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Can you steal back something that’s already stolen?’: how radical art duo Looty repatriated the Rosetta Stone

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Source: The Guardian

In March last year, two men in tracksuits, wearing hockey masks and carrying matching laundry bags, headed for the British Museum. Just outside, patrolling police asked the two strange-looking men where they were going. “We’re going to the British Museum to loot back stolen goods,” one of them said. “Well, we’ll see you in there then!” the policewoman answered.

But no arrests were made, as nothing incriminating happened. What did take place was a “digital heist” of one of the most famous objects in the British Museum, an artefact that is, according to Egyptologist Monica Hanna, “a symbol of western cultural power” and “of British imperialism”: the Rosetta Stone.

Read More:https://amp.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/apr/25/radical-art-collective-looty-rosetta-stone-benin-bronzes

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Next UK government must not treat arts as ‘bloodsucker’, says Timothy Spall

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The arts should not be treated as an economic “bloodsucker”, Timothy Spall has said, as he urged the next government to show appreciation for what the creative industries provide to society.

Speaking to the Guardian ahead of the 25th birthday of the Lowry theatre and gallery in Salford, of which he is a supporter, the Bafta-winning actor called on whoever won power on 4 July to get the message across that arts and culture belong to everyone.

Read More: https://amp.theguardian.com/culture/article/2024/may/29/next-uk-government-must-not-treat-arts-as-bloodsucker-says-timothy-spall

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‘Death notice’ and tributes for Dublin-NY portal

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Source: BBC

The well known ‘Dublin humour’ has taken centre stage at the on-off interactive Portal in the city centre.

Only this time, it’s black humour – “RIP THE PORTAL”

The installation, which provided a continuous realtime link between the city and New York, was launched in a blaze of publicity a week ago but within days it was turned off because of “inappropriate behaviour” by a few people.

Read More: https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cl404yjz1ljo

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Woman charged after overnight break-in at Norwich Art Shop

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Source: Evening News 24

Norwich Art Shop, in Upper St Giles Street, is a collective art space shared between more than 20 artists.

Each artist pays rent proportional to the size of their showcasing space and they take turns volunteering to open the galleries and shop to the public.

Just after 2am yesterday, neighbours were alerted to a banging noise as somebody tried to break into the venue and police were made aware.

Read More: https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/24324524.woman-charged-overnight-break-in-norwich-art-shop/

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