United Kingdom

Anya Gallaccio wins commission for London’s first ever HIV/Aids memorial

The winning proposal features a tree trunk from which rings have been extracted and displayed nearby

British Museum opens new storage and research facility

Known as BM_ARC, the site in Berkshire houses around 1.3 million objects from the London museum and is intended for scholars as well as members of the public

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Exploring the rise and fall of British architectural sculpture

A timely study examines the unique confluence of artists and architects in British buildings from the 1850s to the 1950s

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

Getting plastered: major conservation work begins on an extraordinary ceiling in Cornwall

Visitors have the unique chance to see the barrel-vaulted ceiling of the Long Gallery at Lanhydrock up close thanks to a scaffolding platform

James Barnor, pioneering Ghanaian-British photographer, to be celebrated on 95th birthday with wide-reaching festival

A series of events—spanning exhibitions, discussions, performances and more—will centre around Accra and Tamale, but some programming will extend across the country

Portrait of Charles I's children revealed to be by inventor of tri-colour printing

The print by Jacob Christoph le Blon, which hung under a staircase of a Norfolk mansion, was thought to be a copy of a work by Anthony Van Dyck

Letter to the editor | ‘Charging fees to enter British museums is not the answer, it is a signifier that culture is for someone else’

Rather than creating another “psychological barrier” to culture, leaders and institutions could be thinking about more fair ways to fund the sector, writes Will Jennings

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'From the margins to the forefront': Osman Yousefzada wraps Queen Victoria statue in fabric for new show in Bradford

The artist and writer returns to the city where his father first arrived in the UK in the 1960s

Bicentenary appeal seeks to move Byron memorial to prominent site in London's Hyde Park

Group launches £360,000 fund to re-site 1880 statue isolated on UK capital's roundabout

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Young V&A makes shortlist for UK museum of the year prize

The shortlist of five for Art Fund's ₤120,000 award also includes the Craven Museum, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the National Portrait Gallery and the Manchester Museum

UK museums take global lead in sustainability

However arts organisations worldwide trail behind the corporate sector and academia, according to a study, often because of limited resources

Flat decorated with minotaurs and lion heads becomes first Outsider Art work to gain listed status in England

Known as Ron's Place, the property in the Merseyside town of Birkenhead was the home of Ron Gittins, who died in 2019

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer pledges to turn the arts from a ‘luxury’ to a ‘necessity’

The head of the opposition party was speaking at the Labour Creatives Conference in London

UK art market feeling the heat as anti-money laundering legislation ramped up

HMRC has been issuing more regular fines and putting into force intensive checks, making art-related businesses sweat

Brian Griffin, photographer of rock stars and construction workers, has died aged 75

Best known for his album covers for bands including Depeche Mode, the UK photographer was influenced by the heavy industry of the Black Country where he grew up

'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

UK arts funding: Nottingham institutions under threat as Windsor & Maidenhead pledges to maintain arts services

Austerity continues to bite for art galleries and museums as non-statutory cultural budgets are slashed

UK local council wants to cut all arts funding in latest austerity move

Suffolk County Council wants to slash £500,000 for culture, which could put local museums at risk

Visitor numbers for UK museums show signs of recovery

Figures for the first half of 2023 show an increase over the year before, although still below their pre-Covid peaks

Natural causes: artists address climate crisis in inventive ways

With world temperatures hitting record highs this summer, a plethora of exhibitions in London and beyond explore our relationship to the planet

'Never trustee an MP: why politicians should stay off boards of cultural institutions'

The "arm's length" principle, which frowns on political meddling in museums, is being eroded by policy hawks, writes artist and activist Bob and Roberta Smith

'These journeys should be remembered': Victorian stone benches for migrant workers are given listed status

Travellers' Rest stones were installed between Liverpool and Manchester for travel-weary Irish labourers

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

Diaries of the UK's first female professional astronomer acquired by Bath's Herschel Museum

The revealing handwritten memoirs of Caroline Herschel, the first woman to receive payment from King George III for her interstellar discoveries, has been acquired by the museum that was once her home

Britain's oldest piece of carved wood discovered in layer of peat

The large piece of oak is around 6,000 years old–2,000 years older than Stonehenge

Stormzy, Doreen Lawrence and Lucy Bronze: National Portrait Gallery reopens with a focus on the new faces of Britain

After a three-year closure and £41m redevelopment, the London institution aims to better acknowledge the UK’s history and diverse population

National Portrait Gallery should become a dispersed museum

The gallery—and the other big London museums—should be sending their vast collections around the country instead of hiding them in basements

Simon Jenkins

Munstead Wood, a masterpiece of Arts and Crafts, is acquired by the National Trust

Government funding helps acquire Surrey house and garden that launched the global careers of the architect Edwin Lutyens and the garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, whose home it was for nearly 40 years

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'In the age of AI, putting creativity at the heart of education is more important than ever'

The UK Labour Party is gearing up for the next election and should be talking about how we are educating children