War & Conflict

Australian War Memorial seeks to offer ‘hope and healing’ at time of rising military suicides

Artist Alex Seton has created a series of marble “droplets” that will wear in places over time as they are touched

Which heritage sites have been damaged or destroyed in Gaza?

Plus, the life and work of the pioneering Indigenous Australian artist Emily Kam Kngwarray, and a revealing manuscript by Paul Gauguin

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Archaeologists in Israel join effort to identify victims of Hamas attacks

First-of-its-kind operation has seen experts continue the grim search at a forensic level

Israeli gallery destroyed by Hamas finds new homes

Be’eri Gallery was burned during the 7 October attack, but displays in Jerusalem and beyond are carrying its legacy

Bombing of Gaza has damaged or destroyed more than 100 heritage sites, NGO report reveals

A Byzantine church and a seventh-century mosque are believed to have been obliterated, while scores of other cultural landmarks have been affected

World is ‘blindly failing’ persecuted Afghan artists, human rights organisation says

As a new report is released, the US-based Artistic Freedom Initiative demands refugee status for artists and cultural workers under threat from Taliban rule

Artists withdraw work from US National Gallery in protest of ‘government funding of Israel’s military assault’ in Gaza

A collaborative sculpture by Nicholas Galanin and Merritt Johnson was removed from an exhibition at the Washington, DC museum

Protesters calling for ceasefire in Gaza take over base of the Statue of Liberty

Hundreds of protesters affiliated with the group Jewish Voice for Peace staged a sit-in at the National Park Service site

'Gaza' spray-painted on world's oldest cultural institution dedicated to the Holocaust

The director of the Wiener Holocaust Library in London described the vandalism as “an action that can only make sense to antisemites and their enablers”

Museums around the world wonder how—or if—to respond to Israel-Hamas war

Many cultural institutions have remained silent about the ongoing crisis

Gareth Harris. with additional reporting by Benjamin Sutton and Stéphane Renault

‘We live in an age of escalating violence. Art teaches us to listen, to see, to wait for understanding’

As the world reels from wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and we face a global climate catastrophe, how should artists and cultural organisations respond?

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Icom releases first public statement on Gaza war

Comments come four days after Icom Israel demanded that the Unesco-affiliated museum organisation condemn Hamas as terrorist organisation

Art world figures publish statement criticising Artforum letter for omission of Hamas massacre and hostages

Signatories of the new letter state “there should be no contradiction between staunchly opposing the Israeli occupation and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and unequivocally condemning brutal acts of violence against innocent civilians in Israel”

Israeli museums publish urgent appeal for International Council of Museums (Icom) to condemn Hamas violence

Representatives of museums including the Israel Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art also call for the organisation to recognise Hamas as a terrorist organisation comparable to the so-called Islamic State

Letters signed by hundreds of artists, including Nan Goldin and Jeremy Deller, call for Gaza ceasefire and aid for Palestinians

A letter signed by Tania Bruguera, Michael Rakowitz and others also criticised arts organisations for their "institutional silence" regarding the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Azerbaijan’s takeover of Nagorno-Karabakh raises fears about the fate of Armenian heritage sites in the region

While the Azerbaijani president has promised to protect cultural and religious sites in the region, others have called for their demolition

Heritage destruction brings Putin one step closer to prosecution, according to landmark report

Blue Shield workers have been able to access and gather evidence in destroyed cultural buildings and heritage sites in Ukraine. What have they found?

‘Cultural erasure’ in the Caucasus: new satellite imagery shows ongoing destruction of Armenian heritage sites

Images show disappearance of churches and cemeteries in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhchivan regions at the centre of the largely ignored conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Myanmar's military junta releases outspoken artist Htein Lin who had been sentenced to a year's hard labour

The artist was set free in an amnesty of political prisoners, which included his British wife

Letter from Afghanistan, after fleeing to Iran: it is not safe to be a woman or an artist

Sadaf Danish, an artist from Afghanistan, had to escape the Taliban but fears for the girls left behind

Experts fear for preservation of 'spectacular' mosaic unearthed by farmers in Gaza refugee camp

The Byzantine-era gem has been described as "the most beautiful mosaic floor" found in Palestine

Outspoken Myanmar artist Htein Lin arrested by military government and sent to infamous prison

Artist and his British wife Vicky Bowman are the latest detainees of the brutal junta that has killed thousands of citizens

In Bosnia, museum leaders debate how cultural institutions can unify war-torn nations

The new conference will use Sarajevo's museums as case studies for how post-conflict societies can invest in culture to keep the peace

Russia bombs Mariupol art school sheltering 400 civilians, Ukraine claims

Women, children and elderly residents were among those in the G12 Art School building that was destroyed this weekend, according to local authorities

Ukraine museum reportedly burns down in Russian invasion, destroying 25 works by folk artist Maria Prymachenko

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the Museum of Local History in Ivankiv had been set on fire by Russian forces

Eight photographers you need to follow in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a sophisticated misinformation campaign alongside his invasion of Ukraine. If you want objective visual reporting, here are the best verified photographers on the frontlines of the war

'Jobless, futureless, in constant fear': Afghan artists sign open letter to world leaders asking for help to escape the Taliban

Non-profit Artists at Risk issue letter to Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and other senior figures urging for better systems for those seeking asylum

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Afghanistan: the threat of the Taliban to artists and heritage

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Amid Taliban insurgency, culture sector fears looting as Kabul descends into chaos

British Council in Afghanistan among international heritage organisations that have suspended operations during the conflict