Feelings are running high over what rights museums in the UK have to house certain objects, from a three-legged stool in Oxford that is claimed as a national treasure by Uganda to symbols of religious rites for native Canadians and New Zealanders to the Parthenon Sculptures.
The new Royal College of Art in Battersea with its infinite spaces and possibilities opened to the public for the first time with its graduate show last month, showing some of the stunning fruits of the minds of young artists who have the latest digital technology at their fingertips, allowing them to fuse moving images, performance and installation in ways inconceivable a generation ago.
Wimbledon hopeful crashes out, 25th June 1993, by David Ashdown for The Independent
By Alan Sparrow
A new art prize is to feature in this autumn’s StART London Art Fair, the exhibition devoted to emerging talent at the Saatchi Gallery. The prize is sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin and here the brand’s global head of marketing, Robert Eastham, explains how the partnership came together
At Museums Connections 2022 The Revels Office consultancy led an exploration of how museums can combine innovation, experience and retail strategy to create new commercial programmes. The Revel Office’s project co-ordinator, Jeani Tamakloe, sifts the inputs
Celestial Fracture, 23rd February 2021, by Leonard Di Maggio, Annie Maunder Prize winner
Alan Sparrow on a prize-winning photograph of space
BE FESTIVAL, shortened from Birmingham European Festival, emerged in 2010 from the spirit of exchange in Birmingham’s arts scene. It happens each June, opening this time today, Friday, to push the boundaries of theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts, looking behind the scenes. Its founders and co-directors are Miguel Oyarzun and Isla Aguilar, and this year’s will be their last BE FESTIVAL. Here they look back at their Birmingham story
As he steps down after eight years as chairman of the Help Musicians charity, Graham Sheffield reflects on the changes that have challenged musicians and their growing needs
May 20 was an important birthday that saw the first appearance of beautiful, bouncing ROSA. But she’s a newcomer who has been 15 years in gestation.
Parole beer, Wakefield, 2nd May 1953, by Thurston Hopkins for Picture Post
Alan Sparrow on Thurston Hopkins
We get cynical joy out of taking apart the characters of great artists, and usually we wait until they are dead before we lay open their dark sides: Caravaggio, Turner, Millais, Eric Gill.