Tate Modern’s new extension dazzles critics

Tate Modern’s new ‘Switch House’ extension to its South Bank site has dazzled critics ahead of its public opening on Friday (17 June).

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the architects responsible for developing the Bankside Power Station into Tate Modern in 2000, the 10-storey pyramid-like tower forms part of a £260 million transformation of the museum. It was made possible by donations from private donors, foundations, Southwark Council, the Greater London Authority and the government in what has been described as “one of the largest cultural fundraising campaigns ever launched”.  Continue reading

UK Museums discuss drastic measures in face of funding cuts

UK museums are tabling drastic measures in the face of ongoing funding cuts, which include charging admission and selling items from their permanent collections.

Arts bodies had breathed a collective sigh of relief in November last year after they emerged relatively unscathed from George Osborne’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015. The Chancellor of the Exchequer pledged to increase funding for Arts Council England (ACE) and to ensure entry to UK museums and galleries remained free. Continue reading

Brown’s London Art Weekend celebrates 150 years of art in Mayfair

Mayfair is of central importance to the international art trade. It is where the commercial art gallery originated 150 years ago, and today it is home to the largest concentrated art market in the world. The commercial galleries, auction houses and public art institutions that occupy the area are renowned, drawing collectors, cultural tourists and associated business to London from across the globe. The UK is the largest importer and exporter of art in Europe, and sales of fine art and antiques contributed £8bn to the British economy in 2013. A substantial proportion of this revenue is generated by Mayfair, where there are up to 100 retail galleries, four major international auction houses, and the Royal Academy of Arts, which receives over a million visitors a year. Continue reading