Which Swindon celebrity is selling flowers? The great British art quiz

Today, our questions are set by Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, which has one of the most significant collections of modern British art in the UK. It includes predominantly paintings and works on paper, around 300 studio ceramics and a number of sculptural works. The collection features artists including Frank Auerbach, Lucien Freud and Henry […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns the arts are at ‘point of no return’

“With Christmas on the horizon, and the majority of pantomimes also now cancelled, theatres will be falling desperately short of the revenue required to see them through 2021, and will soon be left facing even more redundancies and closures.”

How Marcel Breuer made design waves with steel tubes and plywood

The show, called Sun and Shadow, after the book Breuer published in 1955, brings together some 30 items of furniture and documents from public and private collections around Europe to explore the many facets of his work. Breuer’s designs can certainly turn heads: take, for instance, the famous B3 chair, which Breuer designed in 1925. […]

Not Without My Ghosts review – yikes! It’s time to unleash your inner Scooby Doo

In his old age, in about 1819, Blake told a fan he could see spirits everywhere and, to prove it, drew some of them from “life”. The spiritual essence of Voltaire glares at us coldly from his damnation. For Blake this is rough justice. The French thinker was a sceptical rationalist, the enemy of belief. […]

Keith Arnatt is proof that the art world doesn’t consider photography ‘real’ art

That remains the case. More than 40 years on, this show comprises work made between 1967 and 1971. It is all about ideas. The first work you see is a self-questioning text piece called Is It Possible for Me to Do Nothing As My Contribution to This Exhibition? Opposite is a numerical digital display called […]

Conceptual art: why a bag of rubbish is not just a load of garbage

If the language was sometimes humourless or rotely Marxist, the effort to make art matter in the world could produce incandescent results. It was in the 70s that women began to engage more powerfully with conceptual art, wrestling it from the hands of art school boys and using it as a force to convey urgent […]

Visual art: what not to miss in 2009

The Russian Linesman Named for the controversial goal that a Russian linesman awarded England in the 1966 World Cup final, artist Mark Wallinger has curated an exhibition that deals with the murky subject of boundaries and thresholds. A polymath and artistic omnivore, Wallinger should make a good curator, and his touring show includes early Roman […]

Our Time Machine: a moving documentary on art, family and dementia

Maleonn was only beginning to construct his puppets when co-director Sun, who had recently graduated from film school, appeared in mid-2015 hoping to document the process (the more experienced Chiang joined the project down the road). Many of the film’s most intimate scenes – a whispered, tender conversation between father and son curled up next […]

‘Architecture and design should be for everyone’: Yinka Ilori’s colourful world

“You’re told you are Nigerian at home, but then you go to school and you’re British,” he says. “I lived in Essex Road in Islington, which is a really multicultural neighbourhood and that was nice, so I had the best of both worlds. But it was only when I visited Nigeria that I really got […]

‘Please touch’: Making art accessible to the blind

“There are several measures taken within our exhibitions to make art inclusive,” says Vivek Menezes, curator of the Serendipity festival. “In collaboration with Shah, we have art recreated and have audio aids. And the tactile elements are for everyone. The objective is to break all barriers and make art accessible for all.”