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April 2020 art events and opportunities


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April 2020 Issue 435

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Georgina Starr, Quarantaine, 2020


Hearing Voices

Georgina Starr interviewed by Maria Walsh

The idea that you could hallucinate and it wouldn’t be visual but auditory, that’s quite fascinating to me. It only happened a few times over a year when I was a kid and we never really got to the bottom of it, but it was something that stayed with me.

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Naeem Mohaiemen, Two Meetings and a Funeral, 2017


Decolonising Decolonialism

Morgan Quaintance challenges the reductive conception of the decolonial project

This abhorrent state of affairs can only continue if the partial decolonial view within the art world remains in place, a view that also passes over in silence the invasion, plunder and seizure of one land’s sovereignty, infrastructure and natural resources by a foreign power – that is to say, real and literal colonisation.

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David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (Green Head), 1982


No New York

John Douglas Millar argues that the recent historicisation of David Wojnarowicz’s work fails its radicalism and continued relevance to the present

At the time, New York City was bankrupt, leaving little scope for major redevelopment or gentrification, so the ruined piers flickered briefly into life as almost utopian spaces of queer living and culture. Dangerous, liminal, cut off from the main body of Manhattan, unreachable other than by foot or bicycle, they were the precise antithesis to the established institutions of art on the Upper East Side where the Whitney resided at the time.

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From the Back Catalogue
The Killing Machine
Barbara Pollack traces the legacies of David Wojnarowicz in New York today

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Apocalypse Now

While Dominic Cummings insisted government held a steady course towards the cliff edge before performing a last-minute ‘switcheroo’, concerned citizens could see disaster looming and took action into their own hands (in the art world this meant pre-emptively cancelling events and closing galleries), but the deadly cost of this delay is yet to be counted.

Every disaster reveals to us something of ourselves: Russia spreads disinformation, China shuts down, Americans buy guns, the Italians sing to each other, the Australians take to the beach and the British literally take to the hills.

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picket line outside Royal College of Art, London, 10 March 2020


Reflections on Education from the Frontlines

Members of the Royal College of Art’s University and College Union question the commercialisation of university-based art education; and the RCA responds.

Within educational structures, openness, curiosity, experiment, freedom, discipline, generosity, engagement and equality breed the same. This is equally true of their insidious opposites.


Cleaners’ Rights

Central Saint Martins students Elvira García and Álvaro del Fresno call out UAL’s outsourcing of its low-paid workers.

As part of our strike action this year, in which 74 other campuses across the UK also took strike action, from 9th to 11th March UAL students occupied London College of Communication, demanding all contracted cleaners to be employed by UAL.

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The art world shuts down as the SARS-CoV-2 virus begins to spread around the world; ACE responds to the Covid-19 pandemic with strong leadership and significant financial support; former a-n director Susan Jones calls for the arts sector to offer immediate direct financial support to artists as freelance workers fear falling through large cracks in the state’s support schemes; new research suggest that arts degrees may cost graduates £100,000 in lost income; ACE releases its annual diversity report and calls for more urgent action from the organisations it funds; Shell is ousted as a sponsor of the Southbank Centre and the British Film Institute; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.

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Ulay (Frank Uwe Laysiepen) 1943–2020
Dominic Johnson

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge 1950–2020
Andrew Wilson

Panamarenko 1940–2019
Martin Holman

Barbara Steveni 1928–2020
Gareth Bell-Jones and Jo Melvin

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Gabriel Kuri, ‘spending static to save gas’, Douglas Hyde Gallery


Gabriel Kuri: spending static to save gas

Conal McStravick

Cameron Rowland: 3 & 4 Will. IV c. 73

Tendai Mutambu

Stellenbosch Triennale: Tomorrow there will be more of us

Don Handa

Sean Edwards: Undo Things Done

Tom Emery

Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium

Amy Tobin

Cauleen Smith: Mutualities

Gemma Sharpe

Johanna Unzueta: Tools for Life

Peter Suchin

Chooc Ly Tan: Crepuscular Dreams of (Dis-) Alienation

Tabitha Steinberg

Julijonas Urbanos: Planet of People

Martin Vincent

Transparent Things

Alex Bennett

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Helen Cammock, They Call it Idlewild, 2020


Helen Cammock: They Call It Idlewild

Maria Walsh

Helen Cammock’s film essay weaves together a number of otherwise mutually exclusive strands to reframe the social and cultural meanings of ‘idleness’ and its stake in creative work.

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Leslie Thornton, Ground, 2020


Leslie Thornton: Ground

Adam Hines-Green

As in much of Leslie Thornton’s work it appears that catastrophe, individual or collective, is the engine of discovery. Endings reign; newfound understanding beckons. Sometimes, it seems to be the other way round: acquired knowledge generates destruction.

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Carl Craig, Party/After Party, 2020


Carl Craig: Party/After-Party

Wen Tao

The affinity between Carl Craig and Dia is thematic as well as aesthetic. Techno’s tradition of engaging with industrial spaces has a particular meaning for Detroit.

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Ellie Harrison speaking at the Glasgow Film Theatre about The Glasgow Effect in 2017


Ellie Harrison: The Glasgow Effect

Elinor Morgan

Ellie Harrison scrutinises the background of the project, the haranguing she received on social media and her experience of undertaking the work. For me, the discussion about how the social-media berating affected her health and emotions is one of the most timely aspects of this narrative.

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Ayse Erkmen, Blue Stone, 2019, rock found in the excavation site during the construction of Arter’s new building in Dolapdere

Letter from Istanbul

Invited Guests

John Parton

If the surrounding neighbourhood seems a bit bullied by the arrival of this glitzy new gallery, at least the art inside is managing to stand up for itself.


Death of a Gallery

Henry Lydiate

Blain|Southern’s sudden closure of its three gallery operations at London, Berlin and New York in February 2020 shocked the contemporary art world; the most immediate and practical questions for the gallery’s creditors are whether they will be paid what is owed and, if so, how.

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Art Monthly Events

The Producers Part II: New Positions on Curating

This event is unlikely to happen in its usual form but may be streamed digitally – more info nearer the time!

Tuesday 30 April 5.15pm
Malgorzata Ludwisiak, former director of Ujazdowski Castle CCA, Warsaw, Poland
Zoé Whitley, senior curator at Hayward Gallery, London

This series of public discussions devised by Newcastle University and Art Monthly brings together curators, writers and artists to examine how current exhibition-making strategies have responded to significant changes in the art world. The talks will address issues such as: the fallout of an increasingly globalised art world; the growing significance of the role of collectors; the reshaping of public-sector art economies and the ways in which the development of new technologies has redefined how artworks are made, understood and disseminated.

Venue: Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University
Price: Free entry

Watch videos of previous talks on the Art Monthly website.

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Jon Rafman, 9-eyes

Selected Digital Resources

Many venues are focusing on digital programming during the Covid-19 pandemic. So instead of the usual list of events, here are links to some of these online artworks and resources.

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Committee Members

Institute of Contemporary Arts | 4 Apr


Absolutely Cultured, Yorkshire | 4 Apr

Charity Trustee

BALTIC, Gateshead | 6 Apr

Communications and Marketing Officer

a-n The Artists Information Company | 6 Apr

Deputy Director (Maternity Cover)

Arts Catalyst | 6 Apr

Board members

a-n The Artists Information Company | 9 Apr


Artsadmin | 10 Apr

Project Assistant (Cultural Development)

Kirklees Council, Yorkshire | 17 Apr

Producer: Interdisciplinary Residencies

Leicester 2021 | 27 Apr

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship

Towner Eastbourne | 1 May

Gallery Operations Co-ordinator

Absolutely Cultured | 3 May

Members of the Board of Trustees

Arts Catalyst | 1 Jul


The WFH Residency

A £1000 award to support London based artists who have lost work as a result of the covid-19 lockdown. For co-operative or communal projects that connect people while social distancing.
Artquest | 10am Wed 8 Apr


Interstices - A New Open Call for Submissions

Bookworks, London | 25 May

John Moores Painting Prize

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool | 5 Apr


Deptford X, London | 19 Apr

Thamesmead Open Art Commission

Thamesmead Now, London | 20 Apr

The Lumen Prize 2020

Lumen Art Projects | 8 May

The Hopper Prize 2020

Hopper Prize | 19 May

The Sunny Art Prize

Sunny Art Centre | 30 Jun

Woon Foundation Painting & Sculpture Prize

Baltic, Gateshead | 31 Jul

WAC Awards

Wells Art Contemporary | 1 Aug


Curatorial Fellowship

LUX | 1 May

The FLAMIN Fellowship

Film London | 5 May

Think Tank Residencies

Pacitti Company, Ipswich |16 Jul

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


Developing your Creative Practice

Arts Council England | 7 May

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival | 6 Apr

YICCA 2020 – International Contest of Contemporary Art

International Contest of Contemporary Art | 9 Apr

DIY: 2020 – Call for Proposals

Live Art Development Agency | 9 Apr

Wales Contemporary

Waterfront Gallery | 1 Sep

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]

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