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It Takes a Village: Models for Mother Artists event at Atelier Stroud, 23 April 2017, from 'Mother House' session with Dyana Gravina and Amy Dignam from ProCreate project. Photo: the Women's Art Activation System (WAAS)
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Models for mother artists: how to maintain your practice as a parent

Being a mother of young children and continuing your art practice is incredibly difficult. Inspired by a recent symposium exploring the challenges of being a ‘mother artist’, Frances Bossom – who presents a ‘Proposal for a Guide for Art Parents’ at June’s a-n Assembly event in Bristol – calls for an approach that values the complex reality of motherhood.

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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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Edith Dekyndt, One Thousand and One Nights, 2016, carpet of dust lit by a spotlight, 300 x 200 x 2 cm
57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Viva Arte Viva. Photo: Italo Rondinella; Courtesy: Venice Biennale
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Venice 2017 review: Viva Arte Viva – the International exhibition

Curated by Christine Macel, this year’s International exhibition at the Venice Biennale is conceived as a series of nine ‘pavilions’ that span the Giardini and Arsenale sites. Pippa Koszerek finds thoughtful inquiry in an exhibition that at times can feel muddled and historically naive.

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Hew Locke, On the Tethys Sea (2017), and Susan Pui San Lok, Untitled (Pavilion), (2017), Installation view, Diaspora Pavilion, 2017 Venice Biennale. Photo: Binita Walia
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Venice 2017 review: Britain at the Biennale – from Phyllida’s folly to the Diaspora Pavilion

The UK’s presence at this year’s Venice Biennale is particularly strong, with Phyllida Barlow’s sculptures at the British Pavilion, Rachel Maclean’s new film for Scotland + Venice, James Richards’ sound and film work representing Wales, and the new Diaspora Pavilion reflecting the diverse cultural backgrounds of UK-based artists. Moira Jeffrey reports.

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Whitstable Biennale Director Sue Jones, The Curation Process (Or – How do I get them to exhibit my work?) at Turner Contemporary, as part of Assembly Margate. Photo: Jason Pay
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Assembly Margate: “Working with artists is a compelling process”

Across two days of talks, workshops and get-togethers, Assembly Margate explored both the specifics of living and working as an artist in a town with a small population where art can be a contentious subject, and the broader picture of how artists deal with issues such as regeneration, gentrification and working with communities.

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Geta Brătescu, Doamna Oliver în costum de calatorie, [Lady Oliver in Traveling Costume], 1980-2012, b/w photography, 38.9 x 39.5 cm. Photo: Mihai Brătescu; Courtesy: the artist
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Venice 2017 preview: Ten must-see national pavilions

This year’s Venice Biennale features 85 national pavilions including four countries exhibiting for the first time. As the three-day preview begins prior to the biennale’s public opening on Saturday, Pippa Koszerek highlights 10 national pavilions that you really shouldn’t miss.

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The Royal Standard at NOSOULFORSALE, Tate Modern, 2010
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Assembly Liverpool: focusing on artist-led activity

For the second of a-n’s touring programme of workshops, talks and get-togethers, we’re heading to Liverpool where artist Kevin Hunt has developed two days of activities focusing on the artist-led project spaces that punctuate the city’s institution-heavy gallery ecology.

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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017, cover featuring image by Sheree Naqvi, The Peg, BA Fine Art Painting and Drawing, Swansea College of Art
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a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017: Elizabeth Price, students on their shows, UK-wide listings

The just-published a-n Degree Shows Guide 2017 captures the buzz of ideas and activity that this time of year is all about. With an in-depth introductory interview with Elizabeth Price, listings of more than 70 shows across the UK, plus contributions from Christine Borland, Nicolas Deshayes, Laura Oldfield Ford and many more practising artists and final-year students, it’s the perfect degree show season companion.

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