Gareth Harris

Gareth Harris is the Chief Contributing Editor of The Art Newspaper

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Making works in the wilderness: artists of Desert X AlUla explain how they took on the testing terrain

On the occasion of the Saudi outdoor art exhibition's opening, four artists—Zeinab Alhashemi, Dana Awartani, Shezad Dawood and Stephanie Deumer—discuss their projects in the desert

Accessible to all or elitist artwashing? Desert X opens second Saudi Arabia edition

The open air exhibition in the ancient heritage region AlUla spearheads the Middle Eastern nation's attempt at rapid cultural transformation in line with government's 2030 goals

UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries signs arts agreement with Saudi Arabia

Ceremony signing a memorandum of understanding took place at the Diriyah Biennale in Riyadh

New report recommends Bristol’s controversial slaver statue—torn down by BLM protestors—be permanently installed in museum

After four people who toppled Edward Colston statue are acquitted, the debate over problematic public art deepens

Time capsules, more women and a room for Paula Rego: curator Cecilia Alemani reveals her plans for this year’s Venice Biennale

The exhibition will include “gender non-conforming artists who are challenging the figure of man as centre of the universe”

Aliph global protection fund raises $90m for next round of heritage projects

Donors include Saudi Arabia, which gave $30m, and private bodies

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Badiucao launches NFT collection to protest against China's human rights record on eve of Beijing Winter Olympics

Collectors can write their own message about China’s regime onto the blockchain

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Picasso NFT family feud: artist's estate blocks sale of digital works but DJ great-grandson presses on

Descendants planned to sell a 1958 Picasso ceramic at an in-real-life auction, mint the piece as an NFT and also release an accompanying song with John Legend

Phillips taps into demand for contemporary Ghanaian art with selling exhibition

Birds of a Feather, held in collaboration with the Ghanaian company Artemartis, will run next month at the auction house's Berkeley Square headquarters in London

Want to look like Mona Lisa? A new website turns your selfies into Leonardo da Vinci-style portraits

The Da Vinci Face platform uses using artificial intelligence and sophisticated algorithms to transform you into an Old Master

Lisson Gallery and digital platform Circa will fund scholarships at London university

The bursaries support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students on postgraduate courses in the arts at Goldsmiths

'Business is good and I need more space': Ben Brown opens pop-up gallery in London with Vik Muniz show

The Mayfair-based dealer has taken the space on Grosvenor Street until the end of May, but might extend

Louvre teams up with Sotheby’s to investigate provenance of works bought during the Second World War

The auction house will help the Parisian institution research the history of items purchased between 1933 and 1945, which "may lead to restitutions"

UK’s first LGBTQ museum to open in London this spring

Queer Britain charity pledges new institution will be free of charge

Manicure at the Mauritshuis? Dutch museums turn into beauty parlours in protest over Covid restrictions

Initiative questions why gyms, hair salons and brothels have reopened but culture venues remain closed in the Netherlands

Art critics hit back at UK government plans to reform the BBC

The national broadcasting company’s funding model will be reviewed by 2027 sparking concerns about its future

Tate Liverpool plans £25m gallery overhaul—with help from UK government’s ‘level up’ fund

The £10m public grant is part of a new initiative aimed at equalising quality of living between the north and south

Another UK museum will return a Benin bronze to Nigeria

Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle seeks "proactive repatriation" after "forceful removal" by British troops in 1897

Boris Johnson becomes an NFT: artists react to scandal of leader attending parties during Covid lockdowns

Cold War Steve depicts UK prime minister hiding in a fridge in his interpretation of "Partygate" while David Shrigley labels him an "arsehole"

Mona Lisa to go digital as boom for immersive art shows grows

Officials at the Grand Palais hope a new strand of multimedia exhibitions will tap into a growing global market

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Extract | Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing and painting tips

The Old Master’s advice is among the fascinating facts and illuminating anecdotes gathered in a new compendium called Artifacts

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British Museum banks on Turner NFTs after Hokusai initiative

Prices for Ultra Rare editions start at €4,999 but museum sales percentage remains under wraps

Plans to close pottery museum in Stoke for five months a year and cut full-time positions spark backlash

Gladstone Pottery Museum to be used as a film location under controversial council proposals