Photo: George Torode; Courtesy: the artist and Eastside Projects
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A Q&A with… Sonia Boyce, artist, academic, and improviser

With a solo show at ICA and as part of a group exhibition at Eastside Projects, Sonia Boyce is exploring ideas around play, improvisation and sculpture – including a collaborative project with ukuele-playing skateboarders. Anneka French talks to the artist during the first of two lively, nerve-wracking performances in Birmingham, as skaters fly by and instruments are played.

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Holly Hendry. Photo: Courtesy Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
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A Q&A with… Holly Hendry, sculptor and rising star

Having graduated from the Royal College of Art last year, London-based artist Holly Hendry has won numerous awards and just opened her first solo show in a UK public gallery at Baltic, Gateshead. Anneka French talks to her about her whirlwind career so far.

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Laura Oldfield Ford
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A Q&A with… Laura Oldfield Ford, artist and urban explorer

For her current show at The Showroom, London-based artist Laura Oldfield Ford has constructed a disorientating visual, textual and sonic journey that draws on her experiences of navigating the gallery’s surrounding area, weaving together multiple voices and alternative histories and futures. Lydia Ashman finds out more.

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Lubaina Himid, photographed at Invisible Strategies exhibition, Modern Art Oxford, 2017. Photo: Edmund Blok
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A Q&A with… Lubaina Himid, painter and British Black Arts Movement pioneer

With solo exhibitions at Spike Island and Modern Art Oxford, and archival work in a new group show at Nottingham Contemporary focusing on Black British art from the 1980s, Lubaina Himid’s paintings and installations are attracting both critical and popular acclaim. Fisun Güner talks to her about politics, migration, and taking on the art establishment.

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Larry Achiampong. Photo: Adrien Thibault
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A Q&A with… Larry Achiampong, artist exploring the Black diaspora

Working in a wide-range of media from film to sculpture to performance, London-based artist Larry Achiampong draws on colonial history, his own Ghanian heritage, and the experience of growing up in Britain to create works that explore ideas around class, race and cultural identity. Wayne Burrows talks to him.

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Jenni Lomax. Photo: Hugo Glendinning
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A Q&A with… Jenni Lomax, outgoing director of Camden Arts Centre

Jenni Lomax announced late last year that she is stepping down from her role at Camden Arts Centre, a position she has held for 26 years. Fisun Güner talks to the much admired director about working with artists, the importance of education in the gallery’s programme, and what she will do next.

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Roger Hiorns. Photo: courtesy the artist
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A Q&A with… Roger Hiorns, artist with youth and beauty on his mind

Best known for Seizure, his 2008 Artangel commission for which he covered the interior of a South London flat with copper sulphate, Roger Hiorns’ current show at Ikon Gallery sees him back in his home city, where he also hopes to soon bury a decommissioned Boeing 737. Fisun Güner talks to the artist.

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David Brian Smith
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A Q&A with… David Brian Smith, painter

The Shropshire-born artist grew up on a farm, with his childhood experiences influencing everything from the content to the materials of his paintings. Here he discusses the continuing importance of painting and his latest body of work, currently on show at the Saatchi Gallery’s ‘Painters’ Painters’ exhibition.

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The Multiple Store at London Art Fair, 2015.
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A Q&A with… Nicholas Sharp, director and co-founder of The Multiple Store

‘The Last Editions’ is the final chance to celebrate the work of The Multiple Store and to buy one of the high-quality editions it has been commissioning since 1998 by artists including Turner Prize nominees and winners. Co-founder Nicholas Sharp talks about his reasons for starting the project, and why it’s now time to wrap things up.

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John Akomfrah with artwork Auto Da Fé, Artes Mundi 7 exhibition, October 2016. Photo: Artes Mundi
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A Q&A with… John Akomfrah, artist and filmmaker

One of six artists shortlisted for this year’s Artes Mundi prize, John Akomfrah is known for his beautifully-shot film installations that tackle big themes such as race, cultural identity, migration and post-colonialism. Fisun Güner talks to him.

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Luc Tuymans, Issei Sagawa, 
Oil on canvas, 2012,
116.2x81.4cm,
Private collection
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A Q&A with… Luc Tuymans, painter and curator

The influential Belgian artist Luc Tuymans currently has a small show of his own work, ‘Glasses’, at the National Portrait Gallery, while a major James Ensor exhibition he’s curated opens at the Royal Academy later this month. He talks about both with Fisun Güner.

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Whitechapel Gallery Guerrilla Girls Commission: Is it even worse in Europe? (2016). Photo: David Parry/PA Wire
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A Q&A with… Guerrilla Girls, feminist artists

For over 30 years, New York’s Guerrilla Girls have been the feminist conscience of the art world, exposing sexism through protests and original research on posters, stickers, billboards and artwork. Fisun Güner spoke to two of the founding members about their new Whitechapel Gallery show, ‘Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe?’

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Fiona Banner, Ha-ha, installation view,  'Bouys Boys', De La Warr Pavilion, 2016. Photo:  Nigel Green
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A Q&A with… Fiona Banner, artist

For her current exhibition at De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, Fiona Banner ranges across graphic and font design in her continuing exploration of language and form. Dany Louise talks to her.

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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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Artist Suzanne Lacy (right) in Brierfield Library. Photo: William Titley. Courtesy: Super Slow Way
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A Q&A with… Suzanne Lacy, artist and social activist

As part of the Super Slow Way programme in Lancashire, Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy is bringing the local community together through Sufi chanting, shape-note singing and a banquet for 500 people. Bob Dickinson finds out more.

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Wolfgang Buttress. Photo: Rankin
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A Q&A with… Wolfgang Buttress, Hive artist

The Nottingham-based artist Wolfgang Buttress attracted huge media interest with The Hive, his bee-inspired sculptural installation for the 2015 Milan Expo UK pavilion. Wayne Burrows speaks to him about the work, currently on display at Kew Gardens, and BEAM, a companion piece on show at this year’s Wirksworth Festival.

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Maurice Carlin, 'Performance Publishing: Excelsior Works', V22, London (2015). 
Performance co-commission from V22 and ‘Multiplied’ at Christies, to publish the 5000 sq ft ‘Excelsior Works’ warehouse floor plate in CMYK relief prints, before a radical transformation of the surrounding area
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A Q&A with… Maurice Carlin, Clore Visual Artist Fellow

The Salford-based artist Maurice Carlin hopes to use his time as the first-ever Clore Visual Artist Fellow to, among other things, “change perceptions… of what it means to be an artist”. He shares his thoughts on the fellowship, its personal and wider significance, and why artists – and the artist-led sector in particular – need to recognise the importance of good leadership.

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Yelena Popova, 2016. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Andy Keate.
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A Q&A with… Yelena Popova, artist

Best known for her abstract paintings, Russian-born artist Yelena Popova’s current solo show at Nottingham Contemporary in her home town is split across two spaces and includes a computer-coded video projection. Anneka French discovers more about her relationship with paint, digital imagery and collaborative working.

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Edmund Clark, Bagram Airbase, from the old
4 Soviet control tower, from Negative Publicity:
Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition
(Aperture/Magnum Foundation, 2016). © Edmund Clark, Courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York
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A Q&A with… Edmund Clark, artist-photographer

Renowned for his work exploring issues of security and secrecy in the ‘war on terror’, Edmund Clark’s Negative Publicity sees the British photographer examine the CIA’s programme of extraordinary rendition. On the occasion of a new monograph and year-long exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London, he talks to Tim Clark about the challenges of photographing invisible mechanisms of state control.

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Beth Collar,
Untitled (furrowed brow),
Lime wood, MAC cosmetics,
roughly face sized
installed at the Freud Museum as part of Tall
Tales touring exhibition
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A Q&A with… Beth Collar, artist

Pippa Koszerek talks to artist Beth Collar about how a 2014 residency at Glasgow Women’s Library has influenced the sculptures that she is currently showing in the Tall Tales national touring exhibition.

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