UK politics

Public body Arts Council England at risk under new UK government review

Sector professionals raise concerns about minister Jacob Rees-Mogg’s intervention

Within hours of its unveiling, controversial Margaret Thatcher statue in Lincolnshire pelted with eggs

The bronze work was initially to be installed at the Houses of Parliament in London

Art marketanalysis

UK art market: too little, too late?

Britain’s share of the global market is at its lowest in a decade and art imports have plummeted. Without government action, experts say, the fallout from Brexit could devastate the industry

Anny Shaw. With additional reporting by Gareth Harris

British Council workers strike over planned cuts that could reduce arts team by up to 20%

The UK’s international organisation for cultural relations has been subject to a number of cost-reduction exercises in the past year amid a massive funding shortfall

Scathing UK parliament report deems £120m post-Brexit culture festival Unboxed an 'irresponsible use of public money'

But UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport defends the nationwide initiative, saying that it will help create jobs

British museums including Tate and V&A not part of UK government's new Saudi culture deal

The partnership, signed in February, will focus on collaborations in the film, museum and heritage sectors between the two nations

UK's £120m post-Brexit culture festival launches at last, lighting up Scotland cathedral

Government-funded initiative Unboxed costs £120m and will include an oil rig installation from the North Sea

UK arts 'levelling up' plan—designed to redirect funding outside of London—blasted by city's mayor

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries wants to redress "huge historic imbalance" in regional investment but mayor Sadiq Khan says it is "a devastating blow" to the creative sector

Anish Kapoor: 'A population invested in the arts is the last thing a right-wing government wants'

The UK government's sinister dismantling of its creative sector is slowly but surely unfolding through cuts in funding and increased political control

Tracey Emin demands her work be removed from 10 Downing Street after Boris Johnson’s 'shameful' lying over lockdown party

Artist says 'More Passion' is at odds with the government’s “lack of compassion” for people’s suffering during the pandemic

Art critics hit back at UK government plans to reform the BBC

The national broadcasting company’s funding model will be reviewed by 2027 sparking concerns about its future

Boris Johnson becomes an NFT: artists react to scandal of leader attending parties during Covid lockdowns

Cold War Steve depicts UK prime minister hiding in a fridge in his interpretation of "Partygate" while David Shrigley labels him an "arsehole"

Boris Johnson accused of corruption after backing exhibition proposed by a Conservative party donor

Former Tory Vice Chairman David Brownlow provided funds for a controversial makeover of Johnson's flat at 11 Downing Street

The ugly pursuit of beauty: how traditional architecture has become a battleground for right-wing politicians

With the culture wars in full swing, reactionary ideas on city-making are again in the ascendant, argues architecture and heritage critic Robert Bevan

London museum wants to move controversial slaver statue to 'less prominent space'

Museum of the Home trustees vote to relocate the sculpture after UK government pressured them to keep it

Conservatives scrap arts premium for schools promised in 2019 UK general election manifesto

Arts education policy amounting to £270m was missing from autumn budget announcement last week

England's culture sector to receive £850m in extra funding from Treasury

The budget, to be announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday, has earmarked £300m for museums to "redevelop and refurbish their sites"

Where does art fit in a post-liberal world?

Western liberal democracies have long called the shots when deciding what is “good” art. But that could be about to change

Brexit blues: Frieze dealers despair as customs and transport issues delay art shipments

Some European gallerists say they may not participate in future London fairs because of how "extremely complicated" it has become

City of London U-turn on historic statues means slave trader sculptures will stay in place

William Beckford and John Cass figures will be "retained and explained", as recommended by the UK government

'An abandonment of culture': artists Anish Kapoor and Jeremy Deller criticise severe cuts at British Council

Government support for the UK's international organisation for cultural relations will be significantly reduced or cease altogether in 20 countries

After UK government slashes arts education funding it is now offering £10m extra cash—for a lucky few institutions

A select group of 16 specialist colleges, including the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art, have been given a lifeline

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

Bank of England removes ten slave trader works

But contentious statues of politicians involved in slave trade still remain in city's Guildhall building

Ancient history? Worcester University to close its archaeology department in another blow to heritage sector

Decision is a "canary in the coal mine" for other arts and humanities subjects, warns museums body

UK arts sector must learn to fight smart and dirty to get what it wants from the government

The fishing industry is worth far less than the £100bn creative industries but is given greater political importance—it's time to ask ourselves why

England riots 10 years on: augmented reality work gives voice to arrested protestors

Baff Akoto’s Up:Rise piece can be accessed via QR codes on posters in London, Liverpool and Bristol