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museum of non participation

Human condition explored in Artes Mundi 6 shortlist

museum of non participation

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, The Museum of Non Participation, 2011 installation view in The Museum Show at Arnolfini Bristol, 2011-12

Artes Mundi, the ‘internationally focused arts organisation that identifies, recognises and supports contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience’, which awards ‘the largest art prize in the UK and one of the most significant in the world’, is gearing up to its 17-week exhibition of nine nominees for said £40,000 prize.

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Untitled by Michelle Willis

Making Art, Making Sense – Art exhibition by deafblind artists in Bristol

Untitled by Michelle Willis

Untitled by Michelle Willis

Making Art, Making Sense an exhibition of artworks by deafblind artists is taking place at the Royal West Academy in Bristol from 7th – 14th August.

Organised by Sense, the national deafblind charity, Making Art, Making Sense will showcase the work of 30 artists from across the South West region, London and Birmingham. The artists experiment with a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, textiles, sensory photography and performance.

Steve Le Fevre, the BBC Radio Bristol presenter, who will be opening the exhibition, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the work of the deafblind artists, and hopefully raise a bit more awareness of the great support Sense gives in changing lives through the arts and creativity.

Making Art, Making Sense has been designed to be fully accessible and the venue will offer audiences the chance to physically engage with the artworks. The multi-sensory and tactile creations will invite visitors to explore art through touch and gain insight into the experiences of deafblind people, who often use touch to communicate and make sense of the world around them.

Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, Nic Vogelpoel, who curated the exhibition, said: “Accessing arts and cultural experiences can be a real challenge for so many of the deafblind population. The theme of the exhibition is making art to make sense, and for many deafblind people, the process of making and sharing art is an opportunity to express emotion, dreams and imaginings in a public way and share in the cultural life of their communities.”

A series of events, talks and activities will complement the exhibition and the artists will be on-site throughout the week to discuss their work, give sensory tours and run workshops.

Making art, Making Sense runs 7-14 August, Mon-Fri 10-5pm at the Royal West Academy, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1PX. Admission is free.

Wonderland,-Beijing,-China

Artists make film and book about Chinese copy towns

Wonderland,-Beijing,-China

Two artists from London, Phil Thompson and Sebastian Acker, are currently in the process of making a film and a book about the current phenomenon of Chinese construction companies building entire replicas of Western towns. Some towns are complete replicas, whereas others pick and choose landmarks in order to create a fictional landscape. The production of these towns has been met with a mixed reaction from residents of the original places and the world’s press.

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Transforming antiquity at Somerset’s Barrington Court

Gary Allson’s ‘Woven Wood’

Gary Allson’s ‘Woven Wood’

Somerset Art Works has unveiled the names of the three renowned makers in stone, wood and leather who will join willow artist Laura Ellen Bacon and paper artist Maeve Clancy in transforming Somerset’s magnificent Barrington Court for the Somerset Art Weeks festival, 21st September – 6th October 2013.

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Jan O'Highway's Dinosaur and the Moon

Digital prints and a scanner-photographic fantasy world

Jan O'Highway's Dinosaur and the Moon
Jan O’Highway will be exhibiting digital prints in the foyer of Bristol City Hall at the Beyond Sustainability, part of the Schumacher Lectures on Saturday, June 15, which has given us the opportunity to show off some of her work.

Above is a scanner-photographic fantasy world of toys and plants, made during a Residency at the Botanic Garden of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymbari, 2012

See more of her images, and check out her site

Cadbury tree

Behold the magic chocolate tree!

Forests are magical and mysterious places full of surprise and wonder… and if you’re lucky, a chocolate tree!

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one food to eat

Choose one piece of art for the rest of your life?

If you had to choose one piece of art for the rest of your life, what would it be? Or pick one song that will be your one? And could you pick one person to kiss for the rest of your life?

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Volkhardt Müller

Any High Street Volkhardt Müller (interview)

Volkhardt Müller

Volkhardt Müller: ‘Looking at the high street is quite shocking to pretty much any foreigner when they come to England for the first time’

For German artist Volkhardt Müller, the British high street is in the curious position of being uniquely generic; a multi-faceted Jekyll and Hyde-type thorough-fare of gaudy shops, brash behaviour, business-like buzz and encounter, depending what time of the day you catch it.

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Ellie Harrison at the Glasgow Women's Libary

National Museum of Roller Derby launched as part of Glasgow Women’s Library 20th anniversary celebrations

Ellie Harrison at the Glasgow Women's Libary

Ellie Harrison at the Glasgow Women’s Library launching her new ‘outreach’ initiative  developed for Glasgow Women’s Library as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations

Ellie Harrison is launching the National Museum of Roller Derby as part of her residency at the at the Glasgow Women’s Library during its 20th anniversary year.

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