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March 2020 art events and opportunities


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March 2020 Issue 434

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Samson Kambalu, Capsules, Mountains & Forts, 2016


Scholar and Slacker

Samson Kambalu interviewed by David Barrett

I always say that Situationism is the most African art I have ever seen in the West. This is because the situationists think art has to be an infrastructure, not a superstructure. In Africa, art is infrastructure. It starts with the economy, with everyday life, and then art manifests. Art doesn’t start on canvas and then go into everyday life, it’s the other way around.

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Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907, and Faith Ringgold, American People Series #20: Die, 1967, MoMA, New York


MoMA Redux

Marjorie Wellish on the reconfiguration of Modernism at MoMA

At MoMA, poetic gallery titles suggestive of thematic clusters provide the non-binding affiliations, temporary and provisional, yet are also evasive. For the real crisis, take note; to the provisional congeries of the current moment comes the challenge: is contemporary art modern?

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‘Punctuality is Essential’, one of the several ‘Locked Room’ dictums to students at St Martin’s 1969–73


An Experimental Education

Peter Suchin argues that art schools in the past offered freedoms that today’s universities have lost

In using the term ‘Being in a Band’, Gavin Butt is alluding to several overlapping concerns, especially to the benefits gained through the collaborative process itself, irrespective of the medium involved. The phrase also connects with notions of the commons, of shared – as opposed to privately owned – resources, a far cry from what Terry Atkinson has called the ‘monad-like’, self-determined avant-garde artist.

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Anja Kirschner, Moderation, 2016


A Feminist Axis

What has happened to feminism asks Luisa Lorenza Corna

Highlighting points of convergence between different struggles against gender oppression might provide a useful way of deflecting contemporary transphobic tendencies, both in the art world and elsewhere.

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From the Back Catalogue
Francis Frascina reconsiders conflicting debates about female pleasure and female violation in cultural representation

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Sophie Cundale, The Near Room, 2020


Sophie Cundale

Kathryn Lloyd on the London-based artist’s intimate films

Over the past seven years, Sophie Cundale has used film to explore the liminal, altered states that can arise around moments of flux, chaos, ecstasy and crisis. At times probing her own personal history and trauma to an unnervingly open degree.

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Cummings and Goings

Oliver Dowden has taken to the crease at the DCMS, the eigth new culture secretary in the past six years, but how will the former paymaster general implement the populist ‘British’ view of culture promoted by his two bosses, Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings?

People with ‘global talent’, like musicians and actors, will be the only groups of migrant workers entitled to come to the UK without points or a job offer. Great, but who gets to decide whose talent is ‘global’?

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20–30 Vision

ACE outlines its ten-year strategy for the arts, or rather culture; the Horniman Museum publishes climate and ecology manifesto; the British Museum is occupied by climate protesters; univserity lecturers across the UK go on strike; Hans Haacke’s artwork is hacked; Zineb Sedira is caught in the middle of a row over her appointment as France’s Venice Biennale artist; plus the latest news on galleries, appointments, prizes and more.

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Judy Chicago, Purple Atmosphere, 1969
on show at Baltic


Lahore Biennale: between the sun and the moon

Virginia Whiles

We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South

Sophia Phoca

Yelena Popova: The Scholar Stones Project

Lauren Velvick

The Undersides of Practice

Peter Suchin

Seized by the Left Hand

Tom Emery

Judy Chicago

Bob Dickinson

Slow Painting

Paul Carey-Kent

Shezad Dawood: Encroachments

Adam Heardman

Ruth Angel Edwards, Cole Denyer and Adam Gallagher

Lizzie Homersham

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Karrabing Film Collective, The Mermaids, or Aiden in Wonderland, 2018


49th International Film Festival Rotterdam

Adam Pugh

Whether as a means to make work, as something formed by the work, or as a route to showing work, five collectives here approached plural practice united by the will to reappraise dominant narratives, challenge political hegemony or lever real change – some all three.


Peter Weibel: Sound Art – Sound as a Medium of Art

David Briers

Some of the less-often-explored byways of sound art conscientiously tracked by Peter Weibel include radio art, musical instruments invented by artists, visual art incorporating working radio sets (more than you might think), the European culture of the horspiel, graphic musical notation, contemporary dance, vinyl LPs and sound poetry.

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Ursula Biemann and Paulo Tavares, Forest Law, 2014


Along Ecological Lines – Contemporary Art and Climate Crisis

Alexandra Hull

Contemporary art, according to Along Ecological Lines, can be the means through which we think about the climate crisis in a caring and productive way.

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Alvin Baltrop, The Piers (man outside warehouse), 1975–86


Fiona Anderson: Cruising the Dead River – David Wojnarowicz and New York’s Ruined Waterfront

Jonathan Weinberg: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront

Conal McStravick

As Fiona Anderson and Jonathan Weinberg further suggest, the piers ask us ‘what to do with the future ruins and debris of our present’. We are reminded that the seeming contradiction of an auto-archiving, web 2.0 culture of online and smartphone cruising can be couched in a city, or indeed a planet, hell-bent on self-destruction, ‘refusing to archive itself’.

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Adrian Blackwell, Anarchitectural Library (against the neoliberal erasure of Chicago’s common spaces), 2019

Letter from Chicago

Sweet Water

Agnieszka Gratza

Dubbed the ‘living room of the city’, the former Central Public Library in Randolph Square housed a sizable portion of the Biennial’s offerings, dealing with gun violence, the need for affordable public housing, social equity, land and property ownership, environmental concerns and other issues.

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Carey Young, Uncertain Contract, 2008


On Being an Artist’s Lawyer

Henry Lydiate

A widely accepted principle of good legal practice is that lawyers should ideally stand inside the shoes of their clients, to try to see and understand from their perspective. This principle requires the lawyer first to step out of their own shoes.

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Art Monthly Events

The Producers Part II: New Positions on Curating

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

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Art Monthly Calendar

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Demelza Kooij, Wolves from Above, 2018
‘And Say the Animal Responded?’, Fact, Liverpool

Selected Events

  • Wysing 2020 Programme Launch
    Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, Sat 29 Feb 2.00pm
  • Reading Selected Essays by Ursula K Le Guin
    DCA, Dundee, Mon 2 Mar 6.00pm
  • Rosalind Nashashibi screening and in conversation with Adam Szymczyk
    Fact, Liverpool, Wed 4 Mar 6.30pm
  • Performance evening presented by Kara Chin and Ben Jeans Houghton
    Baltic, Gateshead, Wed 4 Mar 6.30pm
  • The Conch crit with Joshua Leon, Sophie Mallett & Ebun Sodipo
    South London Gallery, London, Wed 4 Mar 7.00pm
  • Art, Roots and the Abstract Truth symposium
    Turner Contemporary, Margate, Thu 5 Mar 11.00am
  • Chooc Ly Tan in conversation with curator Cédric Fauq
    Banner Repeater, London, Thu 5 Mar 6.00pm
  • Samson Kambalu and Emma Ridgway in conversation
    Peer, London, Thu 5 Mar 6.30pm
  • Beatrice Dillon performance
    Somerset House, London, Tue 10 Mar 7.30pm
  • Mat Collishaw talk
    Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, Fri 13 Mar 6.00pm
  • Curators’ Tour of Seized by the Left Hand
    DCA, Dundee, Wed 18 Mar 6.00pm
  • Hanna Tuulikki performative lecture
    Baltic, Gateshead, Wed 18 Mar 6.30pm
  • Experiments with Time talk
    Goldsmiths CCA, London , Wed 25 Mar 7.00pm
  • Film screening: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
    Turner Contemporary, Margate, Sat 28 Mar 6.00pm

Selected Exhibition Openings

  • Paul Eachus & Nooshin Farhid
    Matt’s Gallery, London, opens Sat 29 Feb | PV 28 Feb
  • Blow Up I: Experiments in Photography
    Laure Genillard, London, opens Sat 29 Feb | PV 28 Feb
  • Helen Cammock
    Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, opens Mon 2 Mar | PV 29 Feb
  • Naomi Harwin
    Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, opens Mon 2 Mar | PV 29 Feb
  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz
    Cabinet, London, opens Thu 5 Mar | PV 29 Feb
  • Lawrence Abu Hamdan
    Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, opens Fri 6 Mar
  • Sophie Cundale
    South London Gallery, London, opens Fri 6 Mar
  • Ian Law
    Piper Keys, London, opens Sat 7 Mar | PV 6 Mar
  • Chris Alton
    The Newbridge Project, Newcastle, opens Sat 7 Mar | PV 6 Mar
  • Tanoa Sasraku
    LUX, London, opens Sun 8 Mar | PV 7 Mar
  • Ella Kruglyanskaya
    Thomas Dane, London, opens Wed 11 Mar | PV 10 Mar
  • Rob Voerman
    New Art Projects, London, opens Thu 12 Mar
  • Jonathan Baldock
    The Bluecoat, Liverpool, opens Fri 13 Mar | PV 12 Mar
  • Frances Disley
    The Bluecoat, Liverpool, opens Fri 13 Mar | PV 12 Mar
  • Sarah Lucas
    Sadie Coles HQ Kingly St, London, opens Mon 16 Mar
  • Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen
    Cooper Gallery, Dundee, opens Fri 20 Mar
  • And Say the Animal Responded?
    Fact, Liverpool, opens Fri 20 Mar
  • Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium
    The Drawing Room, London, opens Thu 26 Mar
  • Tell Me the Story of all These Things
    Firstsite, Colchester, opens Sat 28 Mar
  • Karanjit Panesar
    Two Queens, Leicester, opens Sat 28 Mar | PV 27 Mar

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Studios Operations Manager

Cell Project Space, London | 29 Feb

Studios & Events Manager

Siobhan Davies Studios, London | 2 Mar

Programme Assistant

Battersea Arts Centre | 10 Mar

Operations Assistant

Site Gallery, Sheffield | 13 Mar

Artistic Director

Siobhan Davies Studios, London | 16 Mar

Senior Manager, Collaborative Funding

Arts Council England | 16 Mar

Relationship Manager, Museums

Arts Council England | 16 Mar

Assistant Curator

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester | 20 Mar

Relationship Manager, Diversity

Arts Council England | 21 Mar

Board Trustee

Primary, Nottingham | 24 Mar


New Art Exchange Open 2020 – Call for Entries

For UK-based artists of culturally diverse heritage and artists that explore diversity, and also for all artists based in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. All fine art media welcome. Cash and artist development prizes.
New Art Exchange, Nottingham | 19 Apr


John Moores Painting Prize 2020 – Call for Entries

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


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

Curatorial Practice Award

Film & Video Umbrella | 30 Mar

Interstices - A New Open Call for Submissions

Bookworks, London | 25 May


Jerwood WB Artist Attachments

Whitstable Biennale |6 Mar

Residency: Perfection / Speculation

PRAKSIS, Oslo |9 Mar

Think Tank Residencies

Pacitti Company, Ipswich |16 Jul

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


RBA Rome Scholarship

The Royal Society of British Artists | 1 Mar

Travel Grant for International Curators

Garage Triennial, Russia | 5 Mar

Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award

Rebecca Vassie Trust, London | 27 Mar

Developing your Creative Practice

Arts Council England | 7 May

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling


International Open Call

apexart | 1 Mar

MAC International 2020

MAC, Belfast | 26 Mar

Live Works Vol. 8

Central Fies, Trento, Italy | 27 Mar

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

Submissions: Send opportunities to [email protected]

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