We hit Newcastle Upon Tyne last week to check in with the Turning Point Network team. Whilst there we took some time out to interview Julia Bell about All Points North, a project that bring together arts organisations across the North of England to profile some extraodrinary events happening throughout the autumn.
The video of the interview is above, and a copy of the official Press Release for All Points North is below:
This Autumn, the stars align in the contemporary art world of the North of England to produce a unique set of national and international exhibitions and events that present the whole spectrum of contemporary art practice, that tells the full story of artists’ careers from ‘emerging’ to ‘making it’ and ‘arriving’.
All Points North (APN) is an initiative set up to profile the strength of contemporary art events and festivals happening in the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions this Autumn, alongside promoting the major contemporary art venues that surround them.
APN is centred around six satellite festivals, exhibitions and prizes, highlighting the different stages in an artist’s working life and the internationalism and experimentalism shown by contemporary artists working today.
The progression of an artist’s career from graduation to ‘making it’ is explored via Bloomberg New Contemporaries which offers emerging artists a platform to be thrust into the art scene and the Northern Art Prize which profiles artists based in the North at all career stages. In addition, the Turner Prize 2011 will be presented at BALTIC in association with Tate – the first time this prestigious award will take place beyond Tate.
In contrast to these, the Abandon Normal Devices festival (AND) focuses on how contemporary artists, new, emerging and established are working experimentally across new media whilst the International Print Biennale is the UK’s only event dedicated to contemporary printmaking. Asia Triennial Manchester 11 (ATM11) is a showcase of current contemporary art from Asia and the UK and a partner of The Manchester Weekender 2011 which completes the APN event line-up, revealing the international aspect of contemporary art practice today.
Alongside the events, APN brings to the fore some of the UK’s leading art institutions that are based in the North. These include BALTIC, mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, The Hepworth Wakefield, Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Site Gallery, Tate Liverpool and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, spaces that consistently show innovative programmes of contemporary art.
With this spectrum of high profile national and international events and exhibitions, prizes, festivals and world-class contemporary art venues, APN alerts audiences to the excellence of the contemporary art offer in the North this Autumn, all of which are in feasible travelling distance of one another.
The All Points North website developed by Axis (axisweb.org) will be launched alongside the project, providing detailed information on all events and venues involved in the project.
For more information please visit www.allpointsnorth.info