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Mat Collishaw’s exhibition is opening tomorrow @ Blain Southern. Don’t miss it!

Mat Collishaw’s exhibition is opening tomorrow @ Blain Southern. Don’t miss it!

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Ian Steadman is hosting ‘Humbug’, group salon exhibition of small and wonderful curiosities and pretentious nonsense, including paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures.Private viewing takes place on 14 December 6-9pmShow will run on Saturday and Sunday (15&16 December) from 1 to 5pm.Location: Arcane Gallery; 1st Floor, 22-27 The Oval, London, E2 9DT

Ian Steadman is hosting ‘Humbug’, group salon exhibition of small and wonderful curiosities and pretentious nonsense, including paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures.

Private viewing takes place on 14 December 6-9pm
Show will run on Saturday and Sunday (15&16 December) from 1 to 5pm.

Location: Arcane Gallery; 1st Floor, 22-27 The Oval, London, E2 9DT

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Launch of Alteria Art - Art Barter’s sister project

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This month Art Barter launches sister project Alteria Art with ‘The Human Body Series’, whose purpose is to commission and produce beautifully handmade, limited edition prints, starting with etchings, working with a small number of artists and using different techniques over time.

In keeping with Art Barterʼs ethos, Alteria Art will involve both established and emerging talent from the international art scene encouraging a genuine appreciation of artistic values, far from market strategies and calculations. 

Participating artists are Mat Collishaw, Rachel Howard, Abigail Lane, Tom Gallant, Boo  Saville, Hugo Wilson, Ian Bruce, Charlie Billingham, Byzantia North and Phoebe CollingsJames. They each offer their personal vision and individual insight on the subject, meditating on endless possibilities of interpretations. 

The Human Body tackled as the ultimate icon of human caducity; investigated as abstract form or sectioned in its different parts; depicted as humorous, grotesque and uncanny figures; illustrative and suggestive; the body as a source of pain, pleasure, fear and happiness; its physiology but also its spirituality..

Proceeds generated through Alteria Art will be devolved to Art Barter, to provide the not-for-profit organisation the necessary funds to ensure its own future growth.

Show runs from 13th to 17th December - 11 am until 7pm 

and from 18th to 22nd December - by appointment only.

Location: Benjamin Proust Fine Art; 43-44 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2SA 

The works will be available online from 13th Dec on alteriaart.com


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If you’re in Rome, don’t miss Tracey Emin's exhibition at Galeria Lorcan O’Neill. Opening on Saturday 15 December at 6.30pm. Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.More details: http://www.lorcanoneill.com/site/index.php
Tracey Emin’s Website: http://www.traceyeminstudio.com/ 

If you’re in Rome, don’t miss Tracey Emin's exhibition at Galeria Lorcan O’Neill. Opening on Saturday 15 December at 6.30pm. 

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

More details: http://www.lorcanoneill.com/site/index.php

Tracey Emin’s Website: http://www.traceyeminstudio.com/ 

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Read our December 2012 Newsletter

Find out about Art Barter’s sister project Alteria Art, past events: Mini Barter at Subway Gallery, Miniscule Barter at Paper PR and more!


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Interview with Ian Steadman

We have been working with lovely Ian Steadman, Arcane Studios Director and Printmaker on Alteria Art Project. 

Arcane Studios is providing affordable studios for artist, as well as a fine art printing studio that deals with all intaglio techniques, direct lithography and educational classes in the medium. 

Read our interview with Ian:  

Tell us about your print history, where and what did you study?

I did my foundation and degree in Byam Shaw School of Art. That’s where I started to do my printmaking. I learned from the person called Adrian Barron. After that I took a year out and went to Central America, when I came back I did six months residency in Byam Shaw as print technician. I did my Masters in Printmaking at Royal College of Art. In 2005 I came to Hackney, near Bethnal Green area, and started up a print workshop. We used to do large format screen printing, we don’t do that now but we do intaglio processes, relief printing, and stone lithography.

What is your inspiration?

I love the medium of printmaking, but my own work varies from painting, photography, sculpture and installation work. At the moment a lot of my work is based on science specific pieces. It’ sculptural work, which comes from printmaking aspects, printmaking originated from 3D form. I’m influenced by science based work and people who have conceptual ideas about print.

Tell us about Arcane Studios.

Arcane Studios has been in the same place for 7 years. There is the studio aspect, where we have photographers, painters, filmmakers, sculptors and they all have their own studio units they rent and do events and projects in. Then we also have print room and big project space, which is use for talks, film nights, exhibitions, life drawing sessions and classes where lecturers come in.

If you could have any printmaker or designer in your studio, who would it be?

I would love to do some work with people like Peter Greenway or James Turell. They’re not necessarily printmakers, but they are artists and creative people. For me at the moment probably the most interesting people to work with would be David Attenborough and Patric Moore. Patric did some lovely moon drawings and NASA used these drawings to plan landings on the moon. It would be nice to collaborate with him.

What do you like about working with different artists?

The nicest thing about working with different artists is that I can choose who I want to work with. It’s collaboration. You’re working with each other, you explore together and hopefully you’re helping the artist to push their work and they’re pushing you in your skills and techniques.

How did you start collaborating with Art Barter?

Alix came around one day, she just got a press of her own and she wanted to set it up. She knew me through someone else from Byam Shaw School of Art. We met and as we were talking about it, I think she realised you need a lot of things to set up printing press and it wasn’t going to be quite as quick and easy as she thought. Then I was doing another box sets project, and we started talking about boxes and how they are a desirable object. They’re easier than painting to store, they’re smaller and people can afford them. So collaboration evolved from general discussion.

Do you have any tips for people who want to set up their own print studio?

The best thing to do is make sure you really want to do it. First of all if you’re an artist and you want to set up your own print studio, you can actually loose time from doing your own practice by helping other people. As long as you’re aware of that and you know what you’re doing that’s fine. The first two years are going to be the hardest because you’re getting everything together. Don’t expect to make any money in the first two years. In your first year you will probably make a loss, second year you might start breaking even. Whatever you do, enjoy it, don’t feel laboured, don’t think it’s a hassle, because if you do it will show in the work and that’s not good for you.

What are your plans for the future?

The main plan within the print studio is to start doing more publications. There is also going to be an on-going exhibitions schedule within the open gallery space.

I would like to do more of my own work.  Start working with artists and people I want to collaborate with, maybe with box sets, or other publications. I have a lot of ideas for science specific work that I want to build and produce. Now that the studio is set up and organised it will enable me to do my own work. I will probably be doing a month of studio workshops and then a month of doing my own thing. Also I’m begging to set up another studio down in Devon.

If someone wanted to use your studio, how can they contact you?

You can give me a phone call or e-mail. We also have a Facebook page. Usually it’s good to contact me a week before you want to start printing, as we get quite busy. There is usually time for me to chat with people so you can pop around any time. If you’re coming in to do work, we need to arrange time.

What’s your favourite London place to hang out?

Here in my studio, British Museum and Science Museum


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We read and we liked Jay Batlle’s interview for Seymour Magazine. Jay has worked with us for our NY based show. http://magazine.seymourprojects.com/2012/10/jay-batlle-days-of-wine-roses/


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Miniscule Barter at Paper PR press event day this Thursday. Featuring Phoebe Collings-James, Byzantia North and Tom Gallant. Try your luck at bartering for their work!


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If you are in Brussels these days, don’t miss out the “Insoutenable Legerete” exhibition!

If you are in Brussels these days, don’t miss out the “Insoutenable Legerete” exhibition!

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Join us for Mini Barter. The exhibition will run from Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th. If you want to come for live music performances and drinks please join us from 4-9pm on Saturday 13th October. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Join us for Mini Barter. The exhibition will run from Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th. If you want to come for live music performances and drinks please join us from 4-9pm on Saturday 13th October. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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