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Liverpool art pop-up

Liverpool shoppers will get a chance to pick up some art when Metquarter joins forces with dot-art to launch an exclusive Pop-Up Art Shop.

The aim of the Pop-Up Art Shop is to showcase local talent and allow people a friendly, informal way to see and buy to quality, interesting, affordable art.

A wide range of pieces will be on display, from traditional still life to modern abstracts. Work will appeal to both seasoned collectors and first time buyers.
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Volunteers need for Al Weiwei action

Tate are planning a special event to mark the disappearance of the artist Ai Weiwei on the final weekend of his installation 'Sunflower Seeds' at Tate Modern.

'Sunflower Seeds' is on display in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall until 2 May. To mark its final weekend, on Saturday 30 April Hamish Fulton will present an action from 12 noon to 2pm entitled Slowalk (In support of Ai Weiwei).
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North Somerset Arts Week

The biennial North Somerset Arts Week is from 29th April to 8th May this year. Over 300 artists are opening their homes and studios to exhibit a diverse and vibrant set of work.
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Portacabins become creative community space

The Architecture Foundation and the South Kilburn Neighbourhood Trust have appointed up-and-coming young designers Practice Architecture to convert empty offices in South Kilburn into a temporary community hub.

Practice Architecture will transform the former home of South Kilburn Partnership into a space hosting a variety of workshops and activities linking designers and creators with new skills from Spring 2011.

Selected from an invited shortlist of four practices, Practice Architecture will undertake the design and construction of the project, dramatically transforming both the interior and exterior of the existing one storey portacabin block into ‘The South Kilburn Studios’. Inhabiting a number of small studio units, with a large central workshop space, tenants – in lieu of rent payments – will pledge to apprentice young people from the local area, running practical workshops and helping to build portfolios in trades from fashion and textiles to joinery and painting. The project aims to bring the underused space back to life, provide skilling opportunities for local young people, and provide rent-free working studio space for promising craftspeople, artists, and designers.

From spring through to autumn 2011 the tenants, working alongside visiting professionals, will stage exhibitions and share their expertise. The façade of the building will evolve and change to advertise and update the public on the activities taking place in the studios.

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You're Fired!

Striking, large scale, black and white vessels produced by Newcastle based ceramic artist Catherine Warwick are currently displayed at Washington Arts Centre, Sunderland as part of their ‘Taking Tea’ exhibition. This event celebrates new, decorative art and ceramics from a selection of the foremost national contemporary craft makers.

Catherine’s sculptural designs have taken 4 years to produce using a combination of slip casting and hand building techniques. Much of her inspiration has been drawn from 60’s Op artists such as Bridget Riley and explores how two dimensional optical patterns translate on to a three dimensional surface.
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Recycled art at Re-useful Centre

Tim Robottom, Midlands-based artist and BIAD graduate, has created a work of art for the Action 21 Re-useful Centre in Sydenham, Royal Leamington Spa.

‘Cascade’, is a stunning, brightly coloured arrangement of recycled objects and fragments from bottles to plastic spoons, coat hangers to children’s toys, some of which belonged to the artist when he was a child.
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Birmingham artists use empty shop to talk about recession

A Birmingham arts group has pledged to highlight the plight of the high street in a new exhibition in an empty shop.

Birmingham based Curator5 will be hosting a new exhibition featuring six local artists in an empty shop in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, to highlight the effects of the recent recession.

The group, made up of Peter Barcham, Jilin "Lin" Nui, Roma Piotrowska, Sonya Russell-Saunders and Clair Walton are giving six up and coming artists the chance to create work based on their thoughts on the consumer crisis. The project is running in conjunction with Buy Nothing Day, and to mark the event the organisers have brought together Michael Bold, Chris Clinton, Alex Lockett, Adam Radley, Lisa Roffey, Tim Stock who are each contributing to the new show.
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Antlers – Bristol’s new nomadic art gallery

Antlers is a gallery nomadic by design. With no fixed location, they produce temporary exhibitions moving through different spaces across Bristol. Antlers only permanent residence is their website which acts as a hub for all their projects and hosts the online shop. The gallery’s first pop-up exhibition - Grotesques will open for two weeks with a preview evening on Thursday 2nd December, 5 – 8pm in the otherwise empty retail space, 3 Whiteladies Gate.
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Every photo tells a story

A small photography group are holding their first exhibition in Shoreham's empty shop space Agora.

The Story Photographers were formed through a new initiative designed to boost attendance at the Kingston Buci Children and Family Centre. The centre, one of a network across the county, provides a place that children and families can go for help and advice for a range of services. These include care and education for children under 5 years, family support and outreach to parents, health services and a base for childminders.
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A little love for Christmas

Put more love into your Christmas – that's the message from artists working in an empty shop in Shoreham by Sea.

And to help, they're running sessions every Tuesday evening until Christmas, helping people to make cards, decorations and gifts. The emphasis will be on the unusual, and there will be lots of inspiring ideas using affordable, easy to find and even recycled materials. Everything that's needed will be provided, and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits available to keep everyone fuelled throughout the sessions. The evenings will be led by Shoreham artist Lou Durham, with help from other artists.