UK Art

Top 15 London Art Shows to See in 2016

Victoria Sadler | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

2015 was a great year for art shows in the capital. That blend continues into 2016, along with the platforming of diverse artists, showcasing works from those who are not household names, alongside those who most definitely are. There is plenty to look forward to.

Time to Confront Wind Turbine "Ugliness"

Cristina Brooks | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Tech
Cristina Brooks

I think that wind turbines are ugly. At the same time, I think wind power is the only renewable energy source that can be reliably used to reach the UK's carbon reduction goals. I'm not alone in saying turbines have a "visual impact." British landscape painters were up in arms against the wind turbines that were covering the UK's hills in 2006.

Mao money, Mao problems: a political eulogy for John McDonnell (with a drawing of George Osborne)

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

I suppose I should've drawn Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after his toe-curling response to Big George's spending review last week. But, given that...

Are the Arts Too 'Middle Class'?

Olivia Ouwehand | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Olivia Ouwehand

The arts are returning to the province of white, middle class men. This is the common hunch that was confirmed on Monday of this week in a report on diversity in and access to the arts by an industry organisation.

Here's What Happens When 12 Children Create Art Together

Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Parents

Ever wondered what would happen if you put twelve children in a room together and asked them to create an artistic masterpiece? That's exactly what to...

'Exhibition Evenings'

Jessica Chan | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) church's student community share the belief that all humans are 'created to be creative'. Because the students enjoy enco...

The Art World Lacks Faith in Female Artists

Celina Teague | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Celina Teague

What can be done? Seeing is believing. Before researching this post I had no idea how far the imbalance tipped. The lack of faith in female artists is entrenched. Awareness is key. Women artists must confront the reality of their present situation. We must talk about it, loudly.

Refugees and Identity the Subjects in Ben Uri Exhibition at Somerset House

Victoria Sadler | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Refugees and migration, and integration and identity, are pretty timely subjects given current headlines so it's quite some coincidence that the Ben Uri Gallery is celebrating its centenary with a show at Somerset House, Out of Chaos.

Review: Brilliance in Pastels from Jean-Etienne Liotard, Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Pastels are a nightmare to work with, and they provide a real challenge for artists who want to add delicate details and tones. So how wonderful it is that the Royal Academy has chosen to put on a show on Jean-Etienne Liotard so that more can marvel at how this artist mastered this tricky medium.

Gravity: Can Art Shed Light on Scientific Theory?

Katherine Templar Lewis | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Tech
Katherine Templar Lewis

Last weekend Art Kinetica set up camp in the Hospital Club, London for a three day festival: Gravity. The festival and accompanying exhibition ties in with the 100th year anniversary of Einstein's Theory of Relativity and marks the start of a three month residency which will showcase the work of 17 'transdisciplinary' artists.

Papaver Rhoeas - Lost Lives and Fading Memories

Paddy Hartley | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Tech
Paddy Hartley

While lambs' hearts, horsehair and blown glass artillery shells may seem an unlikely combination with which to spark debate around the cultural phenomena of remembrance, these are the materials I've used for my delicate Papaver rhoeas poppy sculptures, currently on show in London.

Review: 'A Warm Sudan' Photography Exhibition in Khartoum

Yousra Elbagir | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousra Elbagir

It seems that the people of Sudan let Gabriela in. Not only into their homes but into their hearts. The earnest expressions and penetrating stares elegantly framed on the walls of the exhibition space in Dabanga, Khartoum 2, serve as a testament to the familiarity and trust she cultivated and captured.

Video Games and Art

Daniel Williams | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Tech
Daniel Williams

Whether we like it or not, video games have a big impact on society. The industry is estimated to be worth £1 billion of GDP in the UK today. The global worth is estimated to be worth £80 billion. But economics aside, what are the intrinsic values of video games? Are they a respectable art form?

70 Years of the Design Council: What Has Changed and Why Design Is So Important to Society

Nigel Carrington | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Carrington

The design industry used to be a back-office function of manufacturing. Now, it is a conspicuous force in our lives. That industry has been an instrumental force in globalisation.

Meet The Student Setting Fire To His Student Loan In Protest Against Capitalism

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Meet art student Brooke Purvis. He'll be setting fire to his entire student loan in the hope of demonstrating currency no longer has value. The 24...

Once Upon a Time in the West...

Clare Reddington | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

Of course four years necessarily defies imagination when you set out and we have all got braver over time. I suspect it will take us a few months yet to reflect, understand and celebrate what has been achieved.

J.K. Rowling Is Right - Denying Cultural Exposure to Israel Will Not Solve Anything

Gabriel Samuels | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gabriel Samuels

It is my hope that the boycott will be cut short and art permitted to flow free once more in Israel. Let's keep culture as our own 'magic place', where the horrors and difficulties of this world can be put to rest, just for an hour or so.

Hello Sweet Art: Fighting for Our Right to Be Remembered

Jessie Thompson | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

This film is moving and empowering beyond words and afterwards I had a little cry in the toilet. These are our foremothers and finally their story is being told on the same scale as all the other men who have changed history (because they were allowed to). Every human needs to watch this.

New Exhibition on Julia Margaret Cameron - A Photography Pioneer

Victoria Sadler | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Born in Calcutta in 1815, Julia Margaret worked for most of her photographic career from her house on the Isle of Wight, Dimbola Lodge. However she moved to Sri Lanka in 1875, when her husband's income from plantations started to fall, yet she continued her work there (though with reduced frequency) until she died in 1879.

Student Poses Naked Wearing Dead Pig's Head For Art Project. Is Annoyed When College Won't Display It

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

An art student has embroiled in a row with her college after it refused to display a picture of her hamming it up in a wood wearing nothing but a pair...

How to Photograph Reflections

Anthony Epes | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Anthony Epes

Why? Because reflections are fun! To me they say - I am playing! So here are some ideas on why I think reflections are so awesome - and some of the myriad of things reflections will do for your photos.

Cornelia Parker in Conversation at St Pancras: Stop, Look and Listen

Nicola Shaw | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Nicola Shaw

Cornelia's One More Time is the third artwork to grace the Terrace Wires and the second time that she has worked in St Pancras - the previous time was in the 1980s.

Damien Hirst Opens a New Art Gallery in London

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

London has a new art gallery. And this one comes from the pockets - and the collection - of Damien Hirst. Newport Street Gallery is the result of Damien's efforts and commitment to put the 3,000 pieces of art in his personal collection on public display so that as many people as possible can see them.

What Could You Possibly Do With Only Leaves and Threads?

Francesca Palange | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Palange

I went to see the natural experiments of in person after having experienced the joy of gaze through pages of her new book, Natural Processes in Textile Art.

It's Not 'Prison Art' - It's Just Art

Gabriel Samuels | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Gabriel Samuels

There is a growing school of thought that says that art may be able to prevent convicts from reoffending, and the artworks in 'Re:From' stand as clear testament to the truth that prison time can indeed be the source of tangible emotional and creative growth.