Protest

Chinanews

As 2023 dawns, the blank A4 sheet—brandished by protestors in China—is a potent political and artistic symbol

The white-paper revolution echoes art history, recalling Robert Ryman and the Philippines-based artist Kiri Dalena

Why is Van Gogh under attack?

Vincent’s best-loved paintings are singled out by climate protestors

a blog by Martin Bailey

'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

'Museums are allies': at Cop27, Icom speaks out about climate change protestors attacking art

Choosing museums as a backdrop to protests is "a testament of their symbolic power and relevance in the discussions around the climate emergency,” International Council of Museums says

Protestors took too much risk throwing soup on the Sunflowers—and missed an opportunity

Had they thought about it more deeply, the activists who attacked the Van Gogh work could have gained something more than attention

Eco activist attempts to glue his head to Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring

Dutch police have arrested three people at the Mauritshuis in The Hague

Protest for Mahsa Amini—who was killed by Iran's morality police—staged at New York's Guggenheim Museum

An anonymous collective unfurled banners proclaiming “Women, Life, Freedom” from the top of the institution's rotunda

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers covered in tomato soup by eco activists

The environmental group Just Stop Oil says it attacked the painting in response to the UK government’s inaction on the cost-of-living and climate crises

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

In with the cuffs, out with the glue: Italian climate change protestors chain themselves to chapel banister

The Scrovegni Chapel in Padua is home to masterpieces by the Italian Medieval painter Giotto

Cubanews

Health concerns raised over Cuban artist and activist held in jail

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was sentenced to five years in prison in June

Constable painting rehung at National Gallery after protestors glue themselves to frame

The campaign group, Just Stop Oil, has targeted famous works at Kelvingrove, Courtauld and Manchester Art Gallery

Activists glue themselves to painting in Glasgow museum to protest art world's fossil fuel use

Two demonstrators are in police custody after they attached themselves to a 19th-century landscape by Horatio McCulloch at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Russian justice ministry declares feminist artist Yulia Tsvetkova a 'foreign agent'

Tsvetkova, who is currently on trial on charges of disseminating pornography, is one of a growing cohort of dissidents to be labeled 'foreign agents'

Artist protests against war outside Russian Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Russian artist Vadim Zakharov was stopped by Italian police

Russia-Ukraine war seeps into Art Dubai fair

Georgian gallery lays down Ukrainian flag in its booth while fair says it will donate 25% of ticket sales to Ukrainian refugees

Museum ethics organisation criticises ‘forced resignation’ of Manchester gallery director

Cimam is demanding "greater clarity" over the reasons for Alistair Hudson’s proposed removal

Oscar Murillo among slew of artists to pull out of Manchester show in protest at treatment of reportedly ousted director

More than 20 artists have withdrawn from British Art Show 9 in support of "political freedom, and artistic expression in cultural institutions and universities across the UK"

From naked protests to blockchain fundraising: how artists are protesting Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Russia has warned of "legal repercussions" for taking part in anti-war demonstrations

Demonstrators gather in Venice to protest against Biennale’s 'invasion' of the Arsenale

Local associations are objecting to plans to transform part of the former shipyard into a new site for the Biennale’s historical archives

NFTnews

Badiucao launches NFT collection to protest against China's human rights record on eve of Beijing Winter Olympics

Collectors can write their own message about China’s regime onto the blockchain

Russianews

Within minutes, top Russian artists manage to raise funds for legal defence of feminist artist facing six-year prison term

Yulia Tsvetkova, a LGBTQ activist-artist, is facing pornography charges for posting body-positive drawings

Manicure at the Mauritshuis? Dutch museums turn into beauty parlours in protest over Covid restrictions

Initiative questions why gyms, hair salons and brothels have reopened but culture venues remain closed in the Netherlands

Smithsonian continues Capitol insurrection archival project

The museum initiated the project last year in the aftermath of the violent far-right riot on 6 January, and has added artefacts originating not only with the rioters but also those who acted against the mob

Kazakhstan protestors topple statue of former leader as unrest sweeps the country

A sharp fuel price hike triggered widespread demonstrations in the former Soviet republic with artists calling for a stop to the violence

Labournews

MFA Boston workers who unionised go on strike

More than 200 workers at the museum are striking for a day in protest of stalled contract negotiations

UK’s controversial new police bill poses major threat to the art world

Proposed legislation aimed at cracking down on unruly protests may criminalise protest art