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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #12: Julia Keenan

Julia Keenan is visual artist who works with materials to explore participatory systems of objects and environments. She is also an associate at ASPEX Portsmouth and CAS Arts Andover and regularly collaborates with museum and gallery spaces.

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Queer Heterotopias: Summer 2021 exhibition

Brighton is a queer heterotopia – and we are celebrating it. The Ledward Centre's summer exhibition, produced by The Socially Engaged Art Salon [SEAS] in collaboration with the New York Centre for LGBTQ+ and the Preus Museum (Norway).

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #12: Alice Karveli

Alice Karveli is an interdisciplinary artist, incorporating painting, drawing, photography, sound, ​sculpture, installation, dance, and costume design into transformative performances. Originally from Athens, she has been based in London since 2014.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #12: Sophie Bullen

Sophie Bullen's practice explores collaborative fiction-making, often centring projects around natural forms, such as rocks or islands. Her work considers how stories can evolve and adapt over time. She is also a co-founder of Freehold Projects, a support network which curated a series of events and exhibitions in Leeds City Centre.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #12: Lola Awada

Lola Awada is a London-based multi-disciplinary artist creating across different media, including painting, sculpture, photography and photomontage. Her work is mostly inspired by the interconnectedness of everything with and within nature and explores spirituality, magic, fantasy and 'harsh realities'.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #12: Sarah Dixon

Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Sarah Dixon is a socially-engaged conceptual artist using a broad range of media to create participatory works. She has a particular interest in invisible rituals - how we use them in institutional and everyday settings, and how we can playfully reconstruct them to serve us. She is a founder member with Sharon Bennett of The Women's Art Activation System (WAAS).

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #12: Nicola Woodham

Nicola Woodham is a live artist bringing together sculptural e-textiles, drawing, vocal improvisation and noise. In 2019, she began an intensive journey into creative technology and now hand-makes wearable sensors from electronic textile materials and codes for embodied audio performances.

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Reassessing the Impacts of the Pandemic

In May 2020, at the emergence of the pandemic, CVAN, along with Artists' Union England, a-n The Artists Information Company, ArtQuest London, AxisWeb, CuratorSpace, DACS, Engage, and Guild, reached out to UK visual artists to find out what impact the pandemic was having.

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George Sfougaras: Light in the Darkness

The installation, 'Light in the Darkness' symbolises the fragility of life and the power of hope and remembrance. Both tents (one exhibited at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery and the other touring various venues including the Leicester Unitarian Chapel) represent the common need for shelter by all exiled and displaced people and the responsibility to remember those lost.

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Ones To Watch: CuratorSpace prizewinners

May 2021 saw the opening of the Ones to Watch exhibition by Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, an annual open exhibition showcasing the best of Yorkshire's graduate artists. The exhibition brought together work by artists from across disciplines, from painting to sculpture, film, photography, ceramics, and design.

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Timothea Armour: This is Moth Death

This Is Moth Death by Timothea Armour is the first of four new audio works commissioned for Beacon Tower by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

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Zain Al-Sharaf Wahbeh: The Image as an Archive

Beneath the visible national territory of Jaffa-Tel Aviv lies the contested urban arena of Al-Manshiyya. This long-forgotten neighbourhood offers a layered playing field of territorial tug-of wars, paramilitary clashes, punitive demolitions, and gentrified overwrites. Because Al-Manshiyya has faced a rigorous urban evolution under the Israeli occupation since its establishment in 1948, this neighbourhood best exemplifies some of the most violent practices of cultural annihilation in Palestine.

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Exciting new sculpture to recognise the contribution made by the NHS during the pandemic

Leeds-based artist Paul Digby is raising money from the public to create a statue celebrating and commemorating the huge sacrifices made by nurses, NHS workers and frontline staff in the city during the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic.

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Robert Lawrence: Climate Currency

Robert Lawrence of Ingrained Culture is a woodcarver based in Aberdeenshire. His work focuses on concerns around climate change and responsible ecology. He has recenty been working on a new arts, culture and tree planting initiative, Climate Currency, with the charity Reforesting Scotland.

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Shane Finan: The Wood Wide Web

Shane Finan is an interactive digital media artist and project manager based in Ireland. His artworks explore contemporary theory on technology, place and more-than-human relationships. His rescheduled residency in Northumberland explores the interconnectivity between forests, communities, technologies, and how much more poignant that has become post-pandemic.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Mark Tamer

Mark Tamer is an experimental photographer working with both analogue and digital mediums. Through his work he aims to find a balance between chance and control, construction and destruction, signal and noise.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Tim Shore

Tim Shore is a visual artist living in Derby. He works with moving image, site-specific installation, drawing and books. He is particularly interested in the histories and narratives of the marginal, ephemeral and overlooked, and how luck, chance and anxiety can be embodied in his work.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Jonathon Beaver

Jonathon Beaver is an animator, embroiderer and arts educator based in Liverpool. He uses traditional crafts, particularly textiles used to mark family occasions and decorate homes, to evoke diverse family units. His practice often stitches and blends language, words and motifs that connect, root and bind us to places and to memories.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Gudrun Filipska

Gudrun Filipska is an artist and researcher living in the Fens, UK. She is of Welsh and Polish descent. Her work is concerned with the cultural and literary associations of walking and journeying and seeks to re- configure them to include, feminist and 'other' itinerant practices. She also facilitates the artist-led collective 'Arts Territory Exchange'.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Oliver Bliss

Oliver Bliss is a Queer Craftivist exploring social and political issues with an interest in sexuality and gender. He uses textiles as a starting point within his work to explore themes of identity, sexuality and gender. He is also an experienced facilitator for creative workshops, building conversations around social and political issues.

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