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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.
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50 years of abstract painting at Tate St Ives

Forty-nine artists from the 1960s onwards are showing how abstract painting has stayed relevant in a new exhibition at Tate St Ives.

Selected by British painter Daniel Sturgis, the exhibition titled 'the Indiscipline of Painting' looks at how abstract painting has been revisited and reinvented by artists over the last 50 years. It goes on to demonstrate the way in which the history and legacy of abstract painting continues to inspire artists working today.
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Amazing music and extraordinary stories promised for guitarist's Worthing restaurant gig

A highly acclaimed guitarist who has recorded with top names in the rock world is playing an intimate limited ticket gig at a Worthing restaurant on 21 July.

Ace guitarist, traveller and storyteller Jason Carter will be sharing some of his musical and cultural adventures, taking his music to some of the most unlikely places around the world.

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New acts wanted for Worthing Open Mic comedy night

Matt's Comedy Club has always taken great delight in encouraging new comedic talent – so everyone's really looking forward to the club's first Open Mic night on 25 August.

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Blondie, Ellie Goulding, Imelda May headline Somerset House July gigs

If you're looking for an open-air live music experience in London this month, take a look at the line-up set for the Summer Series in Somerset House's 18th century courtyard from 7-17 July.

There's a strong mix of established names and high level new acts, with Blondie, Ellie Goulding, Eels and Imelda May among the highlights at the historic venue on The Strand on the Victoria Embankment.

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RCA exhibitions

South of the Thames after six months in Kilburn, I took the chance to stop and review the RCA's end-of-year shows.

With a network of light industrial buildings around Battersea, hemmed in by real industry and car workshops, this is truly culture as industry; manufactories of creativity. The first building I visited was the sculpture building, There is a breadth of work on show here, from David Pringle's massed ranks of Kodak Carousel slide projectors making an unholy racket to Evy Jokhova's giant architectural printmaking and book-work. Both of them have produced solid, intelligent work in very different ways.

But sadly, that's all I can tell you about the next generation of edgy, exciting British artists. Before I got any further, I was 'challenged'.