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‘You can sense Selim the Grim’s anger’: portraits of Ottoman sultans go on show

Set of six copies of portraits first produced in 1579 in Venice are going up for auction in London next weekThey were powerful rulers of perhaps the mightiest empire the world has ever seen, and their portraits oiled the wheels of diplomacy. Six sultans of the Ottoman empire, which spanned more than six centuries and dominated a great swathe of the world, gaze out beneath magnificent, bulbous turbans, a symbol of their wealth and status.An original set of 14 portraits was produced in Venice in 1...
Tags: Art, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Munich, Asia Pacific, Art and design, Venice, Christie

Little Amal in Britain: giant puppet of Syrian refugee reaches Folkestone – video

The giant puppet representing a nine-year-old Syrian girl has reached the UK, making her first stop in Folkestone, Kent, after walking thousands of miles across Europe.Choirs sang and children greeted Little Amal on the beach on Tuesday. She had made the same cross-Channel journey taken so far this year by more than 17,000 people seeking refuge from conflict, hunger and persecution.On the last leg of her journey, Little Amal will visit Canterbury, London, Oxford, Coventry, Birmingham, Sheffield ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Theatre, UK News, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Stage, Manchester, Refugees, Kent, Barnsley, Puppetry, Folkestone, Folkestone Kent, Little Amal

‘People felt threatened even by a puppet refugee’: Little Amal’s epic walk through love and fear

From being pelted with stones in Greece to receiving a papal welcome in Rome, the giant girl’s migrant trek from Syria to Manchester provoked powerful responsesIn Greece, far-right protesters threw things at her as she walked through the streets, local councillors voted to ban her from visiting a village of Orthodox monasteries, and protests in Athens meant her route had to be diverted. In France, the mayor of Calais raised objections to her presence.At times, the 8,000km journey across Europe o...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, Greece, France, Theatre, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Manchester, Refugees

Little Amal in Britain: giant puppet of Syrian girl reaches her journey’s end

Three-metre tall figure will land on Folkestone beach after walking thousands of miles across EuropeThe transcontinental odyssey of Little Amal will begin its final stage this week when the giant puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian girl reaches the shores of the UK after walking thousands of miles across Europe.Bells will chime and choirs will sing as Little Amal appears on the beach on Tuesday in Folkestone, Kent, after making the same cross-Channel journey that has been taken so far this year by ...
Tags: UK, London, Theatre, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Britain, Stage, Oxford, Refugees, Yorkshire, Birmingham, Kent, Puppetry, Folkestone

From concealed penises to Barbra Streisand: how Frieze got its mojo back – review

Regent’s Park, LondonAfter decades of fun, noise, fame and money, the London art fair has found its soul. But there’s still plenty of outrage and sleaze at the grown-up FriezeI was relieved when I finally found the hidden willies. At times, the first post-pandemic Frieze art fair is so relaxing you could fall asleep in one of its classy lounges. So it was good to see Lindsey Mendick flying the flag for subtle outrage. At the Carl Freedman Gallery booth I come across her lustrous, decadent cerami...
Tags: Art, London, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Exhibitions, Tate, Freedman, Frieze, Frieze art fair, Lindsey Mendick

Fruit sculptures in Hackney honour Windrush generation

Veronica Ryan creates UK’s first permanent artwork dedicated to people affected by the scandalThe first permanent artwork to honour the Windrush generation in the UK has been unveiled in the east London borough of Hackney, as councils across the country kick off the first day of Black History Month.The work, created by the artist Veronica Ryan, is one of two permanent sculptures that symbolise the council’s respect and commitment to the Windrush generation and their legacy and contribution to th...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Race, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Sculpture, Home Office, Hackney, Black History Month, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal, Thomas J Price, Veronica Ryan

The Man Who Sold His Skin review – tattooed refugee story offers up art-world satire

Serious themes are undercut by the flippant tone of this story about a Syrian refugee who becomes a conceptual art objectHere is a muddled caper of movie that doesn’t know what it wants to say; it doesn’t work as a satire of the international art market, nor as a commentary on the racism of white European culture. And its attitude to Syria is undermined by a silly and unconvincing ending that leaves a strange taste in the mouth. It is inspired by the Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye and his...
Tags: Art, Europe, Film, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Belgium, Installation, Brussels, Assad, Sam, Lebanon

The Man Who Sold His Skin review – art-world satire runs only skin deep

Serious themes are undercut by the flippant tone of this story about a Syrian refugee who becomes a conceptual art objectHere is a muddled caper of movie that doesn’t know what it wants to say; it doesn’t work as a satire of the international art market, nor as a commentary on the racism of white European culture. And its attitude to Syria is undermined by a silly and unconvincing ending that leaves a strange taste in the mouth. It is inspired by the Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye and his...
Tags: Art, Europe, Film, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Belgium, Installation, Brussels, Assad, Sam, Lebanon

Forced from home: the humans and animals under threat – in pictures

Nick Brandt visited five animal sanctuaries in Africa to portray the people displaced by droughts and the creatures whose very existence is under threat Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Climate Change, Animals, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Nick Brandt, Art and design books

Frida Kahlo estimated $30m self-portrait set to smash records

Diego y yo is expected to become most valuable Latin American artwork ever publicly soldA sorrowful Frida Kahlo self-portrait which shows her cheating husband, Diego Rivera, in the centre of her forehead, is expected to smash auction records as it becomes the most valuable work of Latin American art ever publicly offered for sale.Sotheby’s announced on Wednesday it was offering for sale a 1949 painting titled Diego y yo (Diego and I) with an estimate in excess of $30m. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Diego Rivera, Sotheby, Frida Kahlo

Regency nip and tuck … ‘new’ Constable portrait reveals the artist’s diplomacy

The newly discovered painting of Emily Treslove, the artist’s neighbour, was redone to lose her double chinA previously unknown painting by John Constable has been discovered, to the excitement of art historians. A portrait of a Regency woman in all her finery has not only been identified for the first time, but it has survived with the sitter’s diaries in which she had written about it.In various diary entries, Emily Treslove described receiving the portrait in 1826 from Constable and sitting f...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, John Constable, Emily Treslove

Sarah Harding, singer with Girls Aloud, dies aged 39 from breast cancer

Bringing charisma to the hugely successful band, Harding was diagnosed in August 2020 and wrote a memoir during her illnessThe pop singer and TV personality Sarah Harding, who had 21 UK Top 10 singles as a member of Girls Aloud, has died aged 39 from breast cancer.In a post on Instagram, Harding’s mother Marie said: “It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Reality TV, UK, Television, Musicals, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Stage, Sarah, Harding, Marie, Sarah Harding, Girls Aloud

Collector buys fake Banksy NFT for £244,000

Collector known as Pranksy has cryptocurrency returned after what appeared to be elaborate hoaxIn hindsight, it looked too good to be true: the chance to buy Banksy’s first foray into the lucrative world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for only a fraction of his soaring market prices.The piece (called Great Redistribution of the Climate Change Disaster) did enough to convince a buyer – confusingly named Pranksy – to pay the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds only to have the currency re...
Tags: Art, Technology, UK News, Art and design, Banksy, Digital Art, Non-fungible tokens (NFTs, Banksy NFT, Pranksy

‘Forgotten masters’: auction shines light on India’s overlooked artists

Paintings commissioned by East India Company in 18th and 19th century up for sale at Sotheby’sRemarkable paintings of the flora and fauna of India, including a work once owned by Jackie Kennedy Onassis depicting a stork eating a snail, are to go on sale in the first auction dedicated to Company School art.Sotheby’s has announced details of a sale that shines light on overlooked Indian artists today regarded as forgotten masters. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, India, UK News, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Art and design, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Sotheby, East India company, Company School

Our art deals with real injustices, some in Palestine: no wonder we faced opposition « Forensic Architecture

Our battle to restore a statement to a Manchester exhibition was really about what can and can’t be said in cultural spacesOn Wednesday, protesters in Manchester reclaimed one of the city’s main cultural institutions. Despite the rain, pro-Palestine activists gathered in front of the closed doors of the Whitworth gallery, part of the University of Manchester. It was because of their persistent action, and 13,000 letters sent to the gallery, that part of our exhibition, a printed statement titled...
Tags: Art, UK, Israel, UK News, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Palestine, Manchester, University of Manchester, Whitworth, UKLFI

Una Stubbs: a life in pictures

Una Stubbs – the actor whose long career took in Summer Holiday, Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part and most recently Steven Moffat’s Sherlock – has died aged 84.Una Stubbs, actor in Sherlock and Till Death Us Do Part, dies aged 84Una Stubbs obituary Continue reading...
Tags: Television, Film, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Sherlock, Steven Moffat, Una Stubbs

Peaceophobia: Muslim men who love their modified motors

Mistaken for drug dealers? Monitored by police? A new play staged in a Bradford car park weaves stories of everyday racism, faith and petrolheads“I don’t go out, I don’t really go clubbing, I don’t drink, I don’t do none of that,” says Sohail Hussain, who is explaining how all encompassing his hobby is. “All my money goes on cars – for me it’s an investment.”Hussain is one of three actors starring in Peaceophobia, a piece from collaborative theatre company Common Wealth that interweaves stories ...
Tags: Religion, Theatre, UK News, World news, Culture, Islam, Stage, Bradford, Hussain, Sohail Hussain, Peaceophobia, Ahmed Mohammad Ali Yunis

Edinburgh Fringe returns with mix of in-person and online shows

Festival is part of world’s largest annual arts season which has been forced to curtail events due to CovidThe Edinburgh festival Fringe returns this weekend with a hybrid programme of nearly 800 in-person and online shows after its cancellation last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Fringe makes up part of the world’s largest annual arts season, alongside the Edinburgh international festival and the book and film festivals, which open later this month, and all have been forced to sig...
Tags: Comedy, Scotland, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Festivals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh Festival

Lily Allen: from chart-topping handbag kid to the heart of London’s West End

The singer is back in front of a live audience this week, playing ‘a woman with a real point of view’ in a spooky new play, 2:22 – A Ghost StoryThere, in the background, wearing drop pearl earrings, is 13-year-old Lily Allen dressed up as a little lady-in-waiting. Cinema audiences watching Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth when the film of that name came out in 1998 might have been concentrating on the queen’s courtly dancing in the middle of the frame, but yes, it really was Allen playing a mini roya...
Tags: Music, London, Celebrity, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, West End, Lily Allen, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth, Allen, Shekhar Kapur

‘A long-form pilgrimage’: Coventry hosts 24-hour interfaith celebration

The RSC and City of Culture’s free events include promenade performances and an installation by Tower of London poppy artistIn a celebration of one of the most religiously diverse cities in the UK, Coventry is to host 24 hours of art, theatre, music, food and debate aimed at exploring belief and promoting the connections between faiths.The Royal Shakespeare Company and Coventry City of Culture have teamed up to produce Faith, a series of free live events in September, including four promenade pe...
Tags: Music, London, Religion, Theatre, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Stage, Royal Shakespeare Company, Coventry, Coventry City of Culture, UK Coventry

‘I have a scene to do, run!’: backstage at Minack Theatre

Our photojournalist explores the famed outdoor venue in Cornwall as it welcomes back full houses“I knew of it from pictures I’d seen online and I thought it looked pretty, but when you arrive and see it yourself, it’s like, ‘Oh wow, this is insane,’” says actor Guido Garcia Lueches about the Minack Theatre. “It’s probably the best theatre I’ve ever performed in.”Carved largely by hand into a craggy, granite cliff-face, the dizzying outdoor venue on the south coast of Cornwall looks magnificent i...
Tags: Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Cornwall, Stagecraft, Guido Garcia Lueches

Inside the eerie Dennis Severs’ House, home to an imaginary Huguenot family – in pictures

After more than a year of closure, the Spitalfields Trust has announced the reopening and renewal of Dennis Severs’ House. Severs came to Spitalfields in 1979 and bought a derelict house. He reconfigured it to tell the story of a fictional family who had lived there since its construction in 1724 Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Photography, London, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Museums, House, Dennis, Spitalfields, Spitalfields Trust

‘It can’t be ignored’: Osman Yousefzada on his gigantic artwork

He has dressed Beyoncé and Lady Gaga – and now he’s dressed Birmingham. As his ‘infinity pattern’ is unveiled, the artist talks poverty, class – and why he’s not interested in being a ‘good immigrant’Approaching Birmingham New Street station on the train, you’ll normally spot the scaly curves of Selfridges’ landmark Future Systems-designed building nestling in the cityscape. But right now, rising into the summer sky in its place, is a bright pink and black structure. Startling, cheering and enti...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Beyonce, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Lady Gaga, Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, Osman, Beyoncé Lady Gaga, Osman Yousefzada, Osman Yousefzada He, Yousefzada, Jonathan Watkins Ikon

‘Not in this town’: artwork about Britain’s ‘nuclear colonialism’ removed

Tory councillors are accused of censorship over installation on atom bomb tests in Australia in a Southend park An Australian artist has accused a group of Conservative councillors of using “bullying strategies” to silence and censor her work after an installation she created to highlight Britain’s “identity as a colonial nuclear state” was removed from a park in Essex.The councillors threatened to “take action against the work” if it was not removed, according to Metal, the arts organisation th...
Tags: Art, Politics, Australia, Conservative, UK News, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, Essex, Gardens, Southend, Parks and Green Spaces, Gunners Park, Southend Continue

Marcus Rashford mural damage ‘not believed to be of racial nature’, say police

Officers investigating damage to Manchester artwork keeping open mind over motiveThe vandalism of a mural of England footballer Marcus Rashford was “not believed to be of a racial nature”, police have said as they appealed for witnesses.The artwork was attacked hours after England’s European Championship final defeat on Sunday as Rashford and fellow players Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, suffered racist abuse on social media. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, England, Police, Race, Football, Sport, UK News, World news, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Football violence, Rashford, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Bukayo Saka

Restoration work wipes smile off the face of Dutch vegetable seller

Painting reclaims former glory as English Heritage rights the wrongs of 19th-century additionsAt some point in the last 400 years a painting restorer probably decided the Dutch vegetable seller was far too glum and should be smiling. Now it has been put right and she is once again enigmatic.English Heritage revealed the results on Friday of a two-year conservation project to reveal the true glory of a mysterious, unsigned painting that has been in its stores for more than 60 years. Continue read...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Heritage

Damien Hirst on painting cherry blossom: ‘It’s taken me until I’m 55 to please my mum’

The former hell-raising, hard-partying YBA known for slicing animals in half is now painting trees in bloom. Has he lost his edge? And why is his hair blue?The first thing that hits me when I see Damien Hirst’s Cherry Blossoms isn’t the scale (monumental) or the palette (psychedelic) but the paint itself. It’s thick, sticky and a little bit nasty. Creamy-white and dusty-pink daubs swirl from the surface like meringue kisses, fragile and sugary sweet. Others are more chewy, like dried gum. Then t...
Tags: Art, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Turner, Damien Hirst, Hirst, YBA

‘You are the one spark in my life’: Laurie Lee’s loving letters to secret daughter

Newly discovered exchanges between the Cider with Rosie author and painter Yasmin David show their joy at finding one anotherAdoring, hidden letters exchanged between the Cider With Rosie author Laurie Lee and the painter Yasmin David, his secret daughter from an illicit affair with a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, have been unearthed in lockdown.The emotional correspondence, found concealed in an old chest in the David family home in Devon, is full of the pair’s delight at finding ea...
Tags: Art, Books, Painting, UK News, David, Devon, Lucian Freud, Laurie Lee, Rosie, Yasmin David

An awkward, lifeless shrine – the Diana statue is a spiritless hunk of nonsense | Jonathan Jones

The only provocative thing about Ian Rank-Broadley’s characterless sculpture is how shamelessly it plays up to mawkish Diana worshipIan Rank-Broadley’s statue of Diana, commissioned by her sons, was kept secret until its unveiling as if it might be wildly provocative. Looking through the artist’s previous oeuvre, I noticed he has a taste for the nude and created a statue for the late Felix Dennis called Lord Rochester, His Whore and a Monkey. That raised the fascinating prospect of a naked Diana...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Monarchy, Diana, Princess of Wales, Rochester, Jonathan Jones, Broadley, Felix Dennis, Ian Rank Broadley

William and Harry unveil Diana statue at Kensington Palace

Bronze artwork depicts princess flanked by children to represent ‘generational impact of her work’The sons of Diana, Princess of Wales have unveiled a long-awaited statue of her in Kensington Palace.In the shadow of their mother’s likeness cast in bronze, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex put on a united front. With Diana’s siblings watching, William and Harry pulled away a cloth covering the monument that will remind visitors to the palace, her former home, about its most famous resi...
Tags: Art, Wales, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Cambridge, Monarchy, Prince William, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Harry, William, Duke, Kensington Palace

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