Turner Prize Shortlist Announced

The four artists handpicked by Tate Britain shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2013 have been announced this morning. The artists are (in alphabetical order): Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. This year the exhibition will be held at Ebrington in Derry-Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013 from 23 October until 2 December. The winner will be announced in an awards ceremony on 2 December. 


James Scott: Every Picture Tells A Story, London

James Scott, son of the celebrated artist William Scott, opens a special screening of his film Every Picture Tells A Story (1984), which explores the early life of Scott. The film is screened as part of the BFI Southbank’s ongoing Projecting the Archive series and this film will be presented on 9 May. An idiosyncratic portrait of his father’s early years, James Scott examines William Scott’s entrance into the art world in this insightful film. William Scott is the subject of a number of centennial exhibitions across the UK this year (including at Tate St Ives, the Jerwood Gallery Hastings, The Hepworth Wakefield and National Museums Belfast).


Call for Submissions, IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria

The IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival is looking for submissions. Running 29 June until 6 July in Bulgaria, the final deadline for submissions is 15 May. A celebration of professional short film, entries must not exceed 27 minutes in length, the festival covers a wide range of genres including  fiction, documentary, animation and experimental. Aside from the selection of outstanding films, there will be a programme of training facilities, an industry market and pitching sessions of ideas and rough-cut projects. The festival also encourages an educational and professional environment, where filmmakers of different ages, experience and background can collaborate.

Review of Pick Me Up, London

London’s annual graphic art and illustration festival is back again; this year with with a focus on the inclusive and interactive and bringing in a broader audience than ever. Downstairs are Pick Me Up’s 17 chosen ones: artists whose work is humming with personality and flair, ranging the usual giclee and screenprint staples to more surprising embroidery and installation works.


Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain at Moderna Museet, Malmö

A newly-built, full-scale barn enveloped by the pink haze of an eleven-metre long neon sign saying “Scandinavian Pain” meets visitors to the Turbine Hall at Moderna Museet Malmö. The work is by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, and inside the barn he has hung more than 40 works by the Norwegian national icon Edvard Munch. These two artists, melancholia and a pinch of hit music are the basic ingredients of this summer’s major exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö. 


The Other Art Fair, London

The Spring edition of The Other Art Fair is here. Running 25 – 28 April, the fair is an artist-led event, designed to give artists the opportunity to curate individual stands from which to directly sell their work to the public. This approach allows creatives, art-lovers and buyers to communicate and forge lasting relationships that serve to benefit the artist and the collector. The fair has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best locations for collectors to find undiscovered talent who are yet to gain gallery representation. Using a selection committee of industry experts, the 100 participating artists are handpicked to showcase the best emerging talent globally.


Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition Open For One More Week

The Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition at York St Mary’s, York, will be open for one more week, closing on 28 April. The Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. Previous finalists include Julia Vogl, who was shortlisted for New Sensations – Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s Prize – and has exhibited at Zabludowicz Collection; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist who joined a legacy of artists by featuring in Absolut Vodka’s artistic campaigns, and Bernat Millet, also shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. The exhibition includes the two winners, Poppy Whatmore and Damien O’Mara, and the 6 other shortlisted artists, besides the work of the 100 longlisted artists.

Mark Leckey: The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things at Nottingham Contemporary

The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, curated by Turner prize-winning artist Mark Leckey is the latest of Hayward Touring’s artist-curated exhibitions from Southbank Centre. Opening at Nottingham Contemporary on 27 April, the exhibition includes work by Louise Bourgeois, William Blake, Prunella Clough, Richard Prince, Jim Shaw and Tøyen and explores how our relationships with artworks and common objects alike are being transformed through new information technologies.  It will explore a kind of ‘techno-animism’, where the inanimate comes to life, returning us to ‘an archaic state of being, to aboriginal landscapes of fabulous hybrid creatures, where images are endowed with divine powers, and even rocks and trees have names’


Alexander James: Intersection, London

Intersection is a culmination of Alexander James’ long-standing fascination with the theme of vanitas (a symbolic work of art associated with still life). Running 25 April until 23 May at The Studio Building, London, the exhibition highlights his mastery of an entirely unique artistic process. Taking objects from nature and handmade props, James puts together underwater sculptural installations in black tanks full of highly purified water, which he then photographs. Relying on the natural interaction between the object, light and lens when plunged into water, his photographs have a painterly effect. With no digital editing or post-production involved, Intersection is an intriguing display of photographic purity including works from his Vanitas, Swarm and Glass.

Mounir Fatmi: History is Not Mine at Paradise Row Gallery, London

Multi-Media artist Mounir Fatmi’s first UK solo show, History is Not Mine, opened at the Paradise Row Gallery on 19 April. Fatmi has become a leading voice of a new generation of young Arab artists, whose work fuses Arabic traditions with stylised Western conceptual art to generate critical dialogue inside and outside the Arts world.

Sean Henry at Glyndebourne Festival 2013

For his newest work, Sean Henry collaborates with a world-famous Opera House and premieres his new collection this summer at Glyndebourne Opera House in Sussex as part of the  2013 Glyndebourne Summer Festival, which opens in May and runs until August. Represented by Osborne Samuel, Henry carefully chose pieces to work in this unique environment, he exhibits a new larger-than-life size figure entitled The Wanderer and a new figurative group, entitled Two Men.

Sound Spill at the Zabludowicz Collection New York

The Zabludowicz Collection has unveiled the list of artists featured in Sound Spill, a group exhibition curated by Thom O’Nions and Richard Sides, a curator and an artist who have been awarded a curatorial research grant to develop the exhibition after a research period in New York City. Sound Spill brings together existing works from the Zabludowicz Collection alongside a series of new commissions and works selected by the curators in the lead up to the exhibition. The curators have selected artists from London and New York, creating a transatlantic, multidisciplinary exhibition.