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1 December 2017

We are inviting festival managers from across the world to join us in Edinburgh in April for our second International Festivals Academy; we have a residency opportunity at Lifepatch in Jogyakarta, Indonesia for a UK-based practitioner with experience in creative technologies; earlier this month our World Voice programme took place in the north of England; and we have launched the Small Screen, Big Film competition for 14–25-year-olds across the Gulf, and Gulf nationals living in the UK.

 
 

Arts Tour: Hull City of Culture 2017

Awarded every four years, the UK City of Culture is a chance to celebrate a city’s unique qualities and open its cultural life to the rest of the world.

Hull in north-east England takes the title for 2017, and the city's distinctive cultural identity has shone through in a year-long programme of events, festivals and activities that have spilled out beyond the walls of its galleries and theatres to take over the entire city and bring together its vibrant community.

Join us for an online arts tour to explore some of the highlights of Hull City of Culture 2017, as we look back on a successful year that is sure to put the city firmly on the cultural map.

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Turner Prize 2017

Since its inauguration in 1984, the Turner Prize has become the UK’s best-known and most prestigious art prize. This year, to coincide with Hull's selection as UK City of Culture 2017, the exhibition is being hosted at the city's Ferens Arts Gallery, and this year's winner will be announced next week. In this series of short films, curators George Vasey and Sacha Craddock tell us about the exhibitions presented by the four shortlisted artists for 2017.

Watch the films
 

Storytelling from Myanmar

Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds is a new anthology resulting from a British Council literature programme in Myanmar, which aimed to give a voice to previously unheard and aspiring writers from across the country. Over five years, seven of the stories produced have been transcribed, translated and edited, to be brought together in a multilingual anthology. Discover more about the project from the contributors themselves in this Literature podcast.

Listen to the podcast
 

A Colossal Wave!

A Colossal Wave! is a new public artwork in celebration of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Hull's year as UK City of Culture. Created by London-based design studio 
Marshmallow Laser Feast, the new installation combines the real world with virtual reality, playing with scale and shared context to explore humanity's obsession with producing things, marine pollution and the cause and effect theory. Experience it for free in Hull, 1-10 December.

Learn more on VR Scout
 
 
 

 

Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations is a series of exhibitions, student mentorships and public conversations reflecting on the UK's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade throughout the Caribbean. Over the last year a group of artists from the Caribbean and the UK have explored how ancestry and modern society shaped their views on this contentious issue. Scottish artist Graham Fagen, who represented 
Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2015, was among the British artists who visited the southern Carribean earlier this year.

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UK House of the Year 2017

Caring Wood, designed by British architects James Macdonald Wright and Niall Maxwell, has won the RIBA House of the Year 2017 competition. Inspired by the hop-drying towers of the Kent countryside, the home is described as a new prototype for multi-generational living. This theme was explored last year in our series with Guardian Cities, inspired by the British Pavilion exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. Titled How we live now, the series looked at five new ways to live in cities.

Read more about the UK House of the Year 2017
 

The Art of Dissonance

The Art of Dissonance explores British art and society today, where dissonant voices and disparate values conflict and evolve together. As the exhibition comes to an end at the Seoul Museum of Art as part of our UK/Korea 2017-18: Creative Futures season, we asked three of the artists whose works feature in the show what the idea of dissonance means to them, and how art can become activism, and activism can become art. In this short film we hear from artists Alan Kane and Ed Hall and Turner Prize 2017 nominee Lubaina Himid.

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