UK Art

Time To Tackle Race Relations In The UK

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

In the 1960s my father was a victim of racist graffiti - 'No Blacks - Go Home' was sprayed on the pavement outside his home in Birmingham in the UK af...

Monumental Madness - What Is It About Statues?

Justine Simons OBE | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Politics
Justine Simons OBE

Sadiq Khan describes our city as one of the most diverse, thrilling and fascinating places in the world. It is a great creative capital, full of world-renowned artists with no shortage of inspirational people worth celebrating. So, while I am not advocating for a Victorian style commissioning fest, I do think it's time we grasped the nettle and found a way for our monuments to reflect more stories we can relate to.

Those Digital Files Look Great On The Wall: The Lost Art Of Printing

Rachel Rimell | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Rimell

So when did you last take a photograph? And when did you last print one? I'm willing to bet you probably took at least one photo today on your phone. But I'll bet you haven't printed any photos in a very long time unless you've just had school portraits done or got married!

This Is The Meaning Of Banksy's Latest London Murals

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK

The meaning of Bansky’s latest set of murals has been explained by the mysterious street artist on Instagram. The works, marking the opening of an e...

We Need To Put Creativity Back At The Heart Of Our Communities And Schools

Kevin Brennan | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Kevin Brennan

Art is a shared cultural inheritance in which everyone has a right to participate, and Government should work to ensure that that is the case. But, on this Tory Government's watch, art is increasingly becoming seen as the preserve of the rich. Both the creation and the appreciation of art are perceived as exclusive luxuries.

Arts, Sciences And The STEM Gender Gap

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli

Opposing the sciences to the humanities, particularly the arts, has been a persistent trend over recent decades, with countless debates and essays focused on demonstrating that one is more important than the other. Sometimes contextualised as the left side of the brain versus the right side - or logical thinking versus artistic creativity - the two are often described as polar opposites

Our Schools Must Unlock The True Power Of Art

Mark Cass | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Mark Cass

I was away with family in vibrant, frenetic Hong Kong and needed to relax. Inspired by some calligraphy works I'd seen at a local exhibition, I popped out to buy some liquid ink, a brush and paper.

A Bit Of Luxury - Parisian Style

James Payne | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Payne

There is nothing like Paris for a weekend of art. In London, I'm ten minutes from King's Cross so the Eurostar makes it easier for me to get to Paris than to get to Peckham. There is no end to exciting and innovative galleries and that's what I came for, using Le Meurice as a hideaway from the crowds and noise.

Why Real Change Takes More Than Turning Statues To Rubble

Alan Grant | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

No country or group of people enjoys being reminded of the dark and immoral bits of its past. Australians are understandably uncomfortable when the su...

The Social Art Revolution

Jean-David Malat | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jean-David Malat

Much has changed since the dawn of social media, especially for us in the art world. Instagram has revolutionised the ways artists display their work and art dealers find new talent. You can curate your Instagram page to perfection - like a gallery, giving artists an unlimited space to showcase their work.

Photography: A Dying Art Form That's Getting More Popular

Adam Manuel | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Manuel

I don't get this rush when someone uploads a new photo album to Facebook hours after an event has happened, before my memories have had the time to ferment. I miss the imperfections and spontaneity that make particular moments special. I miss the days when girls didn't pout and boys didn't brood.

Artist Channels How Depression Feels Into Beautiful Drawings

HuffPost | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Artist DestinyBlue has grappled with mental health issues throughout her life, starting with anxiety, which later gave way to depression and suicidal ...

An Art Historian's Analysis Of David Cameron's Wilderness Photo

Laura-Jane Foley | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Politics
Laura-Jane Foley

In the history of Western Art so often the female is the beautiful muse, or mere adornment to an image. Typically she lacks power, profile or status. But in this photograph, whilst the female is turned away from the lens, her face obscured by a wig and seemingly gazing at the male subject of the photo, her clothing suggests all is not quite as it seems. For on the back of the sequinned jacket writ large across the pink heart is the name CORBYN.

Artist Claudia Sahuquillo Hopes To Normalise Nudity, One Brush Stroke At A Time

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Artist Claudia Sahuquillo uses naked bodies as canvases to paint beautiful works of art and, in doing so, hopes to normalise nudity. Sahuquillo paints...

These Homeless Men Have Just Been Sold. They Explain Why They're Happy About It

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK

Selling homeless people and fitting them with tracking devices sounds pretty controversial. So when I find myself walking into an old courtroom (now a...

Cutting The Arts Is Cutting The Soul Of Society

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK
Rebecca Gordon

I understand that cuts need to be made, and I can see how reduced art funding is a quick fix, but the long term effect would be detrimental. The arts inspire people, they nurture talent, experiences, encourage intellect, dialogue and opinion.

Andy Warhol's £6m Selfie And How We Can All Now Be Famous For 15 Minutes

Tom van Laer | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom van Laer

One day in 1963, Andy Warhol walked into a New York photobooth and took what have become the world's most famous selfies. One of these trailblazing self-portraits has just been sold at a Sotheby's auction for just over £6m.

Young Masters Art Prize: Eyes On The Future, Echoes Of The Past

Claire Meadows | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Claire Meadows

The creation of an art prize is an honourable aim, born of a desire to give back to a community fuelled by the need to create. Through the act of creation, artists are leaving a tangible footprint on ground that looks, feels and even tastes and smells all the better for it.

I Gave 15 Refugees Disposable Cameras To Capture Their Lives - Here Are The Stories They Told

Amy Lineham | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK
Amy Lineham

In an attempt to diversify refugee narratives I gave out 15 disposable cameras to people living in the camp. With this was an information sheet inviting participants to take photos of anything they wanted and explaining the images would then be shared to an audience outside of the camp.

In The Company Of Death: Coming To Terms With Grief And Loss

Dr Laura-Jane Smith | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Laura-Jane Smith

This is something no-one wants to hear, but it is true for you as much as it is for the critically ill patients I treat each day in hospital. Many of them are much closer to the end than you are, however, life is unpredictable, chaotic and sometimes cruel. Few of us will die at the time of our choosing.

The Music Industry Is Uniting To Get Young People To Vote

Harry Wiles | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK Politics
Harry Wiles

United, our brands are penetrating the echo-chamber and introducing the next generation to the policies affecting their future. Electoral registration creates a mental foothold, a subconscious investment which will lead to candidate selection and ultimately voting on June 8th.

Confronting Memories - An Interview With Wang Ding-Yeh

Flo Simpson | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Flo Simpson

Confronting Memories is a solo exhibition by Wang Ding-Yeh that is currently being staged at VT Artsalon in Taipei, the city in which Wang was born.

On Art And Insanity

Sahr Jalil | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Sahr Jalil

Vincent wasn't a rich man. He started a career in the city from a young age, but idealised a simpler life in the countryside. He wasn't a lucky man ei...

Women In Art: Art, Politics And Equality

Kokil Sharma | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kokil Sharma

Photo credit: Kokil's Studio, Self Portrait 2017, oil on acid-free paper, A4 It is a well known fact by now, that women are equally capable, talented...

Artist With Schizophrenia Illustrates What It's Like To Experience Hallucinations

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

An artist with schizophrenia has created a series of images illustrating her hallucinations in the hope of destroying misconceptions around mental hea...