Should the Science Museum stop taking money from oil companies?

Plus, Michael Landy's exhibition at Firstsite and artist Shahzia Sikander on a manuscript miniature

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A group of youth climate activists staged a protest against the oil company Shell at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London, last weekend Photo: Ron Fassbender

A group of youth climate activists staged a protest against the oil company Shell at the Science Museum in South Kensington, London, last weekend Photo: Ron Fassbender

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

This week: should the Science Museum in London stop taking money from the oil company Shell? We talk to a student activist, Anya Nanning Ramamurthy of the UK Student Climate Network, who held a protest at the Science Museum over the weekend of 19 and 20 June, and Chris Garrard, co-director of the ethical sponsorship campaigners Culture Unstained, about fossil-fuel sponsorship and the increasing pressure on the museum. You can also listen to our podcast episode Troy: the show and the problem with BP sponsorship here.

Louisa Buck talks to the British artist Michael Landy about his exhibition Michael Landy's Welcome to Essex (until 5 September) at Firstsite in Colchester in the southeastern English county of Essex.

Left: the manuscript miniature Kṛṣṇa and Rādhā beneath a flowering tree. Right: Shahzia Sikander's Uprooted Order, Series 3, No. 1 (1997) Courtesy of the artist and the Morgan Library and Museum, New York

And in this week’s Work of the Week, Pakistani-American artist Shahzia Sikander, who has a new exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, talks to Helen Stoilas, our editor in the Americas, about Kṛṣṇa and Rādhā beneath a flowering tree, a manuscript miniature in the Indian Nathadvara style, painted between 1825 and 1850, which is in the Morgan’s collection. Sikander discusses the way she has brought a contemporary perspective on this work and the broader tradition of manuscript painting in South and Central Asia in her own practice.

Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities, Morgan Library and Museum in New York, until 26 September

The Week in Art podcast by The Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.

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