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Back issues

Lively, topical news, reviews, features and debate around the environments for visual arts practice.

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June 2012

Special issue: the last a-n Magazine. Then & Now features on Professional practice, Collaboration and Artist-led activity highlight a-n's enduring concerns and wealth of intelligence in our archive; interview with Mag coordinator Chris Brown; Kevin Hunt selects reviews from Glasgow International; in 'Celebrating a-n's achievements' collaborators and contributors with testimonials of what a-n means to them; plus a PDF version of the first ever a-n Magazine from September 1980. Read on…

May 2012

Features include #copyrightgreyareas and Pinterest; Ladders organisations to close plus Artists’ fund announced in News; Artists taking the lead project ~flow is  this month's Collaborative relationships; Do social media-led projects challenge traditional models of participation? in Debate; Big picture is Annie Carpenter; Plus Degree shows guide 2012 with this issue.  Read on…

April 2012

This month, Emma Gelliot reports from the National Federation of Studio Providers AGM; Tom Hackett selects reviews from Edinburgh, London and Manchester; Andrew Bryant looks to Projects unedited blogs to consider the enduring question: Why be an artist?; In Collaborative relationships,youth worker Chrissie Miles and artist Lindsay Perth reflect on developing a project in which young people could express their world through photography; Artists Sally Lemsford and Elizabeth Murton reflect on AIR's first annual members forum, OpenAIR: Effecting Change; in Art and learning we profile two education programmes that provide a variety of entry points to artistic practice and encourage audience participation and interpretation via gallery tours, symposia, courses and workshops as well as performances and events.    Read on…

March 2012

This month, Alessandro Vincentelli selects texts by Tom Hackett, Kenn Taylor, Maru Rojas Cuahonte, David Minton, Iris Priest and Charlotte A Morgan; Rebecca Heald, Director of Bloomberg New Contemporaries spotlights Clare Maynard's 'Random places'; Emily Speed, Jack Hutchinson and Gillian Nicol report from the inaugural OpenAIR members' forum at Firstsite, Colchester and from Arts Council England's annual conference 'Artists shaping the world';Pippa Koszerek and Eleonora Schinella consider relationships between artists, activism and social justice following the 2011 Triangle Network conference in London.     Read on…

February 2012

This month in arts funding news Dany Louise reports on how ACE funding cuts are impacting on small-scale production and artist-centred organisations; and we re-publish Variant's intelligent commentary on Creative Scotland's vision; in Reviews Maria Fusco selects texts by Liz Buckley, Anneka French, Gabrielle Hoad, Rachel Murray and Travis Riley; Collaborative relationships uncovers Motion Disabled, a digital exploration of the bodies of people who are physically different; Big picture is by Lilah Fowler; and in Debate Cara Courage examines the gender imbalance in the arts workforce and asks if it's really down to women wanting to 'have it all'? Read on…

December/January 2011-12

This month, Interface editor Rosemary Shirley's Reviews selection highlights recent visual arts activity in the north of England, showcasing both the variety of artistic activity in the region and wealth of user-generated writing by contributors to Interface; in Collaborative relationships Ruth Ben-Tovim and Anne-Marie Culhane discuss two collaborative projects that focus on exchange, community and participation; in Winning the prize Jack Hutchinson reports from the awards ceremony of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards; Big picture is by Tereza Buskova; in Debate Jon Wakeman asks, is All Points North acting like The Premier League? and Joshua Sofaer asks what can culture do in times of wider crises?   Read on…

November 2011

Pointing North highlights the festivals, events and exhibitions taking place across the North of England this season; Katriona Beales reports from the Apha-ville festival symposium in London; in Debate Emma Geliot asks are disabled artists more in the mainstream now - or have the goal posts just moved sideways; and in Collaborative relationships Marcus Coates, Lucy Skaer and Tracey Rowledge recount their experiences of collaborating with dance artists Henry Montes, Gill Clarke and Sarah Warsop to create a series of performance, film and drawing works commissioned by choreographer Siobhan Davies. Read on…

October 2011

Artists, arts policy and funding: 'A fair share?' and 'Understanding Turning Point' are two new reports commissioned by a-n that aim to demystify the environment for contemporary visual arts practice; in 'A preoccupation with cultivation', Elizabeth Wewiora looks at allotment-based practice among contemporary artists; in Debate Alex Murdin asks what is Localism and what effect it is likely to have on art practice in regional areas; and in Collaborative relationships, artist Jo Berry recounts her experience working in a 'live' scientific research environment within the School of Biomedical Sciences at Nottingham University Medical School. Read on…

September 2011

Is collaboration different in the visual arts? Gillian Nicol reports from 'Stronger Together', an event held in Newcastle in June and Nick Sharp discusses IP and copyright issues that arise through collaborative practices; in Debate Kate Phillimore and Matthew de Pulford propose the jester as a vehicle for understanding playfulness, mediation, diplomacy and rebellion within curatorial practice; and in Collaborative relationships artists David Hood and Seainin Passi introduce their ongoing practice Community Facility. Read on…

July / August 2011

Steve Dutton and Katriona Beales report from the Culture cuts conference in London;  WeDidThis founder Ed Whiting discusses opportunities that crowd-funding provides for arts organisations and artists; in Debate Dany Louise asks What do festivals add to a city? Big Picture is Phoebe Cummings and in Collaborative relationships Fiona Heathcote and Jon Lockhart discuss Saturdads, a programme of art sessions at a Sure Start children's centre in Oxford. Read on…

June 2011

Executive Director of CARFAC April Britski reports on the Canadian arts funding scene; in Debate Daniel Fawcett argues that artists' use of film holds the key to its future; Big Picture is by Ben Ashton and in Collaborative relationships artists Sarah Evans, David Kefford and CJ Mahony discuss the launch of Aid & Abet, their new artist-run space in Cambridge. Read on…

May 2011

Special Spotlight on arts funding section examines changes to the funding climate in Scotland, England and Wales; John Plowman unpicks a new book on collaborative practice in Debate; Big picture is Jack Strange; Plus new Collaborative relationships a-n Collection published. Read on…

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