25 August 2020

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Sir Hans Sloane British Museum Founder Relegated To History

The founder of the British Museum Sir Hans Sloane has had his bust removed from a prominent position in the gallery due to his connection to the slave trade. The statue, currently in a cupboard, will now make up part of a display which acknowledges colonial oppression.  

25 August 2020

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Turner’s Modern World Explored At Tate Britain

Tate Britain will present a landmark exhibition Turner’s Modern World, dedicated to JMW Turner (1775-1851), exploring what it meant to be a modern artist during his lifetime, this Autumn.

25 August 2020

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Barbara Hepworth Honoured With Google Doodle

Barbara Hepworth has been honoured with a google doodle. The animated gif sees the sculptor chiselling away at one of her trademark works. This marks a turning point for championing British women artists.

Photo London Cancels 2020 October Fair Opting For Virtual Replacement

Photo London the UK’s premier photo fair which was supposed to take place in October during Frieze week has been cancelled

19 August 2020

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Glasgow Print Studio Re-Opens After Lockdown – Clare Henry

The highly regarded GLASGOW PRINT STUDIO will soon be 50. Incredible. Half a century ago its humble beginnings in a rundown former electricians was created from nothing by a group of penniless volunteers – dedicated Glasgow Art School post-graduates wanting a place to work. 

17 August 2020

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Queen’s Private Art Collection Goes On Public Display 

The collection from the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, widely acknowledged to be the highlight of the Royal art collection will be brought together in a gallery exhibition for the first time. Sixty-five paintings that usually hang in the Queen’s private gallery in Buckingham Palace are set to go on public display at the Queen’s Gallery.

15 August 2020

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UAL Graduate Exhibitions Go Online For 2020 Explore Here

UAL’s summer graduate shows are a celebration of all the hard work and fantastic creativity for the students. Since lockdown started, they’ve been working with technology partners, IBM, to find the best way to share the students’ work with the world.

14 August 2020

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Hastings Contemporary Re-Opens With Victor Pasmore Retrospective And Quentin Blake’s Most Ambitious Exhibition

Hastings Contemporary mount beautifully curated intimate exhibitions of both British and now international artists. They are currently showing a retrospective exhibition of the Modern British artist Victor Pasmore as well as a large scale show of drawings and paintings by Quintin Blake depicting migration. 

31 July 2020

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Ellora Sutton and Elsie Hayward Win Inaugural Artlyst Art to Poetry Award

Ellora Sutton and Elsie Hayward have been announced as the inaugural winners of the Artlyst Art to Poetry Award

31 July 2020

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Heather Phillipson Quietly Unveils Fourth Plinth Commission In Trafalgar Square

The artist Heather Phillipson quietly unveiled her fourth plinth commission in Trafalgar Square, yesterday with a lack of fanfare not seen before in past unveilings. 

29 July 2020

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Public Art Galleries vs Commercial Who Will Win – Edward Lucie-Smith

At the moment there is an undeclared contest going on, both within the British art world and also, on a much larger scale, in the international sphere. This contest takes several inter-related forms. For example, there is the competition between official and semi-official galleries and commercial ones.

24 July 2020

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UK Guidelines Exempt Masks In Museums, Galleries And Auction Houses 

Beginning today under new guidelines that have come into force in England, people will need to wear a face-covering in shopping centres, banks, shops and supermarkets but what about museums, galleries and auction houses?

15 July 2020

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Marc Quinn Replaces Statue Of Edward Colston With BLM Protester

The YBA artist Artist Marc Quinn who was responsible for iconic contemporary statues such as ‘Self’ (Blood Head) and Alison Lapper Pregnant which appeared on London’s Fourth Plinth and Bristol resident Jen Reid unveil a new temporary, public installation, A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020, on top of Edward Colston’s empty plinth in Bristol, England.

14 July 2020

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Banksy’s New COVID Rats Alert Underground Passengers

Keep Alert! The elusive street artist Banksy has taken to the underground literally by producing a series of sneezing rats warning passengers of the danger of not wearing masks.

14 July 2020

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Frieze London Cancels Flagship Autumn Fair 2020

Frieze has announced that their flagship London fair won’t take place this year. The announcement came into VIPs this afternoon. See full statement below.

12 July 2020

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Gilbert & George Quit Royal Academy Over Cancelled Show

Gilbert & George have quit the Royal Academy over an alleged dispute involving a cancelled show promised before the change over of Administration, last winter. This included the departure of their friend Artistic Director Tim Marlow and the election of Rebecca Salter as new President (PRA).

9 July 2020

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 Liverpool Biennial Announces New 2021 Dates

The 11th edition of Liverpool Biennial, under the directorship of  Fatoş Üstek will take place from 20 March – 6 June 2021. Titled The Stomach and the Port, the programme will be delivered as conceived initially but responsive to the new context – curated by Manuela Moscoso, with the artist list announced in November 2019.  

8 July 2020

National Gallery Re-Opening What to Expect – Edward Lucie-Smith

The National Gallery is re-opening its doors, somewhat in advance of the Tates. The Titian show of mythological paintings made for Philp II of Spain is once again available, though it isn’t continuing on to Scotland.

7 July 2020

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Christo’s Mastaba Returns To Serpentine In Augmented Reality

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s London Mastaba returns to the Serpentine this summer recreated in Augmented Reality by Acute Art in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries.

6 July 2020

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Grenfell Victim Khadija Saye Featured In New Public Art Project

A new public art project, Breath is Invisible (7 July – 9 October 2020), will be launched by the MP David Lammy in Notting Hill on Tuesday 7 July with an installation of works by Khadija Saye, the young Gambian-British artist who tragically lost her life in the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, aged just 24.

2 July 2020

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Turner Prize Bursaries 10 Artists Revealed

Tate Britain has announced the ten artists who will each receive one-off £10,000 bursaries in place of this year’s Turner Prize: Arika, Liz Johnson Artur, Oreet Ashery, Shawanda Corbett, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ima-Abasi Okon, Imran Perretta and Alberta Whittle.

2 July 2020

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Art Derivatives Challenges Auction House Manipulation By Analysing Data 

Art Derivatives  a project by the Italian artist Paolo Cirio that challenges the ‘out of control’ practices of manipulation of the art market, the largest unregulated market after narcotics

1 July 2020

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Queer Frontiers: Moves Online For Annual Pride Exhibition

This year the exhibition is back with a diverse collection of artists from around the world. Works can be purchased on the website and delivered directly to your home.

30 June 2020

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Tate, National Gallery And Royal Academy To Reopen In July

You saw it here first, Tate, The National Gallery and the Royal Academy have announced plans to reopen in July.

29 June 2020

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Michael Craig-Martin Unveils New Oxford Street Installation

Sir Michael Craig-Martin has created a new work for an iconic site in London’s Oxford Street, which will be launched on Monday 29 June, presented by W1 Curates. The installation, Cornucopia Galactica, will run 24hrs a day until 12 July 2020.

25 June 2020

Lavish Sir Anish Kapoor Exhibition Set To Open At Houghton Hall Norfolk 

Important works by the British sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor will go on show across the grounds and historic interiors of Houghton Hall in Norfolk for the exhibition Anish Kapoor at Houghton Hall (12 July – 1 November 2020).

24 June 2020

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Leonardo’s Last Supper: Is The RA’s Copy Better? – Edward Lucie-Smith

Leonardo’s Last Supper is back on view at the RA. Or at least a copy of it is, made by his pupil Gianpetrino. And to celebrate the event, there’s now a website devoted to it – the copy not the original. You can find it Here

23 June 2020

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Murillo Virgin Mary Painting Destroyed By Amateur Restoration

 A 19th-century copy of a painting by the Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s titled The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables has been destroyed by an amateur artist, in Spain. This is yet another example of works of art in Spain that have been updated by well-meaning Sunday painters. The incident is reminiscent of the restoration […]

23 June 2020

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UK Museums And Galleries May Reopen From 4 July

Museums and galleries will be allowed to reopen in England from 4 July. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced measures easing the coronavirus restrictions in place since March.

22 June 2020

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Hackney Council Announce Public Statues Honouring The Windrush Generation

Hackney Council has announced two public artworks to be unveiled celebrating the Windrush Generation.

19 June 2020

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Marlborough To Close NY Gallery – London Next?

The legendary Marlborough Gallery is to close their NY premises with an announcement about the future of their London flagship pending. 

17 June 2020

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Oxford Statue Of Imperialist Cecil Rhodes To Be Removed

Oriel College in Oxford, the epicenter for recent student protests, has announced that they will remove the controversial statue of the racist/imperialist Cecil Rhodes. The governors of the Oxford University college voted on Wednesday night to relocate the statue of the colonialist to a museum. Last week Louise Richardson, the vice chancellor of Oxford University, […]