UK politics

Where do the UK political parties stand on culture?

Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party—even the Animal Welfare Party—tell us about their policies for the arts

UK General Election | ‘End the culture of culture washing': art world figures express hopes and fears for the forthcoming vote

We spoke to cultural historians, former ministers and museum directors about the changes they hope to see for the culture sector—and crucially, who they will vote for

Climate protestors charged over Magna Carta attack in London

Members of Just Stop Oil tried to smash the case housing the historic document at the British Library

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Will funding crisis in UK councils lead to art sell-offs?

Sales of art collections may be forced on English local authorities that are technically bankrupt following cuts in grants from central government

UK politician says ‘liberal progressives’ running museums must resist restitution

Conservative Robert Jenrick argues that proposed long term loans of disputed works is a legal fabrication

Mary Beard calls for National Trust to ‘loosen up’ in its handling of heritage

The historian, giving a lecture at London's Royal Society, argued that by taking a freer approach to its buildings and collections, the conservation charity could fend off populist critics

Trio of disputed Rubens paintings must stay in the UK, parliamentary panel rules

Heirs of the German banker Franz Koenigs claim the works housed at the Courtauld Gallery should be restituted

Arts Council England under the microscope in government review

Mary Archer to try and identify how arm’s length funding body can make 5% saving

Police investigating Pro-Palestine protesters’ vandalism of painting at Cambridge University

A pair of activists sprayed and slashed the work depicting Arthur Balfour, whose 1917 letter advocated the creation of a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine

Budget 2024: UK museum leaders welcome tax incentive announced by Chancellor

Museums and Galleries Exhibitions Tax Relief has been made permanent in this year's spring statement

Arts Council England rows back on 'reputational risk' guidelines

The public body “will not remove or refuse funding” over political work, it has confirmed following backlash

'It's censorship': Arts Council England under fire over new policy deterring 'overtly political statements'

Update to guidelines warns partner organisations that funding arrangements could be jeopardised by "reputational risk"

High Court battle over London building could set ‘precedent’ for UK heritage development, say campaigners

The retailer M&S wants to demolish and rebuild the unlisted Orchard House, but the politician Michael Gove and activists are pushing back

'Shameful waste of money'? New King Charles portrait causes controversy

Official photograph by Hugo Burnand depicts monarch in full military regalia and will be offered to every UK public body in £8m scheme

Revealed: the latest set of pictures adorning UK prime minister’s house

Nine works from the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, displayed as part of the “museum in residence” programme, are a mirror to life in the north-east of England

Parthenon Marbles row deepens after Rishi Sunak cancels meeting with Greek prime minister

The snub comes after Kyriakos Mitsotakis raised restitution issue with Labour leader Keir Starmer

British art market yet to reap ‘Brexit dividends’, new report suggests

Clare McAndrew's British Art Market in 2023 survey shows a growing gulf between UK and US art markets, prompting key players to lobby government

Director of Restore Trust, campaign group putting pressure on National Trust, steps down from role

Zewditu Gebreyohanes said she had made the decision six months ago, and that it was not connected to members rejecting the group's councillors and resolutions at the weekend's general meeting

Retain and explain guidance on contentious UK heritage is published—at last

Government strategy underscores controversial monuments should stay in place, a move criticised by some culture professionals

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Private sector picks up the pieces as UK government cuts art education funding

While university arts departments are being dismantled, dealers and auction houses provide learning programmes

Thangam Debbonaire appointed UK shadow culture secretary

The Labour MP, who has held the position before, campaigned for the removal of Bristol's Edward Colston statue

Sotheby’s UK profits dropped by almost a quarter last year amid 'Brexit red tape'

An auction house spokesperson says Companies House figures do not represent full scope of business

Statue of wartime code-breaker Alan Turing proposed for London's fourth plinth

UK defence secretary Ben Wallace made the suggestion following a review of LGBTQ veterans' experiences—but critics point out the minister's contradictory voting record

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'We need to talk about class in the art world'

A recent list of young art "disruptors" published by a UK newspaper underlines the insidious dynamics of privilege which continue to define our industry

Controversial Stonehenge tunnel scheme gets greenlight from UK government

Campaign groups say move is ‘as inexplicable as it is disgraceful’

Special report: Funding cuts and weak economy send UK’s visual arts into crisis

From regional galleries becoming “unsustainable” to brutal cuts to funding of museums, galleries and arts and humanities education, the sector is in an increasingly perilous state

Labour’s education revolution will put the arts and culture centre stage

The UK's shadow culture minister sets out the Labour party's plan for arts and culture if they win the next election

Lucy Powell. UK Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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New career in art beckons for Boris Johnson

The former UK prime minister has painted his vision of the 'perfect' cabinet meeting