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Issue 473, February 2024

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Alfredo Jaar, Tonight no poetry will serve, 2023, Piccadilly Circus, London


Disproportionate Force

Francis Frascina wonders what an effective political intervention in the field of image-making would be during times of war

The central question for art practice seems painfully the same now as in 2009 and the aftermath of Israel’s devastating ‘Operation Cast Lead’ on Gaza: given the horror of the present, what would an effective political intervention in the field of imagery be like?

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Tania Bruguera, Where Your Ideas Become Civic Actions (100 Hours Reading The Origins of Totalitarianism), 2015


Taking a Stand

Sarah E James argues that the art world must resist the culture wars being waged by the political right as a result of the deadly war in Gaza

Germany provides a context worth proper consideration because, despite its unique relationship to Israel, it serves as a disquieting study of what might yet come about in the UK, and what we need to collectively resist.

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From the Back Catalogue
Jumana Manna
Emilia Terracciano profiles the Palestinian artist and filmmaker. First published in 2023, now free online.

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Aria Dean, Abattoir, U.S.A!, 2023


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Jenny Wu

The Abattoir video is left open-ended, but it nevertheless orbits a central, troublesome question: when did you die?

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Silence Is Not an Option

The fact that artists are among the first to be silenced by oppressive regimes proves the value of speaking out.

Despite what Francis Frascina describes as the almost insurmountable difficulty of finding effective means to do so, many artists feel impelled, as Sarah E James puts it, ‘to take a stand’ against perceived injustice, inequality and state-sponsored aggression, including with respect to Israel’s war on Gaza.


Reply to ‘The Art of Dissuasion’

Paul Wood responds to Francis Frascina’s feature on the pressures faced by the Open University team and Frascina’s fractious relationship with Charles Harrison

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The British Museum returns to BP for financial support; many English local councils cut their arts funding, the Welsh government proposes to slash its arts budget; Argentina axes its arts ministry; the Istanbul Biennial is postponed over political interference; Italy’s far-right government sacks its non-Italian museum directors; Poland’s centrist government removes right-wing cultural appointees; UK artist agencies publish reports on AI’s relationship to art, creativity and copyright; plus the latest on galleries, people, awards and more.


Giovanni Anselmo 1934–2023
Martin Holman

Pope.L 1955–2023
Margot Heller

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Max Göran, Dieseline Dreams, 2023, Cell Project Space


Stepping Softly on the Earth

Daniel Culpan

Li Yuan-Chia & Friends: Making New Worlds

Ellen Mara De Wachter

David Panos: Gothic Revival

Peter Suchin

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Josefin Arnell and Max Göran: brave and pathetic is better than drowning in shame

Michael Kurtz

Self-Determination: A Global Perspective

Adam Hines-Green

Siobhán Hapaska: Medici Lion

Michaële Cutaya

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Seasonal Affective

Mimi Howard

Dunkirk Triennale of Art & Industry: Human Warmth

Matthew McLean

14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema

Stephanie Bailey

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Mark Nash, Curating the Moving Image


Mark Nash: Curating the Moving Image

Maria Walsh

Mark Nash states that ‘theory and theatre … both [involve] the bringing of ideas into visibility’. Curating the Moving Image tells of how, along with collaborators and friends, he did just that in historically prescient and field-defining ways.

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Grant H Keste, The Sovereign Self


Grant H Kester: The Sovereign Self – Aesthetic Autonomy from the Enlightenment to the Avant-Garde

Matthew Bowman

Grant H Kester’s book is a highly valuable examination of the intertwined trajectories of aesthetic experience and autonomy.

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Ibrahim Mahama, Untitled, 2023, Kaunas Biennial


Friends and Neighbours

Eliel Jones

I visited Tbilisi, Baku and Istanbul in order to explore how the practice of friendship might allow artists and cultural workers to resist and survive various social, economic and political challenges or hostilities.

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Mark Manders, ‘House with All Existing Words’, Van Wassenhove House


Letter from Ghent

Chris McCormack

If the weather and architecture seemed momentarily to keep at bay the current widening abyss of global politics, then a more unexpected, alarming image surfaced when reading that one of Ghent’s emblems is that of a noose.

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Wilhelm Sasnal, Untitled, 2000


Letter from Kraków

Deborah Schultz

The art scene in Kraków is expanding through institutions – such as MOCAK, MuFo and Bunkier Sztuki – that are shaped by the past in many interesting ways, but with a clear view to the present and the future.

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Lemuel Francis Abbott, Horatio Nelson, 1797, presented as © National Portrait Gallery


Freedom and Creativity

Henry Lydiate

The year started with publication of a seminal judicial decision confirming that UK copyright law’s originality test – for creating a copyright-protected new artwork – requires the expression of personal creativity by the author. The UK Court of Appeal’s clear judgment embraces the CJEU’s originality test, and thereby validates the contention that photographs of non-copyright two-dimensional images, such as museum photographs of historical paintings, do not create new copyrights.

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Alice Channer, Dry Cask (Silk Cut), 2023
artist talk, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Selected Events

  • Living Material: Mycelium Moulds
    Two Queens, Leicester, Sat 3 Feb 1.00pm
  • Rory Pilgrim and Robyn Haddon: An Afternoon of Songs and Words
    Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Sat 3 Feb 3.00pm
  • Alice Channer in Conversation
    Eastside Projects, Birmingham, Wed 7 Feb 6.30pm
  • From Digital Survival to Digital Thrival: What Can Digital Environments Teach Us?
    Fact, Liverpool, Thu 8 Feb 6.00pm
  • Mollie Douthit Artist Talk
    Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Thu 8 Feb 6.00pm
  • Space / Time / Life: A Gathering
    Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, Fri 9 Feb 11.00am
  • Jazmin Morris Artist Talk
    Fact, Liverpool, Fri 9 Feb 2.30pm
  • Marcus Coates and Ilric Shetland in Conversation
    CAST, Helston, Fri 9 Feb 6.30pm
  • Book Works Artist’s Surgeries
    The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Feb 11.00am
  • Live Rooms
    Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, Bury, Sat 10 Feb 2.00pm
  • Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom in conversation with Rosie Cooper
    Site Gallery, Sheffield, Sat 10 Feb 2.00pm
  • Sunday Spotlight Tour
    Ikon, Birmingham, Sun 11 Feb 3.00pm
  • Turner Prize Curator Talk
    Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Wed 14 Feb 2.00pm
  • Saad Qureshi Exhibition Tour Led by Neil Walker
    Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, Thu 15 Feb 1.00pm
  • Shiraz Bayjoo and Michelle Peterkin-Walker Panel Discussion
    Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, Thu 15 Feb 6.30pm
  • Screaming at the Sea: Queer Voice Workshop
    Open School East, Margate, Sat 17 Feb 1.00pm
  • Project Art Works Residential Review
    Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Wed 21 Feb 3.30pm
  • Artist Social
    Factory International, Manchester , Wed 21 Feb 6.00pm
  • In the Evening There is Feeling: Listening to the music of film with Morwenna Kearsley
    DCA, Dundee, Thu 22 Feb 6.00pm

Selected Exhibition Openings

Selected Digital Resources

Xylophobia: Online
22 Apr 2023 – 22 Apr 2024
An exhibition of digitally based work that takes its name from the fear of wooden objects, forests, or wooded areas. Commissioned by Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.


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  • Nov: Anna Dezeuze on art and conspiracy theories, Maria Walsh explores the work of Lebanese artist filmmaker Ali Cherri.
  • Oct: Matthew Bowman on lost experience in immersive art, Bob Dickinson argues that citizen artists can intervene to halt gentrification.
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Art Monthly | 11 Feb


Co-Director (Young People & Programme)

A newly created role to lead Peak Cymru’s work with, and for, Young People (14-30 years) / 3.5 days per week / £28,000 (full-time salary £40,000).
Peak Cymru, Black Mountains, Wales | 5 Mar 5pm


Assistant Curator (Archive Platforms)

British Film Institute | 6 Feb

Assistant Producer

Barbican | 8 Feb

Gallery Production Assistant

Cell Project Space | 11 Feb

Freelance Curator: Exhibition on Design and Sustainability

Midlands Arts Centre | 12 Feb

Curatorial Assistant

Whitechapel Gallery | 13 Feb

Relationship Manager, Cultural Investment Fund

Arts Council England | 14 Feb

Associate Director

Hollybush Gardens | 16 Feb

Consultancy Senior Art Producer

Contemporary Art Society | 20 Feb

Creative Learning Coordinator

Warwick Arts Centre | 4 Mar


Auto Italia, London | 4 Mar


Deptford X | 26 Mar

General Manager

Deptford X | 1 Apr

Director and Tenure-Track Faculty Member in Painting and Printmaking

Yale University | Rolling


McKinney International Art and Design Residency

Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture & Design | 16 Feb

Collide Copenhagen Residency

Arts at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland and Copenhagen, Denmark | 1 Mar

The Derek Hill Foundation Fellowship

British School at Rome | 15 Mar

Palazzo Monti Residency

Brescia, Italy | Rolling


Call for Events

Autograph, London | 5 Feb

In the Field 2: Call for Proposals Exploring the Field Recordings Today

CRiSAP, London | 6 Feb

Holding Space by Anna Bunting-Branch Open Call for a Sound Artist/Musician

a space arts, Southampton | 12 Feb

The Alpine Fellowship Visual Art Prize 2024

The Alpine Fellowship, UK | 1 Mar

This Homeland: Exhibit Your Art in London Hospitals

The Responsa Foundation, London | 13 Apr


Black Artists Grant

Creative Debuts | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling

National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England | Rolling

Grant Programme

ARTCRY | Rolling

The Digital Artists Grant

The Moniker Foundation, Creative Debuts | Rolling

Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants

Art Fund | Rolling


A Real Woman Open Call

The Gallery, Artichoke UK | 4 Feb

Solo Exhibition Prize 2024

Flatland Projects | 23 Feb

Open Call for Unique Exhibition Proposals

apexart, New York | 1 Mar


Artquest One-to-One

Artquest | Rolling


Interfaces Monthly

Barbican & The Trampery | Rolling

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