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REVIEW: “Forming in the pupil of an eye,” Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016

Guest curated by artist Sudarshan Shetty, the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), titled “Forming in the pupil of an eye,” is an assembly of artist-created realities. Shetty outlines his curatorial concept with the story of a young traveler who went on a long journey to meet a sage. When he reaches her, “the Read More

INTERVIEW: “If we don’t defend life it becomes without value” — Lotte van den Berg, Malta Festival

It is said that without the spectator there is no theatre. But who is the spectator and what is their role? This is the question presented to those who attended this year’s Malta Festival in the Polish city of Poznań , whose programme aims to disrupt this usual spectator relationship and encourage exploration of the role. Read More

REVIEW: “A ménage à trois between artist, venue, and visitor”: Not Vital At YSP

I’ll preface this review with a confession: I have written about my love for Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) on many occasions. I’ll freely admit it: I’m enamoured with its open, rolling hills punctuated with the world’s best sculptors. And so to YSP’s latest exhibition by the unfathomable Swiss artist, Not Vital, whose work now fills Read More

REVIEW: Critical Writing Ensemble at Dhaka Art Summit 2016

Bangladesh’s capital city of Dhaka was last month transformed into an experimental space for the discussion of arts criticism, and indeed, its future. Despite the already intense heat, art work was being installed, carpets fitted and staff busily ticked off last minute jobs for the Dhaka Art Summit, the world’s largest research and exhibition platform Read More

CASE STUDY: Making Collections Pay

Within my role as News Editor for the North West Federation of Museums, I have undertaken various research into alternative sources of fundraising, collections management and other issues facing museums within the North West.  Using this ongoing research, I have recently contributed a case study to Arts Professional examining how two North West museums, Macclesfield Silk Museum and Bury Read More

FIELD TRIP: The Culture Of Golden Prague

The beautifully preserved city of Prague has a complex history; it has witnessed declarations of independence, Nazi control, oppressive communism and capitalist democracy all within the 20th century. Despite — or perhaps in spite — its complicated and often fraught past, Prague remains one of Europe’s first-rate cities; its culture and architectural beauty has earned Read More

COMMENT: Somiya Kalavidya

The district of Kutch in the West Indian region of Gujarat is famed for its signature mirror work and dense embroidery motifs with each of the regions tribes and sub-tribes maintaining their closely guarded signature styles. Central to all this activity is the distinct and well-respected Somaiya Kalavidya, an organisation who provide design education for Kutch’s traditional Read More