25 November 2012

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Damien Hirst: Verity Switches On The Ilfracombe Christmas Lights

Hundreds of people gathered last night at Ilfrcombe harbour, to witness the official switch on of the newly-installed spot lights illuminating Damien Hirst’s controversial statue Verity. Local businesses donated more than £1,000 for a fireworks display, which took place after the official illumination.Cheers went up as the pregnant, sword-wielding teenager, a modern allegory representing  truth […]

14 September 2012

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Cultural Olympiad Celebrates Success With 20 Million Visitors

The London 2012 Festival have released audience figures to the end of August 2012. Figures for the remaining period of the Festival will be announced later this autumn.19.5 million people join in UK wide London 2012 Festival 16.5 million free opportunities draw new audience  9 out of 10 people attending events agree London was right […]

3 August 2012

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London Bus Stops Turned Art Galleries For Olympic Games

Bus-Tops is a collaborative public art installation across 20 London boroughs. There are 30 red and black LED screens dotted around London, on the roofs of bus shelters. Absolutely anyone in the world can create artwork for them, creating a new exhibition space for the public, and Public Art. A group of Middlesex University students […]

31 July 2012

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London Art Events Not To Miss During The Cultural Olympiad

ArtLyst has composed a guide to the very best art exhibitions and events designed as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. All are open to the public before, during or after the games. Check times and location to make sure that non-ticket holders have access. As this is a time of heightened security you may […]

24 July 2012

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Frieze Projects East Opens For Cultural Olympiad

Frieze Projects East has opened a series of new public art projects commissioned by the London 2012 Festival and CREATE. The series comprises six site-specific artists’ works specially commissioned for the Olympic Host Boroughs in East London: Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Curated by Sarah McCrory, the works will […]

19 June 2012

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Cultural Olympiad Launches With First Rate Visual Art Lineup

The London 2012 Festival opens with a bang and a bounce as Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller exhibits his life-size inflatable replica of Stonehenge. The work entitled ‘Sacrilege’ will ‘pop up’ for the first time at the National Botanical Gardens in Carmarthen to mark the opening day of the Cultural Olympiad. The representation of […]

15 May 2012

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Myriad Of Projects Outlined For 2012 Cultural Olympiad

This morning, (15 May) the Museum of London hosted the Press Launch to announce the myriad of projects happening this summer as a part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The umbrella programme called “Stories of the World” is a collection of museum exhibitions and public events across the UK created by young people, ages […]

10 May 2012

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Why Modern Art Is Not Shocking Enough

Our newest columnist Rosy Wiseman asks what Contemporary Art could learn from Maurice Sendak… A crop of careful art has emerged by artists who don’t want to disturb or upset, spurred on by a perceived need to cheer people up during a double-dip Olympiad. As a diabetic amputee hops away from the pick n mix, […]

26 April 2012

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Visual Art Rivals Music For Supremacy In London 2012 Festival Programme

Thomas Keane takes a look at the visual art highlights announced today for the London 2012 Festival – the summer climax of the Cultural Olympiad and perhaps ‘the largest cultural celebration in our lifetime’ ‘Once in a lifetime’ is a phrase that one hears considerably more than once in a lifetime. And such serial usage […]

23 April 2012

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Tate Modern Opens New Live Gallery In July

As part of the London 2012 Festival and the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad, Tate Modern continues to push the boat out with the opening of a brand new gallery extension dubbed ‘ The Tanks.’ This will take place now on 18 July,  as the world’s first museum galleries permanently dedicated to exhibiting live art, […]

11 April 2012

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Contentious Olafur Eliasson Olympics Proposal Rejected

  Despite the huge success of his Tate Turbine Hall Weather Project, Olympics organisers have rejected an application by Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson Eliasson had been commissioned to create a piece for the London 2012 Festival with a budget of £1 million. The piece was meant to explore the benefits of taking a deep breath. […]

3 April 2012

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Olympics Photography Exhibition Celebrating Multicultural London

The Photographers’ Gallery to launch major outdoor photography exhibition as part of the London 2012 Festival  The World in London is a major public art project initiated by The Photographers’ Gallery, to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The project brings together 204 specially commissioned photographic portraits of 204 Londoners, each originating from […]

23 February 2012

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Frieze Given Olympics Cash For Public Art

Olympics commissions Frieze – purveyor of one of the world’s most important art fairs – to fill London with public artwords for the duration of the Games Frieze have received a grant by the Olympics to populate six east London boroughs with public artworks for the duration of the Games. This project will be called […]

26 January 2012

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Neville Gabie Gives Seurat Bathers Olympic Makeover

Neville Gabie re-creates Seurat’s Bathers At Asnières on banks of the Olympic Park The Olympic Park’s artist in residence, Neville Gabie has re-interpreted the famous work by French post-impressionist painter Georges Seurat ‘Bathers At Asnières’. This 2012 version of a work dating from 1884, sees Neville Gabie substitute the original setting – the banks of […]

11 January 2012

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Olympic Project Brings Art To Bus Stops

Bus Tops commissions nine artists to display digital work on the top of bus stops Bus stops are to become gallery spaces with Bus Tops, a UK-wide digital art project that will see art displayed on the top of bus shelters, only visible from the tops decks of double-decker buses. The project is funded by […]

17 August 2011

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Cultural Olympiad Young Artists World Event

Applications from music, dance, theatre and spoken word to film, visual art and fashion and from artists aged between 18 and 30 World Event Young Artists 2012 (WEYA) launches in Nottingham in September 2012. A finale to the Cultural Olympiad, WEYA – the first event of its kind – will bring together 1,000 young artists […]