UK Art

Want to Equip Students for the Creative Industries? Teach Them How to Care About the World and Each Other

Charlotte Webb | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Charlotte Webb

It's not certain how this kind of experiment can be scaled or replicated on a long-term basis. But I could see students transforming before my eyes as they saw how their practices could make an impact on society. Yes, they learned skills that will help them get a job, but they also learned to care about each other and the world. Now that's worth it.

Why Are There So Few Ethnic Minorities Going Into the Film and Arts? And How Do We Address This Lack of Diversity?

Sanchita Islam | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sanchita Islam

This is a question that has been instigated by the recent furore over the dearth of black representation at the 2016 Oscars with the absence of a single nomination in any category. But this crisis is not confined to film and TV, it also extends to the arts. Why is this? It can't be because of lack of talent, will or ambition, there is plenty out there.

Ai Weiwei Posed As Drowned Alan Kurdi And It's Been Divisive To Say The Least

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has recreated the famous photo of a drowned Syrian toddler as part of an art project that has sharply divided opinion. We...

Stunning New Impressionist Art Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Royal Academy of Arts' new blockbuster exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, is a triumph. It examines the role gardens played in Impressionist art and, rightly, frames this genre as radical and innovative.

Michael Sandle - Time, Transition and Dissent

Bob Chaundy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Now in his 80th year, Sandle's strong views show little sign of moderating. We see depictions of Hitler with a dunce's cap, of innocent mothers and children being tortured and animals exploited for use in war.

Saatchi Gallery Opens New Show on Female Artists Only

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Champagne Life is the first ever exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery showcasing works solely from female artists. The gallery is getting a lot of coverage for this (though the Tate Modern has been doing an impressive job for a while now in showcasing female artists). So, why now?

Artist Weaves Gold Into People's Scars To Tell Their Heroic Stories

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

An artist is weaving gold into people's scars to tell stories of how they've bravely overcome the struggles life has thrown at them. Hélène Gugen...

London's Art Scene 2016: A Month by Month Guide

Kate Gordon | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Kate Gordon

New year: it's the time for re-invention, re-discovery and resolutions. One of our resolutions is always to do more, learn more, see more. What better time than the New Year to take stock, to reflect, and to look forward. This is what we, at London Art Studies, are looking forward to in London in 2016.

Do You See This Artist's Photos Of Naked Women As 'Indecent'?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An artist's work designed to combat negative self image has been closed down by police, because it featured photos of naked women. Mathilde Grafstr...

Could These Be The IKEA Meatballs Of The Future?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There's no denying that meatballs are synonymous with IKEA, along with flatpack furniture and those tiny pencils. But now the Swedish retailer is look...

Curtis Kulig x TOPMAN: When Art and Fashion Combine

Bwoywonder | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Style

Curtis Kulig, one of my favourite contemporary artists, has teamed up with my favourite High Street brand TOPMAN for a definitive collection of his fine art imagery married with luxe fabrics to create a wardrobe for the modern day gentleman.

How Art Conveys The Message Of Climate Change

Frontier | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Entertainment

We talk about sustainability and climate change, about how to fight it, how to live green and how to raise awareness. Often, we wonder what it will take for people to understand the serious situation our planet is in.

Artist Paints Portrait Of Katie Hopkins Being Crucified

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Comedy

A classically trained artist hopes to raise funds for a charity supporting Syrian refugees by selling a painting of controversial celebrity Katie Hopk...

A Letter to My Younger Self

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Yes, I'm aware that you won't listen, you want to be confident, educated and independent. I am not asking you to corrupt your dreams, just to look around and find time to enjoy the journey.

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.