After The Dinner Party, Saltspace

After so many months of empty galleries and cancelled shows it was a relief to step into Saltspace Gallery on the High Street, Glasgow on 27 April and see some real-life physical art.Curated by Saltspace member Lesley McDermott, an art teacher and visual artist currently studying at Glasgow School of Art, the show was a... Continue Reading →

Talking About Writing What She Said

I attended my first Frieze Session while painting. In my new studio I set up my laptop and half-listened to Amy Sillman in conversation with Andrew Durbin; an hour long Zoom interview between the prolific New York painter and the new editor of Frieze art magazine – one of the upper echelon of visual art... Continue Reading →

“The past dwells within our algorithms”

On International Women’s Day (March 8th), NEoN hosted a screening of Coded Bias, a documentary by Shalini Kantayya. Coded Bias explores the history and dangers, and biases of artificial intelligence (AI). It drives home the point that the reason algorithms are racist or sexist is because of the data that programmers feed them. Cathy O’Neill,... Continue Reading →

Talking Jazz & Politics With Carsie Blanton

Carsie Blanton’s music is an exuberant mix of folk, jazz, swing and pop. Her enthusiasm for pretty much anything (except for Trump, fascists, and sexual shame) is infectious, her grin unforgettable.   I first came across Carsie’s joyful sound as a swing dancer, where her song ‘Baby Can Dance’ was very popular. Carsie ran a swing dance in... Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day Survival Tips

Valentine’s Day is upon us again. The holiday invented by greeting card companies often feels like it appears out of nowhere. Here we are struggling to shake off the January blues and suddenly we’re being bombarded with hearts, roses and chocolates. Have we found The One yet? Does it suddenly seem, as Joni Mitchell sings, that “The bed's too big / The frying pan's too wide”? Should we just turn our phones off for the day? Well, here’s some survival tips for those of us who are still trying to navigate the most commercially vacuous of holidays.

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