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New Plymouth museum and art gallery opens with Mayflower and mammoths

Exhibition at the Box looks back 400 years to the settlers’ voyage to America and its effect on the indigenous peopleOne of the galleries features both a full-scale model of a woolly mammoth and a collection of tiny sea creatures pickled in jars that look more like an installation by Damien Hirst than a city museum exhibit.A second is dominated by a replica of the Mayflower, the ship that sailed from the UK to what is now the US exactly 400 years ago, but also highlights precious artefacts and i...
Tags: Art, UK, US, America, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Plymouth, Damien Hirst, New Plymouth, Mayflower

Royal Academy's cruel dilemma: sell a Michelangelo or lose 150 jobs

The cash-strapped London gallery is to debate the sale of a Renaissance masterpiece that could fetch more than £100mWhen the British artist John Constable first saw Michelangelo’s marble masterpiece, known as the Taddei Tondo, in the Royal Academy, he said it was “one of the most beautiful works of art in existence”.The 515-year-old sculpture had been given to the London gallery in 1829 following the death of its owner, Lady Margaret Beaumont, as an inspiration to students in the academy’s schoo...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, Michelangelo, John Constable, Royal Academy, Taddei Tondo, Coronavirus outbreak, Lady Margaret Beaumont

Banksy's Monet tribute to go on sale for up to £5m

Tribute that adds abandoned shopping trollies to the impressionist image of water lilies to be sold at Sotheby’s auction Street artist Banksy’s version of Claude Monet’s impressionist masterpiece will go on sale at Sotheby’s London gallery for an estimated £3-5m.The painting, called Show me the Monet, was created in 2005. It is framed around Monet’s famous water lilies picture but is filled with jarring images of upside-down shopping trolleys and a traffic cone bobbing in the water. Continue rea...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Banksy, Monet, Sotheby, Claude Monet

Terence Conran, designer, retailer and restaurateur, dies aged 88

Founder of Habitat ‘passed away peacefully’ at home on Saturday, his family saidSir Terence Conran – the designer, retailer and restaurateur who “revolutionised the way we live in Britain” – has died.Conran, who was 88, “passed away peacefully” on Saturday in his Barton Court home, his family announced. Continue reading...
Tags: Design, UK News, Britain, Art and design, Terence Conran, Conran, Barton Court

Dartmoor's bronze age burial site inspires community play

Hundreds of local people involved in production of play, Daughters of Sunset, inspired by 2011 discoveryThe discovery of a young bronze age woman’s remains high on a remote Devon hillside has inspired a community play featuring the residents of two moors and also forms the centrepiece of a newly refurbished visitor centre.Hundreds of people, young and old, professional and amateur, have been involved in the production of the play, Daughters of Sunset, which is being performed on Dartmoor and Exm...
Tags: Theatre, UK News, Stage, Archaeology, Devon, Daughters of Sunset

'Fake' Rembrandt came from artist's workshop and is possibly genuine

Head of a Bearded Man revealed to be from same wood panel used for Rembrandt’s AndromedaA tiny painting of a weary, melancholic old man long rejected as a fake and consigned to a museum basement has been revealed as one from Rembrandt’s workshop, and possibly by the man himself.The Ashmolean museum in Oxford will this week put on display Head of a Bearded Man (c 1630) which was bequeathed to it in 1951 as a Rembrandt panel. In 1981, it was rejected by the Rembrandt Research Project, the world’s ...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Oxford, Rembrandt, Ashmolean Museum, Rembrandt Research Project the world

Yorkshire church to be adorned with Chronicles of Narnia statues

St Mary’s church in Beverley commissions sculptures of CS Lewis characters to replace medieval carvingsNarnia’s mythical creatures and talking beasts, which have enchanted children for 70 years, have found a new home at a 12th-century parish church in east Yorkshire.Aslan the lion, the White Witch and Mr Tumnus the faun are among 14 handmade stone sculptures being installed on the outer walls of St Mary’s church in Beverley to replace medieval carvings that have crumbled away. Continue reading.....
Tags: Art, Books, Film, Religion, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Christianity, Yorkshire, Anglicanism, Cs Lewis, Mary, Beverley, St Mary, Chronicles Of Narnia

If Britain looked anew, it could learn so much about the arts from Africa | Afua Hirsch

The UK cultural sector, so obsessed with being ‘world leading’, is standing on the brink. It needs to broaden its gazeIt’s a painful time to tell stories about the arts. This week, hundreds of venues across the UK were lit up in red – not in an inspired display of creativity, but as a cry for help as arts venues find themselves on the brink of collapse.The protest culminated in the iconic chimney at London’s Tate Modern art gallery being made bright red, and illuminated with the words “Throw Us ...
Tags: Art, Politics, UK, London, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Tate Modern, Arts funding, Afua Hirsch, Coronavirus outbreak

Imperial War Museum unveils film marking 75 years since Hiroshima bomb

Video by Ed Devlin and Machiko Weston tell story of nuclear bombing in Hiroshima and NagasakiA powerful 10-minute video artwork marking the 75th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been released by the Imperial War Museum.The museum commissioned stage designers Es Devlin, who is British, and Machiko Weston, who is Japanese, to make the piece, which tells the stories and explores the impact of the bombings from different perspectives. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Japan, London, UK News, Museums, Nuclear Weapons, Imperial War Museum, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Devlin, Ed Devlin, Machiko Weston

Tate removes reference to 'amusing' restaurant after racist images in mural draw anger

Exclusive: Gallery removes reference to venue as ‘most amusing room in Europe’ as call grow for artwork’s removalTate Britain has removed a reference to its restaurant as “the most amusing room in Europe” after complaints about racist depictions in a 1920s mural.The Rex Whistler restaurant is covered floor to ceiling in a specially commissioned mural by the British artist titled the Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats, which depicts the enslavement of a black child and the distress of his mother...
Tags: Art, Europe, Race, UK News, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Tate Britain, Tate, Rex Whistler

Banksy altered sea view triptych sells for £2.2m at auction

Romantic seascapes – with political message in washed up life jackets – raise funds for Bethlehem hospitalA Banksy triptych, which aims to make a powerful political statement on the global migrant crisis, sold for £2.2m at an auction in London that also featured works by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Bridget Riley.The three paintings were offered by Banksy to raise money for a hospital in Bethlehem. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, London, Israel, Painting, UK News, World news, Palestinian territories, Banksy, Rembrandt, Bethlehem, Bridget Riley, Rembrandt Picasso

A Renaissance masterpiece, Nazi looters, a double murder … and a happy ending

His grandparents had to sell their paintings for a pittance – and then were killed. Simon Goodman on why the recovery of one means so muchA masterpiece by the Italian Renaissance artist Paolo Uccello, which disappeared after the Nazis forced its owner to sell it for a pittance before sending him and his wife to their deaths, is to be sold this week after its current owners discovered its shocking past.The painting, Battle on the Banks of a River, had belonged to Friedrich “Fritz” Gutmann, who wa...
Tags: Art, Nazis, Painting, UK News, Art and design, Holocaust, Second world war, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, Louise, Theresienstadt, Paolo Uccello, Simon Goodman, Auschwitz Continue, Friedrich `` Fritz '' Gutmann

Edward Colston statue replaced by sculpture of Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid

Exclusive: Artist Marc Quinn leads secret mission to install resin-and-steel figure of Jen Reid at site of toppled Bristol slave trader Read an interview with the sculptor and his subjectThe statue of slave trader Edward Colston was replaced in Bristol on Wednesday morning – with a sculpture of one of the protesters whose anger brought him down.The figure of Jen Reid, who was photographed standing on the plinth with her fist raised after the 17th-century merchant was toppled by Black Lives Matte...
Tags: Art, Protest, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Bristol, Marc Quinn, Black Lives Matter Movement, Edward Colston, Jen Reid

'Hope flows through her': artist Marc Quinn on replacing Colston with a Black Lives Matter statue

Today the sculptor placed a statue of a woman doing a black power salute on the vacant plinth in Bristol. We tell the full story of its creation – and speak to Jen Reid, the protester whose gesture so inspired him ‘Amazing moment’: new statue appears at dawnThere’s a lookout stationed at the end of Colston Street and a load of people, some dressed in hi-vis vests, are gathering at a nearby restaurant called Bambalan. Then, in the dawn light, a statue concealed in plastic wrapping can be seen app...
Tags: Art, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Slavery, Bristol, British identity and society, Marc Quinn, Black Lives Matter Movement, Colston, Edward Colston, Colston Street

Banksy creates mask-themed work on London Underground

Coronavirus-inspired stencils on tube train feature rats with surgical face masks and hand sanitiserCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBanksy has entered the mask debate with his latest typically playful work: a series of stencils on the London Underground that feature his trademark rats struggling to come to terms with surgical masks.In a video posted on his Instagram page, the street artist is seen entering an underground train carriage while dressed as a member of the...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Rail transport, Banksy, Street Art, London Underground, Coronavirus outbreak

The great reopening – how Britain's galleries Covid-proofed themselves

From London to Llandudno to Dundee, museums are back in business. So is it now safe to view art – and how will they cope with the drastic drop in numbers?‘There was a moment,” says Andrew Nairne, “when I was thinking, of course, we are like Nottingham Contemporary and the Hepworth Wakefield, places like that.” The director of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge is guiding me around a gallery that’s “in rehearsals” for a socially distanced opening in August. “Then I remembered that the others don’t have a...
Tags: Art, London, Wales, Scotland, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Museums, Dundee, Local Government, Cambridge, National Gallery, Llandudno, Carlisle

Boris Johnson pledges £1.5bn lifeline to keep UK's arts sector afloat

Industry welcomes ‘surprisingly ambitious’ sum for museums, galleries, theatres and music venues‘At last a glimpse of hope’: UK arts figures on the rescue packageCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain’s beleaguered arts and heritage sectors have been promised £1.57bn of help in a long-awaited rescue package described by the government as the biggest one-off investment in UK culture.After weeks of desperate warnings that the UK was facing an irreversible cultural cata...
Tags: Music, UK, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Boris Johnson, Opera, Arts policy, Coronavirus outbreak

Unseen Picasso portrait of lover and muse to appear at auction

Sotheby’s will auction 1931 charcoal drawing that shines light on artist’s affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter A tender and largely unseen portrait by Picasso of his lover and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter, which the artist personally kept until his death, is to appear at auction for the first time.The 1931 charcoal drawing shines light on one of the great love affairs of the 20th century and was made by Picasso when his affair with Walter was still a closely guarded secret. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Pablo Picasso, Walter, Picasso, Sotheby, Marie Thérèse Walter

Queen – not that one – to appear on postage stamps

Classic rock band to feature on 13 stamp designs from July, with Brian May saying ‘we have become a national institution’No, not that one – the rock band Queen are to feature on a series of UK postage stamps over the summer.They become only the third band to be honoured by Royal Mail, following the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, Design, UK News, Pink Floyd, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Royal Mail, Queen, Stamps, Brian May

Queen to appear on postage stamps

Classic rock band to feature on 13 stamp designs from July, with Brian May saying ‘we have become a national institution’No, not that one – the rock band Queen are to feature on a series of UK postage stamps over the summer.They become only the third band to be honoured by Royal Mail, following the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, UK, Design, UK News, Pink Floyd, Culture, Art and design, Pop and rock, Royal Mail, Queen, Stamps, Brian May

Katie Waggett's best photograph: Sunday worship with Joy

‘Joy was dancing in church with her children in London. She was in her element – her dress speaks to her sense of cultural pride’Her name is Joy and I photographed her outside one of the many African churches in south-east London. I had just finished photographing a mosque on the same bland industrial estate when I found the blue wall, then spotted Joy dancing in the church with her children. I thought: “That’s a portrait I’ve got to get,” and asked if she’d come outside and have her photograph ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, London, Nigeria, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, British identity and society, Quebec

Christie's withdraws 'looted' Greek and Roman treasures

Four antiquities pulled from auction after claims they came from illicit excavations Christie’s has quietly withdrawn four Greek and Roman antiquities from auction this month amid allegations that they had been looted from illicit excavations.The items were in the original brochure catalogue but later removed from the online site with no explanation. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Christie

Toppling Edward Colston’s statue is unlikely to be enough to stop public anger

Few imperial icons, including Churchill, will escape the need to reappraise Britain’s pastThe toppling of slaver Edward Colston’s statue has electrified a longer term – and already deeply polarised – debate among British historians and academics, with some celebrating a “moment of history” as others warned of dark consequences for society.Inaction over figures such as Colston had bred anger that would be felt “all over Britain”, said Andrea Livesey, a historian specialising in the study of slave...
Tags: Art, Race, UK News, History, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Higher Education, Sculpture, Cambridge, Bristol, University of Oxford, Churchill, Black Lives Matter Movement, Liverpool John Moores University, Colston

Christo, artist who wrapped the Reichstag, dies aged 84

Bulgarian creator of large-scale public artworks worked in collaboration with wife Jeanne-Claude The artist Christo, known for wrapping buildings including Berlin’s Reichstag, and also swathing areas of coast and entire islands in fabric, has died aged 84. The news was confirmed on his official Facebook page, which said that he died of natural causes at his home in New York.Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Bulgaria, Christo studied in Sofia and then defected to the west in 1957, stowing away...
Tags: Art, Berlin, UK News, Culture, Prague, Vienna, Art and design, Installation, Bulgaria, Christo, Sofia, Jeanne Claude, Jeanne Claude Denat de Guillebon, New York Born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff

BBC presents indoor flash mob for lockdown

Artists commissioned for Culture In Quarantine series designed to ‘create snapshot of UK’ amid Covid-19 crisisSwan Lake performed in the bath, a virtual rave set in a living room, and sign-language performance art inspired by the balcony musicians of Lombardy, are three of the new commissions announced by BBC Arts for the creation of “a powerful snapshot” of the UK during coronavirus lockdown.Among the commissions is Transcendence: making a digital rave, by the singer-songwriter Simon Shlomo Kha...
Tags: Music, UK, Theatre, UK News, Bbc, Dance, Culture, Ballet, Performance art, Arts Council England, Arts policy, Lombardy, BBC Arts, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Simon Shlomo Khan

Close your eyes and imagine seeing the art world's treasures as if for the first time | Laura Cumming

The museums of Europe have begun reopening their doors to art lovers desperate to see old favourites and new worksI am cursing my bad luck not to be stuck in lockdown in the Prado. A friend wishes she had stowed away in a closet before they bolted the doors of the National Gallery. Others would give anything for a week in the Rijksmuseum, a day in the Uffizi, an hour with Rembrandt or Vermeer, even just a few minutes with a Samuel Palmer moonscape in the Ashmolean or a Turner sunrise at Tate Bri...
Tags: Art, Europe, Utah, Germany, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Rembrandt, Prado, Robert Smithson, Leonardo, Laura Cumming, Great Salt Lake, James Turrell

Coronavirus street art - in pictures

Covid-19 is the subject of topical, colourful and attention-grabbing street art, whether it is for artistic, educational or political ends Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, World news, Street Art, Coronavirus outbreak

Shakespeare’s secret co-writer finally takes a bow … 430 years late

Thomas Watson recognised by literary scholars as the Bard’s forgotten 16th-century collaboratorHe was one of the most celebrated English playwrights of the 16th century, yet none of his plays survived, and today the name of Thomas Watson is virtually unknown. Now the writer, poet and pioneer of the English madrigal – who also saved the life of the playwright Christopher Marlowe in a street brawl – is being seen in a new light.Watson has been identified as the most likely primary author of Arden ...
Tags: Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Watson, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Bard, Thomas Watson, Christopher Marlowe

10 Covid-busting designs: spray drones, fever helmets, anti-virus snoods

Companies the world over are directing their ingenuity at the fight against the coronavirus. Here are the front-runners, from sanitising robots to a 3D-printed hospital wardDesigners, engineers and programmers have heard the klaxon call. The last few weeks have seen a wave of ingenuity unleashed, with both garden-shed tinkerers and high-tech manufacturers scrambling to develop things that will combat the spread of Covid-19.Many of their innovations raise as many questions as they answer, though....
Tags: Apps, South Korea, Science, Design, Technology, Education, China, Research, UK News, World news, Culture, Architecture, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Art and design, Research and development

Smile-ing Boys Project – in pictures

Kay Rufai’s portraits of smiling black boys from south London came out of an initiative that investigated the lack of mental health provisions for black teenagers. The photographs will be on display at Brixton VillagePhotographs of black teenagers that stare prejudice in the face Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, London, Education, Race, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Schools, Young People, Brixton, Kay Rufai

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