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Remaining creative during the lockdown period, London-based Russian artist Olga Lomaka has also been keen to give back wherever possible, working with different charities and offering donations of her work to raise funds for much needed NHS support. She says: “The social distancing comes at a great price for both artists and audiences. Artists have been recording their interpretation of lockdown by producing work. We artists reflect on what is happening in the world through...

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In common with many other art events planned for the back half of this year, the Art Car Boot Fair has cancelled its live event in favour of an online version of the famously exuberant one-day event. The first ever Viral Art Car Boot Fair will take place exclusively online on Sunday 20th September at 12 – 6pm, with Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Marcus Harvey, Sara Pope, Helen Beard, Pam Hogg and Pure Evil joining...

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With some signs of the coronavirus lockdown easing, and doors of galleries, museums, exhibitions and theatres starting to re-open, we’re taking a look at the way the art world has responded to the coronavirus pandemic, and what the ‘new normal’ might look like. The doors of the Design Museum in London are finally open again, and celebrations are well underway in the new exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers. There are sights including...

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The Arts Society has announced Abigail McGourlay, 20 from Sheffield, as the winner of the national Isolation Artwork Competition for young artists during lockdown with her painting titled Brewing. Abigail’s winning artwork alongside the other seven shortlisted artists can be viewed as part of a virtual art exhibition here. Brewing is a self-portrait which shows Abigail drinking a cup of tea in the bath, two things she says she has found comforting during lockdown. She...

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JD Malat Gallery is offering all UK-based artists the chance to showcase and sell their work at the prestigious Mayfair Gallery from 1st-8th July in Isolation Mastered, a unique group exhibition of 20 artists who demonstrate a creative response to the COVID-19 isolation period. The committee carefully reviewing submissions include Dylan Jones, Gavin Rossdale, Gavin Turk, Robert Montgomery, Sotheby’s Institute’s Professor David Bellingham, Art Dealer Simon de Pury and artist Katrin Fridriks. Leading the committee...

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Today, May 18th, is International Museum Day. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since. In 2019, International Museum Day garnered record-breaking participation with more than 55,000 museums hosting events in some 150 countries. This year, with museums all over the world suffering from the effects of the...

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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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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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