artSOUTH – contemporary art and engagement
artSOUTH has come to an end (on 1st Dec), and the next few months will bring together a comprehensive evaluation – it’s a time for reflection on what happened as part of this ambitious programme of newly commissioned contemporary art across the south central region of England.
Venice Biennale in 2013 has a firm idea at its heart. Curated by Massimiliano Gioni, the Encyclopedic Palace – il Palazzo Enciclopedico – might have a long, and slightly off-putting title, but brings together a range of artists, those that have been around a long time – Carl Andre, Walter de Maria, a curated [...]
The artist as insider and outsider..
I found myself chairing a discussion this week, which had a panel of six people – three artists, two academics and the contemporary programme manager for the National Trust – all discussing how art may help to interpret less glamorous historic sites and to see if we [...]
Looking at art is such a great way to spend a day in London. I have always done this; for the past thirty years, I have devised days in London that resemble army manouevres: 10am – South London Gallery; 10.30- leave and go to Tate Britain, and so on. It’s my research, my work. [...]
Questions are all I get asked, from people trying to understand contemporary art. And it is questions that you can ask an artwork to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of what you are looking at.
A wee story
Back in 2005, I worked for Creative Partnerships in the Black Country, as the professional [...]
One of the questions I always get asked by people goes something like this:
YOU know about art stuff don’t you? So that Tracey Emin’s bed – what’s that all about? She’s having a laugh isn’t she (at us, the public, the ones that don’t know about contemporary art)..
Or another version::
I spent last Friday looking at art, starting off at ROOM to see the Shelagh Wakely retrospective. Beautiful, fragile and poetic; all about material, and very well suited to the spaces. ROOM is literally two floors in a house, so any work within it caries a sense of the domestic and of [...]
In the last few weeks, I have been reflecting a lot on what I do. Lightsgoingon has been in existence for nearly two years, and it has been a full-on time, delivering lots of training within the cultural sector; and talks about contemporary art to a range of volunteers, staff and people wanting to more, [...]
Today I fly to India for four weeks and am due back on 11 December. After months of talking about and looking at contemporary art – Liverpool Biennial, Documenta, Tatton Biennial, Exlab – I am going to be looking solely at some beaches, blue sky, lush greenery and the dust, the colour of India. Maybe [...]
Just back from the Penzance Convention – three and a bit days away, in Cornwall, with many people I haven’t seen for ages. The Convention brought together people – thinkers, curators, writers, artists, and scientists – from all over the place to focus on the theme of extraction, with Cornwall as its [...]
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Grand day out in Nottingham today; Mr Deller at The Castle and two great shows at Nottingham Contemporary.. pic.twitter.com/YQXhDOUPfI