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Why won’t the UK government stand up for the arts?

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Source: APOLLO The International Art Magazine

Despite the economic turbulence caused by Brexit, the pandemic and war in Ukraine, there was surprise and not a little pleasure when the annual Art Basel and UBS Art Market report in 2022 revealed that London had maintained its status as a global art market hub second only to New York earlier this year. Figures published in the follow up Survey of Global Collecting in 2023 last month reinforced that finding: the value of art flowing into the three major hubs of London, Hong Kong and the United States continued to grow by 38, 50 and 15 per cent respectively. The average value of work bought also rose, with London up by 30 per cent compared with just five per cent in New York and two per cent in Hong Kong.

But with increasing competition from Paris, Asia and the United States, there is a growing sense that the British capital’s art world can no longer rest on its laurels. There are calls in the art market and beyond for a more proactive effort to see off pretenders and bolster business. ‘Paris is certainly working hard to boost its position – and the art trade there has a supportive government,’ says Clare McAndrew, the author of the reports. But, she says, ‘there is a large margin between France and the UK, so the bigger question is whether trade will be lost out of the UK and Europe altogether to an increasingly dominant United States and Asia’.

Read more: https://www.apollo-magazine.com/uk-government-art-market-unsupportive/

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UK arts venue called to reinstate celebration of Gaza literary event

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Source: N UK

More than 300 artists and cultural workers have urged a Manchester arts centre to reverse its decision to cancel an event celebrating Palestinian voices.

The Voices of Resilience, A Celebration of Gazan Writing event, scheduled for April 22, was called off by Home Manchester last week.

The venue said it had cancelled the event due to “recent publicity” and safety concerns for audiences and artists.

Read more: https://www.thenationalnews.com/news/uk/2024/04/02/uk-arts-venue-called-to-reinstate-celebration-of-gaza-literary-event/

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The future of art collecting in the UK

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Source: The Up coming

In the United Kingdom, a land steeped in history and rich in artistic heritage, the future of art collecting is being quietly reshaped by the digital revolution. This transformation is not merely a shift in medium or method but a profound reimagining of how art is discovered, acquired, and cherished. As we navigate this new landscape, two pivotal trends stand out, poised to define the next era of art collecting: the meteoric rise of digital platforms and the critical importance of privacy and security in the management of art collections.

The digital realm has flung open the doors to art collecting, making it more accessible than ever before. No longer confined to the hallowed halls of galleries and auction houses, art collecting has embraced the digital age, offering collectors the ability to browse, purchase, and manage art from anywhere in the world. Central to this digital renaissance is the emergence of platforms dedicated to the digital art collection and management, which have become the new nexus for collectors. These platforms offer a seamless, integrated experience that caters to the needs of the modern collector, combining the thrill of discovery with the practicalities of management and security.

Read more: https://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2024/03/27/the-future-of-art-collecting-in-the-uk/

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Art meets innovation: The BMW i5 Flow NOSTOKANA.

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Source: BMW GROUP

The BMW Group presents a fusion of art and innovation at the Frieze Los Angeles art fair in the form of the BMW i5 Flow NOSTOKANA. The one-of-a-kind vehicle combines colour-change technology developed by BMW with the artistic language of South African artist Esther Mahlangu. The designer piece, with sections of attached film that can be electronically animated, embodies the latest development in colour-change technology for vehicle surfaces in cooperation with E Ink. The BMW i5 Flow NOSTOKANA celebrates its world premiere at the fair opening on 29 February. The contemporary tribute recalls the BMW Art Car designed by Mahlangu in 1991. “The BMW i5 Flow NOSTOKANA honours the history of the BMW brand and continues the story of our global cultural engagement in a unique way. It combines art and design through progressive technology. Here, technology itself becomes art,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design.

In 1991, Mahlangu designed the 12th BMW Art Car, based on a BMW 525i – becoming the first woman and first African artist to do so. “Her art inspired me years ago, back when the concept of colour change on a car was just an idea in my head,” says Stella Clarke, Research Engineer Open Innovations at the BMW Group. „Now, being able to realise this idea, and work with Esther Mahlangu, is absolutely surreal.” The 88-year-old artist’s signature colours and geometric patterns are perfect for bringing the innovative Flow technology to life in the BMW i5. The versatility of the electrophoretic colour changes makes the fully-electric sedan a dynamic work of art. “It is fascinating to me to see how modern technology can expand my art and make it accessible to a completely new audience,” says Mahlangu.

Read more: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/united-kingdom/article/detail/T0439989EN_GB/art-meets-innovation:-the-bmw-i5-flow-nostokana

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