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The Bournemouth Proms - Russian Festival

Tickets check, picnic check, meyrick park check, it can only mean one thing - the Bournemouth proms 2011.
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My thoughts on #riotcleanup

This week, we've seen anarchy on the streets of London. The amazing thing I've come to realise about anarchy though is that it's actually a neutral platform.

Anarchy, says Wikipedia, may be 'a complete lack of authority or political organization,' but it can also mean 'a social state characterized by a lack of a state, ruler, or libertarianism'. So while the lawlessness of people smashing shop windows to steal trainers or burn furniture shops down was anarchic, so equally was the mob who, without any leaders or instructions, gathered brooms and dustpans and brushes and took to the streets to clean up on Tuesday.

They hadn't signed up to a manifesto or an agreed set of rules or beliefs. Nobody was in charge of them, or told them what to do. They were hundreds of individuals who, without leadership or state intervention, took to the streets and worked out a new way of doing things.

Twitter, of course, was similarly neutral. On Monday night, the message in the media (which always needs a clear, simple idea) was that Twitter was a Bad Thing. That it had somehow caused the riots and looting. By Tuesday teatime, Twitter was a Good Thing, bringing back the Blitz spirit. It was neither, of course. It was just a channel.

And actually, while hundreds of thousands of people gathered around a diverse set of Twitter accounts relating to the Riot Clean Up, that's not why people were on the streets. It helped, but so did word of mouth, and seeing your neighbour walk down the street with a broom, and so did hearing somebody on the radio, and so did watching people sweeping the streets on television. The anarchic spirit of the riot clean up spread quickly across all of those neutral channels as well.
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Worthing Artist selected for Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair 2011

Worthing based artist Erica Sturla has been selected for the second year running to exhibit at the Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair.

Fast establishing itself as an essential part of the South East arts calendar, the annual Battle Art Fair Exhibition draws together a wide range of new and recent work by established and emerging artists in a comprehensive range of media.

Erica trained at art school in the 1980s and specialised in Fashion illustration and journalism. Her working background is graphic design and illustration.
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The Future of the Arts

This is a response to Lee Cavaliere's article Visions of the Future, which looks at ideas, trends and opinions informing the future of the UK's arts scene.

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Artist-in-residence at Worthing Museum

Artist Christine Forbes - a regular exhibitor with Revolutionary Arts - is working on a new set of drawing during a residency at a museum.

Forbes has been invited to select paintings from the diverse art collection at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery. She has selected a range of paintings on the theme of trees. During July and August she is in residency in the gallery, producing new work inspired by her choice from the collection.
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Birds and Beasts exhibition

Peter Slight and Sarah Shaw have a joint exhibition opening shortly on the Isle of Wight,

The exhibition titled ‘Birds and Beasts’ is at Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, O30 5BD from Saturday 30 July – Saturday 10 September. It's a fun, family-based exhibition of quirky, curious, mixed media models, paper engineering pictures and embellished photographs, all inspired by nature and British wildlife.

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Wimbledon Fine art Degree show 2011

I am trying to be as unbiased as possible when critiquing this show, but it was my favourite out the BA. There are three sections which all specialize, some would disapprove of this and others would say it helps focus on one medium and creates clarity within the pieces. Each department certainly had a different feel to it, it all depends on taste. Their catalogue was well laid out and useful.
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Chelsea BA fine art degree show 2011

Overall I didn't see anything that grabbed my attention at all. I have no idea why but didn't get excited by anything in the slightest bar one artist...
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Central St. Martins degree show 2011

In comparison with Slade I could immediately feel the difference. Flash catalogue (Slade didn't have one at all) and there were actually a lot of students around the work. Signs asked people not to take photos or films but I am going to ask the artists if these images are okay. If they ask me to take them down then sorry if there is a review which is imageless. Many pieces hold the common theme of attention seeking through content but not being worthy of mentioning, if that makes sense. Very loud as in, money was put into it and the form of it was impressive because of that but conceptually quite weak. A lot attention seeking content as well for example, a pair of shit stained pants hung on a wall etc etc. Some peoples cup of tea, but there were some gems. Upon looking at catalogue I think I have missed some the show, due to it not being signposted well but here is the best of what I saw.

If you would to view images of any of these works visit http://bit.ly/onACMc
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Slade degree show 2011

Overall the show was okay. I think the quality of what people make is very good in terms of materiality, all made well, but it is common knowledge that they have one whole year for dissertation and one whole year for the show so I guess I was expecting the work to be a little deeper contextually than it was. Some shabby bits of curation like cramming lots of projector works into a dark space upstairs but one has to take the limitations of a degree show into consideration when thinking about these things.