UK Art

Thoughts from 512 Hours, the Marina Abramović Exhibition

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

The event had something interesting to say about obedience. If we all went in, no one taking part or listening to direction from Marina or the gallery assistants, nothing would happen. It relied on participation or obedience.

How To Be Cultured

Chris Mayo | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Chris Mayo

Being cultured isn't easy. You have to go to things, absorb those things, tell people about the things you absorbed and pretend they have enriched your life in some way and then answer questions when people start asking you stuff.

How to Get Rich Dealing Modern Art and Vintage Furniture

Jeff Salmon | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Salmon

If you have some collateral, that doesn't mean you shouldn't invest. And I may have a solution for you - dealing in modern art and vintage late twentieth-century furniture. You may think this is the reserve of the posh and rich. But, as a one-time working-class lad from East London, I can tell you it absolutely is not.

The Director of Edinburgh Art Festival Talks Culture and Independence

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

I spoke to festival director Sorcha Carey about what can be expected at the Edinburgh Art Festival this year.

Collecting Contemporary Art

Patrick Van der Vorst | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Van der Vorst

Since 2010 the Contemporary art market has skyrocketed - seeing Sotheby's, Christie's and Phillips de Pury achieving top prices and world records for numerous contemporary artists. The market remains bullish for high-quality contemporary works.

Changing Tracks

Bob Chaundy | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

The sculpture is part of an EU Commission-funded project called Changing Tracks involving Catalonia, County Mayo in Ireland and Northamptonshire County Council. All three partners are seeking to engage with new audiences for contemporary art by placing it in unexpected places.

Explore Tate Britain at Night Through the Eyes of a Robot

Tate | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tate

Have you ever wished you could have a secret robot alter ego? Or that you could wander around a gallery alone late at night? Well, now you can combine both these fantasies in one as After Dark is launched at Tate Britain.

Wind Charming - Folklore for Today

Bob Chaundy | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

A group of artists in Bedfordshire are working hard to create a piece of unique, contemporary folklore that they hope will survive down the generations. It's called Wind Charming, and the tradition, now in its second year, sees local people take to the Dunstable Downs on the last Sunday in August to "charm" the wind.

Pretend Art, Pretend Critics: Fabrice Le Nézet's 'Elasticity'

Chris Townsend | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Townsend

'Elasticity', as the internet was slow to realize, does not exist in any physical form, but only in the doctored photographs, video, and text which comprise Le Nézet's press release. As anyone who had commuted through Dalston Junction in the intervening time could have told you, there were no enormous concrete blocks hanging from the ceiling of that particular underground station.

Remembering Beverly Berger

Jamie Andrews | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Andrews

When I first tried to contact John, it was Beverly who answered my emails. She set up an initial phone conversation with John, and then took the lead. Later the same year, I met Beverly and John in person at the LRB bookshop for a reading.

Five Artists at Debut Contemporary in Notting Hill

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Architects, graphic designers, textile designers, playwriters, illustrators, they all have something in common: they are all cosmopolitan visionaries.

Review: The Human Factor at Hayward Gallery

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The works on show are from 25 leading international artists and span the past 25 years. Some of them are funny, some are traumatic. Some of the pieces seem so real, so true to life you could be forgiven for believing you are looking at a living statue.

Late at the Tate Marries Art and Hiphop for the Perfect Experience

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Late at Tate is a programme of events for young and diverse audiences held at Tate Britain on a bi-monthly basis featuring music, film, fashion and live performance.

'I Stand By My Work' Says Indian 'Bus Rape' Photographer

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

An Indian photographer who released a fashion shoot echoing the 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus has defended his work, saying it w...

Mindfulness and the Arts: Savouring the Now Through Unconventional Means

Jana Stefanovska | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jana Stefanovska

What do you think of when you read the word 'Now'? Perhaps you can hear the distant warbling of Elvis Presley passionately proclaiming 'It's Now or Never'? The constant advertiser's dream slogan that piles on the pressure to 'Buy it Now'? Better still, you engage with your experience and senses right now to focus your attention on the present moment?

Sexiest Wedding Gifts in the World

Kate Thompson | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Thompson

Fancy having your rude bits cast mid-act with your lover? It certainly beats giving your new wife jewellery on your wedding day. Meet the artist who is causing a storm in the art world with his latest exhibition and offering couples a lasting and tangible expression of their love.

Go Figure - Cob Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Curator Roxie Warder has brought together the works of six young UK-based artists in an exhibition at London's Cob Gallery called Go Figure.

So You Want to Be a Storyboard Artist?

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Storyboard artists are currently being "screwed" in Hollywood... In the ebb and flow of the storyboard process it can be hard to keep track of how much the storyboard artist is fulfilling the director's vision, and how much he or she is originating ideas.

The Concrete Jungle with Aida, Faith47, Paul Insect, Dscreet and Ghostpatrol

Milena Kotseva | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Milena Kotseva

This week's 'On the Streets' focuses on the rather wild and untamed concrete 'jungle', recreated masterfully by the itchy artists hands. Always looked for that unexpected pleasure of discovering new, exciting work on the city walls and I have been taken by the call of the wild.

On The Streets II With Faith47, CYRCLE, BEST EVER, Jaz, David de la Mano, Invader

Milena Kotseva | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Milena Kotseva

This week's roundup of notable walls reveals a balanced overview of visual representations of some divine and human aspects on a rather large scale.

Celebrating Our Nation's Favourite Sporting Personalities With Plants

Kenneth Freeman | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK Sport
Kenneth Freeman

With a number of sporting events taking place in the UK this summer, Ambius wanted to celebrate some of the top British athletes involved - in our own unique way... The 'plant art' was designed by students and teachers at the academy and have been made entirely out of natural plants and flowers.

Arts and Culture in the Regions - Why It's Not All Doom and Gloom

Sarah Maxfield | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Maxfield

Of course we could use more money - we had far more applicants to our National portfolio than we could afford to support. Yes, there is more to do in terms of the balance of the Arts Council's investment and yes, progress is slow - but it is purposeful and targeted. Overall investment outside London has actually increased in this National portfolio round.

Radical Geometry: Sensational South American Art at Royal Academy

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Whatever preconceived ideas you have on 20th Century South American art, prepare to have them thrown out the window in this sensational exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Arts Council Funding 2014 Will Damage Local Arts Venues

Laura Maw | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laura Maw

Arts funding is essential in keeping art accessible and affordable for everyone. It is essential in providing young people safe spaces in their communities. It is essential in providing economic and cultural assets to towns. It is essential in ensuring our cultural climate is diverse, fresh and exciting. Art should not be dull or inaccessible and enjoying art should not be expensive - and without sufficient funding, it will inevitably become these things.

The Real Problem With Ed

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

Whenever I see Ed Miliband trying to pretend he's a human, I'm always reminded of a particular scene in Mark Tavener's criminally underrated sitcom Absolute Power in which the oily sultan of spin Charles Prentiss (not so much played by as written for Stephen Fry) is sizing up dowdy Tory shadow minister Joanne Standing (basically a pilot version of The Thick of It's Nicola Murray).