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Anthony Schrag on practice-based PhDs

Having developed a practice based around working with people in a participatory manner, in 2015 Anthony Schrag completed a practice-based PhD exploring the relationship between artists, institutions and the public within participatory public artworks. He discusses his reasons for undertaking a PhD, and gives advice to artists considering this option. Based on an interview by artist Steve Pool.

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Manifesta 12: Palermo announced as host city

Manifesta has announced that its 2018 edition will take place in the Sicilian city of Palermo with migration and climate change as its theme, while a pre-biennial programme will aim to engage the local community by setting out a framework for the city’s revitalisation.

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Brutalist truth: Robin Hood Gardens and the politics of regeneration

For her book REGENERATION!, artist Jessie Brennan spent time on the soon to be demolished Robin Hood Gardens estate in Poplar, London talking to residents and making rubbings of their doormats. She speaks to Chris Sharratt about the nature of her practice, the importance of conversations and the clash of ideologies that the regeneration of the estate represents.

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Community arts projects: “collaboration is important”

Liverpool-based artist Emma Sumner reports from two recent community arts focused events in the city, a Temporary Parliament tasked with selecting the winner of the 25,000 Euro Visible Award for ‘socially engaged practices in a global context’, and a conference organised by Liverpool Biennial which looked to learn from the legacy of community arts projects in the light of a renewed interest in socially engaged art.

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Theaster Gates in Bristol: “A collaboration with a city”

For his first major commission in the UK, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has created an installation in the grounds of a disused church in Bristol that will be alive with performances and discussion day-and-night for 552 hours. Rowan Lear reports from the opening weekend.

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Week 3 – Who Do I Think I Am?

Brook and I have had several interesting conversations during the past few days – I’m finding it hard to make time to edit them, but have uploaded the second today on Vimeo (  Conversation#2:Self, Feminism & the Anthropocene) Negotiating this […]

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Since Sliced Bread: uncovering what we mill and what we eat

Fi Burke’s latest project celebrates the culture and history of the windmills of rural Lincolnshire, the communities that once relied on them for their daily bread, and those living in their shadows today. We talk to the artist about her exhibition, Since Sliced Bread, which marks the culmination of her year spent exploring the ‘field to fork’ journey of the food we eat.

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Doing it by the book: Peckham Platform’s new era of independence

Peckham Platform launches its new vision as an independent charity with the opening of Ruth Beale’s participatory installation, Bookbed. We talk to the artist and the organisation’s executive director Emily Druiff about libraries, socially-engaged practice and being a creative educational platform.

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The Tetley: “A space where art can be created”

A new centre for contemporary art and learning has just opened in a landmark heritage building in Leeds. Tina Jackson paid a visit to The Tetley’s opening weekend to find a “buzzing and inclusive event” that pitched agitprop public discussion and an artist’s open studio alongside a selection of curated artefacts from the the building’s former life as a brewery, and provided a fascinating perspective on the relationship between art and labour.

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Craftivism: making things happen, slowly

The recent Craft and Social Change conference looked at how craft can affect a ‘soft revolution’ by turning away from top-down structures towards a more DIY culture. But, as Sharon Mangion reports, the ‘slow’ logic of the Craftivism movement is combining once solitary practices with new media technologies to reconnect communities and mobilise global audiences.

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