The Sunday Round - 9

Artists, cities, society, infrastructure, citizenship and more.
A round up of opportunities and the things we've seen, read or been interested in this week

This week: an award winning musician building a new city, design inspiration for Art Hotel, why civil society is dependent on space, the realities of gender inequality and working motherhood in the arts and more.


1. Public Art Now: Theaster Gates: Claire Doherty speaks with Theaster Gates ahead of his first UK public project, exploring the concepts of time, commissioning processes, public art policy and how this affects his work.

2. Akon to build new city in Senegal with own currency called AKoin: how the award winning artist and producer is planning to build a futuristic city in Senegal and base its entire economy around a new cryptocurrency.

3. The future of civil society is dependent on space: "It’s hard to cross the threshold of a place that doesn’t feel like it’s for you". Physical or metaphysical, how the loss of these spaces, alongside social media's "false sense of community", leads to the loss of human interaction.

4. But Still, Like Air, I'll Rise - Journal #92 Chus Martínez: the realities of gender inequality and working motherhood in the arts. "We need to venture new ways of making art education relevant to the careers of women artists. How can one convey truthfully the conditions that women artists face in their careers?"

5. Joshua Prince-Ramus - Building a Theatre that Remakes Itself: A theatre that reconfigures itself at the touch of a button - how architects are reengineering their design processes. Art Hotel, watch this space...


Axisweb: Social Works? commissions and bursaries available for socially engaged art activity

Apples & Snakes are searching for an assistant producer and assistant director as part of their 'Rallying Cry' development programme. They also offering commissioning 3 spoken word artists to create and perform a new show for teenage audiences.

Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship, in association with Eastside Projects are seeking applications for contemporary visual artists. Artists will be offered a £9,000 tax-free stipend fellowship that is intended to give a practitioner time and resources to develop new work and ideas alongside staff and students at Birmingham City University’s School of Art.