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Uptin House, Ouseburn, Newcastle
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Resisting gentrification: why we should fight hard to protect affordable creative spaces

Newcastle-based artist Kathryn Hodgkinson believes that the city council’s planning decisions are having a detrimental effect on the area’s creative community. In the wake of the recent decision to demolish the creative space Uptin House to make way for ‘yet another block of student flats’, she argues that local authorities need to embrace the true value of artists.

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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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