New international artists’ movement launched to combat populist right

Over 200 leading arts professionals have pledged to take part in exhibitions and art projects around the world to address the rise of right-wing populism through a new international movement, Hands Off Our Revolution. In a statement of support, Anish Kapoor said “Our art affirms our humanity and we insist on inclusion of all and for all”.

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Creative industries announced as key area in Government's industrial strategy

The Government’s Green Paper ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ has named the creative industries as one of five key strategic areas. Sir Peter Bazalgette will lead on the development of a sector deal with government after an independent review.

The Green Paper is part of the government’s ‘Plan for Britain’, post-Brexit.

Read the paper here

Arts in Mind: Innovation World Café, London – 2 March 2017

When: 2 March 2017, 17:00-20:00

Where: ORTUS learning & events centre, 82-96 Grove Lane, London SE5 8SN

To support collaboration between artists and researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

The World Café will provide:

Koestler Awards for offenders, secure patients and detainees – deadline 14 April 2017

The Koestler Awards 2017 is now open for entries. This year’s exhibition theme is 'Inside', set by the curator Sir Antony Gormley. Entries can be from individuals or groups. Anyone who is currently in a UK prison, an immigration removal centre, secure hospital, children's home or on probation may enter the awards.

The Koestler Trust aims to demonstrate that the arts are beneficial to offenders, secure patients and detainees.

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a-n artist bursaries - deadline 2 March 2017

a-n is offering bursaries of £1,500–£3,000 for artist-led groups wishing to undertake creative research exploring how artists and artists’ groups adapt to navigate turbulent cultural and political landscapes.

Artists who hold a current a-n Artist membership and are active within a UK-based artist-led group can make an application. a-n is open to proposals for activities that provoke, reflect, question and consider new strategies and approaches

Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund – deadline 20 February 2017

Applications are open for up to £5000, plus mentoring and in-kind support, to enable dance creatives to research, test and/or launch new artistic and entrepreneurial ideas.

Deadline for applications: 10am, Monday 20 February

Successful first-round applicants will need to pitch their idea to a panel of industry experts on Friday 31 March 2017 at the Dance Enterprise Ideas Summit.

Transplant and Life, Qvist Gallery, Hunterian Museum – until 20 May 2017

A third collaborative project by artists Tim Wainwright and John Wynne, working closely with patients and staff at the Royal Free and Harefield Hospitals to reveal the intimate experiences of people who have had or are about to undergo an organ transplant.

ActionSpace virtual exhibition launch –11 February 2017

The Saturday Voltaire Studio Project for young artists with learning disabilities is launching a virtual exhibition at Omnibus Clapham, which can then be viewed online.

Please note revised date which is slightly later than published in the Newsletter.

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Improving the arts experience for disabled people, Leicester - 24 January 2017

A one-day training event for staff working at all levels in arts venues, festivals and cultural agencies to develop engagement with Deaf, sight impaired and disabled people as audiences, artists and participants, offered by People Dancing and Shape Arts, in partnership with Curve, Leicester.

Cost: £84.50 (£65 for People Dancing member organisations or individuals), including ticket to a performance showcase.

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Artist fees for exhibition

New guidance has been developed to provide the arts sector advice on the payment of artists for exhibition in publicly-funded galleries.

From 2017 Arts Council England will expect organisations applying for funding to evidence (and budget for) fair payment to artists. Organisations applying for activity where artists’ work is being presented to the public in exhibitions should refer to a-n’s new Exhibition Payment guidance and framework.


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