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Hardeep Pandhal, 'Konfessions of a Klabautermann', exhibition view, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, September 2017. Photo: Max Slaven; Courtesy: the artistl
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A Q&A with… Hardeep Pandhal, Glasgow International artist

As he prepares for his Glasgow International solo show at Kelvin Hall, Jessica Ramm – who is also exhibiting during GI – talks to the Glasgow-based artist about authority, control and power, and how his work offsets some of the grandeur of the city’s colonial past.

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Richard Parry, director, Glasgow International. Photo:  Jonathan Lynch
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A Q&A with… Richard Parry, Glasgow International director

Richard Parry was appointed director of the biennial Glasgow International festival in May last year, following a move from Blackpool where he was director/curator at the Grundy Gallery. Chris Sharratt talks to him about the artistic rhythm of Glasgow’s rich and vibrant art scene, and his approach to curating the festival, which is now in its eighth edition.

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Claire Barclay at Mission Gallery, Swansea. Photo: Matthew Otten
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A Q&A with… Claire Barclay, artist responding to industrial contexts

For ‘Deep Spoils’, the Glasgow-based Scottish artist’s first exhibition in Wales, Claire Barclay has responded to the history and architecture of Swansea’s Mission Gallery by reconfiguring existing works alongside new elements. Anneka French discovers more about her distinctive practice that draws on industrial motifs to explore materiality and memory.

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Rachel Howard in her studio in Gloucestershire. Photo: Carla Borel, April 2015
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A Q&A with… Rachel Howard, abstract painter reflecting an unstable world

Rachel Howard’s paintings reference an unstable and violent world, drawing on political events and the devastation of war. With two current London exhibitions at Blain Southern and Newport Street Gallery, Fisun Güner talks to the artist about what inspires her work and how her early experience painting spots for Damien Hirst influenced her approach.

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Joe Hill, director, Towner Art Gallery, and former director of Focal Point Gallery. Courtesy: Focal Point
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A Q&A with… Joe Hill, Towner Art Gallery’s new director

The former director of Southend-on-Sea’s Focal Point Gallery takes up his new role in Eastbourne at a difficult time for the gallery, as local council cuts mean a 50% reduction in funding over the next four years. Judith Alder finds him relishing the challenges ahead, and with a focus on opportunities for the gallery to play a more central role in the life of the East Sussex town.

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Serena Korda packing up 'Missing Time' for the Baltic exhibition. Photo: Chris Egon Searle
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A Q&A with… Serena Korda, artist working with ceramics and sound

Serena Korda has for the last two years been based in Newcastle as the Norma Lipman/Baltic Fellow in Ceramic Sculpture at Newcastle University, culminating in a show at Baltic, Gateshead. Laura Robertson talks to her about this and her current exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, exploring how she draws on local myths and rites for her ceramic and sound pieces.

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Blogger Q&A: Michael Borkowsky, artist and perfumer

This week’s featured artist blogger on a-n’s Instagram is Michael Borkowsky. Over recent years the Sheffield-based artist has adopted the craft of perfumery in his visual art practice leading him to, amongst other things, work directly with other artists in portraiture. Richard Taylor finds out more.

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Clare Woods, Something Bigger, 2017, Oil on aluminium, 300 x 200 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Simon Lee Gallery London / Hong Kong
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A Q&A with… Clare Woods, painter with a sculptural approach

The Herefordshire-based painter Clare Woods has developed a series of eight large-scale oil on aluminium works for her new show at Warwick Arts Centre’s Mead Gallery, reflecting an ongoing move away from abstraction towards more figurative paintings. Anneka French talks to the artist about scale, process and her photographic source material.

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Rose Wylie in her studio, 2017. Photo:  Joe McGorty; Courtesy: Serpentine Galleries
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A Q&A with… Rose Wylie, painter

Rose Wylie has found critical and commercial success late in life, winning the 2014 John Moores Painting Prize at 80 and her first major exhibition taking place when she was 77. As her show, ‘Quack Quack’, continues at London’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the Kent-based artist talks to Fisun Güner about show titles, inspiration and more.

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Layla Curtis, The Thames from London Bridge Arizona to Salt Island British Virgin Islands
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A Q&A with… Layla Curtis, artist and explorer of places

With support from a-n, the London-based artist has launched an online store offering high quality, affordable, limited edition works and publications by artists dedicated to exploring place. Jack Hutchinson talks to her about online sales and research beyond the art world.

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Helen Cammock
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A Q&A with… Helen Cammock, artist shortlisted for Max Mara Art Prize for Women

The artist Helen Cammock’s exhibition ‘Shouting in Whispers’ at Cubitt Gallery, includes an hour-long film of the same title that features historical footage of protest and explores the idea of multiple histories. Fisun Güner talks to her about photography, the importance of words in her work, and discovering the writing of James Baldwin.

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Blogger Q&A: Hannah Rose Thomas, painter exploring refugee stories

Following a project this year working with Yezidi women who escaped ISIS captivity, Hannah Rose Thomas continues her MA studies in London. Richard Taylor finds out how her interest in the diversity of people and cultures, as well as her commitment to relief work, drives a unique approach to portraiture.

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A Q&A with… Bedwyr Williams, multimedia artist and Dylan Thomas fan

For the inaugural visual arts commission at Storyhouse in Chester, Bedwyr Williams has transposed stories collected from a local newspaper archive onto a digitally animated recreation of the town’s former Roman Fortress Bathhouse. Speaking to Fisun Güner, he laments the loss of British awkwardness, and describes how this new work will take the viewer on a journey to “a space that’s out of time”.

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Aidan Moesby, Between Stillness and Storm, 2017. Photo: Aidan Moesby
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A Q&A with… Aidan Moesby, artist exploring weather and wellbeing

Aidan Moesby has just finished a tour of festivals in the north of England, using his new weather-based installations to test responses, locations and situations for visual arts in festival contexts. Trish Wheatley talks to the artist about this work and how it sits with his practice.

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Laura Ford, A King's Appetite, 2017, detail. Photo: Nigel Green
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A Q&A with… Laura Ford, sculptor

Sculptor Laura Ford’s new commission for Brighton’s House Biennial draws on the history of town’s Royal Pavilion and in particular that of its early 19th century commissioner King George IV, who lived there as Prince Regent prior to taking the throne. Dany Louise talks to the artist about her work and finds out why Donald Trump has a starring role in her installation, A King’s Appetite.

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Taus Makhacheva. Photo: Aleksandr Vainstein / Eto Kavkaz
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A Q&A with… Taus Makhacheva, video artist and Venice hit

Working with fifth generation tightrope walker Rasul Abakarov within the vast landscape of Dagestan, artist Taus Makhacheva’s film Tightrope has been lauded by critics following its exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Pippa Koszerek talks to the artist about the processes and risks involved in her work.

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Richard Woods, Holiday Home. Commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Photo: Thierry Bal
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A Q&A with… Richard Woods, Folkestone Triennial artist

For the Folkestone Triennial, London-based artist Richard Woods has created a series of six cartoon bungalows around the Kent coastal town, each painted in different vibrant colours and placed in improbable settings. He explains why to Fisun Güner.

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