Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s 2019 Plate Fundraiser 18-31 March 2019

Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s 2019 Plate Fundraiser 18-31 March 2019

Jake and Dinos Chapman, Emma Cousin, Jeremy Deller, Heather and Ivan Morison, Peter Liversidge, Jesse Wine and Sarah Woodfine, are among 30 prominent and emerging contemporary artists donating unique artwork to Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s online charity auction, where each is responding to a ceramic plate. Money raised from the auction will support the delivery of a project collaborating with a young offenders group based in Milton Keynes. The project will see young people get hands on in Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s specialist ceramic studio, making personalised ceramic ware.

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New Socially Engaged Photography Network forms

New Socially Engaged Photography Network forms

Working with organisations, photographers, community groups, academics and curators from across the country, the Open Eye Gallery are building a new network to discuss and accelerate the practice of socially engaged photography. In the spirit of social practice, the network will be shaped collaboratively by its users, beginning with a quick survey to gauge how the network can be as useful as it can be. We would appreciate it if anyone interested in joining could take some time to fill it in. The network is open — join below by signing up to the mailing list.

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Livelihoods of Visual Artists Report

Livelihoods of Visual Artists Report

Published in January, a new study by TBR commissioned by the Arts Council concludes that portfolio careers are the norm among artists in a visual artists’ constituency clearly dominated by women. Income levels remain unacceptably low overall and artists’ livelihoods are over-reliant on earnings from work other than art practice. Notably, however like their counterparts in other arts professional and creative industry spheres, it is female artists who experience the greatest barriers to sustaining of art practices over a life-time and are earning less from their art practice than males. Read the research reports including Arts Council’s response here

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BALTIC ARTIST' AWARD 2019 - 15 February – 16 June 2019

BALTIC ARTIST' AWARD 2019 - 15 February – 16 June 2019

BALTIC is delighted to present the second BALTIC Artists’ Award, a worldwide biennial art award judged solely by artists. Three internationally renowned artist-judges, Lubaina Himid, Michael Rakowitz and Haegue Yang, have each selected an artist who has the opportunity to realise new work which will be seen in this four-month exhibition

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Directors' Update - 4 October 2018

Directors' Update - 4 October 2018

There's something of a theme emerging in a slew of recent reports and consultations and in artists responses to them: how does the visual arts sector with its socially embedded practices actually work and can it continue as it is - or can we feed it into a computer, bottle it, flip it, and label it with a flag? How radical is radical - or is it populist? Are we in revolutionary or just ‘interesting’ times?…

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Official Launch of Flow Observatorium as England’s first equality and diversity charity for neurodivergent creatives (27/9/18)

Official Launch of Flow Observatorium as England’s first equality and diversity charity for neurodivergent creatives (27/9/18)

Having worked for the past year towards achieving charitable status, Flow Observatorium’s official launch as England’s first equality and diversity charity for neurodivergent creatives will be held at the Zodiac Room in Portsmouth Guildhall on September 27th 2018, 4 – 6pm.

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Phoenix welcomes new patrons at inclusive arts exhibition

Phoenix welcomes new patrons at inclusive arts exhibition

Henry Normal and David Shrigley have become the first Patrons of Phoenix Brighton, the largest provider of artists’ studio space in the South East. Phoenix celebrates this news with a welcome event on Friday 21 September. This event will coincide with the opening of a new exhibition curated by the Rocket Artists, a group of artists with and without learning disabilities.


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Investing in Creative Communities by renovating buildings for artists' studios

Investing in Creative Communities by renovating buildings for artists' studios

The recent release of the Mayor of London's 2018 Artists' Workspace Annual Data Note, highlights the importance of creative workspace in our cities and is a welcome intervention in an issue that also concerns the visual arts sector in the South East. Sarah Davies, Executive Director of Phoenix Brighton, gives her response to the Mayor's report and points to the vital contribution of studio providers to the cultural ecology.

Image: Phoenix artist Joshua Uvieghara in his studio, photo: Manel Ortega.

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