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Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023

Jackson’s Painting Prize 2023 2425 2059 David

Jackson’s Painting Prize has steadily grown in size and reputation since it started in 2016, last year receiving nearly 9000 entries from 107 countries, with the shortlist gaining tens of thousands of views online with huge acclaim.

This year, the winners will be exhibiting at two venues. Our first stop will see them return to Affordable Art Fair Hampstead, followed by a summer exhibition at Bankside Gallery next to Tate Modern.

With an impressive expert judging panel, two London exhibitions, a first prize of £6000 + £1000 Jackson’s art materials, plus 15 other awards, we’re excited for our biggest year yet!

Robert Poole exhibition

Robert Poole exhibition 1811 2000 David

Trecastle resident and artist Robert Poole has an exhibition at the Tower Gallery, Crickhowell until 12th November, open 11am—4.00pm.
He describes himself as ‘a Cardiff boy through and through’. He was born in Cardiff in 1938, went to Cardiff High School and then studied at Cardiff School of Art and Cardiff University where he specialised in illustration. After college he moved out of Wales and spent a career teaching art in high schools, first in Tunbridge Wells and then Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. Throughout this time Robert sketched the people around him. His first influence, obvious enough in his drawing, was the cartoonists in Punch magazine which he devoured as a boy. But then he was captured by the Post-impressionists such as Toulouse-Lautrec.
Several other distinguished local artists, sculptors and printmakers are exhibiting alongside him, making for a varied and inspiring visit.

Sex, psychos and sharks: did Britart change the world?

Sex, psychos and sharks: did Britart change the world? 1240 744 David

Now establishment figures, the YBAs were enfants terribles when they first caused a sensation, so why was their work deemed so revolutionary?

What Is An NFT? Non-Fungible Tokens Explained

What Is An NFT? Non-Fungible Tokens Explained 680 510 David

What Is an NFT?

An NFT – non-fungible token – is a digital asset that represents a real-world object like, for example, the Charlie Bit My Finger video that sold for £500,000 back in May. NFTs are bought and sold online, frequently with cryptocurrency, and are generally encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptocurrencies.

Making a Living as An Artist

Making a Living as An Artist 2560 1706 David

A word from Monty Preston, Curator of The Other Avatars and Manager of Art Advisory and Curation at Saatchi Art

“As the daughter of an artist, I not only developed a passion for the arts from a young age, but also a unique understanding of how artists create their work, and how they manage  their careers — both of which aren’t as straightforward as they sound.

In my role as a curator at Saatchi Art, I now get to work with emerging artists around the world, helping them to find the right path for their career, build their brand, get their work in front of an audience, and share their story with collectors looking for art to fall in love with.

For many, the “business” aspect of being an artist is mysterious and overwhelming.  Those of us working directly with artists every day have insight into the earnings  landscape, but many artists may be unaware of where they stand: Should I be making more money? Can I make more? What channels have other artists found success in? Are others moving into the digital arts and NFT realm, and is this the right path for me?

All these questions come down to: Can I make a sustainable living as an artist? 

One photographer’s incredibly intimate portrait of her sister

One photographer’s incredibly intimate portrait of her sister 2080 2560 David

In Francesca Allen’s second monograph I’d like to get to know you, she turns her lens on her younger sister, Alida.

Neon lights: images from a capitalist dystopia – in pictures

Neon lights: images from a capitalist dystopia – in pictures 1709 2560 David

The world portrayed in photographer Cristiano Volk’s book, Laissez-Faire, may look like a bleak, tech-obsessed future – but it’s actually our terrifying present

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