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BA Contemporary Art History Manchester School of Art http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/2012/9406/
Return of the Prodigal Son, Ghislaine Howard

Stopping teaching is not an option (Michael Howard)

‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’, Ghislaine Howard, (8′ x 6′), Saint Ann’s Church, Manchester.   An extraordinary time for me – exhilarating, sad and poignant in different ways as I near the end of almost 35 years teaching at

Return of the Prodigal Son, Ghislaine Howard

Stopping teaching is not an option (Michael Howard)

‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’, Ghislaine Howard, (8′ x 6′), Saint Ann’s Church, Manchester.   An extraordinary time for me – exhilarating, sad and poignant in different ways as I near the end of almost 35 years teaching at

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A Visit to Kettle’s Yard

I recently attended a conference at Cambridge University. While I was there I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Kettle’s Yard the home of Jim and Helen Ede between 1958 and 1973. ‘In the 1920s and 30s Jim

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A Visit to Kettle’s Yard

I recently attended a conference at Cambridge University. While I was there I was lucky enough to pay a visit to Kettle’s Yard the home of Jim and Helen Ede between 1958 and 1973. ‘In the 1920s and 30s Jim

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Women in Print: Print as an Agent of Change 1920- 1965

Women in Print: Print as an Agent of Change 1920- 1965 This was an event that we worked on with Louise Clennell and Jeremy Parrett from MMU Special Collections, and which was part of the People’s History Museum’s ‘Wonder Women

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Women in Print: Print as an Agent of Change 1920- 1965

Women in Print: Print as an Agent of Change 1920- 1965 This was an event that we worked on with Louise Clennell and Jeremy Parrett from MMU Special Collections, and which was part of the People’s History Museum’s ‘Wonder Women

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We need better writing about art

  Shelia McGregor, Director of Axisweb, an online network for contemporary art, shares her frustration with “art speak” and the terrible cliches we often fall into when trying to write about art. A thought provoking piece – not least for

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We need better writing about art

  Shelia McGregor, Director of Axisweb, an online network for contemporary art, shares her frustration with “art speak” and the terrible cliches we often fall into when trying to write about art. A thought provoking piece – not least for

Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, Forest Houses, Bronx, 2013

Energy yes, quality no

This week me and Danielle Child (also from MMU Art History) attended a lecture by the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn at the Royal College of Art on the subject of his Gramsci Monument project in the Bronx (New York) in 2013.

Thomas Hirschhorn, Gramsci Monument, Forest Houses, Bronx, 2013

Energy yes, quality no

This week me and Danielle Child (also from MMU Art History) attended a lecture by the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn at the Royal College of Art on the subject of his Gramsci Monument project in the Bronx (New York) in 2013.

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Curatorial Project: Women Between Peace and War

Contemporary Art History Student, Jon Bottomley curated the photography exhibition: Women Between Peace and War, in The Holden Gallery Cafe Space at MMU. Here he outlines his thinking behind the exhibition and his experience of interviewing the photographer Lynsey Addario. Women

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Curatorial Project: Women Between Peace and War

Contemporary Art History Student, Jon Bottomley curated the photography exhibition: Women Between Peace and War, in The Holden Gallery Cafe Space at MMU. Here he outlines his thinking behind the exhibition and his experience of interviewing the photographer Lynsey Addario. Women

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Students Celebrate New Publication

The Art School Illustrated Team: Kellie Craig (Editor in Chief), Matthew Hardy (Creative Director) and Jon Bottomly (Artist Liason and Associate Editor) The first issue of a new critical journal, written, edited and produced by Contemporary Art History students, was

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Students Celebrate New Publication

The Art School Illustrated Team: Kellie Craig (Editor in Chief), Matthew Hardy (Creative Director) and Jon Bottomly (Artist Liason and Associate Editor) The first issue of a new critical journal, written, edited and produced by Contemporary Art History students, was

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Art School Illustrated Launch

Art School Illustrated Launch Wednesday 26 Feb, 2pm, Holden Gallery Cafe. The launch of the first edition of Art School Illustrated, a new critical journal, written and produced by second year Contemporary Art History students will take place this Wednesday.

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Art School Illustrated Launch

Art School Illustrated Launch Wednesday 26 Feb, 2pm, Holden Gallery Cafe. The launch of the first edition of Art School Illustrated, a new critical journal, written and produced by second year Contemporary Art History students will take place this Wednesday.

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Some thoughts on the North West’s recent political art exhibitions: Art Turning Left at Tate Liverpool and Radical Conservatism at Castlefield Gallery

Joseph Lewis, ‘My War, Positiv Church 0′ (2012), mixed media hurdy-gurdie, (behind) Patrick Moran, Buried, Issue 4 (2013), fanzine. Image credit: Adele Myers. The turn in Art Turning left wasn’t clear. Much of the artwork could be defined as propaganda

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Some thoughts on the North West’s recent political art exhibitions: Art Turning Left at Tate Liverpool and Radical Conservatism at Castlefield Gallery

Joseph Lewis, ‘My War, Positiv Church 0′ (2012), mixed media hurdy-gurdie, (behind) Patrick Moran, Buried, Issue 4 (2013), fanzine. Image credit: Adele Myers. The turn in Art Turning left wasn’t clear. Much of the artwork could be defined as propaganda

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Exploiting Visions: A review of Hiker Meat (how do you re-make a film that never existed?)

 Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat 18 January – 21 April 2014 Cornerhouse, Manchester   Hiker Meat is an exhibition about the making of a 1970s film that was never made.  The exhibition instead stages the making process – a process that

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Exploiting Visions: A review of Hiker Meat (how do you re-make a film that never existed?)

 Jamie Shovlin: Hiker Meat 18 January – 21 April 2014 Cornerhouse, Manchester   Hiker Meat is an exhibition about the making of a 1970s film that was never made.  The exhibition instead stages the making process – a process that