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November 2021 Newsletter

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Issue 451, November 2021

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Hiwa K, Diagonal, 2008


Pinned Down

Hiwa K interviewed by Chris Clarke

For me, it is important in every work to be a betrayer, to not be loyal to my ideas. Otherwise you become a designer. And sometimes you have to surprise yourself. I cannot make a setting and stick to it, because I get stuck in it.

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Jason Hirata, ‘From Now in Then’, installation view at Fanta-MLN with Painted Square, 2021, on the floor and Car, 2021, which took viewers wherever they need to go after visiting the exhibition


Remote Working

Saim Demircan finds that working remotely has given rise to new ways to think about accessibility, labour and authorship

Perhaps the absence of the artist commits a final act of anti-objectification, eschewing the prerequisite in the art world to be ‘everywhere’ at all times.

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Barbican Stories: an indispensable record of discrimination in the workplace


Crisis Communications

Chris Hayes argues that, despite its faults, social media can still be used a tool against powerful vested interests

Part of what fascinates me about the art world’s use of Instagram is this tension: how fluidly a vernacular of call-outs and accountability, calls to defund and abolish, are adopted and performed on platforms that are easily dismissed and rarely carry any stakes.

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From the Back Catalogue
Activism as Art
Activism is not an add-on says Tom Snow
First published 2019 – now free online

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Adam Farah, Spiritual Teething


Adam Farah

Larne Abse Gogarty tugs at the cultural references of the London-born artist also known as free.yard

Farah offers a way of negotiating nostalgia, sentiment and universality while asking viewers to negotiate their own particularities of class, race and history.

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Why do cultural agencies persist with stifling bureaucratic language that acts as a barrier to non-corporate voices?

When applying for a grant, for example, the first test of eligibility appears to be whether the applicant can understand and negotiate – digest – the sheer quantity of verbiage required in the process.

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University Action

University lecturers go on strike at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths; Cuban artist Tania Bruguera agrees to political exile in return for the release of activists; Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art restructures in response to accusations of institutional racism; Unesco finally recommends that the Parthenon Sculptures be returned to Greece; plus the latest on galleries, people, prizes and more.

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Peggy Ahwesh, Lessons of War, 2014, Spike Island


Thea Djordjadze: all building as making

Mark Prince

Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well

Benoit Loiseau

Peggy Ahwesh: Vision Machines

Adam Hines-Green

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Margate Now: Sunken Ecologies

Ellen Mara De Wachter

Tip of the Iceberg

Matthew Bowman

Illiberal Arts

Luisa Lorenza Corna

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Angelica Mesiti: In the Round

Tom Denman

Untitled: Art on the conditions of our time

Greg Thomas

Gustav Metzger at the Merz Barn

David Briers

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The Toe, The Horse, The Sister

Artists’ Books

Maria Zahle: The Toe, The Horse, The Sister

Adam Heardman

Maria Zahle’s new publication is a book and an art-object that’s at least as concerned with breath as it is with geometry. The paper has been cut and styled and patterned with shapes, gaps, marks, typographic flourishes, intrusions upon the text. These intrusions become part of the language.


Boris Groys: Logic of the Collection

Daniel Neofetou

Boris Groys goes on to suggest that our inability to situate contemporary art anywhere else than ‘in an invisible space between the norm and the deviation from the norm’ means that we should all adopt the temporal position of the migrant.


Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK’s First Arts Centre

Bob Dickinson

Bluecoat’s success in reinventing itself complemented the arrival of Tate Liverpool in 1988, and gave rise to Merseyside Moviola and the creation of Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), helping to secure the city’s European Capital of Culture status in 2008.

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Urias, Racha, 2020


Notes on Travecacceleration

Conal McStravick

In the titular video made in collaboration with Occulted and Joaquim Ramalho, Ode appears as a digital oracle, or orixá, who speaks from the hypermediated spectacle of the travesti and colonial archives.

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Diego Marcon, The Parents’ Room, 2021


Letter from Naples

Mark Sladen

The ambition that Giuseppe Morra brought to Naples is still detectable at his foundation, which has a hare-brained grandeur: its exhibitions have been mapped out for 100 years.

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Malgorzata Markiewicz, Medusa, 2021, Styrian Armoury


Letter from Graz

Agnieszka Gratza

In contrast to the stilted, familiar and rather cold vision of the continent that came across in ‘Europe: Ancient Futures’, here was a Mitteleuropa in the true sense of the word.

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Flora Yukhnovich, I’ll Have What She’s Having, 2020, estimated at £60,000–80,000, sold for £2.3m


Frieze Week

Colin Gleadell

In the past couple of years, the London market has looked fragile in the wake of Brexit, the expansion of Paris, the exodus of Italian dealers and the explosion of Asia into western markets. This year, Sotheby’s gave up about £60m of art, mostly by contemporary western artists, to its Hong Kong branch for a sale the week before Frieze.

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Beeple, Abundance, 2021, NFT physical token


Automatic for the Beeple

Henry Lydiate

One of the highest-losing underbidders for Beeple’s Abundance NFT was Amir Soleymani, who was then required by Nifty Gateway to pay $650,000 for a numbered ‘second edition’. Soleymani was unaware that his initial registration for the auction had included a commitment to such a ‘second edition’ purchase, which he did not want, and refused to pay.

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Rachel Pimm, weeds by the moon, 2020–21
Focal Point Gallery online

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.

Beacon_Transitions online from 9 July 2020

Responding to the uncertain future of exhibition culture, Beaconsfield invites artists to hold the space between physical and virtual sites in a new series of experimental commissions. With: Shahin Entezami, Andrew Pierre Hart, Monika Oechsler, Simon Tyszko & A.D. Crawforth


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  • Oct: Maria Walsh on remote viewing moving-image art and Chloe Carroll on the work of artist Sam Keogh.
  • Sep: Matthew Bowman discusses the history of destruction both of and in art, and Jes Fernie’s Archive of Destruction.
  • Jun: John Smith & Alexandra Hull discuss Smith’s pandemic-era films Citadel and Covid Messages.



Artist Development Curator

The Foundation is seeking an individual with a passion for supporting artists’ development to join the organisation in this role. We are looking for someone with experience of working with visual artists to mentor the fourth cohort of artists on this programme, engaging with organisations across all four nations.
Freelands Foundation, London | 1 Nov


Relationship Manager, Combined Arts

Arts Council England | 29 Oct

Gallery Assistant

John Hansard Gallery, Southampton | 5 Nov

Digital Content Producer

Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds | 10 Nov


Matt’s Gallery, London | 14 Nov

Facilities Manager

Prince's Foundation, London | 14 Nov


PEER, London | 26 Nov


Artsadmin, London | Rolling


YICCA Art Contest

Matalon Foundation, Milan | 10 Nov

The Hopper Prize

The Hopper Prize | 16 Nov

Derwent Art Prize

Derwent Art Prize, London | 4 Jan 2022


Engagement Fellowship for Artists

Spike Island, Bristol | 31 Oct

Helsinki International Curatorial Programme

Frame Contemporary Art Finland & Helsinki International Artist Programme | 14 Nov

Repairing the Present Open Call

S+T+ARTS Regional Centres | 21 Nov

Muir Trust Residency

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire | 30 Nov

Solitude Fellowship

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany | 30 Nov

Inverlonan Artists’ Retreats

Inverlonan | Rolling

ARC Getaways

Stockton Arts Centre | Rolling


Bursaries for Fundraising Qualifications

Bursaries of up to £1,500 are available for the Certificate and Diploma qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.
RAISE: Arts, Culture and Heritage | 10 Nov


SANE Creative Awards Scheme

SANE, London | 29 Oct

Four Nations International Fund

Arts Council England | 11 Nov

Black Artists Grant

Creative Debuts | 30 Nov


Artcry | 31 Dec

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme

Jerwood Arts | 1 Mar 2022

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants

Pollock-Krasner Foundation | Rolling

National Lottery Project Grants

Arts Council England | Rolling


Artquest Outpost Online

Artquest | 31 Dec

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