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Beyond the specifics of artists working across EU

import and export duties will be implemented.

and non-EU borders, a simple and relatively modest

Roberto is resigned to Brexit happening and just

increase in air, train, and coach fares between

wants it done so things can get going again.

Britain and the EU could push visits and exchanges

Tine Bech has applied for settled status in the UK

out of reach of artists who support and subsidise

though wonders if she might return to Denmark. It

their practice from other paid employment. With

depends on how things unfold and what kind of

the UK’s potential divergence from European

country post-Brexit Britain becomes – the national-

employment legislation looking likely, those

ism and populism of the right-wing government

working in the ’gig economy’ and low paid sectors

concern her.

seem set to suffer harsher working conditions and

Ken Taylor and Julia Manheim continue to initiate

even lower incomes. Maintaining an artistic

and provoke discussion through m2 gallery’s

practice could easily become the preserve of the

programme of shows and events.

wealthy or those fortunate few who secure financial Last but not least I wonder how easy it will be for

support.

British artists and initiatives to participate in the This time last year I wrote about the concerns of

future editions of Supermarket – Stockholm

artist friends working in different sectors of the

Independent Art Fair. ■

UK-based art scene. One year on and we are none the wiser … The large touring exhibition that Michael Petry and Roberto Ekholm have planned is still on ice. Its three year journey around European cities cannot be secured until more is known about how new

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Pontus Raud, ‘Into the unknown’, mixed media, 9.8 x 10 cm, 2020

Stuart Mayes is a visual artist living and working in Enköping, Sweden. He is actively engaged in several arts organisations in Uppland as well as running the artists’ initiative Glitter Ball showroom & projects.

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