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It’s 80 years since Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Great Britain, and Sotheby’s is marking the turbulent years of the great man with an online auction of many of his personal effects in New York from 10th-20th of May. Sir Winston Churchill is remembered as one of the greatest leaders and politicians to ever lead a nation, and his clear-headedness, resolution and rhetorical skills are regarded as major elements in the struggle for victory...

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Reports from the art trade suggest that galleries and auction houses in the UK may be able to start re-opening from June 1st. The Art Newspaper reports that Freya Simms, chief executive of trade body LAPADA, has confirmed with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that galleries and auction houses can be recognised as ‘non-essential retail’,  included in Phase 2 of the easing of lockdown starting on June 1st. The government’s 60-page document...

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Artist Philip Colbert launches the first of his fund-raising projects Art Against the Virus on May 18th. The artist, well known for his ‘lobster’ alter-ego, is donating 100 percent of the profits from a limited edition run of resin sculptures to the International Rescue Committee. Philip Colbert has also made a series of films to accompany the sculptures in association with APPortfolio. He describes this as his response to Covid 19 and how it has...

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Artcurial will auction treasures from the iconic Ritz hotel, with over 1,000 lots of tableware, silverware and glassware at the Art De Table sale in Paris in 20th-23rd June. The Ritz Hotel Paris enlisted the auction house once again to orchestrate its second sale of its items, following the 2018 record breaking sale of 3,500 lots of furniture, tableware, and heaps of textiles. Since its inauguration in 1898, the hotel has embodied the elegance and...

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Galerie Templon’s two spaces in Paris have re-opened after temporary closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently exhibiting at the two spaces in Paris are: Norbert Bisky’s Desmadre Berlin extended until 23rd May, and Billie Zangewa’s Soldier of Love extended until 6th June. Jim Dine’s The Classic Prints is on in the Brussels space until May 23rd. Upcoming are two new exhibitions, Will Cotton’s The Taming of the Cowboy in Brussels from 28th May to...

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Like many other artists, London-based Lauren Baker, leading ‘light artist’ and creator of spectacular large-scale public artworks, is having to adjust to life under lockdown, with events cancelled, collaborations made challenging and the day-to-day practicalities of an artist’s working method made difficult. So Arts & Collections asked Lauren Baker how the creative mind responds, both artistically and practically, to working during the coronavirus lockdown. (Header photo – credit Neil Collins) Q. What’s your usual working...

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Mayfair Art Weekend, originally scheduled for 26th-28th June, has been rescheduled in light of the continuing coronavirus lockdown. A statement from the organisers reads: “After careful consideration and in light of ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, we have made the decision to postpone Mayfair Art Weekend to the autumn. “Mayfair Art Weekend will now take place on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2020 where we look forward to welcoming you back to the...

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The shortlist for BP Portrait Award 2020 has been announced. Selected from 1,981 entries by artists from 69 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2020 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. The Portrait Award is an annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus on and develop the theme of portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged eighteen and over, in recognition of the outstanding and innovative...

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What better treasure to leave behind than to restore an ancient vineyard, to propagate unique biodiversity, to renovate a historical site, and to leave it all better for the next millennium than it was entrusted to you? With a motto of “Non Mihi, Non Tibi, sed Nobis” (Not mine, not yours, but ours), Chêne Bleu is a winery rooted in collaboration, with a view to creating a legacy built on the connections between Nature, History,...

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The World Photography Organisation has announced the category winners and shortlist in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020. Recognising the best single images from 2019, more than 100 photographers were shortlisted in the 2020 competition alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000...

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