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UK politics

Podcast

Special: Fireworks! Picturing pyrotechnics with professor Simon Werrett

In honour of Bonfire Night in the UK this podcast looks at how artists—from Whistler to Cai Guo-Qiang—have captured fireworks

News
Brexit

New deadline creates problems for National Gallery's 'Brexit-ready' exhibition schedule

Museum has avoided transporting loans to and from Europe around 31 October “deadline”, but the last-minute extension to next January may cause shipping issues

Blog
Diary of an art historian

When Britain divides, custody of its art must be shared fairly

If Scottish independence follows Brexit, what will happen to the national collection?

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Art crime

Money laundering, trafficking, ivory: crackdown on art crime intensifies

Wave of sentencing and changes in legislation puts pressure on art world

Comment
UK politics

'London’s resilience, creativity and innovation will help us to keep open for the world'

As the art world turns out in the capital during Frieze, Justine Simons, London's deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries, wonders what the rest of the world must be thinking

Comment
Museums & Heritage

'We are in a time of crisis: now is the time to assert our moral and ethical principles'

Cultural institutions need to decide what they stand for, says London's ICA director Stefan Kalmár

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Politics

'We want the Babylonian Palace of Tiglath-Pileser!': new book reveals Boris Johnson's thwarted vision for new V&A East

Nicholas Coleridge, the chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum, tells how Boris laid down the law on his plans for the project

Interview
UK politics

'A democratic vote swayed by lies is not democracy'—Mary Beard on what antiquity can teach us about political spin

The recipient of the 2019 J. Paul Getty Medal discusses how understanding Cicero can help decipher the rise of populism

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Politics

Tom Watson, deputy Labour leader, wants to put 'creativity back at the heart of our classrooms'

Politician also says Brexit will have 'disastrous' consequences for creative industries

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Funding

Funding for culture to rise by 4.1% according to UK government's spending review

Treasury says there will be “over £300m to support the UK’s world-class national museums and galleries” in 2020-21

Blog
In the frame

Lounging UK politician Jacob Rees-Mogg sends Twitter collagists into a spin

Comment
UK politics

Politics requires a science degree? Why Boris Johnson's chief strategist is wrong about arts education

“If you are interested in politics you will be far better off if you study maths or physics,” writes aide Dominic Cummings in his blog

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UK politics

Too much politics? UK Green party MP and anti-Brexit campaigner Caroline Lucas turns curator

High-profile UK politician will organise a show of works at Towner Art Gallery that focus on the environment

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Art market

'Outrageous coup': art world shocked as Boris Johnson suspends parliament

Trade condemns the move and prepares for mayhem of no-deal Brexit

Blog
In the frame

Revealed! UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s arts policy ...from 2004

News
UK politics

Boris Johnson’s Olympic mega-sculpture is £13m in debt

Visitors decline steeply at ArcelorMittal Orbit by Anish Kapoor in east London

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Museums

London mayor Sadiq Khan supports proposal for new slavery museum in the capital

Liverpool slavery museum keen to collaborate on project highlighting UK’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Freeports

Freeport debate rages on after UK government commits to establishing ten vast storage facilities

Labour MP Owen Smith calls the tax-free zones “self-storage for art thieves”

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UK politics

Boris Johnson wants to create six freeports and tax-free zones around the UK

Vast storage facilities for high-value items such as art and cars have stoked controversy

Comment
Politics

'Marmite' Boris Johnson or 'deep cuts' Jeremy Hunt—which would be good for the arts?

The former UK minister for culture, Ed Vaizey, weighs in on which of the two candidates for prime minister would best serve the arts

News
Politics

What can the arts expect from next UK prime minister?

While Boris Johnson describes himself as a keen painter and Jeremy Hunt spent time as culture minister, the sector is likely to remain far down the agenda