Guest blog May 2019 by Paul Hobson: Public galleries and the democratic deficit

Guest blog May 2019 by Paul Hobson: Public galleries and the democratic deficit

Reflecting on the current discourse regarding exploitation, discrimination and systemic bias in the sector,  Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford and Chair of CVAN South East, considers the role of publicly-funded art institutions in promoting greater equality and inclusion in the sector…

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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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NEW GEOGRAPHIES & East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) ANNOUNCE THE ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE TEN SITE-RESPONSIVE ART WORKS ACROSS THE EAST OF ENGLAND

NEW GEOGRAPHIES & East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) ANNOUNCE THE ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE TEN SITE-RESPONSIVE ART WORKS ACROSS THE EAST OF ENGLAND

New Geographies and the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) are delighted to announce the artists selected to create ten major site-responsive visual arts commissions across the East of England. New Geographies is a three-year project, funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or overlooked places, rather than on historic or economical centres.

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TCCE SUMMER SYMPOSIUM: REFRESH, REBOOT, RETOOL: NEW IMAGINARIES FOR CHALLENGING TIMES

TCCE SUMMER SYMPOSIUM: REFRESH, REBOOT, RETOOL: NEW IMAGINARIES FOR CHALLENGING TIMES

TCCE is holding it’s summer symposium: Refresh, Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging times on Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at The Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury, London. The symposium brings together academics, artists, creatives, policy-makers and people from other sectors. Refresh Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging times sets out to create a space in which to encourage, debate, conversation, play, knowledge exchange and co-creation about some of our most important contemporary challenges including: politics, diversity, identity, place and environment…

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CVAN EM's Document project receives critical coverage

CVAN EM has commissioned a piece of critical writing about its Document project, that follows six artists in the East Midlands to reflect on their experience as practising artists, at this time, in their voices. 

Artist and writer Tom Hackett, has in turn reflected on the project; how it came about, what it seeks to achieve, the six artists, and critically, its taking place in the East Midlands.

Read his piece on a-n The Artist's Information Company's website

Find out more about Document and the artists taking part, as well as about the events scheduled as part of the project.

 

 

Spotlight: The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopens

Spotlight: The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopens

After 18 months, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art reopens next Friday after relocating to a space within the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

In each of its exhibitions in 2018, an artist will reveal a brand new body of work for the first time, starting with a major new commission by artist Fiona Crisp. The gallery's opening programme celebrates the achievements of artists living and working in North East England, who share new visions of how we live now. We speak to Alistair Robinson, the gallery's Director about the last one and a half years and the upcoming programme.

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Spotlight: Jamboree 2018 - A National Gathering of Artists & Curators

Spotlight: Jamboree 2018 - A National Gathering of Artists & Curators

Taking place from 28 June - 1 July, Jamboree 2018 will bring together 150 visual artists, curators and programmers from around the UK to the Dartington Estate near Totnes in Devon. Developed by LOW PROFILE, Jamboree 2018 offers the chance for those who work in the arts to meet others, collaborate, stop, engage and recharge in beautiful surroundings and a positive, critically-engaged environment.

In advance of pre-registration closing for event next week, we find out more about the opportunity from LOW PROFILE and the Jamboree team.

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Spotlight: Meeting Point - Museums and contemporary arts working together

Spotlight: Meeting Point - Museums and contemporary arts working together

Meeting Point is a commissioning programme led by Northumberland-based Arts&Heritage which partners contemporary artists with museums. Taking place for a second year across ten museums in the North of England, the project shows why museums and the contemporary arts should be working together. We talk to Arts&Heritage Associate Morag Iles about the project.

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Spotlight: Our Friends Electric

Spotlight: Our Friends Electric

Derby's QUAD is currently showing two exhibitions exploring robots and artificial intelligence. As rapid innovation continues and access to technology becomes easier, artists have more opportunities than ever to experiment with new ways of producing work. We speak to Peter Bonnell, Senior Curator at QUAD about the exhibitions, and the challenges of exhibiting works using cutting edge technology.

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