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Controversial remodel of National Gallery London's Sainsbury Wing gets green light from city council

Plans to make the Grade I-listed museum wing more accessible and sustainable, described by some leading architects as "ill-judged" and "insensitive", approved by Westminster planning committee

London's Wellcome Collection accused of cultural vandalism after closing 'racist, sexist and ableist' display of artefacts

The institution asks “What’s a museum for?” as it shuts display devoted to objects amassed by its founder

London's National Portrait Gallery receives £10m donation from Leonard Blavatnik

First floor of London museum to be renamed the "Blavatnik Wing" and will display 100 years of portraiture across nine galleries

'Systematically underpaid': arts courses across UK grind to a halt amid nation's biggest university strike in history

Lecturers across the country are protesting university workers’ pay, pensions and working conditions

Former Nottingham Castle chief executive calls for independent investigation as UK heritage site closes to public

Nottinghamshire site central to the Robin Hood legend received £33m in public funding less than a year ago, but is now facing liquidation after being rocked by a series of internal misconduct allegations

London gallery turns Premier League football match into an art installation

Mark Titchner's work was displayed at Tottenham Hotspur's stadium and broadcast to millions of fans

'Don't expect us to be passive' in the face of restitution: British Museum chair defies return of looted artefacts

In speech at the annual trustees dinner George Osborne said that "dismantling" the collection "must not become the careless act of a single generation”

Saudi Arabia reportedly building gallery to house Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

The painting has not been seen in public since it was allegedly bought by the Saudi Crown Prince for $450m in 2017—but the art historian Martin Kemp suggests it may soon be brought "into the light"

Protestors at British Museum demand release of writer imprisoned in Egypt

Plight of British-Egyptian Alaa Abd El-Fattah, currently on hunger strike, is focal point of protest as hieroglyphs exhibition opens

‘More serious than the pandemic’: UK museums will struggle to keep doors open without government intervention, top director warns

Director-general of National Galleries of Scotland warns the country's most historic art institutions will face partial closure without support, as energy bills are forecast to double next year

Wildfire on Easter Island causes 'irreparable' damage to ancient moai head statues

The Unesco World Heritage Site is closed while conservators assess the damage to the almost 1,000 ancient statues, while the island's mayor claims the fire was started deliberately

London's Victoria and Albert museum announces it will 'no longer carry the Sackler name'

Institution cuts ties with the family behind the highly addictive drug Oxycontin

A Danny Boyle dance show inspired by The Matrix and an inflatable Kusama room: Manchester's new art space set to open next year

Factory International is over budget and four years late, but will create 1,500 new jobs and inject a projected £1.1bn into the city's economy over the next decade, city council say

Six of the best photographs from Queen Elizabeth II's life in the spotlight

From wartime princess in khaki green to widowed monarch in black, Elizabeth became, through visual media, the most recognised figure in the world

‘Photography gave my existence meaning’: Ukrainian artist Boris Mikhailov on making art in the USSR

As he prepares for a major retrospective in Paris, he reflects on his homeland’s war with Russia and how his art was born from adversity

Michelle Donelan named new UK culture secretary

The former minister for universities has been promoted under the new prime minister, Liz Truss

UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries resigns amid party leadership change

Dorries, the 10th culture secretary in 12 years, was closely aligned with former prime minister Boris Johnson

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Susan Sontag's influential 1977 book On Photography is reissued

New version published by The Folio Society includes new insights from curator Mia Fineman who has selected key accompanying images

Icom condemns Russia's 'deliberate destruction' of Ukrainian heritage and plans stricter code of ethics

The International Council of Museums says revised protocol will allow it to more readily “address conflicts”—and could lead to the expulsion of Russia from the organisation

What is a museum? Icom finally decides on a new definition

The 50-year-old statement has been overhauled at the International Council of Museums conference in Prague today

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Leading museum directors to debate whether institutions can remain objective in a politically volatile world

At the ICOM conference in Prague, leaders will be told traditional planning could be a liability when addressing modern human rights issues

As the Commonwealth Games open, Birmingham’s museum sector contends with the legacy of colonialism

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is pursuing a project of mass participation in an attempt to fully involve the city’s many communities in the future of the museum

Museum Association demands that UK government invest in institutions as cost of living and inflation soar

Influential museum organisation calls for a new pay settlement, warning that workers face pay decreases "at the fastest rate for decades"

Alistair Hudson appointed head of Germany’s Zentrums für Kunst und Medien

Whitworth Art Gallery chief stays in post until end of 2022 following exhibition controversy last year

'A model for how a traditional museum can become relevant': Horniman Museum in London wins Art Fund's Museum of the Year Award

The institution was awarded the £100,000 prize—the biggest in the global museum sector—for its attempt to confront its colonialist roots

A 'revolt against the cult of the male genius': the must-see photographs at Rencontres d’Arles

France's historic photography festival gives top billing to the unseen, unrecognised and repressed, with a headline show dedicated to dissident feminist artists, many of whom worked behind the Iron Curtain