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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.

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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.

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It's retro mayhem as Imelda May rocks Somerset House

Somerset House: Imelda May + Big Boy Bloater

The stately surroundings of Somerset House seemed an unlikely place to enjoy the throaty backbeat rockabilly of Imelda May, but it actually proved a pretty classy gig venue.

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Five commissions in Sussex

An important and prestigious competition has been announced for artists living or practising in Adur district

Adur Council are looking for up to five pieces of art in any medium for permanent public exhibition in Adur, in a series of commissions funded by Tesco.
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Get Uncivilised

How do you describe a festival whose contributors range from a poet wielding a scythe, to a former banker talking about the idea of a mortgage strike, to an ex-Wikileaks hacker who’s been rigging up improvised internet services in Afghanistan?

Add in lessons in foraging and brewing, midnight theatre in the woods, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Luddites, sessions on the future of the university and the publishing industry — not to mention music from Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Chris T-T and Marmaduke Dando — and the result is Uncivilisation 2011, the second Dark Mountain festival.