Monday, 12 January 2009

Websites and networks

arthuddle aims to encourage an exchange of ideas and information between members of creative networks. Over the next few weeks arthuddle will be posting information and reviews of sites that we think are an extremely valuable resource for artists, galleries and reviewers.

First up a-n.

a-n magazine has developed a subscription website that acts as a portal to a number of information rich sites for all interested in the visual arts. It is designed to represent the multiple voices and wide range of activities and industry insights within contemporary visual arts. When launched in 1980, a-n said it would be "an open communication channel for artists”

a-n has developed ‘Interface’. ‘Interface’ provides a platform for critical writing regarding contemporary art.

Interface ‘what’s on’ section is devoted to listings of exhibitions and events that are on throughout the UK and Europe. It also allows a-n subscribers to post their own exhibition listings.

‘Reviews unedited’ is a section where a-n writers post
reviews and subscribers are asked to add and comment. It also allows subscribers to read reviewers biographies and see all reviews they've written for a-n.

Interface allows budding reviewers who are looking for writing work to publish articles along with their email and website details.

Through interface Artists can have a free listing, have their show reviewed and gain peer feedback and critique. Writers can join the a-n writer’s community and have the opportunity to develop their critical writing skills as well as providing opportunities, self-promotion and networking. Galleries, artists and reviewers alike can use this site as a place to research the latest shows, events and trends in the contemporary art world.

Another link on a-n takes us to “Artists talking”

This section of the website is dedicated to opening channels of communication between artists. Subscribers are asked to submit blog entries, answer relevant questions on professional practice and to upload images of their work. ‘Artists talking’ is a unique space to explore artists' insights and perspectives on contemporary practice.

Another support network created by a-n is ‘degree unedited’ this is a forum set up to provide support and communication between students regarding their degree shows. It offers blogs, reviews on past degree shows and valuable tips for students entering into their final year.

a-n has a section for research with online academic articles, publications, competition listings, residencies and studios. It also provides a list of jobs and opportunities. Finally if you have not found enough information on this extensive site a-n provides links to other specialised artist networks.

Have a look and tell us what you think of the a-n. Please feel free to recommend any of your favorite sites.

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