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Artist deadlines – May/June

#Maythefourth be with you this month and the next, as I combine both months for a creative mash-up of fresh opportunities. This time of the year is the perfect point in your creative calendar to enter and make it into a Summer show, where you can ensure you get the most exposure. A couple of…

A tale of two Tates

Interactive playground installation and residual casted sculptures of the everyday. Both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain brings us a rare moment of joy and reflection. When you come to the City on your travels, you want to immerse yourself in a bit of culture. And London is the city for it. In fact, it's…

white bed installation

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…

Illustration Illuminates London

What could be more illustrative of the vibrant and eclectic London art and craft scene than the wonderfully illustrious London Illustration Fair! That's a rather epic intro to the London Illustration Fair, but such is the impressive quality of work that emanates from the fair every year, I can't hep but share the excitement and wonder…

photographing graffiti

Be a social creative – what artists should be doing on social media

Every artist knows that being visible is the most fundamental factor of your practice. But does that mean you should 'pimp out' your work to every social media site going? Social media has become a prominent fixture in our lives; a place to shout, engage, discover and share funny cat videos. But with all this social noise…