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

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for Britain’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions. 

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.”

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

Seven years after his death in 2008, Arnatt remains a singular – and bafflingly undervalued – presence in British art. A small but illuminating show at Sprüth Magers in London, called Absence of the Artist, provides a glimpse of Arnatt’s early use of a medium he would later embrace with the obsessive devotion of the […]

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

The work the British artists made was at once intellectual and playful, risking charges of pretentiousness in order to challenge received notions of value and meaning. In 1967’s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges), Roelof Louw stacked 5,800 oranges in a pyramid in the London Arts Lab, a hotbed for countercultural hijinks. Over a fortnight, the […]

Visual art: what not to miss in 2009

Venice Biennale Following the success of his film Hunger, Steve McQueen will show new work in the British pavilion, John Cale is the surprise participant for Wales, British artist Liam Gillick inexplicably shows for Germany and Bruce Nauman finally gets the US pavilion in the 53rd biennale. Venice remains the biggest and best of such […]

Hans Op de Beeck’s ‘Garden of Whispers’ art installation sheds light on the refugee crisis

According to the artist, Hans Op de Beeck, this installation serves as an embodiment of “man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way”, as told in an interview with ‘The Mind Circle’. The Garden of Whispers employs a range of biblical and mystical references that touch on the issue […]

‘Please touch’: Making art accessible to the blind

The idea first came to him when he returned to India after getting a Master’s in heritage management from the University of Kent in Athens, Greece, in 2014. “One of the modules there had been on tactile and inclusive designs to make heritage accessible to all. That interested me a lot because my mother, an […]

Art Deco surprises where you’d least expect

“Bombay was the learning ground for Indian architects, engineers and contractors new to reinforced concrete and modernism. The style travelled to other cities because they started to get commissions outside Bombay,” says architectural conservationist Abha Narain Lambah, who helped pitch for the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai to get Unesco World Heritage […]

Coronavirus: Report suggests arts industry faces ‘ruinous losses’

A spokesman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) told BBC News: “The government has announced unprecedented financial aid for the arts and cultural sectors, including the Self Employed Support Scheme, the job retention scheme, a year’s business rates holiday, and the Arts Council’s £160 million emergency response package.

23-year-old James Cook’s analog typewriter art takes the digital world by storm

Cook’s attraction for typewriter art began in 2014, when he read about a man named Paul Smith, who suffered from cerebral palsy and due to his illness, he wasn’t able to hold any writing tools. So, as a means to express himself, he took up drawing with a typewriter. Through the course of 60 years, […]