Hadani Ditmars

Toronto’s revered Power Plant art centre in peril after board members’ mass resignation

The resignations mark a major escalation of a long-running power struggle between the gallery’s leadership and its landlord, the Harbourfront Centre

Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona's new show combines her love of Inuit culture and the impending threat of climate change

Ashoona, who received a special mention for her work in this year's Venice Biennale, continues to draw attention to a previously underrepresented culture

Experts fear for preservation of 'spectacular' mosaic unearthed by farmers in Gaza refugee camp

The Byzantine-era gem has been described as "the most beautiful mosaic floor" found in Palestine

Canadian city’s decision to cancel statue of bison and fur trader is ‘authoritarian’, artist says

Ken Lum’s bronze statue, completed years ago but never installed, was deaccessioned by Edmonton for fear that it “may cause harm”

Winston Churchill portrait stolen from Canadian hotel and replaced with copy

Staff at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa noticed that the frame of the 1941 photograph did not match others in its reading room

Seven dead after landslide strikes Iraqi Shia shrine

The Qattarat al-Imam Ali shrine, a popular pilgrimage destination, collapsed on 20 August after rubble from a landslide struck its roof

Toronto culture festival admits to ‘internalising colonial systems’ after mishandling Indigenous-led art project

The Luminato Festival, a fixture of Toronto’s arts scene since 2007, called off the Um of Water project days before its debut

Canadanews

Canada moves toward adopting artist's resale rights law

The move would be especially significant for First Nations artists, who make up an enormous share of Canada’s art market but rarely earn more than subsistence income from sales

Archaeologists uncover ancient city and hundreds of artefacts close to Baghdad

Scholar says the new discovery is "significant" as 233 objects are sent to the Iraq Museum

New interactive encyclopaedia traces history of Palestinian art and culture

Digital project from the Institute for Palestine Studies in Beirut explores how the Palestinian people have used art to express their social and political history

Iraqnews

British tourist’s 15-year prison sentence for antiquities smuggling overturned by Iraqi appeals court

James Fitton, a 66-year-old retired geologist, had been convicted of antiquities smuggling after taking pottery shards from an ancient site

Art crimeanalysis

Jailing of British visitor to Iraq could jeopardise tourism and soft diplomacy

After years of conflict and sanctions, heritage trips have been taking off in the area. But potential visitors may be wary after geologist Jim Fitton was given a 15-year sentence for taking “a few worthless pieces of broken pottery”

Vancouver Art Gallery gets $29m in federal funding toward future Herzog & de Meuron home

The fresh funding means the gallery has raised C$270m toward the project’s overall cost of C$400m

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