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Susan Collis. Courtesy: the artist.
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A Q&A with… Susan Collis, artist encouraging us to see value in the mundane

Known for her detailed sculptural works that combine everyday objects and materials with meticulously applied precious stones, metals or fine embroidery, Susan Collis is interested in making us consider the real value of what we might at first think is mundane and ordinary. Anneka French talks to the artist about her major new solo show at Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale.

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Michael Armitage. Photo:  George Darrell/White Cube, 2017
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A Q&A with… Michael Armitage, painter

Michael Armitage’s vivid and dreamlike paintings are currently on show in his solo exhibition ‘Peace Coma’ at Turner Contemporary in Margate. The Kenyan-born but London-based artist talked to Fisun Güner about how his East African heritage has influenced his work, along with his interest in Western art history and the works of post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin in particular.

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Jonathan Baldock and Emma Hart, Love Life, Act II, 2017. Installation view at Grundy Art Gallery. Photo: Ian Brown.
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A Q&A with… Emma Hart, artist with an eye on the domestic

Made with the artist Jonathan Baldock, the collaborative touring exhibition, ‘Love Life’, takes Punch and Judy as a reference point for exploring the tensions and frustrations of modern domestic life. Emma Hart, winner of the 2015-17 Max Mara Art Prize for Women, talks about the themes of the show prior to her solo Max Mara exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery.

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Kimathi Donkor
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A Q&A with… Kimathi Donkor, Diaspora Pavilion artist at Venice Biennale 2017

London-based artist Kimathi Donkor is among 12 artists featured in the Diaspora Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, presented by the International Curators Forum and University of the Arts London. He talks about the importance of the British black arts movement in the 1980s, history painting, and the idea of diaspora.

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Rachel Maclean pictured at  Chiesa di Santa Caterina where her film, Spite Your Face, 2017, is being shown. Photo: Patrick Rafferty; Courtesy: Scotland + Venice
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A Q&A with… Rachel Maclean, Scotland + Venice artist

For her Venice Biennale film, Spite Your Face, Scottish artist Rachel Maclean has created a re-working of the Pinnocchio story that explores power, political lies and the rise of populism. Moira Jeffrey talks to her about the themes and form of the work.

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Thomson and Craighead. Courtesy: the artists and Look Again festival, Aberdeen
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A Q&A with… Thomson & Craighead, video and internet artists

London and Scotland-based artistic duo Thomson & Craighead have created a new generative moving image work for the Look Again festival in Aberdeen. They talk to Jack Hutchinson about the impact of the internet on our lives and how splitting their time between rural and urban areas has benefitted their practice.

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Keith Piper, Unearthing the Banker’s Bones, 2016, film still. A 70th anniversary commission for the Arts Council with Bluecoat and Iniva. © the artist
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A Q&A with… Keith Piper, artist, filmmaker, and cultural archaeologist

Keith Piper’s exhibition at New Art Exchange, ‘Unearthing the Banker’s Bones’, explores the idea of what our society’s relics might look like from a future perspective. The founder member of the BLK Art Group talks to Wayne Burrows about the themes contained within the work and the continued importance of political and social questions to his practice.

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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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