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February 2020 art events and opportunities

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February 2020 Issue 433

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Prem Sahib, Cul-de-Sac, 2019


Inscribing Desire

Prem Sahib interviewed by Paul Carey-Kent

It is not my agenda to make work about Minimalism. However, I do like the idea of destabilising some of what we have come to associate it with. Because I often use my own experience of sexuality as a material, I am inevitably queering the associations of that tradition.

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Jo Spence, The Final Project ‘End Picture’ Floating, 1991–92


Sickness and Solidarity

Sarah E James on transforming privatised despair into political action

For Mark Fisher, the UK’s ‘fatalistic submission’ to austerity needed to be understood in terms of a ‘deliberately cultivated depression’ of the working classes. With Boris Johnson’s recent victory this drive towards a kind of collective depression seems less fatalistic than sadistic, and the task of transforming privatised disaffection into political anger and action both a more alien and pressing possibility.

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Alan Warburton, Sprites I, 2016



Marcus Verhagen fears the commercial exploitation of the unconscious

The significance of sleep in art has in recent times largely been determined by the interplay of these two conceptions, the surrealist and neo-surrealist view of it as creative motor and the tendency, in the work of Georges Perec and others, to see in it a form of tacit refusal.

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Sung Tieu, Remote Viewing, 2017


Sung Tieu

Adam Hines-Green on the German–Vietnamese artist

Sung Tieu emphasises the threat the displaced body poses, and the necessity for immigrants to assuage those fears by conforming to a certain narrative of productivity, utility and safety.

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Little Britain

Democracy’s slide into fascism is usually accompanied by costly patriotic festivals to distract the public, so what does this say about the government’s so-called Brexit Festival?

Scheduled for 2022 (presumably Brexit won’t be ‘done’ in time for the centenary of the Festival of Britain), it is hard to see what is being celebrated this time round.

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Hopeful Futures

Jes Fernie responds to Steve McQueen’s epic Year 3 installation at Tate Britain

The number of homeless children in London has risen by a third since 2014 and is now equivalent to one in every 24 children. This means that many of the photos in Year 3 include a child who is homeless.


Creative Appointing

The unelected baroness Nicky Morgan retains her culture secretary brief; the Australian government axes its art department while the country’s galleries contend with the wildfires; Taipei takes up Japan’s exhibition of censored art; Kyrgyzstan’s ‘Feminnale’ of pro-women’s rights art has been censored; Brazil’s culture minister announces the National Art Awards with a speech that plagiarises Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels; the US National Archives blurs out anti-Trump protest placards in an exhibition celebrating women’s suffrage; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.


John Baldessari 1931–2020
Peter Wollen 1938–2019

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From the Back Catalogue
Seeing the World Askance
John Baldessari interviewed by Simon Patterson

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Sohrab Hura, ‘Snow’, 2014–
on show in ‘Homelands’ at Kettle’s Yard


Theatre of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011

Gemma Sharpe

Homelands: Art from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Virginia Whiles

Hans Haacke: All Connected

Alexander Massouras

Derek Jarman: PROTEST!

The Last of England

Joanne Laws

Hilary Lloyd: Car Park

Mark Prince

Hot Moment

Maria Walsh

Nobuko Tsuchiya: 30 Ways to Go to the Moon

Mike Pinnington

Emilio Prini

Martin Holman

Daphne Wright: A quiet mutiny

Maeve Connolly

5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art: Immortality

Agnieszka Gratza

A.O.–B.C. An Audiovisual Diary

Hana Noorali

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Alex Margo Arden and Caspar Heinemann: The farmyard is not a violent place and I look exactly like Judy Garland

Larne Abse Gogarty

I went to see the exhibition and two-act play shortly before the general election. Upon leaving, feeling uplifted, I thought about the play as an antidote to a cruel and crass political landscape.

Artists’ Books

David Blandy: The World After

Lauren Velvick

The World After as a whole comprises a gallery-based installation and film, along with the book that weaves an original narrative of mutation, megafauna and elemental magic, while also serving as the rules and instructions for a tabletop role-playing game.


Huw Lemmey: Red Tory – My Corbyn Chemsex Hell

William E Jones: I’m Open to Anything

Andrew Hibbard

The focus on centrism rather than the moralism around chemsex is part of what makes this novel a valuable addition to the canons of both Brexit and pornographic literature.

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Mogila Kukeri Group performing a Bulgarian fertility ritual


London Contemporary Music Festival: Witchy Methodologies

Irene Revell

This year’s thematic, ‘Witchy Methodologies’, almost too hip on the page, makes more sense in practice as a loose ordering principle over the six nights, which comprise a heterogeneous collection of new commissions alongside a ‘survey’ of more recent and historical works.

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Jun-Jieh Wang, Passion, 2017

Letter from Bangkok and Taipei

Crossing Boundaries

Chris McCormack

It is this uneven narrative, however, which this exhibition compellingly straddles, where the widening gulf of an optimistic, modernist promise of an identity politics forging equality for some has left others viewing an ever-receding horizon, or a vector that alienates in its prescriptiveness.

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opening of Lakiloko Keakea’s exhibition ‘Fafetu’ at Objectspace

Letter from Aotearoa / New Zealand

Undoing Research

Louise Shelley

I was witness to an art school working through ways to address a history predicated on a European art school model and, in many ways, a mainstream art scene with a similar history and world view.


Money Laundering

Henry Lydiate

On 10 January 2020 new anti-money laundering laws came into force in the UK that have wide-ranging, game-changing and undoubtedly controversial implications for the art market.

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Michael O’Pray Prize

New writing on innovation and experimentation in the moving image

2019 Winners

Image Abrasion
Cassandre Greenberg considers Derek Jarman’s Blue as a celluloid artefact in an age of portable digital media

Patrick Staff: On Venus
Laura Jacobs on hostile environments, both social and natural, in Patrick Staff’s ‘On Venus’ exhibition

The Michael O’Pray Prize is a Film and Video Umbrella initiative in partnership with Art Monthly, supported by University of East London and Arts Council England.

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Art Monthly Events

The Producers Part II: New Positions on Curating

Tuesday 25 February 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

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Art Monthly Calendar

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Patrick Staff at Serpentine Galleries

Selected Events

  • Ingrid Pollard and Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski discussion with Taylor Le Melle
    Auto Italia, London, Sun 2 Feb 3.00pm
  • Leah Clements performance
    Somerset House, London, Tue 4 Feb 6.45pm
  • Diego Marcon screening
    Spike Island, Bristol, Thu 6 Feb 6.00pm
  • Figurative Painting Now: Artists in Conversation
    Whitechapel Gallery, London, Thu 6 Feb 7.00pm
  • Claude Adjil on Patrick Staff
    Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, Sat 8 Feb 3.00pm
  • Hevi Metle installation
    Baltic, Gateshead, Wed 12 Feb 2.00pm
  • James Richards & Leslie Thornton screening
    Tate Modern, London, Wed 12 Feb 6.30pm
  • You Feel Me tour by Roy Claire Potter
    Fact, Liverpool, Sat 15 Feb 2.30pm
  • Donna Haraway: Story Telling For Earthly Survival screening
    DCA, Dundee, Tue 18 Feb 6.15pm
  • Paul B Preciado in conversation with Jack Halberstam
    Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Fri 21 Feb 7.00pm
  • Wysing 2020 Programme Launch
    Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, Sat 29 Feb 2.00pm

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Selected Exhibition Openings

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British Film Institute, London | 3 Feb

Librarian (maternity cover)

Hayward Gallery, London | 4 Feb

Development Officer, Collections

Tate, London | 9 Feb


BALTIC, Gateshead | 10 Feb

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The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol | 16 Feb

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Barbican, London | 17 Feb

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Freelands Foundation, London | 21 Feb

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Freelands Foundation, London | 21 Feb

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New Art Exchange, Nottingham | 25 Feb

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Call for Entries - John Moores Painting Prize 2020

Enter the UK’s best known and longest-running painting competition. First prize £25k, plus runners-up and new Emerging Artist prizes. 17 Feb to 24 March, see the website.
Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool | 24 March 2020


Derwent Art Prize

The Derwent Art Prize | 17 Feb

Culture Seeds

Mayor of London’s Culture for all Londoners | 1 Mar


Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria | 2 Mar

Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

Standpoint, London | 22 Mar

Write for Art Worlds

Art Quest | Rolling


Ampersand Fellowship at the BSR

New 9-month studio residency in Rome, visual artists working in any art form, mid-career and beyond. Free accommodation, meals; grant £1,500/month
British School at Rome |21 Feb


Visual Art Residencies in Rome

Opportunities for exceptional, ambitious early-/mid-career artists. Interdisciplinary community. Studio, accommodation, meals; plus grant
British School at Rome |21 Feb


OUTPOST Gildengate House Residency - Call for applications

This opportunity is aimed towards any individuals who are living in East Anglia who are in need of a space to develop their practice in a welcoming and flexible environment. 27 April - 24 May: Artist from a non-degree background. 6 July - 2 August: Degree level students who have received a full maintenance grant.
OUTPOST, Norwich |22 Feb


McKinney International Art and Design Residency

Eskenazi School of Art Architecture & Design at Indiana University |1 Feb

The Jerwood Newlyn Residency

Newlyn Art Gallery |17 Feb

Open Space: Curatorial Residency

Istanbul |1 Mar

Think Tank Residencies

Pacitti Company, Ipswich |16 Jul

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


Artists’ Bursary Scheme

Artsadmin, London | 3 Feb

RBA Rome Scholarship

The Royal Society of British Artists | 1 Mar

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award

Rebecca Vassie Trust, London | 27 Mar

Developing your Creative Practice

Arts Council England | 7 May

Step Beyond Travel Grants

European Cultural Foundation | Rolling

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling


Open Sound 2020 selected by Ashley Holmes - Call for Submissions

All current OUTPOST members are entitled to submit one sound piece for selection. The work will be showcased in March 2020 at an event at OUTPOST Gallery.
OUTPOST, Norwich |16 Feb


MAC International 2020

MAC, Belfast | 26 Mar

International Open Call

apexart | 1 Mar

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]

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