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# Flaunt It 2

The second iteration of # Flaunt It exhibition took place in Autumn 2019 at Arches Studios, Southampton. Conceived by Tony Spencer & Peter McGinnis and featuring Jilly Evans, the artists presented a visual commentary on current society, disability, humanity, ritual, and […]

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Resource Guide

Artists working in higher education

Within UK universities, visual artists are working across university departments in many different ways ranging from arts and health initiatives, residencies and cultural heritage projects to commissions, teaching and PhD research. Artist Steve Pool identifies some key ways artists are working within HE and considers the value of such relationships to both artists and institutions.

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New two-year research project will explore impact of socially engaged practice

News In Brief: The new Paul Hamlyn Foundation-funded project will look at whether socially engaged artistic activity can really make a positive difference to a community. Plus: Kitty Anderson announced as new director of LUX Scotland; Hannah Rothschild, chair of National Gallery’s board of trustees, to step down after four-year tenure.

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As part of my research I have been looking at topsoil. It was interesting to investigate how to acquire topsoil, I was amazed at how much was available. The Installation is called; ‘The Ground beneath our Feet’. The title is taken […]

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I should have known from previous experience that blogging in the middle of a big  intense project wasn’t going to happen. I’m looking back, 6 or so  months on, at my last posts and my intentions to write here about […]

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Talking to the Trees

Following an artist-led community engagement intervention on the Trees Estate, Preston

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Good News

Where did January and half of February go? The last six weeks have passed in a blur of activity. We got the fantastic news at the beginning of January that our grants for the arts funding bid to Arts Council […]

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A guide to DBS checks

As an artist or freelancer working (on a paid or voluntary basis) in certain environments – such as running workshops in schools or with vulnerable adults – requires you to undertake a check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Educator Sarah Blaszczok explains why a DBS check is needed, how to get one, and the costs involved.

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Are you socially engaged?

Yesterday I learned a great deal about being invisible as a socially engaged artist – in the context of intersecting minorities. I am an autistic white Anglo-Spanish woman of middle age. My current project in collaboration with Elena Thomas; The […]

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Resource Profile

Oslo Pilot: the giver, the guest and the ghost

Oliver Bennett reflects on the challenges of introducing art into the public realm, following his attendance at Oslo Pilot’s symposium, as the city seeks to challenge the existing biennial format and enable new dialogues with its public space.

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Working in higher education: “Artists bring an independent vision”

From community university partnerships to practice-based PhDs and tenured teaching posts, a new set of resources developed for a-n by artist Steve Pool identifies some key ways artists are working within higher education, and considers the value of such relationships to both artists and institutions.

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Introduction: Artists working in higher education

Developed by Steve Pool, Artists working in higher education includes a guide and four profiles that explore the ways artists are currently engaging with the HE sector. This introduction highlights the diversity and value of such relationships, and offers some key tips for working in the field.

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Paul Evans on socially engaged collaborations in HE

Artist Paul Evans discusses how his work became aligned to the research undertaken within universities and how his socially engaged practice has enabled academics and the public to better understand the nature of university research. Based on an interview by artist Steve Pool.

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