The artist Richard Billingham came to prominence in 1996 with the photo series Ray’s a Laugh, which documented the chaotic life of his alcoholic father and violent mother in a Black Country tower block. Now he’s made a feature film, Ray & Liz, about his early family life. Fisun Güner talks to him.
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For her first show in England at Grand Union in Birmingham, Glasgow-based artist Lauren Gault has produced a new body of sculptural works in glass, metal and welded PVC plastic, complemented by a sound piece. Anneka French finds out more from the artist.
Trevor H. Smith’s project, ‘Walks With Other Artists’, is fuelled by a desire to share experience and excavate self identity. Through walking and conversations recorded in audio form the artist is realising a simpler, less conceptual approach to making accessible work. Richard Taylor finds out more.
Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom is one of three artists exhibiting in the Jerwood Solo Presentations 2019 exhibition at Jerwood Space, London. He tells Lydia Ashman how his installation draws on the nine colours featured in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights while also featuring footage from Russ Meyer’s sexploitation film, Up!
Leeds-based artist Simeon Barclay brings to bear in his work a 16-year career in manufacturing and an interest in how identity is shaped. Amelia Crouch discusses a practice that encompasses sculpture, film and installation.
By researching empty retail environments, lecture halls and male-dominated architecture Euphrosyne Andrews combines printmaking and drawing with installation and catalogue production, to explore human behaviour. Richard Taylor finds out more.
French-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili is known for her deeply researched film installations that explore discourses of resistance against a legacy of colonialism and imperialism. Fisun Güner discovers what motivates her films and why exhibiting in galleries resonates with the ancient Moroccan tradition of Al-Halqa – storytelling in a public space.
The Belgian artist who came to prominence in the early 2000s with her eerily unsettling horse sculptures takes a new direction with the large-scale works for her current show at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Fisun Güner talks to her about animal pelts, moulding wax and J.M. Coetzee.
The Birmingham-based artist’s exhibition ‘Vanishing Point’ addresses the underrepresentation of black figures in Western history and presents a new group of works on paper alongside two paintings loaned from the National Gallery. Anneka French finds out more.
Earlier this year, Glasgow-based Gordon Douglas was awarded a-n Artist Bursary to create a new website archiving his performance practice. He speaks to Richard Taylor about resilience, the importance of criticality and how arts organisations are future-focused when faced with austerity.
The Glasgow-based artist has had a high-profile 2018, with a survey show earlier in the year, a nomination for the Jarman Award, and a forthcoming solo exhibition at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Jessica Ramm talks to her about practice, ethics and new work that aims to counteract commercial and patriarchal depictions of love, pleasure and bodies.
Newcastle-based Mani Kambo uses religious rituals inspired by her Sikh upbringing in work that straddles film installation and performance, as well as screenings and cyanotype printing. Richard Taylor talks to the artist, who is one of 25 a-n members recently awarded a mentoring bursary.
For her show at Glasgow’s Transmission gallery, Scottish artist Rabiya Choudhry presents selected works from a six-year period including paintings, printed fabrics and a neon window sign in tribute to her dad. Jessica Ramm asks where her vibrant but troubled paintings come from and what it means to fly solo at this important artist-run space.
Artist Fiona MacDonald’s Feral Practice is an established mode of visual art production that acts as a conduit between human and non-human interaction. From the sonification of mushrooms to the filming of wood ants, her practice is wide ranging. Richard Taylor finds out more.
London-based artist Onyeka Igwe has mined colonial-era archives for three new films inspired by all-women protests against British rule in west Africa, currently showing together in the solo exhibition ‘No Dance, No Palaver’, in Hawick, Scotland. She discusses the spectre of the ‘colonial gaze’ and the ethics of archive research with Sonya Dyer.
The Newcastle-born artist’s current exhibition at Baltic in Gateshead consists of a labyrinthine sculptural installation that is visually arresting and teeming with narrative. Fisun Güner talks to the 2018 Hepworth Sculpture Prize nominee about making work that reflects life outside the art world’s “pool of middle-class light”.
From community projects to land work, Jeremy Hastings has used his many travels and itinerant lifestyle to share skills and learn from landscapes to create painting and photography. Richard Taylor finds out more.
Between October 2017 and April 2018 Sally Stenton spent time at Anglia Ruskin University, using its facilities and developing a conceptual work that connected the university’s art and science departments. With applications now open for the 20th year of AA2A placements, Pippa Koszerek catches up with the artist to discuss her residency and its impact on her ongoing practice.
The Bradford-born artist’s current exhibition ‘The Sun Never Sets’ at Huddersfield Art Gallery draws on his childhood memories of living in Bangladesh while also exploring the impact and legacy of colonialism. Fellow painter Narbi Price asks the questions.
Katarzyna Perlak is this month’s featured artist on a-n’s Instagram. Her practice uses archival research and her own experience to apply queer and feminist readings to Eastern European history and tradition. Richard Taylor speaks to Perlak about her video and collage works.
Christine Borland’s current show ‘to The Power of Twelve’ looks at the history of Mount Stuart, a neo-gothic country mansion on the island of Bute, during the first world war when it was used as a naval hospital. She talks to Jessica Ramm about the project which sees her return to Mount Stuart fifteen years on from her first exhibition at the Grade A listed house.
Taking place in venues across west Cornwall including an abandoned church, a telecommunications station and a snooker club, the five-month Groundwork programme of international contemporary art is organised by the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust (CAST). David Trigg discusses art and place with the organisation’s influential curator.
For his exhibition, ‘CAPSID’, John Walter draws on his time as resident artist of infection at UCL where he collaborated with structural virologist Professor Greg Towers. Lydia Ashman finds out how his focus on a protein shell that enables the rapid transmission of viruses has resulted in a riotous, playful mix of film, painting, collage and installation.
Imran Perretta’s film 15 days focuses on the refugee situation in Calais and Dunkirk and is the result of his Jerwood/FVU Awards commission. He explains to Fisun Güner how the film came about and how his move into art making was shaped by the 2008 financial crisis and an aborted career in architecture.
Nominated for the 2018 Turner Prize and a recent recipient of the European Culture Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture, the London-based independent research agency Forensic Architecture is making political and cultural waves with its evidence-based work. Chris Sharratt talks to artist and filmmaker Simone Rowat, one of the group’s 15 team members.