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Bradford, Southampton and the county of Cornwall make the UK City of Culture 2025 longlist

But Banksy ‘spraycation’ towns are eliminated from the competition

Artists announced for Saudi Arabia's first ever contemporary art biennial

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale is part of a drive to promote the cultural credentials of the middle Eastern kingdom

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the city becomes a community landscape

Projects and site-specific installations have been brought into six neigbourhoods, taking local needs into account

Prospect New Orleans to stagger openings and delay gala after Hurricane Ida

The event, launched in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, has been impacted by another major climate disaster

São Paulo Bienal echoes the political polarisation in Brazil

The 34th edition of the second longest-running international exhibition reflects on past and present political and social tensions

Artist creates ‘slave ship’ installation in Lisbon to spark debate around Portugal’s history of colonialism

The work by Grada Kilomba is part of the Biennial of Contemporary Art and aims to counter the “politics of erasure”

Could new Banksy works help seaside spot become the next UK City of Culture?

Several works recently sprayed in the area by street artist "may be an endorsement", Great Yarmouth Borough Council says

Helsinki’s inaugural biennial goes off with a bang on the former military island of Vallisaari

The layered history and uncertain future of a small island in the Finnish archipelago is used as a microcosm for the world via site specific works by 41 artists

Black Lives Matter resonates throughout Edinburgh Art Festival

From abolitionist films to historical tapestries, the effects of summer 2020's protests can be felt in the Scottish capital

Bienal de São Paulo celebrates its 70th anniversary this month with a podcast series and other programmes

The biennial helped launch the careers of artists like Lygia Pape, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark

From the fall of Big Ben to the toxic truth about clouds: three to see at Manchester International Festival

As the biennial event opens in northern English city, we pick the best art and shows on view

Momentum biennial in Norway fires curator weeks before opening, prompting artists to withdraw work in solidarity

Organisers of the exhibition in Moss claim curator Théo-Mario Coppola "irreparably damaged" their relationship with the team

Sexism by numbers: Guerrilla Girls ask UK public to send in statistics of females nudes vs female artists at local museums

Feminist protest groups' Male Graze project is part of the contemporary art festival Art Night

Guerrilla Girls: corrupt museum boards, the female nude and NFTs

Plus, Glasgow International festival and Cézanne at MoMA

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Venice Biennale 2022 title inspired by Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington

The exhibition’s president and curator also announced the main exhibition’s three themes

Slavery, stray dogs and our shared stomach: Liverpool Biennial questions port city's imperial legacy

After a few false starts, the exhibition's 11th edition is finally fully open—and its reckoning with colonial violence has never been more crucial

After social media backlash, Dark Mofo art festival in Tasmania launches fund for Aboriginal artists

The festival drew criticism last month for an art project that would crowd-source blood from Indigenous and Aboriginal people

The Big Review | Made in LA 2020: A Version

The Los Angeles biennial has been installed but unvisited for six months due to Covid-19 restrictions. Does it still capture our present moment?

FotoFocus’s photography biennial returns to Cincinnati in 2022 with focus on climate change

FotoFocus’s photography biennial returns to Cincinnati in 2022 with focus on climate change

Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival expands its takeover of public spaces

Month-long event to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of installations across the city

The 'male graze': Guerrilla Girls to put up billboards across UK reasserting women's place in art history

Anti-discriminative posters are part of festival Art Night 2021, where commissions this year will have a political tone

They see ‘dead people’: billboard works removed from Vancouver photography festival after locals complain

The images of sleeping people were too creepy for many residents, in a city where property values are a major concern

South Korea confronts legacy of 1980 massacre at this year's Gwangju Biennale

The biennial will highlight the conflicting narratives of the deadly uprising that paved the way for democracy

Controversial 'festival of Brexit' moves a step closer with selection of ten winning teams for 2022 event

Turner prizewinning collective Assemble will lead a project at the £120m creativity showcase

Saudi Arabia pushes forward with plans for cultural 'renaissance' with vast light festival full of both local and big-name artists

Agencies seem to be betting that time and increased exposure to the kingdom will wear down Western qualms over its human rights record

New York's Performa festival to be held entirely outdoors this year

Taking pandemic indoor occupancy limits into account, the biennial moves outside of performance spaces

Photographs taken by Nazi camp prisoners remind us of the horrors of the Holocaust in new documentary at Berlin Film Festival

The virtual programme also included features on Tsarist Russian fashion and robot love in the Pergamon Museum

Desert X loses venue for Judy Chicago ‘smoke sculpture’

Following environmental concerns, The Living Desert garden and zoo has pulled out of a planned project with the artist this month

Smoke sculptures, word gardens and a ‘jackrabbit homestead’: Desert X announces artist projects for third edition

Judy Chicago, Oscar Murillo, Nicholas Galanin and others to present works in Southern California's first major art event since the pandemic shutdown last year

Desert X postpones opening amid Covid-19 surge in California

The outdoor festival, due to take over Coachella Valley in February, will now wait until lockdown restrictions are lifted

Philip Tinari appointed curator of inaugural Ad-Diriyah Biennale in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom’s largest ever contemporary art exhibition will aim to deliver a more "open" image of the country

Biennial on the beach: Barcelona to host 2024 edition of Manifesta

German city lined up for 2026 edition but the next edition will vie with Venice Biennale and Documenta

Venice Biennale pleads with Christoph Büchel to return migrant boat to Sicily

Biennale officials and Sicilian town council call on artist to honour his commitment to return controversial Barca Nostra exhibit after one year

Liverpool Biennial director Fatos Üstek resigns after run-in with board of trustees

Two trustees, the artist Fiona Banner and the art lawyer Jon Sharples, also stepped down in support

Gwangju Biennale artistic directors discuss Korean shamanism and planning in a pandemic

13th edition of the biannual Korean art exhibition will look at queer theory, feminism and how centuries of tradition collide with contemporary art

UK's £120m post-Brexit festival selects teams—including art organisations—for next step of controversial initiative

Serpentine Galleries, Tate and historian David Olusoga are on the shortlist for £3m research and development funding

Inaugural Asia Society Triennial to finally open with new programming following the pandemic and BLM protests

New triennial in New York aims to highlight the contribution of the fastest-growing demographic in the US, with exhibitions, events and a little inspiration from Yoko Ono

Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and John Akomfrah among artists condemning Thai state violence against democracy protestors

Almost half of the artists participating in the Bangkok Art Biennale opening this week have expressed "support for the struggle for democracy"

Whitney postpones 2021 biennial by one year

Pandemic complicated organisational efforts by curators and stymied artists

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From transgressive Tantra at the British Museum to a series of artistic interventions in Brent's libraries

Rosewater soda and a coronavirus memorial: what to see at the Brent Biennial

From Dawn Mellor's George Michael mural to Rasheed Araeen's anarchic library installation

Japan's leading photography festival comes to Kyoto this weekend

The eighth edition of Kyotographie will include exhibitions in venues ranging from traditional wooden townhouses to shopping arcades

How to organise a biennial in the Covid era

Bangkok Art Biennale director on grappling with coronavirus constraints and displaying "sensitive" works

Wham! London's first Brent Biennial to launch with a nine-metre high George Michael mural

The inaugural exhibition in the north-west borough opens in September and will include 23 new commissions

Martin Parr steps down as artistic director of Bristol Photo Festival after student's anti-racism campaign

The photographer has publicly apologised after lending his name to “offensive and demeaning" photography book

'The show must go on': new Rencontres d’Arles director promises 'less is more' approach after pandemic scuppers this year's edition

Head-hunted from Paris Photo, Christoph Wiesner will begin role as Luma Foundation officially opens its headquarters in the French city

Impressionism and contemporary art meet for festival in northern France

Around 50 contemporary artists will feature in Normandie Impressionniste, shedding new light on one of art history’s major movements

Riga’s Riboca biennial defies Covid-19 by transforming into an arthouse feature film

Unfinished exhibition space will be used as a set, while the public programme moves online

AI you ready for this? Bucharest Biennale to be curated by artificial intelligence called Jarvis

The 2022 edition will exist in virtual reality and use data harvested from universities, galleries and art centres to select artists

Venice Art Biennale delayed until 2022, now the same year as Documenta

Organisers say "it is impossible to move forward within the set time limits in the realisation of such a complex and worldwide exhibition"

Why we cancelled the 2020 FotoFocus Biennial and dispersed its $800,000 budget as arts grants

As the coronavirus pandemic raised concerns about their 10th anniversary event plans, the leaders of the Cincinnati festival explain why they decided to support the local arts community instead

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Prospect New Orleans Triennial postponed until 2021

And Asia Society Triennial in New York pushed to October this year

Galway City of Culture programme abandoned

The board of the festival has cancelled its contract with arts production company Artichoke, which was organising the ambitious schedule of outdoor events and public art

Sydney Biennale puts climate emergency and Indigenous struggle front and centre

Show’s 22nd edition aims to be as much a conversation as an exhibition, with hundreds of public events including bushwalks with aboriginal elders and campfire talks

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