Not long ago, art world etiquette was clear. Use of mobile phones in a gallery was considered crude. I’ve certainly tutted at selfie-taking tourists, rudely blocking my view. However, many museums and galleries are now encouraging visitors to use their phones. A new app, Smartify, allows you to point your smartphone at an artwork and receive instant information on it. Brilliant idea or big mistake?
The annual HIX Award is back, with fifteen shortlisted artists exhibiting at HIX ART in Shoreditch and vying for the £10,000 prize and a solo exhibition at the gallery. Having been founded by art collector and restaurateur Mark Hix in 2013, the HIX Award is an open call submission competition, open to all students or recent graduates of UK based art schools, that aims to promote the work of emerging artists as well as assisting them to make the transition from art school to an art career.
Eiderdown Books is a new publisher releasing books about female artists written by leading female writers, art historians and cultural commentators. The publisher launched earlier this month with ‘Modern Women Artists’, an exciting new series highlighting the lives of five overlooked women artists: Marlow Moss, Lee Miller, Laura Knight, Sylvia Pankhurst and Frances Hodgkins. We chat with Harriet Olsen, founder of Eiderdown Books and Samantha Niederman author of ‘Frances Hodgkins’, one of the fiv
Sackler is a name you will see on the walls of museums and cultural institutions around the world. Tate Galleries, the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have all previously accepted substantial financial gifts from the Sackler Trust. However, protests from visitors and activists have put pressure on cultural organisations to reject philanthropy from the Sacklers.
Most of us will have holiday memories that include visiting a museum. The Louvre in Paris, London’s British Museum or New York’s Met, maybe. But have you ever been to a unique and unexpected museum during your trip away? Featuring vampires, fake art and frogs, here are 6 of the world’s weirdest museums.
Takashi Murakami playfully blurs the boundary between fine art and commercial fodder, but underneath his playfulness there is a serious comment hidden in his practice.
One current trend taking over the art world is gender. Many contemporary artists are using their practice to question gender norms. It reflects a wider societal shift: increasingly, we are challenging traditionally feminine and masculine ideals to blur boundaries. Meet 6 emerging figurative artists who re-define gender identity through depictions of the body, dress and everyday objects.
Hector Campbell is our Curator At Large. This means he’s out and about visiting the best galleries and the latest exhibitions. Hector always has his eye on the latest and greatest art world news and he’s here to give you exclusive access.
Did you know that art can improve your well-being? Throughout history, artists have used art as a therapeutic outlet for their mental health issues. Today, GPs are prescribing art classes as a means of overcoming anxiety and depression. Whether you want to be more creative, find a new hobby, or make space for mindfulness, an art class could be the answer. Here are 5 of the best art classes in London.
Hector Campbell, our new Curator at Large, has his eye on the latest and greatest contemporary exhibitions, and he's always on the lookout for promising up-and-coming artists. If you're in search of your next art fix, here are current London exhibitions that Hector recommends.