Activism

Protest art is popular, but should it become big business?

Activism has a growing presence at art fairs, but it’s up to collectors and other stakeholders to enact meaningful change

Turkish cultural activist Osman Kavala sentenced to life in prison

He has been found guilty of attempting to overthrow the government by an Istanbul court

Art smuggled from junta-controlled Myanmar to be auctioned in New York this week

Proceeds from Artists Against Tyranny auction at Jane Lombard Gallery will support pro-democracy movement in junta-controlled Myanmar

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Northern Irish activist collective wins Turner Prize 2021 with a ‘pub without permission’

Array Collective was picked from shortlist of activist art groups, while show questions whether the future of British art belongs in galleries or museums

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Highs and lows of humanity reflected in new book that began on Facebook

The Book of Change includes almost 300 works, highlighting environmental challenges but giving glimpses of a better world

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara named an ‘icon’ of 2021 by Time magazine

The Cuban artist and activist is joined on the publication’s list of 100 Most Influential People by Barbara Kruger and Mark Bradford

Black artist detained by police in his gallery residency in South Carolina

John Sims's current exhibition confronts the symbols of white supremacy and visual terrorism

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Cuban artists and intellectuals commemorate the 50th anniversary of poet Herberto Padilla's confession

The public confession, which came after 36 days of imprisonment, marked a pivotal moment in Cuba's oppression of voices critical of the government.

Art world: pay attention to anti-Asian abuse, activists urge

The alarming rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans is just part of a long history of discrimination in the US and elsewhere

‘Things have to change’: third speaker pulls out of Science Museum Group climate talk in protest against oil sponsorship

Broadcaster Robin Ince joins George Monbiot and Mark Lynas in withdrawing from the Climate Talks event over the UK institution's funding from oil companies BP and Equinor

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Cuban artists file motion to dismiss culture minister Alpidio Alonso after a peaceful protest turns violent

The activist group 27N cites a law that revokes an official’s power for conduct unbecoming public service in their petition to parliament

Darya Apakhonchich is first artist labelled 'foreign agent' by new repressive law in Russia

Individuals who receive funding from abroad are subject to strict audits since 30 December

Activist art steps in when words are not enough

Fiona Banner drops a klanger outside Defra while Laure Prouvost takes language to new levels

As constitutional showdown nears, 'artivism' abounds in Chile

The country's artists and galleries are using their platforms to press for social change and support protestors

Artists urge the Whitney to review its ethical practices following backlash over cancelled exhibition

An open letter calls for the Whitney to “commit to a year of action—of mobilisation and introspection”

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Banksy’s activism is his greatest work

Funding a refugee rescue boat is just the latest in a long history of politically motivated acts

Hundreds of migrants removed from Banksy-funded rescue boat amid calls for immediate assistance

The British artist accused European authorities of "deliberately" ignoring distress calls issued by the overwhelmed Louise Michel, a vessel he financed to aid migrants crossing the Mediterranean

German activist art group sells 'anti-fascist' works on eBay to support left-wing organisations

Peng collective auctions off ten objects bought from committed anti-fascists for €10,000

Lawnews

France reconfirms that women baring their breasts in public is illegal—even for artists and protestors

Two women who are part of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen were charged for topless protests, one of which was in a Paris museum

'We need to dance our asses off': artist and activist Patrisse Cullors on the joys of Black resistance

The Los Angeles-based artist discusses how dance can bring political power to marginalised communities

Climate activists take over British Museum in all-night protest against BP sponsorship

Organisers of the three-day action, the group BP or not BP?, called it the "largest protest in the history of the museum"

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam—who served time for his activism—gets retrospective at the Rubin Museum

After spending months in a Bangladeshi jail, the artist continues to speak out against injustice

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Badiucao: meet the Chinese artist illustrating the Hong Kong protests

China’s ‘artful dissident’ has attracted worldwide attention through his drawings of protests, but he is still little-known in the art world

Mural in Santa Fe underscores violence against Indigenous women

The work holds weight in New Mexico, which has the highest rate of violent crimes against Native American women in the US

Tania Bruguera fights censorship by launching investigative journalism project in Cuba

The artist and activist, whose School of Integration runs at Manchester International Festival, will organise workshops and awards for new writers

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Activists to stage alternative biennial in Havana

Independent artists groups plan to put Cuba's controversial Decree 349 to the test

Why we need an independent biennial in Havana

The San Isidro Group of Cuban artists explain their plans for the Bienal Sin 349