Our Artist of the Month for September 2020 is Chantal Powell. We talk to Chantal about her practice which focuses on symbols and metaphor. We also find out about the residency programme she runs at Hogchester Arts.

We are pleased to announce that the Public and Product Liability insurance policy that comes with our Network Associate membership has been increased from £5 million to £10 million! This extra cover comes at no extra cost to the Network Associate Membership fee which is still just £25 per year or £2.50 per month.

We’re the only artists’ membership organisation that provides this level of cover and offers greater peace of mind to artists, curators and creative freelancers who may be undertaking more ambitious projects.

We've been reading an important article on the Art Review website by Turner Prize-winning artist Tai Shani on resisting the artworld’s rightward drift in an age of COVID-19 cuts and censorship.

We're still collecting donations for our Hardship Fund through our Gofundme page. All of the money we receive will go towards helping our members who have been affected by Covid-19 and the impact this has had on their practice.


This month we'd like to highlight the work of artist Ian Nesbitt. Ian is an artist, filmmaker and DIY culture enthusiast based in Sheffield. His work is born out of interests in walking, the land, grassroots organising, emerging social movements, deep listening and documentary processes. His practice is openly collaborative, working with artists and non-artists alike. His projects explore ideas of commonality, working alongside citizens and communities to create spaces for exchange that are beyond the everyday, often using chance interactions to open up personal and shared terrains. 

See Ian's artist website >

As he says in introducing the Re-visioning conversation series, “I was about to set out on a 220 mile walk on foot, collecting and sharing acts towards and visions of a positive future society. In the deep uncertainty of the present moment, I find myself, like many others, embarking on different trajectories of unlearning, destabilizing and re-visioning. These conversations are part of that process. They begin through some convergence of ideas or space. Transcribing them is not making art but a way of temporarily living inside the ideas they contain, an act of deep listening. Publishing them is not exhibiting them but extending the invitation.”

He extends the invitation to make contact with him if these ideas resonate with your own practice and ideas, and you feel there is a conversation to be had: [email protected]

Ian has recently engaged in a conversation with artist and Axis member, gobscure, in his recent article 'Re-Visioning #2: a conversation with gobscure'. 

Read full article > 

Have you listened to our podcast series Live Out Loud yet? It's a collection of conversations between artists around a specific topic and hosted by our Research and Development Coordinator, Lucy Wright. Check out the latest episodes below:

You can also access these podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Podcasts!

New Art Highlights of the week includes Helen Acklam, Adam Stone, Linda Norris & Patrick Caseley.



Artist of the Month - Chantal Powell

Our Artist of the Month for September 2020 is Chantal Powell. 


Network Associate membership increase in cover

The PPL insurance cover that comes with our Network Associate membership has been inceased to £10 million.


Featured artist: Ian Nesbitt

Highlighting the work of Sheffield-based artist Ian Nesbitt.


Live Out Loud - Conversations with Artists

A collection of conversations with artists and creative practioners about specific topics. Published every week on our website, SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple, Google and Stitcher. 



A selection of artworks that have been uploaded to our site recently.


Help and Advice

We've created a list of links to resources and advice for artists and freelancers during the coronavirus pandemic.