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UCA grad show goes conceptual in a big way

A revisit to the old university after 5 years was not only a trip down memory lane, but also a surprising one, to see what courses have sprung up, grown and been nurtured (for better or worse) As I walked down the familiar UCA halls, I was eagerly anticipating the Fine Art graduate show the…

Artist of the Month – Chris Agnew

Anyone insanely obsessed with finely detailed drawings and etchings should look no further!   When studying Chris Agnew's work, you can't help but be in awe of the monumental and painstakingly detailed worlds he presents, but there's always more than meets the eye. A British artist, he completed his BA in Contemporary Art Practice from The University…

Rolling deadlines – June

June is a busy and exciting month on the artistic sphere when it comes to open calls and exhibition opportunities. The highlight exhibition to enter, if you're into your drawing, is of course the Jerwood Drawing Prize. The largest and longest running annual exhibition for drawing in the UK, the Jerwood welcomes works that re-invent…

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Rise up artists! Online v. real life exposure

Have you noticed the revolution of art services rapturously bursting onto the contemporary art circuit?   We're in the age of convenience, and there's a website to cater for just about anything. But when it comes to art, I'm divided. On the one hand it's a the optimum platform to promote and sell your work and make some…

Rolling Deadlines – May

Are you keeping up with all the creative opportunities so far? Because there's been a few gems recently and they just keep coming! As well as some exciting magazine open calls, the Bath Society of Arts invites visual and sculptural artists to submit work for their annual group show. With opportunities like this, I say...Bring…

Rolling deadlines – April

Happy Easter! Okay, slightly jumping the gun, but with these competitions to prepare and enter, this month will literally fly by! March was a busy month for me as I prepared for a couple of competitions, and often having a deadline to work towards is the motivator you need to push yourself and create new…

Learn to love networking with these tips for artists

We all know we have to network to get anywhere in our careers, but how many of us actually do it? Whenever I hear the word 'Networking' I am always split between two distinct thoughts; how and where do I begin networking, and why do other people make it look so easy? The latter is…

Rolling deadlines – March

Hard to believe it's March already! And the creative opportunities are in full swing. The highlight exhibition this month is The Young Masters. It's an international exhibition for artist of any stage in their carer who celebrate and incorporate the Old Masters. This can be in any form, but is essentially rooted to historic references.…

Artist of the month – Chiang Lup Hong

Psychedelic and absorbing. The excruciatingly beautifully detailed illustrations from Malaysian artist Chiang Lup Hong. Ever seen those mind boggling optical illusions, where supposedly there's meant to be a picture within a picture, and you can never figure them out? Well, if you invest your time studying Hong's illustrations, trust me, you won't be disappointed or disillusioned. Okay, granted,…

Rolling deadlines – January/February

Happy New Year! Let's make 2017 a cracking year for producing amazing art and showing it off to the world! Maybe a tad excitable but lets start how we mean to go on. 'Blood' Science Gallery Open Call - 8 Jan Jerwood Visual Arts Artist Bursaries - 9 Jan Artist Space Open Call - 10…