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Beach studios have best view in Worthing

Worthing's cultural renaissance has taken another big step with the conversion of five former beach chalets into the East Beach Studios.

At the quiet end of the seafront in Worthing, you’ll find a raised esplanade which featured in the film ‘Wish You Were Here’ and which provides the best piece of beach in the town. Beneath this structure is a long row of concrete beach chalets dating from Worthing's 1930s heyday which have not changed since they were built – until now.

The chalets turned arts studios are a pilot initiative led by Worthing Arts Council Deputy Chair Stefan Sykes, who also happens to own the next door Coast Café (also known as Café des Artistes). The five artists were not difficult to muster as the idea was easily accepted by the many artists living by the sea in Worthing.
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Croatian artist in Coventry empty shop exhibition

Empty shop art gallery Castle & Elephant is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the UK by Croatian artist Damir Ocko.

Born in 1977, Ocko lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. Recent group exhibitions were at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski in Warsaw, Le Fresnoy-National Center for Contemporary Art , Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, International Triennial of Contemporary Art, National Gallery in Prague, and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.

For his new show in Coventry's Castle & Elephant, Ocko will present two new works entitled The Age of Happiness and The Moon shall never take my Voice. Situated on both levels of the gallery, the two films show a shift in Ocko’s subject matter, from filmic landscapes towards a theatrical musing on history.
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Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception

Tate Modern will present a major exhibition of work by the celebrated artist Francis Alÿs (born Belgium 1959). Using diverse poetical and allegorical approaches, Alÿs explores political subjects such as contentious borders and economic crises. The exhibition will present iconic works alongside new pieces which have never been shown before in the UK. Working in a variety of mediums including painting, video projection, animation and sculpture, Francis Alÿs is one of the most important artists of his generation.

Francis Alÿs’s work often starts with a simple act, either by him or others, which is then documented in a range of media. Working in urban settings and dramatic landscapes, he creates interventions which frequently address a historical or political concern attached to a specific site.

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Turner Prize 2010 shortlist announced

Tate Britain today announced the four artists who have been shortlisted for the annual Turner Prize 2010.

The artists are probably less well known than usual, and are Dexter Dalwood, Angela de la Cruz, Susan Philipsz and The Otolith Group.

The Turner Prize award is £40,000 with £25,000 going to the winner and £5,000 each for the other shortlisted artists. The Prize, established in 1984, is awarded to a British artist under fifty for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 27 April 2010. It is intended to promote public discussion of new developments in contemporary British art.
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'Agora' Launch

 

Empty Shops Network is rather pleased to announce the opening of their peachy new project – 'Agora'.


Agora, meaning; place of congregation, in Greek, once a long standing empty shop in New Rd, Shoreham by Sea has been transformed into the national centre for empty shops & Empty Shops Network HQ and will host a deliciously tasty feast of artiness for months to come.

 

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No Soul For Sale - A Festival of Independents, Tate Modern

This year Tate Modern are celebrating their 10th anniversary and what better way to party than to host a 3 day festival jam packed with cool arty types from all over the world, or “60 of the world's most innovative independent art spaces, not-for-profit organizations and artists' collectives” , if you prefer.

Tate Modern opened May 12th 2000 and has welcomed over 45 million visitors since then – that's a lot of feet stomping over your welcome mat, and so to celebrate the Turbine Hall will be filled with an eclectic mix of cutting-edge arts events, performances, music and film on 14-16 May 2010. The gallery will stay open until midnight on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th May for late night events with special guests to be announced very soon.

The No Soul for Sale festival is a collaboration between Tate Modern and artist Maurizio Cattelan and curators Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni. Bringing together some of the most exciting and experimental new art from around the globe, the Tate Modern will be filling the 3,400 square metres of floorspace by encouraging participants to exhibit alongside each other without partitions or walls, works inter-mingling, complimenting each other, a mixture of “monumental structures, witty interventions, epic performances and interactive installations, creating a pop-up village of global art for visitors to explore”, apparently.

 

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'Underwater' at Towner, the contemporary art museum

Around 375 million years ago, our ancestors crawled out of the waters… Underwater is about the experience of total submersion; The Towner invites you to return to the watery depths once more. From a wealth of possibilities, this exhibition brings together the most compelling underwater-inspired artworks of the past decade, and proposes that the underwater is a compelling motif of our times.

The show includes three mesmerising videos. In the first, by Bill Viola, two lovers intertwine as they slowly descend into dark waters, exhaling their last breath together. In Janaina Tschäpe’s video a woman’s head rocks from side to side, just beneath the water’s surface; she is in a trance, or perhaps dreaming.  And in a video by Dorothy Cross, we see a woman wafting in sunlit water that teems with jellyfish, her hair billowing with their pulsating forms.

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New Towner exhibition showcases East Sussex talent

Towner is pleased to be able to showcase the wealth of talent from its own region with its latest exhibition, the East Sussex Open. This selected open submission exhibition will run throughout the month of April, alongside Eastbourne Festival.

Hundreds of artists and makers from East Sussex submitted their best work and the panel of selectors, Towner’s Artistic Director Matthew Rowe, Exhibitions Curator Sanna Moore and The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Greg Szanto, picked 31 exceptional applicants to exhibit their work in the large Exhibition Halls of the new Towner.

 

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The Near Far Pool.

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery has teamed up for the first time with Creative Future, charity working with marginalised artists and writers in Sussex to present a special exhibition in the Studio gallery, entitled The Near Far Pool.  

The artists and writers featured are all highly talented, and many have been published or exhibited before.  Most artists’ careers are hard enough without the added difficulties of homelessness, mental ill health or physical disability.  Prejudice, and the social exclusion that can follow, adds to these difficulties. The organisation Creative Future was set up three years ago to facilitate and promote artistic development amongst talented individuals who find themselves excluded for reasons that are often beyond their control.