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a-n The Artists Information Company

a-n The Artists Information Company
a-n stimulates and supports contemporary visual arts practice and affirms artists’ value in society. With over 18,500 members, we focus on conversations around the critical and professional environment for the visual arts, bringing together artists, art students, producers arts professionals, researchers, arts organisations and universities. Within a-n’s Artists’ membership, AIR – Artists Interaction and Representation is a voice for artists, with AIR Council leading campaigns to improve artists’ social and economic status. Often developed through collaborations, our visual arts research which is informs and inspires cultural development. Our fast-paced, inquisitive online Art News exposes the breadth of contemporary visual arts.

Our values
As an organisation we stand by and demonstrate our beliefs – valuing artists in society, embracing experimentation, stimulated when change is generated through dialogue and interaction.

Our aim is to enable interaction amongst our communities, using diverse platforms to foster the dialogues that extend intelligence and raise aspirations

We value knowledge sharing. Transparency and inclusivity underpin everything we do.

We thrive on continuous development that ensures that our infrastructure and communications respond to changing environments. We recognise that collaboration, partnership working and networking are vital elements in realising our own ambitions and those of our communities of interest. 

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Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £211,321
  • 2013-2014: £216,393
  • 2014-2015: £222,019

Video feed

Artist as leader: David Wilson in conversation with Joshua Sofaer

www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader As Clore Leadership Programme's first dedicated 'Artist Fellow' Joshua Sofaer undertook a series of interviews with artists, arts organisations and collectives under the heading Artist as Leader, examining the notion of leadership and how it applies to the arts. Here Sofaer talks with David Wilson, Founder and Director of The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, Los Angeles, California. Wilson studied natural sciences at the University of Michigan. Interested in motion pictures, he later went to California Institute of the Arts to develop his skill set. He made television commercials, focusing on technical effects. These two sets of interest, biology and natural history on the one hand, and presentation and motion pictures on the other, led to the creation of The Museum of Jurassic Technology. In this interview, Wilson talks about the imperative to create a museum, how he understands what it might be doing, authorship, the role of doubt, and explores the idea of creative leadership. Recorded: 17 February 2012, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles. Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in London. www.joshuasofaer.com The outcomes of his research and links to other interviews (being released throughout Dec 2012 and early 2013) can be found at www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader This research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the Clore Leadership Programme.

How to distribute your video online

Video artist Anton Hecht - whose Youtube channel has over a million views - shares strategies on how to get views and feedback for video work published online. Produced by Anton Hecht for a-n The Artists Information Company 2013. www.a-n.co.uk With thanks to Ted Kim and Frederic Chevarin See Kim's illustration video here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2e7_1352556229 and http://tedkim1984.tumblr.com/ Frederic Chevarin stone carving videos here: http://www.youtube.com/user/p1etra5anta ) Music: humm ok by Gable (www.gableboulga.com)

Artist as leader: Richard Layzell and Richard Hicks talk with Joshua Sofaer

www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader As Clore Leadership Programme's first dedicated 'Artist Fellow' Joshua Sofaer undertook a series of interviews with artists, arts organisations and collectives under the heading Artist as Leader, examining the notion of leadership and how it applies to the arts. Here Sofaer talks with Richard Layzell and Richard Hicks. Richard Layzell is an artist working in a variety of media, which include sculpture, installation and performance. Richard Hicks is a businessman who was founder and CEO of AIT, a software company that went from a standing start in 1986 to full stock market listing in 1997. From 1995 until 2002 Richard Layzell worked, as an artist, at AIT. Layzell and Hicks recount how they met and how Layzell came to work for AIT something he saw as an opportunity to explore some of his concerns in relation to artists working outside the artworld, in business contexts. Hicks was interested in creating "the best company in the world to work for" and he identified that having an artist working on site might deliver that goal. Recorded: 28 December 2011, Soho, London. Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in London. www.joshuasofaer.com The outcomes of his research and links to other interviews (being released throughout Dec 2012 and early 2013) can be found at www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader This research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the Clore Leadership Programme.

Artist as leader: Kate Love in conversation with Joshua Sofaer

www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader As Clore Leadership Programme's first dedicated 'Artist Fellow' Joshua Sofaer undertook a series of interviews with artists, arts organisations and collectives under the heading Artist as Leader, examining the notion of leadership and how it applies to the arts. Here, Sofaer talks to Kate Love, Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, who trained as a painter and has worked in a range of art educational institutions. In this discussion Love talks about her journey and her understanding of what is happening in the space of the art college. When confronted by the term 'leader' Love immediately considers the political 'buffoon', especially at this moment in time, when 'leaders' across the world are being ousted from their tyrannical regimes. "I don't think of artists as leaders," she says, "it's hard work to make it signify". Recorded: 31 January 2012, Soho, London. Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in London. www.joshuasofaer.com The outcomes of his research and links to other interviews (being released throughout Dec 2012 and early 2013) can be found at www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader This research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the Clore Leadership Programme.

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Artist as leader: Field Theory in conversation with Joshua Sofaer

www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader As Clore Leadership Programme's first dedicated 'Artist Fellow' Joshua Sofaer undertook a series of interviews with artists, arts organisations and collectives under the heading Artist as Leader, examining the notion of leadership and how it applies to the arts. Here Sofaer talks with Field Theory, a Melbourne-based artists' collective that came together in 2010 as "an informal experiment", initially with the intention to form a discussion group. Their work extends from visual art to performance and is sometimes considered under the umbrella term 'live art'. At the time of the interview Field Theory were conducting a cultural leadership initiative supported by the Australia Council (the main public arts funding body in Australia). In this discussion 3 of the 8 members of the collective -- Jason Maling, Sarah Rodigari, Martyn Coutts -- talk about the genesis of the organisation, how it runs, and how they understand the way the issue of cultural leadership operates in relation to what they are doing. Recorded: 1 November 2011, Performance Space, Sydney www.fieldtheory.com.au Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in London. www.joshuasofaer.com The outcomes of his research and links to other interviews (being released throughout Dec 2012 and early 2013) can be found at www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader This research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the Clore Leadership Programme.

Artist as leader: Cornelia Parker in conversation with Joshua Sofaer

www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader As Clore Leadership Programme's first dedicated 'Artist Fellow' Joshua Sofaer undertook a series of interviews with artists, arts organisations and collectives under the heading Artist as Leader, examining the notion of leadership and how it applies to the arts. Here, Sofaer talks to British sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker. Parker is reluctant to be considered a leader: "It sends a chill through my heart because I don't want to be a leader. A leader presumes that you are in authority, that there is something you can teach, that there is a path that you can lead people on." She continues, "I like being lost. If you are a leader it presumes that you know where you are going." Recorded: 1 February 2012 , Shoreditch, London Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in London. www.joshuasofaer.com The outcomes of his research and links to other interviews (being released throughout Dec 2012 and early 2013) can be found at www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader This research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the Clore Leadership Programme.

Artists as leader: First Draft in conversation with Joshua Sofaer

www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader As Clore Leadership Programme's first dedicated 'Artist Fellow' Joshua Sofaer undertook a series of interviews with artists, arts organisations and collectives under the heading Artist as Leader, examining the notion of leadership and how it applies to the arts. Here Sofaer talks with four of the directors of First Draft -- Dara Gill, Julie Burke, Georgie Meagher, Catherine Connolly. First Draft is one of the most influential of a series of well-organised and respected Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) in Australia. Founded in 1985, it now has a well-appointed gallery space in Surry Hills, central Sydney, a separate studio building in Woolloomooloo, and a printing press. It is managed by a rotating group of 8 Directors. Despite their reluctance to see themselves as leaders, the Directors of First Draft are exercising a fragile but highly effective form of collective leadership born out of the passion of volunteering, a belief in the work and reputation of the organisation, and the hope that it will also bring personal rewards. Recorded: 16 November 2011, First Draft Gallery, Sydney. Joshua Sofaer is an artist based in London. www.joshuasofaer.com The outcomes of his research and links to other interviews (being released throughout Dec 2012 and early 2013) can be found at www.a-n.co.uk/artist_as_leader This research was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the Clore Leadership Programme.

Making and funding work: crowdfunding

Introducing a-n's Crowdfunding seminars running throughout 2012. Video by Nisha Duggal. To find out more on www.a-n.co.uk/granted

Bigger bounce

Commissioned by a-n The Artists Information Company, Artist Anton Hecht worked with staff and freelancers to create this short textual work reflecting the company's approach to partnership and collaborative working in the visual arts. www.a-n.co.uk See other work by Anton Hecht on www.youtube.com/antnhec

How to use social media: Part 2: Twitter

Using Twitter to connect, research, converse and collaborate - Digital strategist Katy Beale in conversation with Charlotte Frost on how artists and people working in the arts are using micro-blogging sites like Twitter. Second in a series of three videos co-produced by Charlotte Frost and Jared Schiller for a-n The Artists Information Company. See here for related links and biog info: http://www.a-n.co.uk/knowledge_bank/article/1023782/77173 Follow a-n on Twitter: @an_magazine @artists_talking @art_writing @AIR_artists @art_whats_on @jobs_and_opps

How to use social media: Part 1: Blogging

Benefits of blogging for professional artists and those working in the arts - Chris Unitt from Meshed Media in conversation with Charlotte Frost. First in series of three videos co-produced by Charlotte Frost and Jared Schiller for a-n The Artists Information Company. See here for related links and more top blogs: http://www.a-n.co.uk/knowledge_bank/article/981762/77173 See Artists talking, a-n's blog platform for visual artists: www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking

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