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John Hilliard Cover Stories 2014


Cover Stories

John Hilliard interviewed by Patricia Bickers

John Hilliard's photographic work was instrumental to the development of British conceptual art in the late 1960s and his evolving practice has remained highly influential ever since. Here he talks about Modernism, pragmatism and aggression in photography.

'One of my favourite quotes is from Jean-Luc Godard, speaking about film: that what is important isn't the representation of reality, but the reality of representations. I am always very aware of that. Whatever your purpose, it is what you end up with – and the reality of that – that is important. That is what one has to deal with.'

From the Back Catalogue
The Truth About Photography Sarah James argues that it is time to re-examine some fundamental issues

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Michael Snow Wavelength 1967 film


Structuralism is Dead?

Mark Prince finds reports of its death are premature

If structuralist filmmakers of the late 1960s used the materiality of film to deny fictional narrative, how is a new generation of artists such as Liz Deschenes, Stephen Pippin and Emily Wardill utilising those same structuralist conceits as generators of narrative?

'As analogue photographic structure is digitally simplified, structural conceits become lenses through which to project narratives coloured by the constraints of a technology which no longer pertains.'

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Roman Ondák Loop 2009 installation at Venice Biennale



Marcus Verhagen on site-specificity and the biennale

The view that site-specific artworks can resist the mobility of global capital naively ignores the fact that places themselves are connected through myriad international networks. So how have artists such as Teresa Margolles, Roman Ondák and Wael Shawky embraced the unlikely site of the biennale as a locus for such networks?

'When Lewis Biggs intimates that site-specificity, or "context-sensitivity" as he terms it, serves as a potent defence against "bland 'internationalism'", he is placing in opposition terms that are in fact compatible: today the local is thoroughly penetrated by the global.'





Situations Vacant

A number of high-profile museum directors have elected to step down before the coming general election. Is this because they have looked to the horizon and found nothing but stormy weather ahead?

"It feels like the end of an era because all those stepping down came to prominence when public funding of the arts, through the agency of the Arts Council, and the related notion of public service, were givens."


Protesting students occupy a number of universities, including Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths; artists gear up for the general election; Hull City Council hives off its entire culture and leisure assets and activities to a new wholly owned company; a new public sculpture trail launches in east London; an unofficial bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is installed by guerrilla artists in New York, then returns in ghost form after officials remove it; the latest news on galleries, events, appointments, prizes and more.


Albert Irvin 1922-2015
Stuart Croft 1970-2015

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Marco Poloni Displacement Island 2006 detail from 'La Mer au Milieu des Terres / Mare Medi Terraneum'


La Mer au Milieu des Terres / Mare Medi Terraneum

Virginia Whiles

Five Issues of Studio International

JJ Charlesworth

Encounters and Collisions

Cherry Smyth

Michelle Stuart: Trace Memory – Selected Works 1969-2015

Christopher Townsend


Galit Mana


Lizzie Homersham

Li Binyuan: Social Behaviours

Bob Dickinson

Nicky Hamlyn: Zoetrope

Sophia Phoca

Newcastle and Gateshead Round-up

George Vasey

London Round-up

Paul Carey-Kent



Eva Weinmayr: Downing Street

David Barrett on an artist's response to the PM liking her work

'The audience questions the increasing absurdity of the play and argues with both the characters and the actors before different versions of the play are suggested, which leads to debate over the political agency of art and, eventually, to an agreement to return to how the play was meant to end, just to see it through.'

New Art Spaces: Open House

Eleanor Clayton on a temporary venue's blow-out finale

'After a triumphant year of extensive programming, the initial five-year tenancy agreement has come to a swift end as other tenants have been found for the building. To celebrate their successes, "Open House" offered the chance for many artists supported by the programme to showcase work in a last, somewhat chaotic, hurrah of performance, film and exhibitions across all floors.'



Eddie Chambers: Black Artists in British Art

Jonathan Harris finds a struggle at the heart of this art history

'The great strength of Black Artists in British Art is its lack of a party line and an optimistic preparedness to manifest the tensions and contradictions that characterise the history of black artists' attempts to find a place in, or to displace themselves from, the British art establishment.'

Anthony Gardner: Politically Unbecoming – Postsocialist Art Against Democracy

John Douglas Millar sees through the promise of democracy

'The problem for the architects of the neoliberal consensus in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc, however, has been that there democracy seems just another political ideology, particularly because ever since the Berlin Wall was torn down in 1989, democracy has largely been the handsome visage behind which lay the ravages of that same rampant neoliberalism.'



London Art Calendar

This month's highlights include:

  • Frank Stella in conversation with David Anfam Royal Academy 6.30pm Mon 11 May
  • Glenn Ligon lecture Tate Modern 6.30pm Mon 11 May
  • Sophie von Hellermann talk ICA 6.00pm Tue 19 May

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Liverpool Biennial | 14 May


Dundee Contemporary Arts | 15 May

Artistic Director

Kazzum, London | 8 May

Exhibitions Officer

Glynn Vivian, Swansea | 7 May

Print Studio Coordinator

London Print Studio | 23 May

Art Consultancy Manager

Contemporary Art Society, London | 15 May

Learning Coordinator

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes | 11 May

Events & Lectures Programmer

Royal Academy, London | 6 May

Curatorial Assistant

Cooper Gallery, Dundee | 3 May


Spike Island, Bristol | 22 May

Junior Graphic Design Assistant

Jacksons Art Supplies, London | 11 May

Professor or Reader in the History of Art

University of St Andrews | 8 May

Gallery Assistant

Hauser & Wirth, Somerset | 10 May

Press & Media Manager

Hauser & Wirth, Somerset | 31 May

Freelance Artist-Educators

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield | 5 May

Art Teacher

Sunny Art Centre, London | 19 May

Curatorial Trainee

Contemporary Art Society, London | 11 May

Front of House/Gallery Assistant

Flowers Gallery, London | 31 May

Programme Assistant

The Common Guild, Glasgow | 8 May

Exhibitions & Events Assistant

Chisenhale, London | 8 May


b-side Festival Commission Opportunities

b-side is offering a number of commissions to create new, temporary, site-responsive work in any media.
Awards up to £4000
b-side, Dorset | 18 May


Artist in Residence Competition

The Space & BBC Radio 2 | 10 May

Artist Commission Opportunity

The Newbridge Project, Newcastle | 14 May

SOLO Award

Wilson Williams Gallery, London | 31 May

Commission Awards

Kendal Calling, Lake District | 1 May

Call for Applications

neo:art prize, Bolton | 18 May

Public Art Commission

Hove Plinth sculpture programme | 4 May

Call for Submissions

Donkey Art Prize, Milan | 5 May

Artist Commission

Newcastle City Council | 13 May

Bronze Casting Opportunity

Ingot Prize, London | 29 May

Call for Submissions

Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, London | 29 May

Call for Entries

Jerwood Drawing Prize, London | 26 June

Call for Submissions

Frieze Writer's Prize | 21 July

Public Art Commission

Black Mountain Shared Space Project, Belfast | 15 May

Community Art Prize

Peoples Art Prize, UK | 20 May

Open Call

Nordic Dummy Award, Oslo | 15 June


Residency Opportunity

Florence Trust Artist Residency Programme, London | 1 June

Art Critic Residency in Vienna

International Art Critics Association, Austria | 16 May

Performance Residency

Florence Con|VERGE Ponderosa, Germany | 8 May

The Old City Residency

Centrespace, Bristol | 27 May

Writers in Residence

The Charles Causley Trust, Cornwall | 10 May

Residency Opportunity

Watershed, Bristol | 5 May

Summer Residency

Joya:AiR, Spain | 31 May

The Space & Time Artist Residency

Guttenberg Arts, USA | 15 May

Open Call for Participation

The Old School Art Residency, Bulgaria | 20 May

Summer Residency

Spark Box Studio, Canada | 15 May

Stanley Picker Fellowships 2015

Stanley Picker, Kingston upon Thames | 22 June


ArtWorks Development Grants

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation | 11 May


Call for Entries

Greenhorn Short Film Festival | 13 Jul

Project Proposals Invited

Guest Projects, London | 31 May

Members Exchange

Catalyst Arts, Belfast & Outpost, Norwich | 31 May

Open Call

Helix Arts, Newcastle upon Tyne | 5 May

Platform Open

Morphets, Harrogate | 4 Sept

Call for Live Works

LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award, Italy | 12 May

Griffin Gallery Open

Griffin Gallery, London | 25 May

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