Plans for cultural and educational hub to go ahead

Plans for a new cultural and educational hub on the London 2012 Olympic site are to go ahead, London Mayor Sadiq Khan told The Art Newspaper on Wednesday night (17 August).

Former London Mayor, Boris Johnson, announced major new plans for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2014. Dubbed ‘Olympicopolis’ in an ode to South Kensington’s 86 acre ‘Albertopolis’ museum precinct, the new quarter on the Stratford waterfront was to bring together ‘art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design’. Continue reading

Strike action over modernisation plan continues at the National Gallery

There is limited access at the National Gallery today due to ongoing strike action by the Public and Commercial Services Union, which opposes the gallery’s modernisation programme. The modernisation programme includes privatising up to two-thirds of the gallery’s 600 staff, including those who look after the security of paintings, deal with the public, and respond to requests for information about the collection. Continue reading