Take Five: The Top Museums in London

British MuseumLondon has one of the densest concentrations of museums in the world. These range from big names like the British Museum and Tate Modern to the smaller places with unique collections. Most of them have vast permanent collections of great international art, history and culture and they’re free to enter. Here’s a roundup of the capital’s best art institutions. Continue reading

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Brixton Village Market’s New Lease of Life

Brixton Village was slowly becoming an empty, disintegrated part of Brixton Market until 20 unused units were given to local businesses and artists in the UK’s largest empty shop project.

One year on from the project’s initiation every unit in the market is now occupied for the first time since 1979 and the Space Makers Agency’s overhaul is responsible for this. Continue reading

So I am Just Supposed to Accept it Am I?

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Fran Copeman is the latest bright, young, talented thing to arrive on the London art scene and her exhibition open to the public begins December 14, 2010

London’s newest emerging artist Fran Copeman, 24, is getting ready for her upcoming solo exhibition So I am Just Supposed to Accept it Am I? at The Bunker in Hackney, east London, which will be showing from December 14, 2010 until December 21, 2010. Continue reading

The Next Generation of YBA’s

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2010’s British Art Show Showcases UK’s Contemporary Talent. The British Art Show 7 will open at Nottingham Contemporary on October 23, 2010, before moving to the Hayward Gallery, in London, on February 14, 2011. It will be at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art between May and August 2011, and at Plymouth Arts Centre from September until December. The show is expected to have more than 300,000 visitors attending. British Art Show 7 will tour Glasgow, Nottingham, London and Plymouth. Continue reading

Young British Artists: Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst and Others


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British art entered a new era in the late 1980s which was quickly recognised as new and excitingly distinctive and became known as the Young British Artists.

Most of the YBAs studied at Goldsmiths College, in London, under the influence of Michael Craig Martin, who is one of the college’s most significant teachers, who had been for some years fostering new forms of creativity through its courses, including ideas such as eliminating the traditional separation of the media of art. Continue reading

Where’s Banksy?

Some might call his works graffiti but others consider his vandalism rare collectibles, which are now worth an enormous amount of money.

The secretive and highly-sought-after British graffiti artist Banksy recently left his mark on some buildings in Los Angeles, which has nearly doubled their value. The elusive artist left his mark on two downtown Los Angeles buildings over the weekend. Continue reading

Pop Life Exhibition at the Tate Modern

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Artists Include Warhol, Hirst, Koons, Emin, Murakami and more

Some 320 exhibits will be on display, including paintings, drawings, photographs, magazines, sculptures, videos, merchandising products, spatial installations and a shop. Continue reading