Hadani Ditmars

In new performance, artist Janice Kerbel choreographs a fight for one

Kerbel’s new solo exhibition at Catriona Jeffries gallery in Vancouver, the artist is debuting two new performance works

Scrapped: $789m plan to demolish and rebuild Canadian museum on hold amid backlash

What would have been the most expensive museum project in Canadian history is paused indefinitely due to opposition over its cost

New dam could drown ancient Iraqi city of Ashur

Having survived Islamic State, Assyrian capital is under threat once again

Nearly 20 years after the invasion of Iraq, an artist revisits the looting of the national museum in Baghdad

The Iranian-born artist Abbas Akhavan’s installation at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver re-stages a scene captured at the Iraq Museum in 2003

Canadian First Nation calls for portion of controversial $789m museum budget to be spent repatriating Indigenous artefacts

The province’s enormous expenditure to rebuild the Royal British Columbia Museum should include funding repatriation efforts, the Tseshaht First Nation says

Climate change reveals ancient city in Iraq

Worsening drought conditions have extended the period when the 3,400-year-old city of Zakhiku is above water, aiding archaeologists’ efforts to study and preserve the site

More details emerge on Canada's controversial Royal British Columbia Museum

Many critics of the project remained underwhelmed by the lack of clear vision for the $789m museum

Chinese Museum in Vancouver aims to rewrite Canada’s racist history

The museum will be built on the site of the Rennie Museum in Vancouver, which focuses on contemporary art

Billion dollar upgrade of Canada's Royal British Columbia Museum met with criticism

The proposed museum replacing the current building has been called a “vanity project”

Britain's Royal Albert Memorial Museum returns artefacts to Siksika First Nation

Exeter museum has held various objects belonging to the 19th-century Blackfoot leader Chief Crowfoot since 1878

Abdulamir Al-Hamdani, the revered archaeologist and former Iraqi culture minister, has died, aged 55

Hamdani, who served as Iraq’s culture minister from 2018 to 2020, played a vital role in rescuing, restoring and cataloguing the country’s ancient heritage

Mosulnews

‘Living history’: meet the Mosul residents rebuilding their city

Local trainees are taking up traditional stone masonry techniques as part of a major Unesco initiative to restore heritage houses damaged in the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from Isis

Unesco’s winning designs for Mosul mosque are redrawn

An international restoration plan has been revised after the foundations of an ancient prayer hall were discovered at the site of the Al-Nuri mosque

Babylon is coming back to life, with its famed Ishtar Gate to be restored by this summer

A new World Monuments Fund project in conjunction with the US embassy in Baghdad aims to repair Iraqi cultural heritage as part of the Future of Babylon project

Iraqnews

Iraq Museum in Baghdad reopens after three-year hiatus

Treasure trove of ancient Mesopotamian heritage—ransacked after 2003 Iraq invasion—was closed during anti-government protests in 2019

Saving the art of Palestinian textiles: West Bank museum and V&A join forces to create new conservation studio

Palestinian Museum is using a $480,000 grant from the Aliph Foundation to document and conserve traditional embroidered dresses known as thobes

Iraqnews

Sculptures vandalised by Isis return to ancient city of Hatra after restoration

Artefacts had been "smashed into pieces" by Isis militants when they occupied the Unesco World Heritage site as a training camp

Artist Johnny Bandura’s mural of residential school victims becomes tool for teaching Canada’s colonial legacy

Through partnerships with universities and a forthcoming showcase at the Parliament of British Columbia, Bandura’s 215 portraits are educating Canadians young and old

Sculptor and hereditary Haida chief James Hart wins one of Canada's top art prizes

Hart said receiving the C$100,000 ($80,000) Audain Prize is ‘part of the larger process of reconciliation’

Polar bear killed and skinned by Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is honoured in her work for Sobey Art Award

The animal skin is a screen for a video installation that “celebrates the bear’s spirit”, and touches on climate change, Indigenous rights and decolonisation

Vancouver Biennale seeks donor to purchase $2m headless sculptures for the city

Only five of Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Headless Walking Figures remain outside City Hall, as demand for the artist’s work has grown

Art and architecture merge on Vancouver’s towers—but is the cultural outreach more than illusion?

Two public projects launching this week highlight the Canadian city’s booming developments, in which only a select few can afford to live

Canadanews

Klee Wyck, a historic home used by Emily Carr in West Vancouver, to be demolished

The property, bequeathed to the district by a physician friend of the artist for use as an arts centre, has been neglected for decades

Canadanews

‘What they could have become’: artist Johnny Bandura creates mural imagining the lost futures of 215 Kamloops children

The Qayqayt First Nation artist has created vivid portraits of the residential school victims whose lives were cut short

Vancouver public sculpture is for the birds no more

Stacked car installation that became a roost for local pigeons and starlings—and was covered by their poo—will be restored and eventually relocated

Joe Average unveils new mural honouring the fight against Aids in Vancouver

Marking the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of the disease in the US, the Canadian artist and activist expands his One World, One Hope design to a city-sized work

Vancouver Biennale opens a bridge into the digital world

Voxel Bridge, by the Colombian artist Jessica Angel, turns a venerable piece of city infrastructure into a hybrid immersive art work

'I want the UN to come and see what has happened here': Canadian Indian residential school survivor speaks out for victims in his art

Vancouver-based Cowichan/Syilx artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun creates new work in memory of dead Indigenous children

Vancouver residents launch petition to block Boy Holding a Shark public art ‘monstrosity’

Locals cite concerns about property values, obstructed views of nature and the ethnicity of the artist, but Vancouver Biennial organisers say the work will act as a warning beacon for ocean conservation

Sea junk sculptures draw crowds in Canada for World Oceans Day

After popping up in Vancouver, an installation of figures made from trash travels to Toronto and Quebec City